(Update) Yesterday morning I clicked on The Washington Post website and saw their articles.
This is story which should which send chills up and down the collective spines of every sane freedom loving American, indeed, among freedom loving people in the democratic community of nations:
The president pushed back against congressional testimony by intelligence officials, tweeting, “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
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President Trump’s rage was trigger by the annual congressional hearing on global security threats because the intelligence agency heads testified that Iran is complying with an international agreement about not acquiring nuclear weapons. He ridiculed the assessment and our own intelligence leaders and, in efect the thousand of professionals who work to keep the country safe. A president who reacts in rage and lacks the ablility to think rationally when expert advisors disagree with him is demonstrating his mental unfitness to hold office.
The measured pronouncements from some of those interviewed about this may merely show a reluctance to engage in hyperbole. However, I do not think they do the country a service when they normalize this most recent example of the president’s manifest unfitness and dangerousness. For example, from The New York Times “Trump pushes back against his ‘naive’ intelligence officers:”
“This is a consequence of narcissism, but it is a strong and inappropriate public political pressure to get the intelligence community leadership aligned with his political goals,” said Douglas H. Wise, a career C.I.A. official and former top deputy at the Defense Intelligence Agency. “The existential danger to the nation is when the policymaker corrupts the role of the intelligence agencies, which is to provide unbiased and apolitical intelligence to inform policy,” Mr. Wise said.
Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was dangerous for the president to dismiss the findings of his own intelligence agencies. “If you’re going to ignore that information, then you’re going to make poor decisions,” Mr. Schiff said in an interview on Wednesday. He added, “It means the country is fundamentally less safe.”
Another story down the page of the Washington Post proves that Trump lays the lie to his anti-immigrant rhetoric and shows that thinks the rules apply to everyone but himself.
The decision to use the E-Verify program is the first acknowledgment that President Trump’s private business has failed to fully check the work status of all its employees, despite his claims otherwise during the 2016 campaign.
Better late than never, Trump only decides to enforce the rules he demands every other business comply with and then fires loyal employees who have worked for him for years.
Then there’s the story about the killer polar vortex which Trump thinks is worth joking about in a tweet.
The science ignorant president thinks it proves climate change isn’t real.
Polar vortex unleashes a relentless, bone-deep freeze on the Midwest
Nearly 90 million people are likely to experience temperatures at or below zero in the Midwest and New England. The historic cold has already been blamed for at least one death, and it has caused statewide declarations of emergency, school closures and flight cancellations across the country.
There’s an article about the “5,000 troops” John Bolton reveal which I wrote about yesterday.
Critics say it reflects pervasive carelessness from a White House that eschews process and preparation in favor of the president’s impulsiveness and disdain for protocol.
Then we have the angry Trump acting like a recalcitrant child. Trump warns lawmakers would be ‘wasting their time’ if they do not discuss border wall money
The message came as a bipartisan committee was set to meet in hopes of brokering a compromise over border security funding and averting another shutdown.
Finally there’s a story about how Trump’s trade policies have real world consequences.
In Washington, Hytera (the company) has emerged as the latest symbol of the unfair trade practices the president says tilt trade with Beijing against American firms — and may now threaten U.S. national security.
What these stories add up to is an indictment of the president as both unfit, incompetent, and because of his psychopatholgy, dangerous. Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is not a deep or complex thinker, but just as troubling, perhaps more troubling, is that he has sometimes showed indications he actually believes things that have no basis in reality, a sign of mental illness. The most recent glaring example is when he talked and tweeted about women being gagged and forced into vehicles by human traffickers, and Muslim prayer rugs being found in the Mexican desert near the border. These are scenes from the movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado and have no basis in reality.
Unfortunately all of this evidence of the president’s psychological and overall unfitness can cannot be put in an indictment a grand jury can issue. The former would need to be addressed if Vice President Pence and the Cabinet invoked the 25th Amendment. The later would be part of impeachment hearings. In a rational world all of this would be an indictment in the court of public opinion that President Trump should be removed from office.
I can say with confidence that the typical Trump voter doesn’t read The Washington Post. However, The Washington Post is must reading for members of Congress. That they could continue to read the articles about Trump’s incompetence, ignorance, mental instability, connections to Russia and unreported tête-à-têtes with Putin, etc. in respected media ( recently in the Financial Times), and also hear about wrongdoings during the campaign in closed congressional hearings, and still support him shows that they are as unfit to serve the best interests of the country as the president.