If you’re a “news junkie” as I am, you are now being bombarded by President Trump’s tweets. His answer to the whistleblower’s information is to contradict his own transcript of his conversation with the president of Ukraine. Trump’s desire to win in 2020 led him to seek help from the Ukraine just as he sought and received help from Russia in the 2016 campaign. Both these efforts are unconstitutional — but that fact is not a deterrent for Donald Trump.

I am equally shocked by the Republicans’ continued silence. I realize under Trump many have enjoyed tax relief, use of their family’s businesses, and personal benefits, which has replaced the idea of what is best for our nation. Personal greed seems to have overtaken the public service they once pledged to honor. Is there no Republican with courage enough to condemn the President’s misbehavior?

It is outrageous that Trump has these rhetorical tirades against his political opponents and often even against his own appointees that no longer please him. We need to debate the issues. Instead he belittles and usually accuses his opponents of wrongdoing.

He became president by electoral vote, and he could not accept the fact that Clinton received the larger popular vote. In 2016, Clinton’s email use was investigated and exonerated of any wrongdoing, yet Trump continues to attack her — three years later.

Although Obama was not his election opponent, Trump has attacked him personally and has tried to rescind and eliminate any of Obama’s plans, including the Affordable Health Care Act. Trump is obviously jealous of Obama’s continued popularity.

Trump has used his name-calling against Elizabeth Warren, and now he’s after Joe Biden and his son. Certainly, if there had been corruption as the president accuses, the Republicans, while Biden was vice president, would have exposed it. 

I have a fond memory of how a political leader should conduct himself. During a town meeting conducted by Senator John McCain, a woman from the audience assured him of her support, then said something to the effect that Obama was a terrible man. The Senator stopped her and said, “Barack Obama is a good man. We just disagree on several issues.”

My question to Trump is: Why is it necessary to demean your opponent to gain preference for yourself? Are you that insecure of your own capability to be a successful and worthy president?

When I think about Trump’s presidency, I think chaos, trouble, threats of war, hate, immigrants suffering, racism, ugly deviousness, dictatorship, mafia-style leadership, fear, and constitutional misconduct. 

Yes, there is a plethora of acts which are certain to qualify for “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the investigation to impeach Trump, but will it happen?

Harriet Hausman

River Forest

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