I haven’t come right out and written it so I will here: Donald Trump will be the ruination of this country. Those who voted for him will regret it. Those who didn’t will feel no validation but rather a deep sense of despair. We’re turning over the White House, the federal government and the nuclear codes to a man who is unhinged. He is unable to take the slightest criticism, objectifies women, makes our allies tremble in fear and our enemies emboldened. We’ll have no idea if his policies will be driven by self-interest (he will not divest or place assets in a blind trust, still will not release his tax returns) just as we may never know if he colluded with Russians during the campaign. In short, on Friday, we enter a dark and uncertain time in this nation. God help us all.
Let’s get something straight. “Legitimate” is not the same as “qualified” Unless it is proven that Trump colluded with Russia or somehow cheated in the vote, the election is legitimate (if it is proven, impeachment). Trump is by no means qualified. He’s dangerous, personality-disordered, and a crazed egomaniac. But he will be a legitimate president. And we have those who voted for him to thank.
With just days to go before the inauguration, Trump is firing at—and alienating—a civil rights legend, the country’s intelligence community and NATO allies while providing comfort to Russia. Trump has equated intelligence officers with the actions of Nazi Germany. When CIA Director John Brennon called him out on it in an appearance on FOX News Sunday
In response, Trump had a Tweettrum:
“.@FoxNews ‘Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.’ Oh really, couldn’t do…much worse – just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?” The last comment basically raising the possibility that Brennan, a career intelligence officer, leaked the contents of an unverified Russian dossier on Trump. There is no evidence even remotely pointing to Brennan.
The specifics are bad enough. But in general, Trump has no idea what being president is about. He is a narcissist of the very worst kind. He cares about one thing—Donald Trump. His own cabinet picks are running away from his policies and statements. Hundreds of thousands if not more than a million women will rally in Washington, DC Saturday. They have been attacked and marginalized by Trump’s words.
A close-to-home example is that of Greenwich, Conn. Republican politician Christopher von Keyserling. He was arrested and charged for sexual assault for allegedly pinching the genitals of a woman with whom he was having a political disagreement (it was caught on security cameras). He also reportedly remarked, ““I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct,” according to the arrest warrant.
Of course, the vast majority of Trump supporters would never think of doing such a thing. But words matter. Von Keyserking was only doing what Trump said he himself is able to do because he is famous. Words matter.
Yes, we should all give the new president a chance. But in no way should the more reasonable among us sit still and silent as Trump divides our country further, puts his financial interests ahead of the country’s or endangers our national security which appears all but certain.