Time and time again Donald Trump has proven himself unfit to wield the vast powers of the presidency. He’s threatened genocide on Twitter. He’s attacked the independence of the free press and our nation’s courts. He may possibly have obstructed justice in firing former FBI Director James Comey, the man responsible for leading the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
This has led some who did not vote for the current president to demonize those who did. It’s understandable. That doesn’t make it right.
At heart, Trump is a demagogue. He promises the world and then fails to deliver. Many of the president’s campaign covenants, such as his openness to universal health care and his assurance that he would drain the corrupt swamp of Washington insiders, are actually good goals to have. Many of his supporters saw this at face value, voting accordingly.
The problem? Trump lied. Once claiming to be free of traditional moneyed interests, the Trump administration is now completely packed with despicable swamp creatures of the like never seen in a presidential cabinet.
We have Betsy DeVos, secretary of education and a multi-million dollar benefactor for the Republican Party. We also have Steve Mnuchin, secretary of the treasury and a wealthy Hollywood financier. Then we used to have Tom Price, the former secretary of health and human services, who was ousted after a Politico investigation revealed he wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds to charter private and military planes.
All the while, Trump and his Republican allies are seeking to pass a tax reform package that amounts to a sweeping windfall for the absurdly wealthy — including the president, himself — while changing little for lower- and middle-class Americans.
The president may have campaigned as a populist, but he is clearly anything but. How can we fault his voters in falling for the ruse, especially as they were inundated by Russian-paid Facebook advertisements meant to sow discord, as well as a conservative media apparatus with a blatant disregard for factual validity?
We’ll need all the help we can get to ensure Trump stays a one-term president. Haughty self-righteous rhetoric against the fools and suckers of the last election will only make it harder to take him down in the end.
If Trump’s base abandons him, we should celebrate, not castigate. ■