Is this re­ally go­ing to make Amer­ica great again?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Com­ment­ing on a story re­ported by the Wash­ing­ton Post, the White House con­firmed Don­ald Trump at least “weighed in” on the mis­lead­ing state­ment his son made in July about his meet­ing with a Rus­sian lawyer. ABC con­firmed this story, but used the word “dic­tate,” sug­gest­ing a much higher level of in­volve­ment from the pres­i­dent. This ad­mis­sion con­tra­dicts mul­ti­ple de­nials by Mr. Trump’s lawyer that the pres­i­dent was not in­volved at all. Which means that ei­ther Don­ald Trump lied to his lawyer, or the lawyer lied to pro­tect his client. Un­der the ethics rules of the Amer­i­can Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Jay Seku­low could thus ter­mi­nate the re­la­tion­ship or he could apol­o­gize and face dis­bar­ment. Ei­ther de­ci­sion though re­quires that at least an ounce of hon­esty and eth­i­cal be­hav­ior is left in the man.

As with many other peo­ple de­fend­ing Mr. Trump, I have my doubts that these re­peated lies will have any con­se­quences. When will enough be enough? How much longer can you look at your­self in the mir­ror and be­lieve that this is the way to make Amer­ica great again? H. PETER ELZER Fayet­teville

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