Trump suf­fers from self-in­flicted wounds

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

It would ap­pear nu­mer­ous Repub­li­can read­ers of The Star Demo­crat are tir­ing of what must seem like a ver­i­ta­ble tor­rent of crit­i­cism against Trump, Har­ris, the dys­func­tional Repub­li­can Congress, the cab­i­net cir­cus and Ban­non’s bat­tal­ion of ex­trem­ist fa­nat­ics.

Lately, the self-serv­ing Trump tax cut pro­posal bud­get de­bate, fueled by mas­sive tax cuts for Amer­ica’s elite wealthy class and the rel­a­tive pit­tance sav­ings for the mid­dle class (so Mitch McCon­nell isn’t quite sure) may well ex­pose how the Repub­li­can elites’ plan to make them­selves ex­po­nen­tially more rich. Trump’s re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge Putin’s ef­forts to in­ter­fere in the elec­tion dur­ing the Asia trip demon­strate again that Trump ei­ther doesn’t have the per­sonal courage to stand up to Putin, or he fears Putin for the KGB’s abil­ity per­haps to ex­pose Trump’s col­lu­sion and even per­haps his Moscow ho­tel fol­lies.

And the hits just keep on com­ing. Judge Moore, the re­volv­ing door of scan­dals with Spe­cial Coun­sel Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and the host of other po­ten­tial wit­nesses ca­pa­ble of un­de­ni­ably con­nect­ing Trump and his cam­paign with col­lud­ing with Rus­sian hack­ers hang like a pall over this ad­min­is­tra­tion. In­deed, there have been so many self­in­flicted wounds en­dured by Trump, and thus, his sup­port­ers, that it’s un­der­stand­able why Repub­li­cans get tired of be­ing con­fronted with the for­eign and do­mes­tic re­sults of their votes.

The daily ex­am­ples of Trump’s frag­ile ego have caused think­ing Amer­i­cans not to be­lieve what he tweets or says. It’s hard to be­lieve there are any dis­cern­ing chil­dren who be­lieve what he claims. I cer­tainly don’t be­lieve his most staunch sup­port­ers be­lieve what he tweets/says. Yet Trump’s hardcore 30 per­cent just cir­cle the wag­ons and claim they sup­port him. Cer­tainly Trump has been a con­sis­tent bea­con of strength to the multi-mil­lion­aire white su­prem­a­cist move­ment and has earned their sup­port.

I’d sus­pect that Democrats would tend to hold off on writ­ing let­ters to the ed­i­tor if even a hand­ful of Repub­li­cans had the courage to ac­knowl­edge their dis­may and/or frus­tra­tion with Trump rather than whine about hav­ing to face the mu­sic in let­ters to the ed­i­tor and guest col­umns. Last week, they voted in New Jer­sey and Vir­ginia. And just wait un­til y’all see what hap­pens to you tax-wise and health in­surance cov­er­age-wise if Trump, abet­ted by Har­ris, get their way.

Note that this Demo­cratic Fo­rum mem­ber wrote this let­ter with­out any in­put or ap­proval by my friends in that group. My agenda is to chal­lenge the dan­ger­ous di­rec­tions that Trump is tak­ing this coun­try — with the help of Con­gres­sional hang­ers-on like Andy Har­ris.

MICKEY TERRONE

Ox­ford

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