What it will take to act on Mr. Trump

The Washington Post - - WASHINGTON FORUM -

The Oct. 10 editorial “What to do with an un­fit pres­i­dent” pro­posed sev­eral ac­tions Con­gress could take to deal with Pres­i­dent Trump’s ir­ra­tional be­hav­ior. How­ever, as the Oct. 7 front-page ar­ti­cle “To drain ‘swamp,’ Trump’s base has filled GOP cof­fers” re­ported, Mr. Trump con­tin­ues to be a suc­cess­ful fundraiser for the GOP. If the Re­pub­li­can mem­bers of Con­gress were to move against Mr. Trump, they would im­peril their re­la­tion­ship with th­ese donors, both the big, wealthy ones and the small, un­der-$200 donors.

Un­til we re­form the cam­paign fi­nance sys­tem and get money out of pol­i­tics, our elected of­fi­cials will be more in­ter­ested in what their donors think than what their con­stituents think, or even what they them­selves think is best for the coun­try. David Bazell, Columbia The writer is lead or­ga­nizer for Pro­gres­sive Mary­land, which works for pub­lic fi­nanc­ing of cam­paigns, among other is­sues.

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