After all that, he went and spilled highly classified secrets to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador.
As first reported Monday by the Washington Post, he evidently did this while boasting — big surprise. Worse, the information was from a third party — reported to be Israel — that had not authorized the United States to share it. So Trump’s blabbermouth will likely chill our relationship with that third party and shut off that and other valuable sources of information. Would you share secrets with a nation whose president leaks like an overactive bladder? Not incidentally, Trump may well have endangered that third party’s assets on the ground.
Yet, Republicans, the responses from your leadership have been largely tepid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sniffed that he’d like to see “less drama.” And House Speaker Paul Ryan, who once opined that Hillary Clinton’s carelessness with classified materials should disqualify her from handling them seems, at this writing, to be suffering from laryngitis.
Sorry, Republicans, but that will not do. In recent years, your party has been an engine of perpetual outrage and permanent investigation on matters great and small that embarrassed Democrats. From Bill Clinton’s sex life, to Hillary Clinton’s emails, to Barack Obama’s birth certificate, to the tragedy at Benghazi, you have seldom missed a chance to appear before the people in moist concern and righteous indignation.
Which makes your leaders’ moral flaccidity in the face of this outrage all the more untenable. What Trump has done in just the last week — forget the daily transgressions of the last four months — would’ve had you howling for Obama’s blood and building a scaffold for Clinton.
How much longer will you stand in partisan solidarity to protect a guy who would not walk across the street to protect you? Have you no loyalties deeper than party? To what, exactly, do you pledge allegiance? You need to decide soon because, contrary to McConnell’s pious wish for less “drama,” this will not get better.
People often ask if Trump is “crazy” or engaged in some deep strategy invisible to mere mortals. But they are overthinking him. All evidence suggests the answer is actually simple: Donald Trump is stupid.
No, not “ignorant.” Ignorance can be fixed. Trump is profoundly stupid. Yes, he has a certain native cunning. But he is simply not smart.
Compounding the problem, he is incredibly arrogant. Given the power of the presidency, that’s a supremely dangerous combination. As proof, consider the damage he has done in just four months. Then consider that at least 44 more lie ahead. Your course of action, if you have even a molecule of courage, integrity, or country love, should be obvious.
Impeach him now.
Writes for The Miami Herald.