The 71-year-old man who enthusiastically called a fellow candidate a crude expletive during a campaign rally, and bragged about the size of his penis during a televised debate, was supposed to fall in line when he ascended to the presidency.
President Donald Trump’s supporters made all sorts of excuses for his behavior during the campaign. They claimed that he would recognize the great task in front of him, and adapt to accomplish the country’s goals.
That hasn’t happened.
Instead, the first five months of the Trump presidency have felt like five years. Scandals and new developments have been uncovered nearly daily, many of them self-inflicted.
Remember, that in the quaint days surrounding Trump’s inauguration, the president ordered his press secretary to dispute the crowd size of the event.
What the rest of us could plainly see in photo was, to our faces, called into question. “That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.”
Except that it wasn’t; we all knew it wasn’t; Sean Spicer knew it wasn’t.
Still, President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE presented an easily-verifiable fact as fiction, and expected us to swallow it. And that wasn’t even about anything of importance.
That was the beginning of “Trump World.”
It’s been more than 140 days and the stakes have risen to dangerous new heights. Possible (and ever-more likely) collusion with the Russian government.
Escalation of conflicts in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula. Ethical conflicts and violations across the government. Hundreds of president-appointed positions remain empty.
The investigations into Trump and his campaign’s possible ties into Russia may determine that impeachable offenses were undertaken by the President.
The House of Representatives may vote on Articles of Impeachment.
The Senate may decide to remove Trump from office. Regardless of whether the protocols line up and execute as they should, one thing is clear: As each day goes by, the idea of impeaching Donald Trump could potentially turn into a reality.
Trump’s tenure as president has not only eclipsed Richard Nixon’s in terms of the scope of possible wrongdoing, but he is undisputedly the most inept, inexperienced, incompetent president we have ever had.
That was one of the strengths he so often touted during the campaign. It’s something his supporters pointed to as justification for all his behavior, but also as a tool he could use in Washington. It could very well put us all in immediate danger.
We cannot wait for a crisis or emergency to spring up before we all recognize, out loud, that Trump appears to be unfit to serve as commander-in-chief.
As the multiple investigations continue and we get closer to the truth, Americans from all sides of the aisle must pay close attention.
At the end of the day, this isn’t about removing Trump from office, in fact, in much bigger than that, it’s about the the future of our country, our Democracy, and our duty to protect it.
José Aristimuño is CEO and Founder of NOW Strategies, former deputy national press secretary of the Democratic Party and former director of Hispanic Media for Governor O’Malley’s Presidential Campaign.
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