I know, I know, we have enough of our own problems with our own politicians in Canada to question what’s going on in the U.S. — but honestly, I can’t believe Donald Trump is still in the White House and not behind bars.
David Leonhardt, a NY Times opinion columnist wrote yesterday that Trump’s recent conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukranian president, during which he admits to pressuring him to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, resulted in his (Leonhardt) compiling a list of 40 ways Trump has “behaved like no other modern president, and it spans his corruption, disrespect for women, violation of the law and disdain for American democracy.” The list doesn’t include policy matters or all the examples of corruption and racism.
It’s just a list. Unemotional. Devoid of commentary. As Leonhardt explains it, it’s “a just-the-facts catalog of how Trump has altered the presidency.”
Here it is. Read it. It took my breath away. I don’t pretend to know the in’s and out’s of the American justice system or the constitution or even American politics.
But what I do know is, I cannot understand how any American — Republican or Democrat, elected official, member of the military, lawmaker or private citizen — can just sit there, watch this happen and do nothing.
Forget the GOP and Trump supporters for a minute. I know that if the House does move to impeach him, it will get stalled in the Senate. But don’t the Democrats at least have to be on record as having tried to end this assault on the rule of law and, worse still, democracy itself? What more does Donald Trump have to say and do before he’s treated like the dangerous, treasonous criminal he is, before he’s forced to face the consequences and forced to pay for his crimes?