The Vacant Presidency

Image by Ben Wiseman in the NY Times "The heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all went out of their way to issue statements condemning the hatred that Trump wouldn’t take on. A soft coup against a cuckoo: It confirmed how impotent Trump had become."-Frank Bruni in the New York Times. "How far are y'all going, Ruby asked us with a sighWe're going all the way 'til the wheels fall off and burn"-from "Brownsville Girl"by Bob Dylan and Sam Shepard. All the CEOs of major American corporations have walked out of Trump's business councils. The members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have also resigned in protest, leaving behind a letter that says, "Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit." Mitt Romney said yesterday that "[Trump] should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize." Virtually every relevant Republican politician has condemned Trump's recent remarks and behavior. Some of America's biggest charities (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Susan G. Komen foundation etc.) are canceling events that were scheduled to occur on Trump properties. The charities are distancing themselves from Trump after his bizarre and disturbing press conference Tuesday, where Trump again likened protesters to Nazis and the KKK, saying there were "decent people on both sides." After hearing that, Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was murdered in Charlottesville last weekend, has refused to answer telephone calls from Trump. "After what he said about my child...You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry. I'm not forgiving that." Our military leaders all made a point of unequivocally denouncing white supremacism, after Trump refused to. The direct descendants of Robert E. Lee––whose statue's removal was a cornerstone of the Charlottesville controversy––also openly condemned the white supremacists. Even members of Trump's own staff were mortified by Tuesday's press conference, and some expressed concerns about Trump's ability to do his job. And another big name in business, long time Trump supporter and informal advisor James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, sent this in an email: "I can't even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential." Everyone everywhere is commenting on this situation, and there are some great articles being written. Today's diamond for me was Frank Bruni's editorial in the New York Times. It covers all bases, it's unflinching, and it dissects the Trump fiasco with scalpel-like precision.

Read the NY Times article here: The Week When President Trump Resigned by Frank Bruni

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