Donald Trump’s decision to declare a “national emergency” in order to fulfill his nativist campaign promise of building a wall between the United States and Mexico is nothing less than an attack on the system of checks and balances at the heart of our constitution.
Last week I wrote about Trump’s shameful decision to skip an event honoring American soldiers who died in the First World War.
His excuse was that a trip by helicopter was inadvisable due to rain in the forecast. In truth, he could have easily made the trip by car. Other leaders who were in France for the occasion did just that. But Trump couldn’t be bothered. In and of itself, his conduct was despicable. But when put alongside Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, Trump’s behavior becomes even more horrifying.
Once again, Donald Trump has demonstrated that there is no limit to how low he is willing to go.
Our sorry excuse for a president is in France right now to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Yesterday, November 10, 2018, he was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, near the site of the 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood.
Trump bailed on the event because there was rain in the forecast.
Allow me to describe for you an intriguing political scenario.
A progressive candidate with minimal name recognition outside his own state takes on a controversial but formidable conservative incumbent with a major national profile for a seat in the United States Senate.
In light of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s pending retirement from the Supreme Court, I think it wise that the Senate follow a maxim set down by Mitch McConnell only two years ago:
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”