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Position vacant: leader of the free world

This is taken from the New York Times today: “Asked during his news conference in Trump Tower whether he would put white supremacists and neo-Nazis on the same “moral plane” as their liberal and leftist resisters, a frustrated Mr. Trump replied, “I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane.”

Please read that again. Wait for a second or two. Think about it for a few seconds more. Allow the magnitude of those words to sink in.

When asked, in a press conference, in public, carried live on multiple TV networks, the 45th President of the United States of America refused to make a moral comment about white-supremacists and neo-Nazis, who amongst many other abhorrent, disgusting things, were responsible directly for the death of a young woman at the weekend and indirectly the death of two Charlottesville Police officers. Just to be clear, the definition of “moral” is being “concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour.” He refused to make a comment about the rights and wrongs of neo-Nazis and white supremacists’ behaviour in his press conference in Trump Tower.

I say it again, the 45th President of the United States of America refused to make a moral comment about white-supremacists and neo-Nazis when invited to as the American people and the world looked on. There is such a danger with President Trump – for those of us who are appalled by him; his beliefs; his conduct; his lack of integrity; his words; his deeds; his attitude; him – that we fall into dramatic overreaction and hyperbole. I am aware of this risk as I write this next sentence and I have considered it for some time before writing it.

I believe that comment quoted above is the biggest blow to standing of the United States of America – its moral authority; its standing; its position of leadership around the world since Watergate. President Trump’s words and deeds since the vilest of events from the vilest of people in Charlottesville will live long in the memory and will define his presidency and him for the rest of time. And let us be clear, the man who spoke this week in Trump Tower – not the man who read the carefully prepared speech from the White House a day or so earlier – the man who spoke from the heart in the heart of Manhattan is the real President Trump. He meant every word. That is Trump being Trump.

Donald J Trump has disgraced his office many times since he took his oath in January – he had incidentally disgraced the office of a candidate for the presidency in the previous year – but we have now reached the tipping point. Donald J Trump said many ridiculous and insulting things in his press conference this week; he behaved like the bully and ignoramus that he is; but worse than that, he surrender any last spread of moral authority his office holds around the world. The United States, with him as President, can no longer comment on any issue, any act of terrorism, any war crime, any behaviour conduct or action from any individual or country in the world and it carry the weight it should. He has morally bankrupt his office and with it the leadership of his country.

President Trump is so keen on using his Apprentice catchphrase of ‘you’re fired’ to show how tough, strong and decisive he is; he uses it to remind the American people how a big TV star he is and how he holds the careers and futures of people in his hands; his ultimate power. But the tables have now been turned. Whatever he or his White House thinks; whatever his core voters still believe and however they vote in the future; whatever happens to him in elections to come; the world has seen his conduct this week and dismissed him from his most important title; he is no longer the leader of the free world. He is now seen for what he is; a far right, racism, neo-Nazi and white supremacy apologist. From this he will never recover – nor does he deserve to – and neither will his country until he crawls back under the stone from where he came.


Photo is taken from New York Times website – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/us/politics/trump-charlottesville-moral-neo-nazis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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