Citizen Action Monitor

“Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation?”

Ralph Nader implores American voters to “Wake Up” to what “Corrupt Donald” is getting away with.

No 2625 Posted by fw, May 19, 2020 —

“Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history. He relies entirely on lying and scapegoating to avoid taking responsibility for his failures. Trump didn’t even win the popular vote – the Electoral College selected him. President Trump has fomented chaos and corruption in his administration without encountering insistent demands for his resignation. … Trump keeps flailing, failing, and using foul-mouthed rhetoric because about 43 percent of voters stick with him, no matter what. Well – the parents of many Trump supporters did not stay with Richard Nixon in 1974. Public demands for “Tricky Dick” to leave office ultimately included much of his ‘base’ including scores of Republicans in Congress…. Why? Nixon had defied a Congressional subpoena and committed an obstruction of justice. Trump, on the other hand, has defied many Congressional subpoenas and engaged in over a dozen obstructions of justice, many of which are ongoing. …Trump voters need to ask themselves – what else does Trump have to do to our livelihood, health, safety, and dignity before you say – ‘no more!’”Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform causes.

In the concluding sentence of his latest scathing attack on Trump, Nader forewarns: “The country cannot wait until January 2021 – assuming dictatorial Donald and his determined GOP don’t criminally suppress enough votes to postpone Trump’s departure until January 2025.

Below is my repost of Ralph’s article, along with my added subheadings, text highlighting, some bulletted reformatting, and added hyperlinks. Alternatively, read his piece on his website by clicking on the following linked title.

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Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain by Ralph Nader, nader.org, May 22, 2020

“Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation?”

Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation?

  • Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history.
  • He relies entirely on lying and scapegoating to avoid taking responsibility for his failures.
  • Trump didn’t even win the popular vote – the Electoral College selected him.
  • President Trump has fomented chaos and corruption in his administration without encountering insistent demands for his resignation.

Under the rule of “Moscow Mitch” McConnell, the Senate prevented Trump from being impeached

The supine Republican Senate shields Trump from any political accountability. Dominated by the evil “Moscow Mitch” McConnell, the Senate prevented Trump from being convicted under the impeachment clause of the Constitution.

Trump arrogantly believes he has the “right to do whatever I want as president”

But Trump makes the case against himself – “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” Trump makes good on that statement every day,

  • making decisions with reckless abandon and doubling down,
  • falsely accusing people of crimes,
  • turning our government over to big businesses, and
  • firing inspectors general investigating crime and corruption in Trump’s regime of corporatism, favoritism, and nepotism.

As his mismanagement of the pandemic demonstrates, Trump is “misgoverning on a deadly scale”

Trump exercises his pouting, unstable ego as the determinant of misgoverning on a deadly scale, as with his delaying, downplaying, over-riding science and providing lethal advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. For which he boastfully gives himself a perfect ten.

Why does he do it? — Because 43% of voters stick with him, no matter what

Trump keeps flailing, failing, and using foul-mouthed rhetoric because about 43 percent of voters stick with him, no matter what.

“Tricky Dick” Nixon was forced from office in 1974 for committing just ONE obstruction of justice: Trump has committed OVER A DOZEN obstructions

Well – the parents of many Trump supporters did not stay with Richard Nixon in 1974. Public demands for “Tricky Dick” to leave office ultimately included much of his “base” including scores of Republicans in Congress, led by Mr. Conservative Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ). Why? Nixon had defied a Congressional subpoena and committed an obstruction of justice. Trump, on the other hand, has defied many Congressional subpoenas and engaged in over a dozen obstructions of justice, many of which are ongoing.

So, why no demands for Trump’s resignation? – For one thing, the American Bar Association has remained silent

Why no demands for resignation? Have too many Americans lost their proper sense of honest public service and accountability? From 1974 to now, the American Bar Association (ABA) – supposedly a first responder against the destruction of rule of law and constitutional observance – has done nothing to challenge above-the-law presidential abuses. (In 2005-2006 the ABA displayed some courage and charged the Bush/Cheney administration with three sets of unconstitutional behavior. See: https://nader.org/2013/04/19/aba-white-papers/).

Trump’s supporters are holding the “Liar in Chief” to a much lower standard than others in positions of power

Many Trump voters seem to expect more of virtually every public figure who isn’t Trump! Ask Trump voters if they would

  • support their local fire chief if he or she lied daily about the fire department’s readiness to fight fires?
  • Would they support a fire chief who appoints firefighters with no experience?
  • Would they support a police chief who accepts no responsibility for a street crime wave while disabling the force?
  • Would they support a CEO of a major hospital who promotes, against the advice of his/her medical scientists, chemicals and drugs that can take the lives of patients?
  • Would they support a super predator bank CEO who gives sweet-heart deals to the rich at the direct expense of customers of modest means?
  • Would they support a CEO of a big construction company, spouting anti-immigrant hate, while hiring hundreds of poorly paid undocumented foreign laborers taking jobs away from American workers? The answer is pretty clear.
  • These people in positions of power would have lost their jobs if they engaged in such reckless and unjust behavior.

Look at what “Corrupt Donald” is getting away with

Corrupt Donald, on the other hand, has done all of these continually and remains an escapee from justice. In addition to these previously acknowledged failings,

  • Trump has wrecked the federal health, safety, and economic protections including many life-saving controls on deadly pollution,
  • dangerous business practices and
  • business theft of your earnings as consumers, workers, and savers.
  • In addition, here is a top betrayal: Trump promised his voters a big infrastructure repair and upgrade program in all communities – with good paying jobs. He betrayed them, giving instead about 2 trillion dollars in tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, like the drug and banking industries and even his own family!

“Wake up!” Trump voters

Trump voters need to ask themselves – what else does Trump have to do to our livelihood, health, safety, and dignity before you say – “no more!If you want more details about Mr. Trump’s lying betrayals, read Fake President by Mark Green and me and judge Trump by his own contemptuous words and misdeeds.

Most puzzling — Why aren’t columnists demanding Trump’s resignation, given his obvious unfitness for office?

Most puzzling are the many columnists – both Democratic and Republican – who week after week show how disastrously unworthy and unfit Trump is, yet never conclude with a demand for his resignation or further impeachment. Many in the opinion class may believe it would never happen.  My response is that judging the odds is not the primary responsibility of a columnist. Making the demand is telling readers that your critique is serious enough to warrant a necessary remedy.

Naming names of Trump’s critics who stop short when it comes to proclaiming – “Trump has to go!”

Devastating critics like Dana Milbank, Republican Michael Gerson, Eugene Robinson, Margaret Sullivan, and conservative Max Boot of the Washington Post, or Charles Blow, Paul Krugman, David Brooks, Maureen Dowd and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times have cogently taken Trump apart on very serious matters since 2017, yet they leave their readers without the obvious conclusion -Trump has to go.

“Why not try bleach?” says the president, who has now become a daily peril to innocent Americans

A clear daily peril to innocent Americans “I’m in total control”, why not try bleach, etc.

What’s next – the criminal suppression of votes?

The country cannot wait until January 2021 – assuming dictatorial Donald and his determined GOP don’t criminally suppress enough votes to postpone Trump’s departure until January 2025.

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