Jeff Flake (Republican Senator from Arizona), who announced a couple weeks ago that he would not be running for another term because he could not be party to the Trump's ugly politics, has written an editorial in today's New York Times (Jeff Flake: In a Democracy, There Can Be No Bystanders) containing his reaction to the overwhelming response to his resignation speech. A few excerpts:
quote: By the electronic bushel, in thousands of calls and letters, reactions have poured into my office in the past week since I spoke on the Senate floor and announced that I would not be running for another term, and detailing the reasons for my decision. A deeply personal outpouring, the scale of which has stunned and humbled me.
Each letter is distinctive, but all are plaintive, anguished, deeply engaged and urgent. They all have in common a feeling of distress that the country has taken a sudden and caustic turn, that we have a president who seems to take pleasure in dividing us. A president who is careless with the position that has become known in the past century as “leader of the free world,” and that our institutions and maybe even our liberty are in peril as a consequence. Please, the letter writers all said. Don’t stop speaking out. I’M COUNTING ON IT, one person wrote. ... These writers despair not just for the chaos emanating from the White House, but for the moral vandalism that has been set loose in our culture, as well as the seeming disregard for the institutions of American democracy. The damage to our democracy seems to come daily now, most recently with the president’s venting late last week that if he had his way, he would hijack the American justice system to conduct political prosecutions — a practice that only happens in the very worst places on earth. And as this behavior continues, it is not just our politics being disfigured, but the American sense of well-being and time-honored notions of the common good.
Each letter is distinctive, but all are plaintive, anguished, deeply engaged and urgent. They all have in common a feeling of distress that the country has taken a sudden and caustic turn, that we have a president who seems to take pleasure in dividing us.
And a huge section of the country is absolutely okay with that. The Republican support for this buffoon is in the mid to high 80s in every single poll. We will soon get to see if Trump has long or short coattails. His influence did not have the desired effect in either Virginia or in the Senate race in Alabama.
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Trump claims that he told turned down an offer from Time Magazine to be the man of the year:
quote:President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he turned down a potential offer to be TIME Magazine's coveted "Person of the Year" after, Trump says, the magazine told him he would "probably" be given the honors.
Of course, the magazine denies any such offer:
quote:The magazine issued a statement disputing the President's account. "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6," a spokeswoman told CNN.
quote:Time Inc.'s chief content officer, Alan Murray, later said the President's tweet didn't have "a speck of truth." "Amazing. Not a speck of truth here—Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named TIME's person of the year," Murray tweeted, along with an article about the incident.
Choose the SENATE box (if needed, it seems to be the default), and then click on the TRUMP SCORE column header to sort.
This shows the various Senator's support for Trump positions. Republicans range from quite a few at 96.2% down to Susan M. Collins at 80.8%. Jeff Flake is at 90.0% and Bob Corker is at 86.3%. BTW, John McCain is at 84.0%.
Democrats/Independents ranged from 53.8% to 9.6%. Bernard Sanders is at 15.4% and Elizabeth Warren is at 11.5%.
I guess that ugly politics and (possibly) ugly policy might not be the same. To their (dubious) credit, both Flake and Corker do come in in the bottom 10 for Republican Senator support for Trump policy positions.
Edited by Minnemooseus, : Add the "(... default)".
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Re: Trump retweets islamophobic videos from British Far right group
Snopes confirmed that at least one of the videos was fake news.
Why does Trump wish to diminish his own credibility? Or is it that he is again simply playing to his base?
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