“Over the past few months, the country has been in a foul sort of trance. Among people who work in politics, Republicans as well as Democrats, it is conventional wisdom that President Trump is staggeringly ill-informed, erratic, reckless and dishonest. (He also might be compromised by a hostile foreign power.) But it’s also conventional wisdom that with few exceptions, Republicans in Congress are not going to stand up to him. America’s nuclear arsenal is in the hands of a senescent Twitter troll, but those with political power have refused to treat this fact as a national emergency. Thus, even though a majority of Americans consider the president unfit for office, a fatalistic sense of stasis has set in.Credit Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, for momentarily snapping us out of it. On Sunday evening, after a Twitter feud with Trump, Corker gave an interview to The New York Times in which he said publicly what Republican officeholders usually say only privately. Trump, Corker told the reporters Jonathan Martin and Mark Landler, is treating the presidency like “a reality show” and could be setting the nation “on the path to World War III.” Corker has previously said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly “help separate our country from chaos.” On Sunday, he identified the agent of that chaos. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker said of Trump.”
Here is my favorite comment:
CheistineMcM is a trusted commenter Massachusetts 6 hours ago
“The Congress holds the ultimate power for war,” Jerry Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank, told me. “Though they have more or less delegated that power away to the executive branch, they can take it back.”
Wow. We’ve come light years in just three days once one Senator decided to tell it like it is: the Emperor has no clothes.
While handcuffing his nuclear power will enrage Trump, I hope this can get debated and passed with urgency given what’s at stake–because time really is running out.
I also thank you, Michelle, for pointing out that were our politics not so fractured, Trump could be impeached on the basis of the emoluments clause alone. Were a Democratic president self-dealing in the brazen manner Trump is, you can be pretty sure that person would be long gone.
GOP cowardice or not, our caged animal president, prone to rages and crazy talk, could (and should) be removed by the 25th amendment as unfit for office. But since even that’s impossible, let’s settle by isolating him from unilateral use of the codes.
Our nation is on edge: most of us believe we have a nut-job as president supported by a passionate but gullible base not known for intellectual curiosity. Bob Corker’s truth to power interview has snapped the rest of us out of our national torpor–we want solutions now.
Hopefully Corker’s awakening can spread to his colleagues before it’s too late.
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