President Donald Trump’s colossal mishandling of the worst national health crisis of our time has already imperiled his prospects for re-election in November. His inability or unwillingness to provide leadership even in presenting an example of personal behavior, by refusing to wear a protective mask even when White House staffers have been afflicted with the virus, attests to his abysmal ignorance and self-centeredness.

The very concept of the presidency as the embodiment of institutional and moral leadership in the nation has been shattered in the worst political blunder ever committed by the electorate. It placed the country in the hands of an incompetent and ill-prepared imposter who governs only in terms of his inflated sense of self-worth and wisdom.

But the damage of Trump’s first-term reign of ineptitude in the Oval Office goes beyond the presidency. It also risks the demise, or at least the diminution, of the once Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln. Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

The wholesale surrender to Trump’s roller coaster of willful chaos by permissive Republican members of Congress invites a political tsunami this fall. The Democrats are poised for a repetition of their 2018 midterm recovery that recaptured the House of Representatives and restored Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

This time around, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is in the Democrats’ crosshairs along with enough of the 23 Republican incumbents up for re-election to seize the majority. The question is whether once-proud, independent-minded GOP senators of the mold of Robert Taft of Ohio, Everett Dirksen of Illinois, Bob Dole of Kansas and Howard Baker of Tennessee will surface again to reclaim that mantle.

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, has so far managed to survive the Trump era with a modicum of self-respect. But it will take more than a golden oldie to repair and revive the GOP after the manner in which its members on Capitol Hill have allowed themselves to be Trump’s doormat.

As for the sitting president, his hopes for a second term clearly rest on that miraculous economic recovery he continues to foresee despite the cloud of a second wave of the coronavirus. Prominent medical experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, continue to warn that it may well come back in force this fall.

Fauci, who earlier disappeared from the White House press briefing room after weeks of stealing Trump’s thunder with frank answers to reporters’ questions about the peril of the virus, reappeared Tuesday before a Senate committee. He emphatically reiterated his fear of its return, especially if social distancing guidelines are ignored.

From the outset of the virus crisis, Trump has been betting all his chips on it being at most a passing mirage. First it was going to disappear overnight. Then, worst of all, in reckless imitation of a medical doctor, he floated the deadly notion that it could be countered by ingesting a common household disinfectant.

Just the threat that there could be a second round of the coronavirus magnifies concern that the eight months remaining in Trump’s term will deepen the erosion of stability at home, and of American respect in the world at large. What tricks might he yet have up his sleeve to complicate the five remaining months of the presidential campaign? It already has been derailed by the social distancing lockdown, and now the nominating conventions are in doubt.

Trump, in his fashion, has even mulled over the pipe dream of being president for life. So who knows what mischief he might conjure up to make a mockery of one of our cherished exercises in self-government.

We can only hope that the outsized delusions of Donald Trump are unable to overcome the Founding Fathers’ provision of a presidential election every four years. But we’d all better fasten our seat belts for a rocky ride between now and November, as Trump conspires to retain national power.

Jules Witcover’s latest book is “The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power,” published by Smithsonian Books. You can respond to this column at juleswitcover@comcast.net.

(142) comments

threecents

Some are suggesting Trump never even took hydroxychloroquine. It flat out failed two clinical trials of over 1000 Covid patients each plus a smaller study done with VA patients. More people needed ventilators and died with it than without it, so it might violate the Hippocratic oath for a doctor to prescribe it. Trump is such a pathological liar/sociopath that I wouldn't be surprised if he never took it.

des21

My Dad told me never to call a person a liar unless you were prepared to physically back it up as that person had every right to physically assault you. (He came from Northeastern England- a tougher but more honorable place than here.) Ever since GWB was President the Dems have specialized in calling out "liar, liar, pant on fire." It's become the backbone of their political platform That, wine and circuses and open borders- yi-hah!). Boy, sometimes I miss dueling.

morel hunter

When you state that Democrats want "open borders", you are lying.

caspiansails

The only question which reduces this to the political hit it is, what debacle? Did we not achieve the stated goal of flattening the curve? Are we not ready to go back to work, at least those not working for the government who get there check regardless, or those working from home who are relatively unaffected economically. Those being hurt are being hurt by state and local politicians who keep them hostage in their own homes and forbid them not only from executing their rights under the US Constitutions but rights and privileges ensconced in the Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. I am not calling for an overthrow but that political leaders, especially those who continue to trample the pathway to the pursuit of happiness and are destroying liberty all in the name of protecting us from ourselves. We are free and we have the absolute right to work as we pursue our dreams without undue, and we are there, interference from governments who restrict us not only unnecessarily but without proper authority.

Greg F

Guess you never heard of national and state emergencies and their powers. No...we aren’t ready with over 1790 new cases just overnight.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Whether the DOJ/Durham report with lead to Obama/Biden is doubtful. However it would be neat to see Comey. Clapper, Brennan, Powers ,et al doing the “perp walk“.

Piedmontgardener

The anger in the 28%'s comments in here show the editorial hit the target.

aust42

The Title and 1st paragraph discloses the author's Trump Derange Syndrome is in full blown stage 4. Ergo, there is no credibility in the article.

bosco

Another question could be asked "Can The Democrat Party Survive The Obamagate Scandal" now that the dirty tricks are finally seeing the light of day instead of being locked away in Schiff's basement hearing room. No wonder he wouldn't let the Republican's call certain witnesses during the impeachment hearings.

Greg F

So I see you are hook line and sinker with the Obamagate distraction. Congratulations on confirming you're easily conned.

phydeaux994

I think Barr pretty much zilched that possibility today with his announcement that there is no proof of criminal activity by Obama and Biden in the RussiaGate Conspiracy Theory.

MRS M

............Nothing more here than the president's overfed lapdog trying to save any miniscule shread remaining of legal or moral respectability which he once might have demonstrated. As Republican strategist Rick Wilson has noted: "Everything Trump Touches.....Dies".The hardworking men and women at Justice can't wait to be rid of this disreputable shill, and the fact that Barr is willing to take this minimal stand against Trump, tells us he knows the walls are starting to close in.

des21

Yea Jules, it's inconceivable your side could lose to this guy. How'd that work out for you last time?[whistling]

I swear the Democrats can only lose (in their minds) if someone cheats- its why so many here still assert that there was collusion between Trump and the Russians despite the fact that the DOJ- which hates Trump- found nothing actionable and Flynn (that "dedicated public servant" is a free man while Clapper, Comey and Brennan are quaking in their topsiders) their product is so far superior to what the Republicans are offering. Wine and circuses.

Some day perhaps they will grow up. Until then, Trump will win re-election as Joe slips further and further into dotage, his new Green Energy Tsarina alienats the 10,000's workers and millions of dollars natural gas has brought to Pa., Wisconsin, Michigan, West Virginia, Oho, Minnesota, etc (and US energy independence- "no blood for oil" right?) retain the Senate and quite possibly retake the House. (Anybody notice that special election in California where the Republican Latino won? Anyone? Didn't think so.)

If the GOP doesn't lose their minds and bail out the failed privately traded public union pension funds across the northeast (NY, NJ, RI, Conn. Mass. etc.) Illinois (which has been bankrupt for over a decade and is now trying to monetize the crisis like Pelosi with her her "minimum income" nonsense) and California, we'll see a wave of Republican Governors in those states too. The corrupt quid pro quo between the public sector unions and Democrats ($$$ for votes) may finally be broken. First the Janus ruling in the SCOTUS and now the unions' own incompetence managing their funds and the ever larger promises by Democrats of a pot of gold after 20 years service- some future generation will foot the bill, perfect storm time.)

Times are good Jules, thanks for asking. We'll get over this crisis like we always do by working together and relying on each other an our own internal strengths and faith. Not by waiting for a government handout thanks.

hayduke2

Wait - now Obamagate is the new diversion and you bought into it hook, line and sinker. To quote the DOJ found nothing actionable is quite misleading - it is the president's personal attorney Barr who has his head where the sun doesn't shine. But I bet deep down you know that.

bosco

Wasn't it Eric Holder who proclaimed he was the president's wingman?[ninja]

hayduke2

There you go again trying to divert and blow smoke

threecents

Nothing wrong with the AG and president agreeing on topics. The problem is when the AG is favoring or disfavoring individuals because of their loyalty to the president. It is also a problem if the AG shields the president from government investigations. This is not rocket science.

bosco

"Nothing wrong with the AG and president agreeing on topics. The problem is when the AG is favoring or disfavoring individuals because of their loyalty to the president. It is also a problem if the AG shields the president from government investigations. This is not rocket science."......I agree, and that's why the chickens are coming home to roost for Clinton, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, and they could even stretch back to Eric "wingman" Holder.

Corruption needs to be rooted out, no matter whose side it is.

threecents

OK Bosco.

des21

yup.

des21

It's not a diversion Hay, if you were paying attention you know that the Durham report was slated to come out in the Spring of 2020 long before this new "crisis" erupted.

BTW, Barr said your guy Obama was "probably not culpable." Don't you love him now? Like Comey, Mueller- you know the long list of public servants the left has hated- until they loved them. Was Eric Holder Obama's lap dog- he pretty much said he was. Barr has slapped down Trump repeatedly- but you know that.

des21

Very little about obabmagate in my post- most had to do with the folly of insanely stupidly invested public pension funds by private brokers- probably somebody's son'in-law. Et tu Hay? Divert much?

Greg F

Des, you realize that Trump claimed he wanted to save all the homeowners, yet surrounded himself by homewrecking companies that preyed on those very people who were supposed to have protections under the bailout. Mnuchin is one of the biggest thieves out there and is just one of the most corrupt cabinet ever seated. I know you wont read it...why would you, it bashes your orange man thought bubble. Anyway, read it if you dare and then say Trump isn't just the most evil a---ole on the face of the planet https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062869531/homewreckers/

phydeaux994

question des. How do you teach Elementary School Physical Education remotely?

des21

Very carefully so no one gets hurt Phy.

MRS M

Government handouts are not for those with salaried positions and nice, negotiated benefits packages to fall back on when circumstances beyond an individuals' control cause loss of jobs and income. Those "quarantining" in such comfortable positions appear tone deaf to the extraordinary needs of the less fortunate, the hourly workers, the non-salaried, and those in the service industries now unemployed, as well as the small businesses that the Republican Party like to tout as being supportive of. With nearly 70% of Americans having less than $1000 in savings , and 78% reporting they live paycheck to paycheck, the lack of empathy and understanding which some Republicans are happy to proudly denigrate, is pretty astounding. Internal Strength? Faith? "Good times'? I'd love to know what "faith" promotes proudly prosethelytizing from one's computer chair about not needing "handouts", while being course and dismissive to the needs of those suffering through this pandemic. Shameful......and stomach-turning.

caspiansails

Nice try but the President has done a good job and was early on some critical decisions. The left will attack regardless and it is expected. We will see who is in the White House the next four years and who controls the House, as it will not be Nancy next year.

C.D.Reid

This commentary is exactly the kind of garbage we can expect from the left as they get more and more desperate the closer the election gets. They know how well Trump got the economy going after he beat Clinton, and they know that, as a business man, he can revive it after this Chinese Virus has passed on. That, coupled with the fact that the best the left has to put up against Trump in November is a senile, dementia afflicted fossil who is hiding out in his basement from sexual harassment accusations and inappropriate behavior towards multiple women is going to melt the left down to a puddle of panicked desperation. Get your safe spaces ready for another four years lefties.

hayduke2

KR/CD - know it won't make any difference to you but you might want to read about Joe's accuser ( not so squeaky clean ) https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/15/tara-reade-left-trail-of-aggrieved-acquaintances-260771

Greg F

Are you kidding...they won't read that....it may tell them something true that Fox told them was all lies.

Greg F

There you go again...we know the second you open your mouth with "Chinese virus" you are one of the people who are the problem an love to rant the same racist BS that trumpidydumb does. Anyway....here...read this and see if this has any way to get through that thick head of yours to see what Trump an his band of thieves is really up to. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062869531/homewreckers/

Hollowed Ground

Biden made a gaffe. He mixed up the numbers of jobs lost and lives lost from Covid. Republicans ridicule him for that. Today, Republican Ben Carpenter made a gaffe. I think it was a gaffe. He equated lock down orders to concentration camps and said Hitler was not a white supremacist, that he just feared the Jewish nation. He said Democrats will round up infected people and ship them off. No Republican has condemned, criticized or ridiculed him. I guess it was not a gaffe. He spoke too many sentences to be a gaffe. Republicans love him still. Maga.

jsklinelga

Hollowed Ground

Not surprising you twisted Mr. Carepnter's words. But they were a poor choice and he apologized for any mischaracterizations that were construed. And also the Republican party leader apologized. We only wish that remarks by folks like AOC and the squad, or Maxine Waters etc were treated with equal contempt and apologies were forthcoming from the Democrat leadership[p

Hollowed Ground

Apologized for mischaracterization???? That's not an apology; it's digging in. "I am sorry you misinterpreted what I said" means what I said was right and your understanding/interpretation is wrong. Now he has added that health screening stickers are the same as Nazi yellow stars. No, I did not twist Mr. Carpenters words at all. He said it all and has retracted nothing. The Republican party leader apologized?? So what? That means nothing. Parents can apologize for their child's misbehavior, but no adult can apologize for the actions of another adult. Admit it: Mr. Carpenter is the true face of the Republican Party.

Greg F

He didn’t apologize for the words, just the way someone took it...dodging any apology. Typical non-apology apology...shifting it back upon the others.

bosco

He acted like a dog-faced pony soldier.

threecents

Bosco, If you weren't trying to be a Republican, you would know that was meant as a joke. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dog-faced+pony+soldier&docid=608044970889317375&mid=346CD22D59FE8DA1D56D346CD22D59FE8DA1D56D&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

bosco

When Madison Moore, a 21-year-old economics student, asked Biden whether voters could remain confident in his campaign after his poor performance in the Iowa caucuses, Biden asked her if she had ever attended a caucus. When Moore said yes, Biden responded: “No you haven’t! You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

Maybe he should've challenged her to a pushup contest instead, or sniffed her hair, or invited her to feel his hairy legs, or sucked on one of her fingers.

Just google "creepy joe biden" and you'll see. Unless you are a lying dog faced pony soldier.[ninja]

threecents

Bosco, You did not watch the link I posted. Here it is again. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dog-faced+pony+soldier&docid=608044970889317375&mid=346CD22D59FE8DA1D56D346CD22D59FE8DA1D56D&view=detail&FOR

threecents

Hello Bosco. No more comments to make my eyes roll?

timothygaydos

POTUS did a great job with everything while the socialists/democrats sat on their butts and did a phony impeachment and now we know all about Flynn and much more to come and this writer wants us to believe the POTUS did a bad job with the virus - get real! We have a Gov that is playing to get $$$ to fix the state's budget just like NY, NJ, and so many others.... it is really sad to see the contradictions with the Dems... Trump wins in November and we get 4 more years, and most likely at least two more supreme court judges... how sweet it is...

awteam2000

That’s Trump’s accomplishments? Impeached, got Flynn of the hook (tbd) and 88,000 dead?🤔 The Republicans control most of the governorships, State legislatures, the senate, the courts and the presidency . But still unhappy ☹️. They just can’t control the cultural change.

jsklinelga

Aw

I agree for once with hayduke2. Your comment is delusional. I have noticed that in the last couple days the "old guard" of commenters like yourself, Hay, ,phy, DickD have gotten even more bizarre in your comments. Clearly you are in the panic mode as you see the 2020 election slipping away. faster than Biden's mental faculties. To blame the coronavirus death toll on DJT is a disgraceful political hack job. Disgraceful.

( And as a side note I feel uncomfortable referencing Mr. Biden's diminishing mental faculties. Age, and the loss of faculties is not a fault. But it is a consideration for electing a President)

awteam2000

You have to admit, a second term of Trump would be a frightening Steven King ‘horror story’🧟‍♂️ enough to make anyone panic.

Many of my Republican friends who have never voted for a democrat as president are so frightened by this dysfunctional administration, now are saying “ they will vote to remove Trump no matter who’s running against him, he’s been a complete disaster.”

timothygaydos

They the liberals/socialists/democrats are in real trouble - 1. Biden is their current choice and no real sub coming off the bench, heck Cuomo messed that up sending positive cases to nursing homes not to mention blowing his budgets... 2. They were pushing impeachment and were celebrating when corona was starting to get traction 3. they want to ignore the illegal wire-tapping of a campaign and real Russian collusion by their own party members not to mention the Obama Admin personnel violating laws... it is fun to watch these folks scramble to make traction and now Pelosi wants to bail out these states with overspent budgets...

awteam2000

What’s more amazing is how easily the “liberal/socialist/democrats” got the whole world to play along.🙄

hayduke2

You ought to self assess and look in the mirror sometime soon jsk. What I also find disgracful is the folks who look at the president, his lack of leadership in a time of crisis, and continually make excuses or try to cloud the issue with irrelevant comments.

hayduke2

Delusional...

hayduke2

Hey, the premier medical journal, the Lancet, is calling for Trump to be voted out. So much for his great job with the virus.

des21

Wow. Let's try to stay to our expertise and not politicize tragedy right? That's remarkable. Remarkably pointless but still remarkable they would do that. And BTW, "the Lancet" is NOT the "premier medical journal" Hay, or, if it is, where? Paraguay?

hayduke2

Why so bitter des. Research the Lancet and you will find the majority of folks call it "The Lancet is the world's leading independent general medical journal. The journal's coverage is international in focus and extends to all aspects of human health. The Lancet publishes the original primary research and review articles of the highest standard." But, I forgot you know better.

threecents

Lancet and JAMA are the two premier medical journals. Science, Nature, and PNAS are the premier science journals. Ask any MD or biologist if you doubt me.

threecents

I left out the New England Journal of Med. That is up there with Lancet and JAMA.

Greg F

Deflection...again...stay on topic. This isn’t about impeachment but about the constant barrage of lies from the beginning, dodging responsibilities and then blaming others for the consequences. He even tried to blame Obama for not having that 69 page plan and pandemic response team that was conveniently disbanded and report ignored. Then he blamed shortages of PPE on him too even after being warned way ahead by manufacturers begging for help that has still not arrived. Go away Timmy...Lassie isn’t heat to save you.

gabrielshorn2013

Greg, the pandemic response team was not disbanded, they were reorganized under a different directorate. That fact has been posted here many times. Look it up. The PPE shortage goes all the way back to 2009 and the H1N1 epidemic where the PPE from the Strategic National Stockpile was drawn down and never replaced through three presidential terms. The cupboard was bare when it was needed, and companies could not ramp up production fast enough due to supply chain and manufacturing capacity issues. The states also failed to maintain their stockpiles of critical supplies. As for warnings, yes, every administration back to Reagan was warned that it was not an issue of if, but when a pandemic would hit. The other administrations dodged a bullet.

des21

Gabe what are the premiere medical journals in America?

xJacky1

Talk about out to lunch! The author of this hit pice hsd missed several meals.

Moon otter

Sorry folks the Republican party of today is not the party of Lincoln, far from it.

Greg F

You forget the republicans in Lincoln’s era were not the conservatives and that the party platforms flipped from back then to what they are now. That’s a tired old republican posture you’re poorly trying to argue.

xJacky1

Just like the Democrat party of Kennedy ain’t the same. In fact it is more like Khrushchev’s party.

hayduke2

Delusional...

olefool

wacky-jacky, the way I see it Kennedy ate Khrushchev's lunch... Putin ate Trump's lunch.... Xi Jinping ate Putin and Trump's lunches. Trump lied, Americans died, 90,113 as of this posting...

Greg F

Sorry Jackywacky but the party flip was well before Kennedy. Did you ever take a history class, much less pass one...ever?

Greg F

For one, liberals would have been shot by true communists/fascists. Second is that Kennedy wanted a better America and was all about science, exploration and furthering education and opportunity for all classe. The GOP since Reagan and especially now with DeVoss as chief clown of education, are the polar opposite, funding private schools and staunchly against science. The GOP is anti-science putting lobbyists at the front lines of NASA, education, EPA, and SCOTUS....along with all regional courts too. There have been changes since Kennedybin some ways but none so extreme as the total right wing extreme the GOP has had, with a whore nationalist whoremonger in the Oval Office who pretends to have Christian values. Sound like another famous mustachio clad fascist.

Moon otter

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Jleftwich

"Prominent medical experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, continue to warn that it may well come back in force this fall."

I bet if this virus caused erectile dysfunction it would be taken a lot more seriously.

phydeaux994

🦧😂

public-tertiary

It is again time to do our president the honor of quoting him verbatim at some length as he describes nurses.

“They are warriors aren’t they, when you see them going into those hospitals and they’re putting the stuff that you deliver, but they’re wrapping themselves, and the doors are opening, and they’re going through the doors, and they’re not even ready to go through those doors, they probably shouldn’t, but they can’t get there fast enough, and they’re running into death just like soldiers run into bullets in a true sense, I see that with the doctors and the nurses and so many of the people that go into those hospitals, it’s incredible to see, it’s a beautiful thing to see.”

It is a beautiful thing to see this president talk.

Obadiah Plainsmen

True he is not the polished orator of past presidents, but it is nice to hear someone speaking without the uh, um, er, after every third word.

bosco

Literally, like, uhm, you know, me and him actually agree with you, you know?

threecents

Bosco, There you go again, just trying to press people's buttons. You are better than that.[unsure]

public-tertiary

Trump would benefit from that,actually.

awteam2000

Mr. Yuk says to all the kiddies and Trump cult out there, “ um 😶, don’t use disinfectants ‘uh’ or UV light as as an anti- viral remedy, 🤮’er’. Don’t listen to Trump.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Poor otter, being 2 months of lockdown in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania which went to DJT in the 2016 election beating HRC by 46,000 votes has made him very snippy.

Moon otter

OP In PA lot of the dems stayed home and the independents is what gave it to him. Not happening this time. They learned their lesson. Dems/Reps numbers are pretty much even it is the independents we have to court.

Moon otter

OP lockdown? I have the Michaux SF to wander in, plus a woods on my property, unless I am on the AT I never see anybody. When I do go into the other world I wear my mask and do social distancing for my fellow humans. I understand science.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Otter, once I post a comment I move on to the next item on my agenda. However I’m curious and in the spirit of science and I believe that curiosity is the foundation of science, Why did it take you 5 hrs 48 min to complete your thought in responding to my comment?

Greg F

Trump doesn’t pause to think before he blurts out his ignorance.

hayduke2

Maybe he could put together a coherent thought if he did.

public-tertiary

Nahhhhhh!

awteam2000

You know it might be beneficial if Trump took a ‘um’ or a ‘uh’ in mid sentence to gather his thoughts before blasting out gibberish. At least his supporters wouldn’t have to spend so much time explaining what he meant to say.🤷‍♂️ Remember the Revolutionary War Troops 'Took Over the Airports' in His Fourth of July Speech? Was that a gaffe or just ignorance?

olefool

Teleprompter, nothing more.

des21

Yea, he's not as smart or as eloquent as you or I- or even some others here Pub- but somehow the "common American" (whatever that is) seems to relate to him. It's certainly not a new phenomenon in America that the more polished orator is not the favorite. This election is unique as one candidate is hard to follow but assertive and definite and the other seems eternally confused (I suggest you quote some of Biden's gems at length- good luck figuring that guy out over the past few years and it's getting worse- quickly!)

Obadiah Plainsmen

The Republican party will survive, however I have my doubts that journalism can survive from the nitwits like Jules Whitcover.

tonyc51

Neither democrat or republican can be proud of how the last 3 1/2 years have played out. Trump is not blameless, but the democrats in the form of Pelosi and Schumer (not to mention Schiff and Nadler) do not come out blameless. All of the aforementioned people have put politics ahead of the country and should be voted out. Vote for the individual not the party has always been my approach.

Hollowed Ground

Since the GOP IS Trump, it will survive all that he does or says. And none of it is good.

fnpzwack

Can the Democrat Party survive the Biden geriatric cognitive impairment debacle?

Greg F

Cognitive impairment is the high point of trump. Say one thing and can’t remember an hour later you said it. Tell people to inject sanitizer. No science understanding whatsoever and literally thinks washing coal with soap and water makes it clean coal. He hasn’t got an honest bone in himself or his entire family tree. His followers....much the same.

prg45fan

So greg, I'm a Trump supporter. Are you calling me a liar? Are you also calling mentally impaired? I think we are at a point or very near a point where the people of this Nation are going to make a very important decision. Individuals are going to have the opportunity to voice their opinion, and stand up for that same opinion in a more direct manner. I wonder if it will wait until the Trump reelection?

hayduke2

Trump supporter - more like excuse maker.

prg45fan

or the 4th. Or maybe even the 3rd. Antifa has to gear up.

Greg F

Obviously you don’t realize Antifa was formed in the WWII era and was against fascism. We now see the fascists all concerned there’s an anti-fascist organization once again. Could be the fascists now in the Oval Office and the likes of the GOP senate brought that need back.

morel hunter

Right behind Qanon and Alex Jones.

Greg F

Morel hunter...the Jones is a major fascist.

Greg F

And QANON is just nutjobs.

Greg F

Prg...to back the tman at this point you have for sure place doubts on your ability do distinguish fact from fiction and at supporting his morals call into question your own values they don’t mind porn star payouts, sexual assaults, fraud on his businesses to the point he is sued by the 1000s, not paying his employees, hiring the limes of Mnuchen who defrauded homeowners by the thousands out of their homes (see NPR for that story...though I know you never will), who has mafia ties to his buildings over decades with shady deals from Russia, who hires illegals himself yet hates them all, and who is an admitted white nationalist with the full, undistanced, backing from the KKK, and all the pi..y-grabbing. Yeah...I think you categorize yourself if you can tolerate that.

olefool

,eack: Don't know... can you???

prg45fan

The party of hate is done already. The aftermath will be shown on November 1st.

Jleftwich

What’s on November 1st?

Greg F

Trump’s going away party.

threecents

Rikki, It is not about hate. It is about telling the truth.

awteam2000

In the next couple of weeks Republicans Senators will begin jumping ship. They are not going to bet their political future on a dying quail. He has an awful record.

Trump’s whole administration has been a total disaster from day one. Corruption, Lies, continuous investigations , White House staff turnover ‘out the roof’, incompetence galore, impeachment, the list goes on. But history will remember his greatest failing was his lack of leadership during an emergency of epic proportions. Simply “missing in action”.

For two months Trump didn’t take the pandemic seriously, followed by an anemic response.

On January 22nd Trump was asked after the first case was identified, was he worried he said “there’s nothing to worry about, we have it completely under control”. On January 24th, he tweeted “it will all work out well”. On February 26, Trump boasted “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. “ At a rally on February 28th, Trump said, "The coronavirus, this is their new hoax."

From suggesting disinfectant and UV light as a remedy to blaming everyone and taking no responsibility only more of his shtick (us against them).

Trump disbanded NSC pandemic unit 2 years into office. 3 1/2 years into his administration Trump even claimed Obama left him with no direction on what to do. Will here it is: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6819268/Pandemic-Playbook.pdf

Now, May 16, 89,000 dead, 1.4 million COVID-19 positive cases. Trump says, “testing is overrated” , but everyone around him must be tested daily. Still running his con, ‘what’s good for him isn’t necessarily good for you’. What a schmuck.

tonyc51

"Corruption, Lies, continuous investigations , White House staff turnover ‘out the roof’, incompetence galore, impeachment, the list goes on. " are you discussing the Bill Clinton Administration. But if you remember he was reelected for a second term, I think largely because the republicans nominated a less than impressive candidate in Bob Dole (a good man but totally uninspiring), who proceeded to lose in the electoral college 379 to 159. Could history be repeating itself by the assumed democrat nominee Joe Biden? Did this not happen in 2016 when a highly disliked individual (by the way I think she was wife to the aforementioned Bill Clinton) was beaten handedly in the electoral college win of Donald Trump. Neither party learns do they?

awteam2000

It always amazes me how people remember events differently... Wasn’t Clinton impeached in his second term as president after being investigated for 6 1/2 years over a 20k land deal done while serving as governor of Arkansas, then charged for lying about sex?🤷‍♂️

The only other president that was impeached was Andrew Johnson. He wasn’t re-elected to office for a second term.

The debacle Trump, has at least 18 indictments waiting for once he leave office.

tonyc51

I voted for Bill Clinton in his second term (not his first), due to the Bob Dole candidacy. Wasn't the Waco fiasco, The Vince Foster scandal, Whitewater among others during his first term. I think you can understand the comparison I made if you want to. I still would have voted for him again if he could have run again because I felt a lot of the noise was political and he did an overall good job, much as most of the noise today is political.

Jleftwich

Firing IGs on Friday nights is ... noise? An attorney general doing the president’s bidding, consolidating power for an unchecked presidency...also noise?

tonyc51

For JLEFT: Some of Obama's firings, seems like for lot of the same reasons as most of Trump firings. When you disagree publicly with the boss, you often are fired or you quit.

Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

The former Admiral didn’t adapt well to the politics of civilian leadership. Engaging in losing turf wars with White House veterans, and vocally opposed to the Administration’s reliance on drone strikes, Blair quickly submitted his resignation when it was clear he would be fired.

Stanley McChrystal, Commander of International Security Assistance Force

Obama fired McChrystal after he and his subordinates were openly disdainful of their Washington leadership in a Rolling Stone feature story.

awteam2000

Obama also fired Mike Flynn. Warned Trump not to hire him. Now after Barr withdrew DOJ charges against Flynn after his plea bargain of guilt and waiting sentencing , U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Tuesday took action to delay the Justice Department’s move to drop charges against former national security adviser Flynn. Sullivan says he expects legal experts and independent groups to weigh in on the department’s decision not to prosecute Flynn for lying to the FBI.

Btw, hasn’t Trump set a record of indictments under any administration? Making the Teapot Dome look like an old ladies’ bridge game.

hayduke2

Yup, and indictment of the outdated EC that shows its shortcomings...

morel hunter

"Accuse the other side of what you are doing."

des21

You are delusional aw. "There is no way we can lose." Keep repeating that to yourself like you did while clutching your lucky rabbits foot back in November of '16. It's worked before right?

public-tertiary

“Can the Republican Party survive the Trump virus debacle?”

Sure. No problem. That’s because the the traditional GOP died well before Covid 19 ever touched our shores.

jsklinelga

public-redux

, If you mean the traditional Republican party that really was not much different than the traditional Democrat party I agree. We saw President Trump mow them down in the primaries. This would include things like the shake ups in the George Bush Center for intelligence (named during a Democrat Presidency.) Or the shake ups in the FBI and State Department.. What some refer to as the "Deep State."

But certainly the ol' Democrat party has undergone even a more major transformation.

public-tertiary

You have to go back farther than 2016 to find the traditional GOP. It died well before then.

olefool

Newt Gingrich would be their first imploder, they couldn't handle him either.. "Contract with America", yeah right....

des21

What do you think is the traditional GOP Pub? Trump's certainly not it, as 3 points out below and I've said ad nauseum, he's a democratic creature, not one of the GOP- but I'm curious who you think embodies a "traditional Republican." email me please, my attendance here these days is sketchy as I find the constant mono-directional drone of the deluded somewhat disconcerting. Thanks.

jsklinelga

An article definitely not worth reading. In early March I wrote a letter expressing a hope that this severe crisis would not be politicized. Politicization of the crisis not only makes it harder to chart the best course forward but it also cast doubts on the information we daily read.

One thing for certain we all knew what President Trump meant by the next "hoax."/ This column is the perfect example.

The next few months are going to be filled with more columns like this as the Democrats hope for a 2020 Presidential victory grows more uncertain. We can count on every favorable being broadcast loudly and every negative being broadcast even louder.

bosco

Not to worry. Biden's latest televised gaffe from his bunker was that because of Trump's mishandling of the coronvirus, the US had lost 85,000 jobs and it has cost us millions of lives. He also said that if we beieve Tara Reade, since we are supposed to believe all women, to vote for someone else.

No wonder the Dems are keeping him in his bunker. Next, they need to cut off the video/audio feed.

marinick1

[thumbup][thumbup] Bosco

olefool

Yeah, sorta like Trump and his analogy that virus testing is what causes the disease not the virus itself... Google it up, you'll find hundreds more Trump gaffs than anybody else. But worse, Trump lied and people died and he keeps on lying and people keep on dying. How's that working out for your "patriotic" sensabilities.

Greg F

How many sexual assault accusations does President Pu..y-Grabber have? Recall that child molestation accusation? Recall porn star payoffs...and peeping at teens in pageants? We didn’t forget those like you did.

Greg F

Also don’t forget the thousands of lawsuits by small businesses he isn’t paying because he just doesn’t feel like it, or not paying workers...hiring illegals at Mar-a-Lago...questionable immigration by his illegal stripper immigrant wife? She’s quiet as a mouse the entire last year...she run out of things to plagiarize?

public-tertiary

bosco, I’m genuinely curious why you think verbal gaffes matter anymore. Trump has devalued that currency so much it is worthless. Or perhaps you think people have higher expectations of Biden than Trump?

hayduke2

Well, sure Bosco. He can't compare to all the intelligent things Trump says - Trade wars are easy - I have absolute authority - inject some bleach - every American who wants can get tested - and on and on. Funny, you seem to ignore these and defend the con man. That is the definition of hypocritical action.

xJacky1

[thumbup][thumbup] Bosco

Hollowed Ground

Wouldn't we have a wonderful nation if the only negative thing Trump did was to mix up a couple of words every now and then?

threecents

OK Bosco.

marinick1

[thumbup][thumbup] jsklinelga

olefool

jsk, the only "hoax" being perpetrated on the American people is Donald J, Trump, period. The fact that you can't or won't see that reality, and brag about it here, would be laughable if it wern't so pittiful. 100,000 deaths by June 1... Chew on that for a while. Trump lies and people die .

jsklinelga

ole fool

I cannot even begin to read aw's comment because it starts out more far fetched than yours. You are actually blaming President Trump for the deaths of the Corona Virus. Incredible. You justly earn your moniker.

olefool

Quoting one republican.. "there you go again"... Einstein wrote about those who blindly follow another: Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance. You can try to spin it all you want but Trump lied and because of those lies, people died. The fact that you can't admit that reality is telling....

prg45fan

China lies and people die. Fixed it for you fool.

olefool

Yeah... they're peas in a pod, prg.. thanks.

xJacky1

[thumbup][thumbup] JSK

des21

absolutely true JSK. The media- such as it is- is a joke.

Dwasserba

"The wholesale surrender to Trump’s roller coaster of willful chaos by permissive Republican members of Congress invites a political tsunami...' I like one Republican. Hogan. Otherwise, no thank you. Independent.

prg45fan

You know he's a Democrat in disguise right?

Greg F

Whatever....you just say that because you’re in love with Trump and Hogan has sense enough to realize trump for the sh**storm that he is.

threecents

Prg, Which one is the Democrat in disguise? Quiz: How long ago do you think it was that Trump was a pro-life Democrat and why do you think he converted? Hint: Trump did not have a religious conversion.

threecents

Answers: Trump did not turn pro-life until 2012 - around the time he decided join the Republican party, lead the birther movement, and run for president. This is his third stint as a Republican after two stints a Democrat, one with the Reform party and one as an independent. Pretty obvious that these apparent ideological changes were solely designed to help him become president. He simply found that Republicans were generally easier to trick into thinking he cared about them and could help them.

prg45fan

Okay, is that like when Hillary carried a bottle of hot sauce around courting the "super predator" vote or maybe when she "evolved" from an "anti-abortion" position to the "shout your abortion" stage? Or how about I was for border security until I wasn't Biden? Your party of hate is finished. They publicly admit what they're doing and expect Americans to join the hate they've had since she lost. China deliberately exported Global economic devastation and the American public isn't falling for the same crap that happened because of the Mueller lies in 2018. Come this November the voters of this country will put their thoughts into votes.

threecents

Rikki, That was random. I am not a hateful person. Neither party is a party of hate. I like you and wish you the best - which includes Biden winning in November.[cool]

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