The LA Times didn’t mince words in a new op-ed published Sunday titled Our Dishonest President, in which the news outlets editors call President Trump’s recent behavior “reckless,” “unpredictable” and “worrisome.” The op-ed goes on to assert that “nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this trainwreck” that is Donald J. Trump.
The op-ed goes on, noting that they, like many Americans, hoped Trump would be all talk and no action:
‘Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.’
The editors continued, criticizing Trump for his pitiful attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act [ACA], build a border-wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, and for challenging the courts.
Just seventy-some odd days into his presidential tenure, “President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all,” the editorial asserts.
The piece continues, noting that Trump will likely “weaken this country’s moral standing in the world, imperil the planet and reverse years of slow but steady gains by marginalized or impoverished Americans.”
As for what’s ultimately the most concerning thing about Trump’s swift rise to power, well that’s simple. The LA Times notes:
‘What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous.’
The Times promises to focus on Trump’s “shocking lack of respect,” for institutions, his “utter lack of regard” for the truth and his “scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories.”
The piece concludes with a call on lawmakers and voters to hold the president accountable for his actions, writing:
‘Voters must turn out for elections. Members of Congress — including and especially Republicans — must find the political courage to stand up to Trump. Courts must safeguard the Constitution. State legislators must pass laws to protect their citizens and their policies from federal meddling.’
‘Those who oppose the new president’s reckless and heartless agenda must make their voices heard.’
The paper says the op-ed is the first in a series.
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