Donald Trump’s job description as president of these United States is to speak for the people, keep them safe, and inspire comfort in them during troubled times. Yes, these are very troubled times. Then, there are his cabinet members who are spokespeople for the president, there to represent him in his role of leader, but something is terribly wrong.
This week, one of Trump’s cabinet members could not find it within himself to speak for 45’s values. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would not support Trump’s view of blaming peaceful counter protesters in Charlottesville for the white supremacists’ violence and death of one woman. Tillerson said on Fox News Sunday:
‘I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values…(but) The president speaks for himself.’
A New York Times editorial Tuesday pointed out that Donald Trump speaks for himself alone:
‘Mr. Trump, we are reminded every day in ways we would not have imagined the day before, speaks and acts in the interests of himself and no one else.’
The editorial pointed to Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. The news has splashed the sheriff’s sadistic treatment of both legal and undocumented people for years, and it finally caught up with him. He was arrested. The Times wrote that the president cares for nothing other than himself:
‘That disturbing truth was nowhere more evident than in Mr. Trump’s pardon, late Friday night, of the former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, which he issued, in his cowardly way, as the nation was riveted to the impending landfall of Hurricane Harvey.’
Arpaio “terrorized the Latinos of southern Arizona” wrote the Times:
‘To most people with any awareness of Arizona politics, Mr. Arpaio is an abomination to the rule of law, the principle of equal justice and plain decency. He spent a good part of his near-quarter-century in office terrorizing the Latinos of southern Arizona, locking them up for the crime of having brown skin, abusing and humiliating them, refusing to stop even after a federal judge told him to, and arresting journalists for reporting on it all.’
Then the Times pointed out that Trump can pardon anyone he chooses:
‘It shows not only contempt for the judiciary’s sole means of enforcing the law, but suggests that Mr. Trump may be just as eager to pardon friends, family and allies caught up in the Russia investigation.’
Trump has shown his disregard for the justice system, and it is ugly.
To read the Times’ op-ed in its entirety, click on this link.
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