George Will wrote recently, “It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either.”
All right, George. WC has been trying to think, speak and, yes, write clearly about the President for some time now. Still, on the belated occasion of Trump’s first hundred ten days, WC will take up George Will’s challenge and review a selection of the President’s many deficits.
Here’s lifelong Republican comentator Will again, in the same essay:
His fathomless lack of interest in America’s path to the present and his limitless gullibility leave him susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind.
Not quite as biting at that first sentence, but still pretty good, for a thoroughly mixed metaphor.
But the greatest catastrophe of the first Hundred Days of Trump isn’t his actions, despicable as they were and are. The truly horrifying part is the crowd with which he has surrounded himself. Some examples:
- A Secretary of Energy who could not name the agency over which he presides.
- A Secretary of Education who is ineducable on the multiple failures of the voucher programs she advocates.
- An Attorney General who chose to prosecute a citizen for laughing during his confirmation hearing but not two cops for shooting an unarmed African-American kid in the back.
- A presidential spokesperson who calls lies “alternative facts.”
- A Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who admitted during his confirmation process that he failed to pay more than $15,000 in state and federal employment taxes for a household employee.
- A Secretary of Commerce who admitted that one of the “dozen or so” housekeepers he has hired since 2009 was an undocumented alien.
- A Director of the Environmental Protection Agency who does not know what levels of lead are safe in drinking water.
The damage that one fool can do, even as President, is fairly limited. But if that fool surrounds himself with incompetents. or individual with personal agendas, or unthinking biases, the problem becomes much, much worse.
Which takes WC finally to the President’s abrupt firing of FBI Director Comey.1
- It was done without any advance notice to Director Comey.
- The excuse for firing makes no sense, and contradicts the Trumpster’s own praise of Comey.
- The letter firing Comey makes three gratuitous claims Comey told Trump he wasn’t under investigation.
- Has the appearance of a TV reality show version of the Saturday Night Massacre of Watergate fame.
- Seemingly reinforces the view of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians.
Maybe Comey should have been fired. Maybe he should have been fired a long time ago. But the circumstances of Trump’s firing are extremely suspicious. Was Comey getting so close to indictments that Trump felt compelled to fire him? Is this an attempt to stop a criminal investigation from getting closer to the White House, a la Archibald Cox?2
The only solution WC sees is appointment of an independent special prosecutor.
- Don’t get WC started on AG Jeff Sessions involvement in the firing of Comey. Sessions pledged to recuse himself from all things involving Russian interference in the presidential election. ↩
- WC offers a $20 bet that the Trumpster, who is as ignorant of American history as he is of everything else, has no idea who Archibald Cox is or why he matters. ↩