It is now Friday and until now, I hadn't written anything because I've been caught in the riptide of breaking news after breaking news--it feels like when you're bodysurfing in the sea's waves, but then you're caught by a big one and every time your head breaks the ocean's surface for a breath of air, you're pummeled by the next wave thus continue to struggle to breathe and make it to shore.
In my imagination, I write breathtaking articles, poems, and treatises that leave readers itching to take action and change their perspective. For now, I will settle for the small number of people who read this and hope that by reading, instead of an echo chamber, they hear a call to metaphoric arms.
This is the week when our Commander in Chief fired the man who was leading an investigation into the president's ties to Russia. For a moment, the White House feigned that the reason had nothing to do with Russia, and everything to do with Hillary Clinton. While this excuse was laughable at best to many, the mere attempt at covering up the truth with such a flimsy explanation should set off alarm bells--this is a president who is so confidant in his ability to do whatever he wants regardless of how insane, illegal, unconstitutional, immoral it is, he doesn't even put in the effort to truly disguise what he's doing. And that was only Tuesday.
It didn't take long for the Hillary scapegoat to disappear. Journalists, people who watch/read the news, commentators, other members of the FBI, average citizens--we all knew the Trump team wasn't telling the truth. And later Trump confirmed it himself in an interview with Lester Holt. "I was going to fire Comey, anyway," Trump said in the interview, making it clear his decision to fire James Comey as the director of the FBI was not because of a recommendation from Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.
This is the third person Trump has fired who has stood up to him. He's also fired Sally Yates and Preet Bharara. Donald Trump doesn't like it when people stand up to him or, in his view, stand in his way. His solution? Get rid of them.
Comey's firing, of course, isn't the first alarming thing Trump has done since being sworn in as president. I think the difference is, even if in the past when Trump did something scary or un-presidential or idiotic, some people--even if it was a stretch--could find ways to explain away his behavior. It should go without saying that a big portion of the country (ahem, Trump lost the popular vote by about 3 million votes, remember?) has never bought into his nonsense and bravado. And even thought many of us have said, "this time" before--the firing of Comey, the way it was done, the excuse that was given (an excuse easily contradicted by Trump's own words and actions before and after the election), Trump contradicting his own excuse, the investigation into Russia, reports of Trump's temper and obsession with the investigation that wouldn't go away, his tweets--all this would seem to add up to Trump supporters and others who are merely OK with Trump finally waking up.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said we don't need an independent investigation into Russia. Most Republicans in Congress agree with McConnell. A poll by Survey Monkey says most Republican voters believe the initial explanation for firing Comey, and don't think investigating Trump ties to Russia is a serious issue.
I said it on Twitter, and I'll say it again: Republicans like McConnell are telling us 2+2=5 (side note, this is a reference to George Orwell's 1984--if you haven't yet read that book get on it).
But let me say it plainly: even according to his own words, Trump fired Comey because of the investigation into Russia. Trump hosted a visit in the Oval Office from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak--a visit from which he barred American media but allowed Russian media. Trump has since threatened Comey. Trump has since threatened to cancel White House press briefings. Trump has on more than one occasion fired someone he saw as investigating areas he wanted left alone. At this point, if Trump were a guy you'd been dating, you say, "Alright, enough with the benefit of the doubt and second chances--this dude is out."
Wanting Donald Trump to be a good president and decent human doesn't make him so. Denying the reality broiling in the United States doesn't keep us safe as a nation and population. Enabling Trump in order to achieve your chosen agenda is a dangerous and immoral choice.
2 + 2 will always = 4.