Newspaper editorial: Trump unfit to serve

USA Today isn’t exactly the official paper of bomb-throwing Socialists. Neither does it have the journalistic heft of the Washington Post or New York Times. So there’s plenty of reasons for those who want to ignore its editorial today to ignore it, if they so choose.

Still, it’s the flagship for the Gannett empire, so it’s hardly insignificant that it’s declaring President Donald Trump unfit to continue as president of the United States.

The final straw was yesterday’s presidential tweet directed at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

“A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush,” the paper’s editorial board said.

It said its declaration isn’t over policy differences, it’s over decency.

Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.

It should surprise no one how low he went with Gillibrand. When accused during the campaign of sexually harassing or molesting women in the past, Trump’s response was to belittle the looks of his accusers. Last October, Trump suggested that he never would have groped Jessica Leeds on an airplane decades ago: “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.” Trump mocked another accuser, former People reporter Natasha Stoynoff, “Check out her Facebook, you’ll understand.” Other celebrities and politicians have denied accusations, but none has stooped as low as suggesting that their accusers weren’t attractive enough to be honored with their gropes.

The editorial also targeted Democrats, calling it “a shock” that only six Democratic senators are calling on Trump to resign.

And he would if he had a sense of dignity and a shred of decency, Stephen Colbert said in his monologue last evening.

“Instead he’s got a label on the back of his neck: ‘Warning: Contains no shame.’ It’s right below: ‘Property of Vladimir Putin.’”

The president, meanwhile, has moved on, tweeting this morning that he was right about Roy Moore, who lost the Alabama special election yesterday.

  • MrE85

    When the Wall Street Journal editorial page come to the same conclusion, we’ll get our country back.

    • wjc

      Don’t hold your breath on that one!

    • MikeB

      It’s not up the the WSJ editorial page. If they had the power people think they do our country would be a lot worse.

      But this is very un-USA Today like. Goof for them for calling out the indecency. Not sure any large paper has used that language, even though obvious.

    • jon

      When I hear it from the majority of fox news broadcasters, and read the editorial in guns and ammo, then perhaps we can get our country back… until then I’m not holding my breath.

      • Rob

        Yes! If and when Sean “Wormtongue” Hannity turns, we’ll know that T.Rump is toast.

  • wjc

    Trump won the presidency and Moore still received over 48% of the vote in Alabama. Our national disgrace is far from over.

    • I get all the celebration but that’s a good point. The worst possible person to run for office came within 1.5% of knocking off a fully qualified Democrat. The new plate on Jones’ Senate office should say “not Roy Moore.”

      • Tim o’Bedlam

        More to the point, only 31% of white Alabama voters voted for Jones. Blacks supported Jones by 20-to-1, whites supported Moore by 2-to-1.

        • Greg W

          That is just the dirt worst. “Party before everything” I guess.

          • >>Party before everything<<

            Yep, just heard an Alabama Congressman basically state that this morning while listening…

            The guy actually stated that he was bound to a promise to vote straight party line because he was a Republican.

            SMDH

          • Greg W

            I heard that, too! Unbelievable.

          • KenB

            That was Bradley Byrne. He said his family has lived in Alabama for a couple of centuries. He also flat out said Jones will lose in 2020. To me, that’s credible, given it’s Alabama.
            https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570405265/rep-byrne-doug-jones-will-lose-his-alabama-senate-seat-in-2020

          • wjc

            Oh, yeah, I fully expect Jones to lose in 2020, but I would hope that Moore won’t be the opposition. Or maybe I do hope for that… ;^)

          • jon

            Yesterday the voters in alabama showed the GOP where the line was.
            I suspect it will be a long time before another candidate who has twice been removed from the state supreme court for failure to respect the authority of the US constitution, who has openly condemned the constitutional amendments that gave women the right to vote and ended slavery, and who has multiple women who accused him of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers will run for a statewide office in Alabama.

            The 2018 mid term elections are about to start in earnest in the next few months…
            I suspect we’ll find out then if they think a candidate with similar baggage can win a district level election.

          • Yeah, i couldn’t remember his name.

            What an arsehole.

      • Jack

        It’s the write-in voters that defeated Moore. Case in point, the other U.S. Senator who wrote in a different Republican.

    • Rob

      Yup. And nothing illustrates the disgrace more vividly than Republican efforts to smear and discredit the FBI.

    • jon

      Yeah but just last year a woefully unqualified candidate accused of molesting women, got 62% of the vote in Alabama.
      So progress…… much better direction than the regress we tried last year.

  • Rob

    Regarding the fact that only six Democratic senators haves called for the Groper-in-Chief’s resignation, it’s particularly disturbing that Klobuchar has not been front and center on this. I contacted her office about this yesterday, and urge all Minnesotans to do likewise. C’mon, Amy!

    • Kassie

      She also didn’t call for Franken’s resignation, after she knew he was going to resign, when everyone else was. She has no backbone.

  • Mike

    This editorial goes over the line when it tries to rehabilitate George W. Bush, who was easily the worst president of my lifetime…. followed closely by Richard Nixon. Trump may indeed turn out to be worse, but so far he’s murdered far fewer people than Bush or Nixon. That ought to count for something.

    • Rob

      If we’re successful at hounding King Lear out of office, he won’t have the opportunity to do any murdering.

      • Mike

        We seem to have made it part of the job description when the U.S. empire went into overdrive after WWII. Obama killed thousands through drone bombing, after all. The only president in the post-1945 era whose hands are (relatively) clean in this regard is Jimmy Carter.

        • Jim in RF

          I still get misty-eyed about Carter. I know the economy sucked because of globalization and OPEC finding its strength, but I don’t think anyone cared more about the little people since FDR/Truman. Honestly comforted the afflicted, and mostly afflicted the comfortable.

          • Mike Worcester

            I don’t think there is another President who has had such a positive impact on the nation after they left office than Carter.

          • Jack Ungerleider

            I have often said that Jimmy Carter was the first man to use the Presidency as a stepping stone to the Ex-Presidency.

          • Jerry

            Taft and J. Q. Adams might fit that description too.

          • Jack Ungerleider

            True. The interesting thing about Carter, which wouldn’t apply to Taft or Adams, is he moved beyond the U.S. government and worked outside its borders. I’ve often wondered if there wasn’t the restriction on people from the permanent members of the Security Council serving as Secretary General if Carter might have been approached about that job.

            I find John Quincy Adams someone I want to know more about. He seems to be in many ways a reflection of his time. Someone who embodied the best aspects of what society was trying to be. But I don’t know enough about him to know if that’s true.

  • Barton

    Wow. POTUS turned quickly on Moore (after basically calling him a messiah at the Florida rally). I really thought his 1st tweet about the election was going to be a call for a recount b/c of course there had to be voter fraud.

    And really, if POTUS thought Moore was that bad, I think the fact that he DID endorse him so strongly just enforces the fact Trump has zero integrity.

    • AL287

      Trump is like a flag in the wind. Whatever garners him adoration and praise is the tack he takes. He is desperate in his overwhelming need to be liked and cannot tolerate being told he is wrong.

      Roy Moore is Alabama’s version of Trump which does not bode well for the 2020 election or the midterms.

      Using the Bible (After all, Mary was a teenager when Joseph married her.) to justify horrific, predatory behavior is an abomination as many evangelicals like to say.

      Yes, I believe God is watching and I don’t think He is very happy.

  • jon

    Trump tweeted yesterday “The people of Alabama will do the right thing.”
    Today he tweeted “I was right.”

    It’s nice that, sometimes, we can all agree.

  • Erick

    Of course the consequence of removing Trump, while more acceptable in polite society, is no less scary.

    • jon

      I disagree.
      Trump is terrifying, not because of his domestic agenda which varies from an impossibility to get through congress, to having a razor thin margin for error for getting through congress, which when amplified by his ineptitude makes him an impotent leader at best…. But because of the foreign policy that has and continues to make america far less safe.

      Pence (assuming it is pence who replaces him depending on why trump is removed and how much pence is involved with it) while terrifying on a domestic policy scale because he might be competent enough to push an agenda is far less terrifying on an international scale.

      Now while those two may cancel out in some opinions… the fact is when things go wrong on the foreign affairs side, they have the opportunity to go REALLY wrong… like any where from conflict in the middle east to nuclear holocaust…

      I’ll take my chances with pence over trump… even if both are scary, I don’t think they are equally so.

      • Erick

        I may have missed something. Has Mr. Pence been establishing a different position on the Paris Accords? The refugee crisis? Korea? Syria? Trade? Jerusalem or the two state solution? Ukraine? The Muslim ban?

        Mr Pence knew who Trump was and not only was willing to get on the bandwagon, he got out and started pushing it. I am still scared.

        • jon

          Pence hasn’t established much of his own opinions on anything since he became VP… other than that trump is a slim ball for his comments about grabbing women, which he came to terms with later…

          Otherwise his own opinions have been withheld and replaced with the administrations.

          But I can tell you he hasn’t talked about “little rocket man” or said that “he’d never call Kim Jung Un short and fat” he hasn’t decided that any travel from a country with muslim majorities is an invitation for terrorism, and then opt to poke those same folks by moving the embassy in Israel…

          While pence might still not be pushing your preferred international policies, he also isn’t so comically inept to cause the disasters on the international stage that trump has so far. If only because it’d be “improper” to do so, and pence needs to remain “proper”.

          • Erick

            So I go back to my original premise: Pence may be more acceptable in polite society, but is no less scary.

          • jon

            And I continue to disagree, for all the reasons stated above.
            Pence wouldn’t start a nuclear war over a tweet, pence wouldn’t say there is a sleeping tiger in the middle east, and then go poke it with a stick, while doing the same in north korea…
            Pence would demonstrate at least some level of diplomacy, because he knows how to, and believes it’s the correct way to act.

            I’m still not convinced that Trump isn’t going to start a nuclear war because of a tweet… Trump has actively through his ineptitude on the global stage, made us LESS safe as a country, Pence would not have made those same errors.

            I’ll take pence over trump, they are both terrible options…
            But I don’t think Pence is likely to start a nuclear war, Trump likes us to believe that he might, because he wants to be unpredictable… and the one thing I want, more than anything else, from my government is predictability… if it’s predictably bad, I can plan for that, if it’s predictably good I can plan for that, if it might start a nuclear holocaust over if the president is a dotard or not… horrifying.

          • MikeB

            The flip side, there may be more safeguards in place against an impulse decision to launch nukes (Trump) than for an even tempered disastrous decision (Pence). We won’t know about the former, not sure it exists for the latter.

            Trump’s dysfunction is the primary control over Congress getting traction. Pence reduces that. Then, our/their own version of sharia law gets going.

          • Rob

            At least with Pence we know he’s a Koch Bros stooge. No ambiguity about the dude’s loyalties, and we can count on him to be void of compassion and empathy – just like his unfit boss.

      • Veronica

        Pence JAILED a woman after she had a miscarriage. The man is so inhumane I keep praying for the Pope to excommunicate him.

    • Barton

      I agree complete. While I believe Trump has nothing resembling a plan and shambles from tweet to tweet, Pence is a BELIEVER in his “right” and purpose. That is even scarier to me. And definitely as a woman.

    • RBHolb

      Mike Pence is not Trump. Trump is President not so much in spite of his personality, but because of it. While Pence may voice the same policy positions as Trump, he is not going to get the base riled up to support him in the same way.

      It was the same with Ford and Nixon. Ford’s record in Congress was pretty much everything Nixon wanted. Personally, however, he came across as a decent guy. The nation was relieved. Not relieved enough to elect him in ’76, but relieved that he wasn’t Nixon.

  • kevins

    It looks like that about 35% of us would believe Trump if he claimed he was Jesus. Thankfully, there is the remainder that have not tipped over the edge of rationality. My Christmas wish is that a majority of voters recognized what a childish and entitled man Trump is, and are as frightened as I am that he has so much power.

  • Jeff

    Much as I agree with the editorial, this the guy who was elected, there was no doubt who he was and yet people voted for him and he won according to the rules. So we’re stuck with him. No takesy-backsies. The problem is a system which allowed a minority to elect him.

  • AmiSchwab

    reading that edtorial made my day. love it.