Editorial

News for wrong reasons

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/5/2019 11:33:36 AM IST

 With impending impeachment proceedings over the Ukraine issue looming over his presidency, US president Donald Trump has brought the reputation of the office to its nadir. An impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump began after a whistleblower alleged that President Trump had a phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former U.S. vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter over involvement with a Ukrainian company in the 2016 US presidential elections. Efforts to impeach President Trump have been made by various people and groups, and talk of impeachment began even before Trump took office. Formal efforts were initiated by Representatives Al Green and Brad Sherman, both Democrats (D), in 2017, the first year of his presidency. A December 2017 resolution of impeachment failed in the then–Republican-led House by a 58–364 vote margin. Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. He is described as being so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Harsh media critics have described Trump as a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes. Trump’s norm violations are different. Many of them appear to result from his lack of emotional intelligence—a “president’s ability to manage his emotions and turn them to constructive purposes, rather than being dominated by them and allowing them to diminish his leadership. Trump has also publicly attacked just about everyone involved in investigating him and fired those who chose to defend the constitutional institutions. Liberal critics have attacked Trump as being indifferent to the extent of blaming everyone but himself, in his lies, bullying, despotism, insecurity, ineptitude, cheating, scapegoating, preening self-regard, vanity and ignorance. All these attributes make Trump as an emblem of the free-market, white supremacist nationalism that is ascendant in this moment. However, the US has in place the inherent constitutional checks and balances which have largely stopped Trump from riding roughshod over the nation. Trump is a Tweeter-holic who speaks through the social media platform. His tweets are typical ‘Trumpian statements’ that trespass the borders of diplomacy. The president either does not understand the responsibilities of his job or he is unfit to discharge them. As his first term enters its final year, President Donald J. Trump is sticking to his guns. If there is one aspect to all the madness, it is this- that he appears to be doing everything not to be re-elected. That is still a theory that would need to be seen on how Trump won in 2016 defying everyone and every poll. It is ironic that the United States finds itself in the predicament of living under an executive unfit to rule but unable to be removed. True, that more than half of the country wants to impeach Trump but about 40% still approve of the job he’s doing. However , the latest efforts to impeach Trump appears to be gaining ground but it will take more than opinion polls to strip Trump of his powers. The one thing that stands between him and impeachment is the Republican party behind him in both houses.

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