Editorial: When will the minions wake up?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials last week, the Washington Post reported on Monday. His decision wasn’t illegal – the president can declassify anything he wants – but it was reckless. The information about the Islamic State was reportedly provided by Israel and was so sensitive that it wasn’t even passed on to American allies, which Russia certainly isn’t, or widely circulated within the U.S. government.

Trump’s latest stumble has jeopardized intelligence cooperation not only with Israel and other partners in the Middle East but with all of the nation’s allies. At least one European intelligence official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that his country might stop sharing intelligence information with the U.S.

With Trump’s constant diplomatic fumbling, lies and petulance – all of which endanger the country and the world – we can’t help but wonder how long the alarm must blare before the president’s fans wake from their “Make America Great Again” dream.

Even Ann Coulter, the author of In Trump We Trust, told the Daily Caller over the weekend that “everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque” and that “all of the Trump true believers are petrified.” In fact, the entire nation is petrified, but for various reasons. Coulter, who fell for Trump after his “Mexican rapist speech,” is angry because she wanted the Southern border wall built yesterday. Other Trump supporters have a growing list of reasons to jump ship.

For starters, the American Health Care Act is nothing like the post-Obamacare vision Trump offered voters. There will not be “insurance for everybody,” as the president claimed in a January Washington Post interview. As has been widely reported, low-income earners, older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions are among the people who stand to lose under the AHCA. Trump said people “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.” That is not an accurate description of Trumpcare.

And then there’s the $1 trillion spending plan, signed by Trump earlier this month, that has shaken the faith of true believers like Coulter. The president demanded that the bill include money for a Southern border wall and a ban on new grant money for “sanctuary cities.” He got neither, thankfully, which prompted Coulter to say: “Did we win anything? And this is the great negotiator?”

During the campaign, Trump said in his “Contract With the American Voter” that he would “direct the secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator.” In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last month, Trump said of China, “They are not currency manipulators.” This month he claimed that China stopped “out of respect to me and the campaign,” but the truth is China stopped manipulating its currency in 2014.

Trump was also the first presidential nominee in 40 years not to release his tax returns. He claimed, falsely, that he couldn’t release them because he was under audit. He now says he might release his returns “after I’m out of office.”

That is just a very small sample of the promises Trump has failed to keep – and the lies he has told – early on in his presidency. It’s time for those who made an emotional investment in Donald Trump to open their eyes. And it’s time for sensible Republican members of Congress to do everything in their power to protect the planet from the dangerous man in the Oval Office. It’s one thing to defend Trump’s policies, but it’s something entirely different to defend the man. To do so is to cede all credibility.

Right now, the president’s approval rating sits at just 39 percent. It should be in the single digits.