Donald Trump is 70 years old. He has traveled the world and been a successful business man. He has had hundreds, if not thousands, of legal interactions between suing and being sued. To suggest that Trump does not know what he is doing when it comes to legal issues and that we should give him a break because “he is new at this” is not only absurd, it is a desperate show by Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan that he clearly no longer believes in the rule of law and simply right from wrong.

“The president’s new at this. He’s new to government. And so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between the DOJ, FBI and White House,” Ryan said.

Ryan is a prime example of the new GOP. Their regard for the rule of law, for the truth, has been demonstrably altered by their support of Donald Trump. The party put forth a nominee not capable or qualified to be President of the United States. Now they want us to cut him a break when his actions lead many of us to believe he was obstructing justice.

Trump knew what he was doing by asking Comey to end the Flynn investigation. If he thought it was perfectly appropriate, why not keep his attorney general in the room? After all, Jeff Sessions was Comey’s boss and if Trump’s request was legitimate then he too should have heard it.

Trump is no naive babe in the woods.

He is a cut-throat businessman used to getting his way. Not to be lost on any of us should be his penchant for self-promotion, self-aggrandizement and his long history of doing whatever he had to do to get his way. Trump history is littered with the people he’s screwed. His campaign didn’t even pay the young girls who performed at his campaign rally.

This man doesn’t care about doing the right thing. It is all about the Trump thing.

Everything Trump does comes from that place within him that needs to always focus on what is best for him. That doesn’t work in a president. A president has to have the capacity to put the nation first. Trump doesn’t even pretend to have that. Trump is about Trump and if he thought it was better for him to let Flynn off the hook then that is what he was going to make happen.

What he didn’t expect, after his clear attempt to pave the way by wooing Comey, was that his offer would be rejected. After all, not only was he Donald Trump, he was President of the United States to boot.

For anyone to suggest that Trump needs time to get adjusted to being president is nonsensical. It means several things:

  1. You haven’t been paying attention for the past two years
  2. You don’t know how to take a measure of a man
  3. You don’t care about the truth or being honest and lying is okay with you
  4. You have no real passion for doing what is good and right for this nation
  5. You have put your own political ideology before the good of this nation
  6. You are not capable of critical thinking
  7. You are willing to sit back and watch this incompetent man destroy a once great nation

It may be that we will have to wait until 2018 to rectify this mess. I hope not, but given the reaction of leaders like Paul Ryan to Trump’s behavior, it more than likely we will have to send him and his colleagues home before we can once again find our bearings.

Donald Trump is finding out that he is not truly in charge. It will get a lot worse before it gets better.

-Jan Harrison


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