Every President of the United States has received constant press coverage. We know about their illnesses, where they’ve been and where they’re going, their activities and usually their intent. The President can share his vision and speak to the citizenry, reassuring them that they are safe and that his administration is in control. Those days are over.
Trump is the President who declares that we are in imminent danger—all the time. That everyone around us poses a risk. That immigrants will rob, rape and murder us. That every prior President was stupid and lax with their decisions and their terrible trade deals. That they allowed dangerous people to enter the country. He tells us that we are soft on crime and only he will enforce the law and re-establish order, whip it into shape making it great again. He will encourage his core supporters, his neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white militias and supremacists to take charge. He will close our boarders and really step-up deportations. He is the hate and fear President.
In the past, the world looked to the United States for moral and military leadership. Now we have an angry narcissist whose own needs come first. He is a cold and vengeful man, incapable of compassion or caring and is not interested in helping those who deeply believe in what America represents. I am not talking about being on the forefront of technology or developing new drugs. Remember the “tired, poor huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” and how our Statue of Liberty has been welcoming them here since 1886? He lacks the kindness, predictability, certainty and fairness that epitomize America.
To prove it, he threatened to terminate DACA, Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals–the Obama program that allows immediate relief from the threat of deportation. This two-year (renewable) plan allowed them to safely stay in the country and issued them work permits. Once these innocent babies and children were brought into the country by their undocumented parents. Now, they are the 800,000 students and productive young people, the dreamers, whose fate is in the President’s hands. Will they be the latest victims to be sacrificed by him to please his ultra-right core supporters? Enter former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
After dining with the President, perhaps at the same infamous table he had shared a past repast with FBI Director James Comey during which he very privately demanded loyalty from the Director. Comey demurred and his and the President’s accounts of their conversation differing completely, are cemented in history. Following Nancy and Chuck’s private dinner, the two Democratic leaders told the media that they had struck a deal with the President to codify the DACA program in exchange for unspecified boarder security measures that did not include a wall.
The following morning, the White House was reinventing what had happened and denied that there was a deal, only an exchange of ideas. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan were blindsided by Trump. All this from eating at the same “lying” dinner table where everyone’s takeaway (Chinese take-out in this case?) seems up to interruption. Trump’s recollection of the Comey and Pelosi-Schumer dinners differs markedly with his guests’ versions. Perhaps there is something in the food that changes the meaning of words?
In any case, the President and his assistant editors in the Oval Office have reneged, back-peddled, re-interpreted, corrected and spun every private dinner conversation that they weren’t part of but, regardless of manipulation, they cannot change the truth.
The President has a choice: 1) choose to embrace the neo-Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists, Confederate obsessives and the alt-right by throwing the 800,000 dreamers into the volcano; or 2) stop punishing these children and young people for a crime they didn’t commit and renew DACA.