To the Editor:
In October 2016, the Northwest Herald’s editorial board took an unprecedented stance: it didn’t endorse any U.S. presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton was criticized for being a “career politician who voters don’t trust.” Donald Trump, on the other hand, was “incapable of taking any action that is outside his own immediate self interests. He has the impulse control of a puppy. He is unqualified and unworthy of holding absolutely any public office, let alone being considered as the leader of the free world.”
Fast-forward to January 2018. Other than the Civil War era, it seems like our country has never been more divided. The concerns raised about candidate Trump still are character traits of President Trump. If anything, they’re even more visible – just read his tweets or watch a late-night talk show.
Impeachment and resignation are both unlikely. We probably have this president for three more years (at most, hopefully). But kudos to the Northwest Herald for its Jan. 13 editorial, “Trump unfit for office.” If the language 15 months ago was strong, the editorial board’s words now were unflinchingly assertive: “He is a serial liar. He is a racist … the world will not follow this president, with his sneering lies, the endless bile he spews on social media, and his racist dog-whistle rhetoric.”
Time for Congress to catch up with the world and develop a spine, standing up to a man who has made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims in 355 days, according to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker. Just Sunday, the president said he’s “the least racist person you have ever interviewed.” Stand up for America, Congress, not for a man who jokes about the size of the nuclear button close at hand. This prime provider of “fake news” isn’t worth following … on Twitter or otherwise.