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The ABCs of Trump's political demise

By Alon Ben-Meir - posted Friday, 29 December 2017

The record on Trump's Vulgarity is astounding. He seems to relish his vulgarity and his meanness that goes with it. He called women like Rosie O'Donnell dogs, fat, slobs, pigs, and disgusting. He said about Senator Rand Paul: "Truly weird… reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at debate!" Trump enjoyed mocking a disabled reporter at a campaign rally. And in a feud with Megyn Kelly, he blamed her criticism of him during a presidential debate on her menstruation ("blood coming out of her wherever"). For Trump, vulgarity is his drug of choice, on which he regularly overdoses.

Trump himself openly and repeatedly admitted that he is Whiny. In a statement to CNN's Chris Cuomo, he admitted: "I do whine because I want to win and I'm not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win." He has complained that "No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly" (this he did immaturely at a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy). Trump will soon realize that no matter how much he whines, in the future he will end up the loser because he has nothing to offer, except for whining.

Trump was born Xenophobic, a chauvinistic fool with no sense of what is right or wrong. He led an assault on immigrants-whether they be Muslim, Arab, or Mexican-which he reinforced through his refugee and travel ban and "America First" campaign. He has attempted to cut off funding for sanctuary cities, which house thousands of immigrants, through Executive Order 13768. And through AG Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department, he has been sending letters that attempt to harass jurisdictions that he feels have weak immigration policies into working with ICE. Trump's xenophobia is a consuming obsession based on illusions far removed from reality.


Trump is simply a Yellow-bellied coward, which has been plain to see for decades. He dodged the draft in Vietnam, and reacted to being gifted a veteran's Purple Heart by saying "I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier." In his efforts to end the Russia probe, he fired FBI Director Comey. He is terrified of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation may eventually reveal. At the very least, Trump is facing obstruction of justice, let alone Russia's interference in the election and the potential collusion to help him win the presidency. Deep inside Trump knows he did not earn the Presidency, and he is horrified that it will be snatched away from him. Perhaps he should not hold his breath, because the writing is on the wall.

Trump is an unbending Zealot – not as much about his religious or ideological convictions, but far more so about his possessions and the image he wants to project. To show his conservative credentials (albeit he would trade them for any self-serving interest), he nominated two extreme right-wing federal court judges to lifetime positions. One helped craft voter suppression laws in North Carolina, and the other professed that the promotion of transgender rights is "Satan's plan". Trump delivered a speech in Warsaw this July that was highly reminiscent of alt-right rhetoric, leaving the unmistakable impression how zealotry will guard his conservative white base.

There is a touch of humor here and there to lighten up this alphabetic review of Trump's first year in office, but the subject matter is fateful to America's future. Trump is dangerous; his shortsightedness, mental instability, and ominous off-the-cuff statements could spark unintended horrifying violent conflagrations.

The Republican party, which is deeply engrossed in partisan politics, has become the enabler of Trump, ignoring that they were elected not to protect the president but America's global and national security interests, and the wellbeing of the American people. Every member of the party establishment will be held responsible for not rising and stopping Trump from causing irreparable damage to the country's leadership role, moral standing, and the social and political injury that he will inflict on the nation.

Any individual, let alone the president, who praises Putin's Russia-America's foremost enemy-and in the same breath severely criticizes and disparages our most esteemed institutions, especially the intelligence agencies and the judiciary, is tantamount to treason. How could any Republican official who claims to put the country's security and safety first remain silent in the face of this unfolding perilous development? And worse yet, how could they continue to support a president who is unstable, unpredictable, and unfit to occupy the chair of the president?

Republicans and Democrats must join hands and present Trump with a choice to resign or be impeached. Nothing else will save the country but Trump's political demise. Republicans in a position of power must now demonstrate where their loyalty lies-to the country, or to a corrupt party and to a so-called President who has never been able to rise above the fray, to the detriment of the nation.

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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is a professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches courses on international negotiation and Middle Eastern studies.

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