In a brilliant editorial, The New York Times unleashed their wrath on President Donald Trump and his GOP enablers, calling on the Republican Party to protect the “rule of law” from Trump amid indications that he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to shut down the Russian probe investigation.
The online op-ed, which reportedly will be featured as the cover of Monday’s print edition, begins with a quote from Senator Orrin Hatch, who was referencing former President Bill Clinton, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
“This great nation can tolerate a president who makes mistakes. But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up.”
Ironically enough, that same quote applies to Trump, as NYT explains why. The Times editorial board writes:
“If Trump takes drastic action and shuts down the Russian collusion investigation he will be striking at the foundation of the American government, attempting to set a precedent that a president, alone among American citizens, is above the law.”
“What can seem now like a political sideshow will instantly become a constitutional crisis.”
“The president has been known to huff and puff … and he may be doing no more than that now. But if he does strike a blow against the probe, legislators will suddenly find themselves on the edge of an abyss, with the Constitution in their hands.”
The most memorable part of the piece is when the editorial holds the GOP accountable for every unlawful crime they let their destructive leader get away with. They remind Republicans how they once described Trump “back when they thought they could still protect their party from him.” They referred to Trump as a “malignant clown,” “unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit,” and a “sociopath without a conscience.”
NYT also mentioned that the president is “not a king, but a citizen,” and GOP lawmakers need to get that through their thick skulls. How Republicans respond to a “Trump challenge to the rule of law will shape the future not only of this presidency … but of the American experiment itself.”
With elections right around the corners, Republicans better start showing some respect for the rule of law. They need to stand up for our democracy, not their party. Our country deserves so much better.
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