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Trump again crosses line of decency with latest tweetstorm


 
updated: 7/17/2019 12:03 PM

Anyone who has read my columns the last three years knows that I am not overly fond of President Donald Trump. So, I'm not going to pretend that I like him now.

And while I admit that I am more liberal than conservative, I take issue not with our president's politics so much as I do with his rhetoric. It is too often divisive and unbecoming of his office.

Not only is our president tone deaf with many of his remarks, but too often, the words he uses are inciteful if not racist and embolden groups like the KKK and other white supremacist groups, who now feel they have an ally in our president.

Too often these last three years, the president has stepped outside the bounds of decency with his words.

It would take me an hour to list most of his distasteful and inaccurate quotes. One of the more egregious comments, to me, was when he declared the media to be an enemy of the people.

It was wrong and an outright lie when he said President Barack Obama was "the founder of ISIS" and that he was born outside the country.

It was wrong when President Donald Trump mocked a reporter with a disability.

It was wrong when he made fun of Republican Sen. John McCain for being held as a prisoner of war by the Vietnamese, saying that McCain "is not a war hero."

Big words from a man who never served in the military.

And Le Grand Orange was at it again this past weekend, calling out four Democrat congresswomen (Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna S. Pressley) for having the audacity to speak their mind.

In short, he spewed hate-filled words once again, this time directly at them.

"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," President Donald Trump said as if the four women were not U.S. citizens.

"Then come back and show us how ... it is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough."

It's these types of routine outbursts that are beyond improper and ought to lead to his impeachment.

Too many of President Donald Trump's supporters, however, seem to think it's just "Trump being Trump."

But this is no laughing matter.

I put the question to our local congressmen -- both of whom are Republicans -- Reps. John Shimkus and Mike Bost. What do they think of the president's tweets denigrating their colleagues?

I heard back from Jordan Haverly, representing Shimkus.

"I regularly hear from constituents, including during my visits last week with area farmers, that President Donald Trump's tweets often hurt rather than help his agenda," Shimkus said. "And while I share the president's frustration with the dangerous open borders, amnesty, and anti-law enforcement policies pushed by far-left House Democrats, this was not a good tweet."

No, congressman, it wasn't.

So, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to voice your displeasure to him openly and emphatically, or sit back on the sidelines and whisper your disapproval. We will be watching.

As for Mr. Bost ... I'm still waiting on your response, sir.