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Ex Judge and Lifelong republican calls for impeachment

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http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/02/14/republican-painter-s-time-impeach-trump/97893248/

Mark P. Painter, a lifelong Cincinnatian, served as a judge for 30 years.

As Charles P. Pierce said in Esquire last week, “I swear, it's like we elected the Clampetts, if the Clampetts were grifters.”

A president of the United States, on the official POTUS Twitter feed, assails a department store for dropping his daughter’s merchandise. On the same day, the Pentagon is looking to rent space in the Trump Tower. Trump’s son travels to Uganda to make a Trump business deal. And, of course, foreign diplomats will stay at the Trump Hotel. The cash comes marching in.

The phony legalisms Trump has said he used to “separate” himself from his businesses – though he still owns them and his sons are running them – will be cited to make this all acceptable. Horsefeathers. No ethical expert could say with a straight face that this is not a classic conflict of interest.

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In any time except our post-factual era, no office holder, much less the president, could get away with any one of the dozens of dazzlingly illegal things Trump has already done. They would forfeit office immediately.

The leader of the band of Mad Hatters occupying the White House has already insulted allied world leaders, issued illegal and badly written orders, impugned a “so-called” judge appointed by his own party, and appointed the least-qualified cabinet ever. The first secretary of state was Thomas Jefferson. Trump appointed a big-oil executive with close ties to Russia. The first treasury secretary was Alexander Hamilton. Trump appointed a former Goldman Sachs exec who got rich foreclosing on homeowners. The national security advisor lasted 24 days.

And all that’s just at the time I write this. Who knows what happens next. Each new day is a new nightmare. We are still trying to digest one breathtaking assault on America when another is signed, issued, or Tweeted. All this amid constant lies. Constant. Lies.

I am a lifelong Republican. I voted for every Republican presidential candidate from 1968 to 2004. But I have watched what once was a sane, center-right party go off the rails, first to the extreme right, then to wherever Trump is, which is in another universe.

It’s tough, but we must end this dangerous presidency. Trump must be impeached and removed with all haste. But only Congress can initiate the process.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers Tuesday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)
Our congressman, Steve Chabot, has been busy defending Trump from the media, which is simply reporting Trump’s machinations. It’s time for him to man-up and start drafting the articles of impeachment. As I remember, he did it for Clinton for far less than Trump has already done.

After the election, many hoped that Trump would “grow up” into the job – that he couldn’t possibly be as bad as some thought. Well, it’s gone the other way. The bully has become a more entitled bully. Anyone disagreeing is attacked. Policy is announced in illiterate tweets.

Basic American values – free speech, the rule of law, separation of powers, even common decency – are unknown in this White House. We now have a president who has no concept of separation of powers, or why we have three branches of government. If he knew anything about the Constitution, he would know the framers envisioned just the situation we have now – a would-be dictator. They provided checks and balances – such as an independent judiciary to protect us from presidential tyranny.

Enabling a bully is always a mistake. As soon as the Tweet on Nordstrom’s came out, I said that the Republicans would defend the indefensible, and their talking point would be “a father supporting his daughter.” It wasn’t an hour later that Rep Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN it “didn’t bother him.” But even Chaffetz had to choke when Kellyanne Conway urged people to buy Ivanka Trump’s shoes.

All the above bothers me and should appall all Americans. We must admit we have elected a president who has immediately proved himself to be a grifter, a pathological liar, a mean-spirited bully and dangerous to American values. This not-ready-for-prime-time show is too dangerous to continue. America is at stake.

If you need help drafting those articles of impeachment, Steve, I am available.

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And you have been snookered and anyone who voted for the clampett's. You can ridicule and laugh about all this since we all wanted someone different but the fact of the matter we wanted someone sane.

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ppaca wrote:And you have been snookered and anyone who voted for the clampett's. You can ridicule and laugh about all this since we all wanted someone different but the fact of the matter we wanted someone sane.

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Sanity would be nice.

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Anyone who paid any attention whatsoever during the campaign knew damned well Trump was personality disordered at best, insane at worst, and if they voted for him anyway, they're getting exactly what they deserve. Unfortunately, so are all the rest of us.

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I think there is shrill over reaction to President Trump which will match the same which was done to President Obama. I understand being critical of bad bills and policy, and I have been critical of the same, but this choir of the sky is falling is silly. The sky is not falling. President Trump and his staff are not experienced and the same is showing. However, the same could be said of the last ten Presidents. Is he sane. I personally do not think he has both oars in the water, but what politician who runs for President does have them both in the water?

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2seaoat wrote:I think there is shrill over reaction to President Trump which will match the same which was done to President Obama.  I understand being critical of bad bills and policy, and I have been critical of the same, but this choir of the sky is falling is silly.   The sky is not falling.  President Trump and his staff are not experienced and the same is showing.  However, the same could be said of the last ten Presidents.  Is he sane.  I personally do not think he has both oars in the water, but what politician who runs for President does have them both in the water?

C'mon 2Seaoat, get real. If you don't think the Pussy Grabber with the dead rat on his head has both oars in the water, why the fuck are you defending him? Lots of our past presidents entered office as amateurs, but they weren't totally bonkers. This one is, and you damned well know it. No past president has offered this much threat to our government and our country. You keep crying for everyone to just give him a little more time ... hey, we're underwater. We don't have a lot more time before we need to breathe!

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Jed Clampett has more brains and class than tRump.

He'd make a much better POTUS.

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2seaoat wrote:I think there is shrill over reaction to President Trump which will match the same which was done to President Obama.  I understand being critical of bad bills and policy, and I have been critical of the same, but this choir of the sky is falling is silly.   The sky is not falling.  President Trump and his staff are not experienced and the same is showing.  However, the same could be said of the last ten Presidents.  Is he sane.  I personally do not think he has both oars in the water, but what politician who runs for President does have them both in the water?

Well let's see here, repubs wanted to investigate everything obama did damn near everyday of his tenure, so what's different? You're giving Trump a pass and so is the the republican congress. He and everyone of his staff needs an investigation.

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RealLindaL wrote:Anyone who paid any attention whatsoever during the campaign knew damned well Trump was personality disordered at best, insane at worst, and if they voted for him anyway, they're getting exactly what they deserve.  Unfortunately, so are all the rest of us.


It's just that his mind is out of order. Full tilt.

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ppaca wrote:
2seaoat wrote:I think there is shrill over reaction to President Trump which will match the same which was done to President Obama.  I understand being critical of bad bills and policy, and I have been critical of the same, but this choir of the sky is falling is silly.   The sky is not falling.  President Trump and his staff are not experienced and the same is showing.  However, the same could be said of the last ten Presidents.  Is he sane.  I personally do not think he has both oars in the water, but what politician who runs for President does have them both in the water?

Well let's see here, repubs wanted to investigate everything obama did damn near everyday of his tenure, so what's different? You're giving Trump a pass and so is the the republican congress. He and everyone of his staff needs an investigation.


Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday an investigation into the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be excessive and it would not make sense to investigate other Republicans.
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ppaca wrote:
2seaoat wrote:I think there is shrill over reaction to President Trump which will match the same which was done to President Obama.  I understand being critical of bad bills and policy, and I have been critical of the same, but this choir of the sky is falling is silly.   The sky is not falling.  President Trump and his staff are not experienced and the same is showing.  However, the same could be said of the last ten Presidents.  Is he sane.  I personally do not think he has both oars in the water, but what politician who runs for President does have them both in the water?

Well let's see here, repubs wanted to investigate everything obama did damn near everyday of his tenure, so what's different? You're giving Trump a pass and so is the the republican congress. He and everyone of his staff needs an investigation.


Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday an investigation into the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be excessive and it would not make sense to investigate other Republicans.
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