The Senator’s putting love of Trump above love of country becomes more untenable every day
In the recent election, the American people delivered a loud and clear message: they are sick and tired and fed up with the disaster of the Trump Administration. They’ve had it with a President who is hypocritical, incompetent, corrupt, criminal, mentally unstable, racist, misogynistic, self-aggrandizing, and self-dealing. A President who disrespects allies and embraces dictators. And is a congenital liar.
I said when Trump announced his candidacy in 2015 that he represented the heart and soul of the Republican Party. When he was elected, I said a Trump Administration would combine the worse of McCarthyism, Watergate, and Irangate and inflict the resulting toxic brew on the American people. My only mistake was to underestimate just how bad it would be.
The 2018 campaign magnified Trump’s faults. He ran an overtly racist, xenophobic, fear-mongering, hate-mongering campaign, including outright incitement to violence. Trump is the living, breathing embodiment of the morally and intellectually corrupt Republican Party. The Republican Party that has turned its back on the principles embodied in God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule.
But Trump is not acting alone. His Republican supporters share equally in the blame. Rather than focus on multiple Republican lapdogs on multiple issues, IndieDems is going to focus on one or two lap dogs and issues at a time.
Senator Johnny Isakson is one of Trump’s lackeys who degrades his office with his support for the President who embodies all the above. But let’s focus today on the Trump’s abandonment of any claim to U.S. moral leadership by his abject sell-out of justice in the case of the murder of U.S. newspaper correspondent, Jamal Khashoggi.
To his credit, Senator Isakson in October did sign a bipartisan letter that triggers a “Magnitsky” investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Magnitsky Act requires the president, upon receipt of such a letter, to investigate and determine, within 120 days, if a foreign person is responsible for the death of a newsman like Khashoggi. It also authorizes the president to impose sanctions for any foreign person found to be involved.
That was Isakson’s only public act involving Khashoggi. His web page makes no mention of the affair, even his signing of the letter.
Meanwhile, other Congressional officers and commentators have been unstinting in their condemnation of Trump’s trampling on the rule of law and common human decency. The media’s saturation coverage makes the case beyond our poor power to add or detract:
- President Trump released a 633-word statement on Tuesday about the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
- President Trump made clear that jobs outweigh values and friends are excused for abhorrent acts, our correspondents write in an analysis.
- Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman: “I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
- Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC): “When it comes to the (Saudi) crown prince, it is not wise to look away.” He is a “wrecking ball” on the global stage. Graham is a co-author of pending legislation to impose a blanket ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): “I’m pretty sure this statement (by Trump) is Saudi Arabia First, not America First.”
- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): “Great allies don’t plot the murder of journalists, Mr. President…Great allies don’t torture their own citizens into a trap, then kill them.”
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “Our foreign policy must be about promoting our national interests. Rubio argued that human rights violations drive the sort of unrest that fuels instability and terrorism. “It is in our national interest to defend human rights.”
- Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.):“This is an utterly absurd, irresponsible, and repugnant statement from (Trump). No amount of money justifies the betrayal of our principles and values as Americans.”
(Click HERE for a compendium of media articles on the Khashoggi affair)
Senator Isakson’s lackadaisical approach is a further dereliction of duty regarding Trump that makes him a disgrace to his office and insults the people of Georgia–and America.
The litmus test of any American today is whether or not he/she supports Trump to be President of the United States. Rapping his knuckles for some specific act does not suffice.
You cannot love your country and support Trump. You cannot be a Christian and support Trump.