To the Editor:
We are past the 500-day point of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. History will certainly treat him badly. No other president has so completely failed at upholding the oath of office, which states in part that the person will, to the best of his ability, “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Trump has done much to pervert and undermine the Constitution. And yet we hear nothing from Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
Trump routinely attacks the First Amendment’s prohibition on “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” He decries any criticism of him or his policies as “fake news.” He threatens to shut down news organizations that have the temerity to report his actions accurately. He foments violence against protesters at his rallies. And he clearly does not understand the clause that no law shall be passed “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
And we hear nothing from Kinzinger.
Trump holds himself above the law, and he, and his lawyers, hold the unprecedented view that he can “order the end of an investigation ‘at any time and for any reason,’ ” but this position “ignores the fact that, even if a public official has the authority to take some action, the law still forbids it being done for an improper reason.”
Ending an investigation to shield yourself or your friends and family is the gold standard of impropriety. And by Kinzinger’s silence, he gives his implicit approval.
Trump has taken no action to protect the electoral system of the U.S. from the sort of Russian interference that undermined the 2016 elections, interference that many experts say, and the majority of Americans fear, will undermine the 2018 elections. How can Trump claim to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” if he does nothing to safeguard our elections? And where is Kinzinger’s voice?
In spite of all of these abominations, and no matter the perfidy committed by Trump, 87 percent of self-identified Republicans, including Adam Kinzinger, fully and wholeheartedly support him.
We need to re-establish our three independent and co-equal branches of government. Join me in taking back the House of Representatives. Give your support to Sara Dady.
Michael Van Buer