Opinion: GOP sort of admits the obvious

October 12, 2017


Yes, he’s childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now?

But of course, it wasn’t that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop over the weekend so much as it was the person making it — meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and in a New York Times interview.

The Tennessee Republican referred to the White House as an “adult day care center,” accused the failed president of treating his office like “a reality show” and fretted that he was steering the nation into “World War III” with his reckless behavior. Significantly, Corker, who is a lame duck, said that every Republican in the Senate realizes this, though they won’t say it openly.

And this was only one of two recent headlines about Trump being blasted by friendly fire. The Corker story broke just days after NBC News reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him “a moron” following a meeting in July. For the record, a spokeswoman belatedly denied Tillerson used that word, but NBC is standing by its report and CNN later verified the quote independently.

Once again, the opinion is less striking than the person offering it. But whatever satisfaction one might derive from hearing Trump hammered by his own troops is insufficient to blunt the anger that rises close behind.

It’s all well and good to hear these men acknowledge Trump’s unfitness, but here’s the thing: He did not suddenly become unfit overnight. He didn’t morph into an overgrown toddler with his finger on the nuclear trigger over the weekend. Moronity did not blindside him when Tillerson had that meeting in July.

To the contrary, his defectiveness was obvious the moment he rode that golden escalator down to the microphone and pronounced Mexican immigrants rapists. It went from obvious to glaring over the course of the most bizarre political campaign in history, a filthy slog through menstruation jokes, penis size bragging, sexual assault boasting, calls for violence, 24/7 lies and breath-taking ignorance about well ... pretty much everything.

Yet none of that stopped Tillerson from agreeing to be his secretary of state or Corker, during the campaign, from proffering his support. None of it has since stopped their party from insisting, with straight faces and admirable imitations of sincerity, that Trump knows what he’s doing, has it all under control. None of it has stopped them from rationalizing and excusing his awfulness.

Nine months in, we live in a state of enveloping chaos — nuclear tensions on the rise; social tensions tearing at the thin fabric of national unity; Puerto Rico drowned, in the dark, and ignored; American kids facing mass deportation, and all of it presided over by a Twitter-holic ignoramus who has more beefs than a cattle rancher. This is not a presidency — it is a national emergency.

So one cannot help but be angry at this revelation removing all doubt — not that there was much left — that Republicans do, indeed, know how bad their guy is, how dangerous he is. They know, they’ve always known, but they went along with it, prioritizing their party over our country — an act of craven partisanship that would have been foreign to the brave and principled Republicans who stopped Richard Nixon in 1974.

Until and unless it evolves that sort of moral backbone, that sort of patriotism, the GOP’s tardy willingness to “kinda, sorta” admit the obvious is just so much useless, self-serving noise. Donald Trump is a lousy excuse for a president?

Gee, tell me something I don’t know.

— Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald.


Bob Summers 8 months, 1 week ago

Pitts seems particularly bitter with this fantasy. His clinging to these new misconceptions seems emotionally troubling for him.

I hope he is ok.

Whatever happened to the "dossiers" or my favorite Putin "collusion" illusions?


Dane Hicks 8 months, 1 week ago

Poor Leonard. Like the rest of the crazy left, still can't grasp the concept Hillary lost. If he wants proof of Trumps presidential success, he need look no further than his 401k, if he hasn't donated all his assets to Antifa....

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 months, 1 week ago

Hillary got the most votes.....that wins any other election in this universe.

Brandon Devlin 8 months, 1 week ago

Poor Fred. . .still whining about the Electoral College. Boo hoo.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

Even the Fuhrer In Chief agreed until he benefited from it:

None by Donald J. Trump

Brandon Devlin 8 months, 1 week ago

Of course. . .nobody likes a silly process until they get some gain from it.

My point to Fred is (and has been before,) if you don't like it, run for office and get it changed. Whining about it does nothing.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

So pointing out that we got a poor result due to a flawed system is whinning now?

Brandon Devlin 8 months, 1 week ago

Pointing out that a poor result due to a flawed system is not. . . continuing to do so ad nauseum is.

But that's the great thing about opinions.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

Has the EC been abolished?

If nothing meaningful has been done to fix something we all agree is broken, again...why is it wrong to point it out whenever relevant?

Brandon Devlin 8 months, 1 week ago

I'll tell you the same thing I say to Fred; Get elected. Take a stand. Get it fixed. Until then, it's just mindless complaining about something that won't get fixed on it's own.

And I'm not sure who you mean by "we all agree." I happen to believe in the system of government set up by our forefathers, which was never a "democracy," but a constitutional republic.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

The system is rigged in a way that prevents the majority from actually winning, so 'getting it fixed' is impossible at the moment.

Doesn't make it any less broken.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

None by Donald J. Trump

Scott Burkhart 8 months ago

Hillary also got the most illegal votes, Fred. If you throw out Los Angeles County, CA and New York City, NY, she loses the popular vote. Thank goodness for the Electoral College.

Kendall Simmons 8 months ago

Please show us the proof of your illegal votes claim. (And, no, the populations of LA county and NYC are NOT proof. NOT evidence of criminal voting.)

Mike Green 8 months, 1 week ago

"Collusion" is still unknown,(under investigation), but Kremlin involvement & support is accepted by all US agencies. Close Kremlin connections to this administration have also been proven, for what it is worth.

Scott Burkhart 8 months ago

What U.S. agencies, Mike? From what we KNOW is there were three that came to a conclusion and all the rest of the "17 intelligence agencies" rubber stamped the findings. HOWEVER, the NSA said that Russia's involvement was inconclusive. What "close" connections are you fantasizing about? Any person that thinks Lt. Gen. Flynn or Paul Mantafort sold out our country is lying to themselves and being willfully ignorant. It's all so much doo doo from a party (the Dems) that cannot believe they lost to President, MAGA, Trump.

Kendall Simmons 8 months ago

And you know all this for a fact...how??? What is YOUR evidence?

Brock Masters 8 months, 1 week ago

Puerto Rico is not being ignored. Federal aid and workers are there helping and have been. The country had an infrastructure problem before the storm and now it is not going to be fixed overnight.

Keep in mind that while Puerto Ricans are Americans, Puerto Rico is not an American country. They have rejected the idea of becoming a part of the US. We need to help them rebuild and then give them their complete independence.

It is ludicrous for Pitts to think that the attacks on Trump by the GOP are friendly fire. The GOP has worked against Trump from day one. Reports suggest McCain colluded with Dems and FBI to discredit Trump before and after the election.

Bruce Bertsch 8 months, 1 week ago

Puerto Ricans have voted more than once to become a state. They are Americans. Funny how the Germans have jumped into help while the POTUS tosses paper towels.

Brock Masters 8 months, 1 week ago

I stand corrected. They have, albeit a very small percentage of voters, have voted for statehood. It is up to Congress to decide.

See this is why I like posting here. I do learn new things.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

Since you mentioned the 'small percentage of voters' here's some more fun facts:

In the most recent vote only 15% of the population of Puerto Rico voted for statehood.

In the last presidential election, only 19% of the population of the US voted for Donald Trump.

Brandon Devlin 8 months, 1 week ago

So by using your math, only 23% of the population voted for Hillary Clinton, since only 42% of the total population bothered to vote.

So in other words, neither candidate was worth a sh*t.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

I think our low voter turn out has less to do with the candidates and more to do with how broken our election systems have become.

With rampant gerrymandering and the electoral college, a lot of people (justifiably in my opinion) feel their vote doesn't even matter...so why do it?

Gary Stussie 8 months, 1 week ago

The liberals in this district ought to join the group that thinks Pitts ought to be dropped by LJW. His unending attacks on the President are going to finish sinking the Democratic Party.

'Not my president' and complete Obstructionism is not a formula for revolution or expansion, it's just sour grapes by people who already vote Democratic.

As Politico put it in June 2017, “Democrats, however, still believe that voters want “resistance” to Trump and to defend their ideological agenda at the expense of addressing the economic problems that voters want solved. If Democrats don’t wake up to their disconnect with voters, Mike Pence won’t have to cast too many tiebreakers after the 2018 midterms.”

Who exactly will this policy of obstructionism attract? Hillary Clinton voters (31/60 on cooperation), Democrats, and … not too many others. A narrow plurality of Hispanic voters want cooperation (46/38) despite the controversy over Trump’s immigration policies, and only a narrow plurality of African-Americans (34/47) want obstructionism.

The overall rating on this question is 58/30 for cooperation, which includes majorities in the following demos: - Female: 56/32 - Independents: 59/24 - All age demos except 18-29YOs, who split 46/36 for cooperation - Moderates: 57/27 - All income brackets, including 54/30 among those earning less than $50,000 - All education demos - Urban voters: 50/39 - Government employees: 62/28

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months, 1 week ago

All of the Republican's obstructionism of Obama didn't seem to hurt them any. But I would rise above what the Republican's did, except, there they need to stand up to building the stupid wall that won't change anything. They need to stand up to any laws that allow discrimination of any group, including those groups who have an illness or disability and are being held hostage by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies to stay alive. And they need to stand up to him bringing Brownback's failed "experiment" to the nation. Brownback could have kept track of what these companies did with their money to prove that his experiment benefited the state, but he didn't do it. Why? Probably because he knew it wouldn't work. His goal was to make the rich even richer.

The ACA needs to be fixed, not thrown out. The tax codes do need to be simplified, but not at the expense of the middle class. They will get rid of mortgage interest deduction, but I'll bet they will keep a lot of deductions for business. And do we really need a tax break now? We need to finish paying for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which keep dragging on, before we get tax breaks. And we most certainly do NOT need another war, which we can't afford.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months, 1 week ago

I have a question. Who can read Trump's tweets and not wonder about his maturity and sanity? A leader tries to unite people, yet his tweets are all about tearing people apart. His real goal seems to be the destruction of the United States. He wants to spend a lot of money building a wall, that will do nothing, but he doesn't want to spend money on American citizens. Even his increased military budget will go to his rich buddies, who manufacture arms. It won't go to the soldiers pay.

And, Brock? What is an "American country"? Puerto Rico, is not a country at all. They are however a part of the Americas, or rather an island off of North America to be specific. No Puerto Rico is not an American state, but their citizens can and do have US passports. They can travel to the US without a passport, just like you can travel there without one. They don't need a green card to come here to work. Why? Because it is part of the US, and they are US citizens.

Puerto Rico has voted twice in favor of statehood, The last time just this year in June. 97% of the votes favored statehood. 97%! But our Congress has ignored it. Why? I would hope it has nothing to do with the fact that they are bilingual. Surely, good, real Americans wouldn't be bigoted and snub one of our territory's desire to be a state, because of that? We voted to let Hawaii in, and there were a lot of people of color there. I would hope our government hasn't been taken over by people who are more bigoted than they were 60 years ago.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 months, 1 week ago

Boy I was waiting the comments on this one!! Mr. Pitts has stated the obvious, that the incompetent moron that was (not) elected is heading the country into distress and decay

Fact......Hillary Clinton got the most votes....But for the fraud that should have been removed from the Constitution many years ago, this debauched dolt was proclaimed (not) "President"

Chump is all that Pitts designates and more. And the outcome of this colossal fraud on the nation is yet to be determined. Maybe the rockets from North Korea will decide the issue if there is any country left to decide.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

I always love how proud the usual suspects are on this site to be part of the ever shrinking minority of American's that can't see this man for what he really is. What is he down to, like 35% approval?

Either that or they are actually happy he's a fascist & white supremacist with clear mental issues.

Bob Smith 8 months, 1 week ago

Excellent example of a false dilemma, bub.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

It's only false to those with no grip on reality.

Bob Smith 8 months, 1 week ago

Trump has already performed an invaluable service to America. He kept Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

Gary Stussie 8 months, 1 week ago

... and maintained sanity in the Supreme Court!

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

The fact that you love your partisan wins more than your country isn't new information.

You people would literally cheer the complete collapse of our country as long as your team won.

Bob Smith 8 months, 1 week ago

Your reading skills are letting you down, Daniel. I meant that Hillary would have been much more of a disaster than Trump could ever be. But whatever feeds your narrative.....

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

And I believe that you actually believe that.

As with most of your ramblings, however, reality and your view of it are often quite distant from each other.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 months, 1 week ago

They are now discussing the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution where in members of his administration can declare that he is incompetent and unfit for office and remove him.

Impeachment is not involved.

There is a solution.

Let's see if there are enough people there with enough backbone to save the country from this dangerous and damaging White House folly.

Daniel Kennamore 8 months, 1 week ago

I don't have any faith in his cabinet members having such a spine.

They were all selected with their loyalty to Trump being the top and deciding factor with no consideration for competency.

Scott Burkhart 8 months ago

The only morons discussing the 25th Amendment is the media and the Never-Trumpers, which would include all of the Dems and some of the establishment GOP. It's not going to happen either, Ferd. As for saving the country, President Trump is well on the way! MAGA!!

Kendall Simmons 8 months ago

And exactly what is Trump doing to "save the country", Scott???

Steve King 8 months, 1 week ago

What is typically forgotten is all the third-party candidate votes. Adding those in Trump lost by 10 million +. Just 78,000 votes gave him the EC victory. And it is an Antiquated unfair system where some states have a winner-takes-all stance while other states split the ballot. For once I believe Bannon when he says there's a 30% chance Trump will finish his first term. I can't wait to see all you Trump supporters falling on your swords.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

RINO's are a threat to the economy,democracy and foreign policy !

Donald Trump is a RINO and has always been a RINO. The Koch Boys are RINOS and have always been RINO’s like their father .

RINO”S through lies and deceptions now own the GOP name which means a tiny minority have taken over Washington DC pretending to represent the majority. What a lie.

Paul Ryan is a RINO.

RINO Republicans Hate Voters. RINOS” are libertarians and fundamentalists These RINO’s hate women more. RINO’s want to steal our retirement funds and lower wages across the board.

--- RINO Republican politicians which are radical extreme are on a 24/7 schedule to suppress your right to vote. Which likely guarantees them election.

--- The Radical RINO Republican Party have this voter suppression tactic down to a science which is to say they know exactly how many suppressed votes are necessary to win. Do NOT under estimate.

--- How many voters have RINO radical republican conservatives purged thus far?

--- Surely we don't believe RINO conservatives have stopped breaking the law.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure which could include:

--- a birth certificate

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- --- Military Discharge Papers

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

Trumps Russian Mob Syndicate and Money Laundering https://newrepublic.com/article/143586/trumps-russian-laundromat-trump-tower-luxury-high-rises-dirty-money-international-crime-syndicate

Russian Crime Bosses

=== Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/.../trump...russian-mobsters...crime/98321252/

Mar 28, 2017 - As a New York real estate developer, Donald Trump developed financial ... and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.

=== Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses www.dailykos.com/.../-Was-Donald-Trum...

=== Donald Trump Was Bailed Out of Bankruptcy by Russia Crime Bosses ... www.alternet.org/.../donald-trump-was...

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

37 years of voting in ALEC RINO conservatives AND the Fundamentalist MINORITY has provided what?


Bill Moyers on the Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

The ALEC/Fundamentalist Platform Ultra Conservatives MUST Adhere to NO matter the rhetoric played to voters.

Like it or not we old school republicans need to stop voting the republican ticket because ultra conservatives took over our party through unethical methods. Big reckless spending and monster lies.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

Bailed out by Russian Crime Bosses places the President of the USA in a rather precarious position regarding enforcement of USA policies across the board.

Trump owes Russian Crime Bosses lots of money = Russia Owns Trump.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

Russia has the Trump family by the throat as does Turkey and a few others all through financing agreements. Trump should not be in a position such as the White house or in government at all.   Foreign lending institutions own Trump because he cannot obtain loans from American institutions. Of course Putin wants Trump in the White House as does Turkey and China.   It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.   Americans have placed vast military power at the discretion of this mind, a presidential discretion that is largely immune to restraint by the Madisonian system of institutional checks and balances.   So, it is up to the public to quarantine this presidency by insistently communicating to its elected representatives a steady, rational fear of this man whose combination of impulsivity and credulity render him uniquely unfit to take the nation into a military conflict.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-a-dangerous-disability/2017/05/03/56ca6118-2f6b-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.1869e61262cb

Gary Stussie 8 months ago

This Russia stuff is getting old and is about as authentic as Hillary denouncing Harvey Weinstein!

The good news ... President Donald J. Trump is revamping the judiciary branch by quietly making lifetime appointments to fill more than 100 vacancies on federal courts across the country.

Another Supreme Court appointment is likely, given the ages of several justices, but President Trump will make more of an impact with his appointments to the lower district and circuit courts.

So far, he has confirmed five judges, with another 30 pending and 123 seats left to fill.

“It can’t be overstated the impact the individuals he’s appointing will have on millions of people across the country and their children for a generation or two,” said Dan Goldberg, legal director of the liberal organization, Alliance for Justice (AFJ). “The Supreme court only hears about 80 cases a year. Ninety-nine percent of cases end in the federal courts of appeal or at the trial level.”

Gary Stussie 8 months ago

"Who can read Trump's tweets and not wonder about his maturity and sanity? "

You question the billionaire U.S. President's maturity and sanity but say nothing about Mr. "Hillary got the most votes".

I'm thinking Trump is crazy like a fox! The main stream media is so full of hate toward him, he keeps them focused on tweets (bright shiny object).

Ken Lassman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, crazy like a RABID fox. I can go with that.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Meanwhile, the DOJ from the previous regime gets slapped down in court. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/923523...

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