First it was rumored that Trump was preparing to pardon Michael Flynn, who served ever so briefly as the national security adviser. Then there was gossip that Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch’s head was on the chopping block.
Ascertaining Trump’s next move is almost as risky as purchasing a bitcoin, and to some extent it’s fair to compare virtual currency with a virtual president.
Possible action on Flynn and Gorsuch should be viewed as little more than typical Trump distractions, his way of a throwing the hounds off the trail, be they special counsels or journalists.
In effect, Trump is our misChief of State.
Whether in the Far East, where the ominous presence of North Korea’s president looms; in the Middle East; now in fresh turmoil with the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; out West in the U.S., with the public lands now up for grabs for major corporations; or a visit to a civil rights museum in Mississippi, Trump has been busy stirring of mischief.
No matter where Trump treads, division and turmoil follow, and much of it is done as a distraction from a number of critical concerns the president would have us ignore.
The latest rope-a-dope from the dope is to have the average American ignore the recently passed tax bill, now waiting for his signature.
Then there is the increasingly troubling issue of sexual misconduct and, lest we forget, Trump has been accused of such infractions by more than a dozen women.
Trump would have us pay no attention to the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller about the possible collusion with the Russian government in the last presidential election and the indictment of Michael Flynn and what they may portend in charges of obstruction of justice by the president.
His recent visit to the civil rights museum in Mississippi created just the kind of uproar Trump wanted, to attract the media and take reporters away from the rebuke he later received for backing Roy Moore in his senate bid in Alabama.
The seeds of division he planted sprung up immediately when Mylie Evers-Williams, the widow of the slain civil rights icon, Medgar Evers, and his brother Charles Evers, chose to attend the event at the museum. On the other hand, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba boycotted the event, along with several other notables.
Miles away from Mississippi, the Rev. Al Sharpton said if he had been there he would have said, “Let’s talk about today and how do you memorialize what happened when it’s being repeated today—and you give comfort and compassion there.”
But comfort and compassion are rarely among Trump’s tweets, and on such public occasions he is not likely to show the kind of concern Sharpton expressed.
“I think that it was a missed opportunity,” Sharpton told Alex Witt on MSNBC. “I think that the president could have addressed the issue of today that he mentioned people fought for to bring us to today. He’s a sitting president. I think he missed the opportunity to deal with public policy. I think those that were present missed the opportunity to confront him on very basic policies.”
We agree. It was certainly not an opportunity the good reverend would choose to miss, and we should not miss this moment to implore that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!