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Not a saint … indeed

The opinion that Trump shouldn’t be impeached and removed from office because he’s given us pro-life legislation and a good economy, is like saying John Gotti shouldn’t have been indicted and jailed because he lavishly supported charities for abused and abandoned children and was a good breadwinner.

That’s not the way it works. As George R.R. Martin, an American writer listed in 2011 as one of Time’s 100 most influential people, once said, “A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.”

Trump supporters often say they recognize that Donald J. Trump is no saint.

Fair enough, but didn’t they likewise recognize, after watching his antics for over a half-century, that he’s also how Republican leaders Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mick Mulvaney described him during the 2016 primaries: “a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” “a kook,” “crazy,” “unfit for office,” “a serial philanderer,” “utterly immoral,” “a narcissist,” “a cancer,” and “a terrible human being”… in my opinion, a dangerous despot-in-the-making?

Evidently, they didn’t … or maybe they, too, have done a complete 180-degree turn and now are unconditionally committed to him as the perfect “Chosen One” no matter what outrageous, or even impeachable, things he says or does. After all, President Trump has publicly stated, “I have an article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” Response from his faithful followers to this public declaration of the reinstitution of a monarchy replacing our democracy? Crickets … with echoes of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” in the background.

TIM MANNELLO

Williamsport

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