As you likely know, on March 4, Donald Trump tweeted that Barack Obama tapped “his wires” at the Trump Tower. The insinuation being that Barack Obama tapped Trump’s presidential campaign. The allegation levied by Donald Trump, through Twitter, has only two possible outcomes. The first is that Obama committed a serious crime, or Donald Trump lied. You’ve all probably figured out that my bet is that Trump lied.
However, all joking aside, Trump’s allegation against his predecessor is a serious issue. If it is true, then it bodes bad for the office of the presidency. Likewise, if it is a lie, it also bodes bad for the authority of the presidency. Democracy is based on the notion that the voters allow themselves to be governed. The Office of the President of the United States is an institution that must be respected by the voters for governance to be valid. Without respect, the Office of the President of the United States is nothing more than a title with no meaning.
If Barack Obama ordered wiretapping, then not only did he violate the law but he diminished the office of the presidency by doing so. If Obama had ordered an illegal tap, then the respect of the presidential office has been lost.
Likewise, if Donald Trump lied to the voters for whatever reason, then the Office of the President of the United States has henceforth been tarnished. It has lost the respect of the electorate.
Yesterday was the deadline for Trump to produce evidence of the alleged wiretapping to the House Intelligence Committee. The House committee is composed of members of both parties. As such, the Trump apologists will have a difficult time blaming the deadline on party politics or a conspiracy of the left.
To nobody’s surprise, Trump did not provide any evidence of the alleged wiretapping.
Even members of the Republican Party have demanded that Trump provide proof of the illegal wiretapping. On Sunday, John McCain stated on CNN that Trump has “two choices, either retract or provide the information the American people deserve.”
Kellyanne Conway’s Microwaves
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Trump spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway told the Bergen County Record that microwaves can be used to surveille people. Conway is quoted, “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “we know this is a fact of modern life.” *
This is how serious the Donald Trump administration is – microwaves that turn into cameras.
But the matter is serious for the voters of the United States and it should be treated as such.
And yet, the joke that is Donald Trump still has apologists rallying around him as though he deserves any respect from anyone.
It is a pretty sad of affairs when the presidency of the United States is nothing more than a bad joke that is being perpetuated upon the world.
I guess that is what Donald Trump meant when he proclaimed America First, as in America will now be the joke of the world.
* Source: Kelly, Mike; “Kellyanne Conway suggests even wider surveillance of Trump campaign”; The Bergen County Record, March 12, 2017