Seventy-seven percent of Republicans reportedly believe there was widespread fraud in the election, even though the highly pro-Trump Department of Justice found no evidence the election was tainted and Trump’s cybersecurity chief, whom Trump just fired, said it was the most honest in our history.
We must not forget that Trump, his family and his businesses have benefited by $1.9 billion since he has been president. Did we mention that he seriously is mulling pardoning himself preemptively, which is constitutionally questionable, and his family members as well as many of his known associates? Why, if he and they are innocent of wrongdoing?
I hear you. Enough already. But to combat corruption, we have to understand it. If we don’t understand history, we will repeat it. As Biden and his people struggle to clean up government and help working people instead of the 1 percent (a huge change), we might even reelect Trump, the most corrupt president in U.S. history.
In coming weeks we will find that hundreds of decisions involving the environment and climate change, business regulation and consumer protection have been made to benefit big business and the wealthy.
This is on top of the $2 trillion in tax cuts Trump and his Republican toadies pushed through Congress. We’ve already forgotten how some of the people he put in top jobs, including Ryan Zinke, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt, abused their offices and were forced out of government.
Trump lied about the contagiousness of the virus, held superspreader events and then tapped a Fox News doctor who knows nothing about infectious diseases as his chief adviser on the pandemic, a man who doesn’t care how many people die and disparages mask-wearing and most steps to prevent virus spread.
Eight of Trump’s top campaign and White House aides have either been convicted of crimes or pleaded guilty.
He used hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to his now-defunct charity to fund his campaign.
Trump encouraged racism and cruelty toward the nation’s most disadvantaged. He separated children from their parents, which will forever stain our national honor. He caused great fear in millions of people who have lived in this country for years.
He has done his best to demolish democracy. And he has said nothing about crude, vulgar, frightening threats made by some of his own aides about election officials. He and his people consistently violated the Hatch Act by using government funds and assets for his failed reelection campaign.
As we move into the Biden era, it will be interesting to see if the Justice Department investigates Trump and his malfeasance, his dereliction in paying taxes, his corruption of the awesome power of his office.
Officials may well decide, as former President Ford did in pardoning Richard Nixon, that it is time to move on and end this American tragedy.
I am done with this vile man. I will never write an opinion column about Trump again. But we must not forget what corruption looked like in this still young century and how we let down the rest of the world. Trumpism is neither dead nor dormant. We are called to be vigilant.