Letter to the Editor

He said what?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In a speech in Cincinnati on Feb. 5, President Trump called the Democratic members of Congress treasonous because they did not stand and applaud during his State of the Union speech. This was a statement you might expect from a despotic ruler in a banana republic, not in an American democratic republic. Article III of the U.S. Constitution states "treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort." It was another inaccuracy in a barrage of inaccuracies issued daily by the president and demonstrates his general lack of knowledge regarding proper governance of our American republic.

In recent days, he also took credit for the gains in the stock market during his first year in office, claiming his policies and tax bill prompted them. It would seem that if he claims credit for the gains, he logically should assume responsibility for the recent loses, including the largest market point loss in history (the DJ Index loss of 1,175 points in one day).

After much criticism of the growth of the national debt under President Obama, the bill he pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been calculated to increase the national debt by $1.4 trillion. Also, provisions of the tax cut law recently passed will increase the debt, while reportedly reducing Trumps tax bill by hundreds of millions but we wont know for sure till he releases his tax forms.

And then there is the Nunes memo. After the Justice Department and FBI request President Trump not to release it because it contains inaccurate and misleading information, he releases it anyway, claiming it will vindicate him.

Obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia are issues yet to be settled.

Stress builds as the country waits to hear what he will say next.

Robert Sneitzer,

Spirit Lake