Letter to the Editor

Point/Counterpoint

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

When is it too many?

The first known accusation of rape against President Trump was made in 1989 by his then wife Ivana. Under intense pressure of a financial settlement during divorce negotiations, she was forced to concede that it was not a criminal rape because they were still married at the time. As Trump publicly stated in a taped interview, he felt that because of his wealth and fame he could sexually assault women without fear of retaliation and this incident seemed to validate it.

With this mindset, he has accumulated 21 additional accusations of sexual assault or rape in the years following. The latest accusation by E. Jean Carroll was denied by Trump saying "She wasn't my type." Does this mean he felt she wasn't pretty enough to tempt him?

It's not surprising that he has not been convicted for these crimes, as fear of humiliation and inability to match Trump's legal resources has dissuaded the abused women from further action.

It is surprising that Trump's actions have not alarmed or caused outrage from his supporting organizations that claim morality is a priority with them. His repeated assaults would seem to indicate a serious character flaw.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake


Trump is guilty – impeach now

The Democratic Party is sure President Trump has committed some illegal acts, they just aren't sure what they are. The two year, wide-ranging Mueller investigation of Trump – and his campaign – cost the taxpayers $30 million dollars. It employed 19 lawyers – all of whom only contributed to the Democratic Party. They used 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 witnesses to search for the crime. To insure transparency President Trump provided more than 1 million documents and made the White House Council General Council — Don McGahn — available for more than 30 hours of questioning. President Trump could have claimed "executive privilege" and provided nothing to the Mueller investigation.

The East Coast-based, liberal, elite national news media (ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, AP, WP, NYT and others) continue to report with great enthusiasm all of the negative Trump news they can find. In spite of all of the negative news being reported, President Trump's popularity is growing. He has a higher public approval rating than President Bush or Obama at the same point in their administrations.

So far this year, the House Judiciary Committee (Jerry Nadler) has issued more than 24 subpoenas to search Donald Trump's personal life and that of his family — including Barron Trump. These House Judiciary investigations have no legislative purpose. Their purpose is to dig up dirt on President Trump and have it dutifully reported by the anti-Trump news media. President Trump feels since he made so many documents and witnesses available to the two year Mueller investigation, that he should not have to provide a second — unlimited — access to his personal life. Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller does not want to appear before the House committee to restate what the 448-page Mueller report already provides for the purpose of a Democratic TV circus.

In the Democrats rush to judgement they have forgotten that Article 2 of the Constitution provides the President broad powers to manage the Executive Branch. The President cannot be impeached for exercising his Article 2 powers – including the firing James Comey.

If the Democrats want to Impeach President Trump so badly — why don’t they do it? They hold the majority in the U.S. House. They can vote for Impeachment any day they want. But, what would the charges be? The problem is they have no case for impeachment. The House can vote for impeachment, but it takes a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict the President on the charges for impeachment. The likelihood of a Senate conviction is nil. The preoccupation with impeachment is taking all the oxygen from the House for other important issues like healthcare and immigration.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji