Trump Should Be Disqualified
Forget, for just one moment, the policies. Forget the tax cuts, which allowed billionaires to pay less taxes than the working class. Forget his attempt to overhaul healthcare, which would have resulted in 24 million people losing coverage and in premiums spiking. Forget his environmental deregulation of 99 climate protections, including rules concerning carbon dioxide emissions, wetlands protections, and mercury emissions from power plants.
Forget, for just one moment, the man. Forget the man who once bragged about sexually assaulting women. Forget the man who refused to condemn white supremacy. Forget the man who wished to execute journalists.
The tweets, the insults, the pettiness, the malice, the threats — forget it all.
Instead, let’s focus on the most recent conspiracy theory Trump and his allies are pushing. Even for Trumpian standards, which are themselves quite low, this is beyond the pale.
On Tuesday, the President of the United States retweeted a new conspiracy involving Bin Laden.
The theory goes like this:
- Bin Laden was still alive
- The person killed during the raid was a “body double”
- Obama and Biden then brought Bin Laden from Iran to Pakistan for “Obama’s trophy kill”
- Obama and Biden then “may have had SEAL Team 6 killed”
I could tell you what the fact-checkers said — Snopes (a “bizarre anti-Biden conspiracy theory” and “false”), FactCheck.org (a “baseless claim” and an “unfounded theory”), and PolitiFact (a “pants on fire!” which is their most brazen category of lie).
I could tell you that a DNA test confirmed Bin Laden’s death, that his own terrorist organization acknowledged his death, or that the former navy SEAL responsible for the death of Bin Laden discredited the theory.
But that’s not the point. The point is the sitting President of the United States, in an attempt to eke out an electoral victory, is propagating a particularly vile lie that accuses a former president and vice president of assassinating members of our military. It’s disgusting. It’s also unAmerican.
To stoop to such lows and not even care is remarkable. The fact that this story barely made the news is equally unsettling. The lack of Republican pushback, while predictable, is abhorrent.
Trump won’t be legally disqualified before next month’s election. We must do that for him — at the polls.