* Erik’s Editorial: The Guilty Parties Who Put American Democracy At Risk In The Name Of Donald Trump

US White House upside down (public domain).

I do not fault stupid people for making the stupid decision to elect Donald Trump in 2016.

I do fault smart people for making stupid decisions. These include:

1. Senators who voted to acquit Donald Trump in his no-witnesses-allowed impeachment trial, including primarily Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell:

* Impeachment of Donald Trump (2020-02-05)

* Mitch McConnell (2020-02-05)

2. Members of the GOP who voted to disenfranchise voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – before, during, and AFTER the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol – including Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jody Hice (R–GA-10), Mo Brooks (R–AL-05), Scott Perry (R–PA-10), Josh Hawley (R–MO), and Louie Gohmert (R–TX-01).

* 2021 Storming Of The United States Capitol (2021-01-06)

* 2020 United States Presidential Election Electoral College Count (2021-01-06 – 2021-01-07)

3. Donald Trump’s cabinet, who could have invoked the 25th Amendment to remove POTUS at any time:

* Cabinet Of Donald Trump (2017-01-21 – PRESENT)

4. Social media, including especially Facebook and Twitter, for allowing their social networks to be used as platforms for hate speech.

* Donald Trump On Social Media (2017-01-21 – PRESENT)

5. Mainstream media, including especially CNN (on the left) and Fox News (on the right) for not doing their jobs – asking questions until they get answers – and allowing POTUS to lie unchecked.

* Veracity Of Statements By Donald Trump (2017-01-21 – PRESENT)

6. Lawmakers at all levels, for failing to fix bad laws and for failing to enact good laws. Changes that must be made going forward include:

Limiting POTUS power:

  • Executive order power must be limited.
  • All cabinet members (acting/interim/actual) must be confirmed by Senate.
  • Treaties and tariffs must be the role of Congress so that POTUS cannot engage in trade wars.
  • War Powers Act must be updated to limit POTUS power to deploy the military.
  • Special Counsel Act must be updated to make clear that POTUS cannot fire special counsel.

Writing better and new laws:

  • Impeachment Act of 2021, to define how impeachment is conducted, including the requirement to have witnesses.
  • Follow the lead of The Restatements Of The Law project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restatements_of_the_Law) and codify major SCOTUS cases, including especially Roe v. Wade.
  • Fix the Census.
  • Fix immigration.
  • Fix SCOTUS processes, such as limiting appointments to 2 per POTUS with the number of SCOTUS justices fixed at the number of Federal Circuits (currently 13).
  • Election reform, including who is qualified to run for POTUS and that tax forms must be disclosed to do so.

Just to name a few.

Stupid people, bad laws, and lies got us into this mess.

Smart people, good laws, and the truth can get us out of this mess.



Hope Hicks Tenders Resignation as Fourth White House Communications Director

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks announced this week that she is resigning. The White House asserts that Hicks had been considering leaving the White House for several weeks, and that her decision had nothing to do with the current controversies surrounding the White House. Nevertheless, though we’re less surprised each time we hear of a new White House firing or resignation, Hope Hicks’ departure raises eyebrows for a few reasons.

Hicks’ Departure Fuels Speculation on Possible Motivation:

Hicks announced her plans to resign the day after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee during a nine-hour session. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team questioned Hicks as part of the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.

During the session, Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee that she occasionally told “white lies” for Trump. She assured the Committee, however, that she had not lied about anything connected with the Russia investigation. For much of the questioning, Hicks elected to use the shield of executive privilege to refrain from answering. Is she worried about placing herself in legal jeopardy?

Hope Hicks, as one of the President’s most trusted aides, has access to a lot of sensitive information. Does she know more than we think about James Comey’s firing? What could she tell us about events during certain meetings?

As White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks was instrumental in drafting a White House statement, during a meeting aboard Air Force One, in response to the speculation about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyers who promised damaging information on Hilary Clinton.

An additional awkward situation in which Hope Hicks has found herself in the middle is that of former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who resigned under pressure following spousal abuse and domestic violence allegations. While Hicks was in a romantic relationship with Porter, her job required that she draft the official communication of the White House response to the issue.

The Element of Surprise

Hope Hicks has been President Trump’s longest-serving aide. She began as Donald Trump’s press secretary in January of 2015, when Trump decided to run for President. Hicks had previously worked for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, starting in August of 2014. She has had close access to the President – almost as close as that of an immediate family member.

As one of the most influential people to Donald Trump, Hope Hicks had Trump’s ear, as well as the ability to “manage” Trump. She not only tried to protect his image for the news, she tried to protect Trump from the news, or at least “deliver to the President the type of world that he believes is unfolding. She would interpret articles for him, and essentially present to him a curated version of what’s happening,” according to Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

As Trump’s right-hand person, Hope Hicks has worked around the clock, 365 days a year, for Trump. She’s been referred to as Trump’s “one-woman PR firm.” It’s possible that Hope Hicks is simply burned out.

White House Churn

Hope Hicks, the youngest-ever White House Communications Director, came to the post with no prior experience for the role. As with others who have been appointed to posts in the Trump administration, many speculate that Hicks would likely not have had the opportunity, but for Trump. Nevertheless, she did her job well, and was widely liked and respected.

According to Ed O’Keefe, of the Washington Post, “Part of the reason she got the job in the first place is because several seasoned Republican or other communication professionals here in Washington, or in other parts of the country were approached, and simply took a pass on it….And it will be curious to see whether they find someone who comes out of professional Republican politics or Washington political handling, so to speak, who may want or be able to step into this role, or who frankly could step into this role, and have the President’s trust and his ear the way that she has over the last several (years.)”

Immediately following the downgrade of nearly three dozen White House Employees’ security clearances (including that of Jared Kushner), some say that Hicks’ resignation is further demonstration that the Trump transition was poorly managed, and too quickly executed. Poor planning has resulted in the ongoing problems that continually plague the Trump Administration.

Hope Hicks will be eighteenth on the list of White House staff who have either resigned or been fired. The White House now must look for its fifth Communications Director since the start of the Trump Presidency. As one would expect, morale is at an all-time low at the White House.

Hope Hicks to Resign: President Trump Losing Trusted Adviser | Fox News

Analysis: Hope Hicks Resigns Amid Controversy |  Associated Press