Last time President Trump gave his State of the Union address, exactly one year ago on February 5, 2018, he called Democrats who didn’t clap during the State of the Union address ‘treasonous’ and ‘un-American’. He said “it got to a point where I really didn’t want to look too much during the speech over to that side. Because honestly it was bad energy.“ Democrats were traitors because they refused to stand and applaud during his speech.” Thus, calling elected officials traitors is something the President likes to do. So, in the spirit of the Golden Rule, “do unto others as they would do unto you” it is certainly fair to return the allegations. Except, the unfortunate thing is that there are a lot more reasons to believe he is a traitor than simply not standing for a speech.
First, he refuses to show his income taxes. He promised to do it after the IRS audit was completed…but is has been years since he said that. Then on Nov 7, 2017, he refused to release them claiming “they are complex and Americans wouldn’t understand them.” No other presidential candidate in modern history has refused to release their income taxes. Any reasonable person would assume that the reason he is refusing to do so is there are some horrible things he is hiding…like not paying any federal tax, or worse, having financial ties to countries like Russia and Turkey and other places that are enemies of the United States. Until he releases his taxes he should be assumed to be a traitor who is hiding serious conflicts between his interests and that of the United States.
Second, he has enacted policies that are contrary to the interests of the United States as a world player. He has withdrawn the US from many international agreements, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, NAFTA, and has recently withdrawn the US from the Russian nuclear arms agreement. All these policies are favored by Putin and Russia.
In addition, he Is withdrawing the US from Syria and Afghanistan…..strengthening Russia’s role in the region and undermining our ability to work with countries in the area. He has called African countries “shithole countries” alienating them from wanting to interact with the US and opening economic markets for Russia and China to fill the void. He has also opened federal lands and seacoasts for expanded oil and gas drilling and has also opened up opportunities for collaboration with Russian companies to explore drilling in the Artic region.
Third, he continues to deny that Russia interfered in our 2016 elections and were partly responsible for his election. He hasn’t done much to support securing our election process and seems willing to have Russia interfere again, as long as it benefits him and his party. He accepts Putin’s denial of any involvement over the findings of his own intelligence community.
Democrats didn’t stand for Mr. Trump at the State of the Union.
We as citizens should not stand to have a president who appears to be hostile to the interests of our country and only does things to ensure and promote his own interests and those of our adversaries. These are the traits of a traitor. And Donald Trump seems to fit easily into this role.