First Major Papers Call for Trump to Resign, Let’s Be Cautious

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At least three major newspapers have become the first to call for Trump’s resignation over last week’s revelations concerning political extortion of Ukraine.

First, the Boston Globe, the major progressive paper in perhaps the nation’s most progressive major city, led the way:

THE VISCERAL REACTION I had to the summary of President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was that he should resign the presidency. So obvious and brazen was the abuse of presidential power; so evident was Trump’s concern only for his own political interests; and so lacking was any consideration of the national interest.

The Hearst News Group of Connecticut followed course:

The Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board on Thursday called for Trump to resign from office for “conduct far outside the accepted norms of a democratic leader.” The newspaper chain’s editorial board said Trump’s request for an investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “would benefit him politically” and is a clear-cut case of an “impeachable offense.” The scathing Hearst editorial concedes “there’s almost no chance” Trump will step down and urges Congress to vote to remove him from the White House.

The calls from major Northeastern liberal establishment papers shouldn’t surprise anyone, nor should it be taken to be indicative of all that much beyond the fact that Trump remains firmly in trouble.

The other paper to call for Trump’s resignation is a horse of a different color, see the second Tweet below, regarding the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The pitter-patter of feet scampering toward the exists can be heard if one listens closely.

Over at the mothership, the Rec-list is busy analyzing a Newsweek column suggesting that Trump will engineer a deal by which he steps down in exchange for immunity from prosecution. I saw that tweet yesterday and noted that the Newsweek column was a year old. At some point, someone at the mothership will point out that somewhat relevant fact to the others. For now, though, they’re busy rejecting the “deal,” competing as to whom can reject it most forcefully.

People are out for blood, they want Trump in prison, they want him and his family, and his dog – if he had one, which he doesn’t – locked up forever, because they’re that much cooler and clearer headed than everyone else.

I, too, want to see Trump go to prison, along with his family and court jesters.

Let there be no doubt at all that Trump doesn’t deserve to negotiate any deal, for anything.

However, before we pound our chest about our righteous blood-thirst, we need to designate our priority in the process, those elements we hope to accomplish. Are we trying to remove a dangerous president from office? Are we trying to remove a dangerous president from office and his law-breaking enablers? Are we trying to expose the entire truth regarding Trump and his crimes? Are we doing all we can to improve our position for the next election? Are we trying to exact revenge upon the person who has inflicted so much pain upon others over the last three years? Or are we committed to some notion of justice, where we will know it when we see it?

There is nothing I want more than to see Trump, his government lackeys, and his grifting family in jail. Nothing.

But, there could be a scenario upcoming where my “desire” becomes inherently selfish and contrary to what is best for my country and its future.

We cannot know ahead of time which course of action is the most responsible, and best long-term choice for the nation’s health. We can know this. We must remain firmly committed to placing the nation, first.

Nothing satisfies certain animal instincts like satiating well-earned bloodlust. It may seem like the only thing that could ever satisfy us is a dish of revenge, pureed and chilled like a slushee. But it can also be dangerous. Let’s not be like all too many of our orange brothers and sisters who “know” ahead of time what we will and will not accept with regard to Trump’s fate.

Just like the presidency was supposed to be about the nation, not Trump, any scenario whereby he steps down or is removed should be about the country’s future, not our emotional needs.

Perhaps the nation is best served by prosecuting Trump to the fullest extent of the law, resignation or not. Perhaps. Indeed, that is the most likely scenario.

But we cannot possibly know until we get to the point where the choices and the evidence are laid out. Committing ourselves to the most ruthless prosecution and punishment sure satisfies an inner fire, and it sounds cool, but it also sounds shortsighted, emotionally-driven, and dangerous.

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Peace, y’all

Jason

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20 Comments on "First Major Papers Call for Trump to Resign, Let’s Be Cautious"

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Annar Key
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If Odious Orange escapes punishment for his myriad crimes it will embolden the next guy who thinks the US is his/her personal playground and piggy bank. In order for us to survive as the free republic we claim to be, justice must be seen to be done. Not to mention he really deserves to go to prison and die penniless. Along with his twisted and useless mutant progeny. Imo…..

mae
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I wish all of the impeach now crowd would read this.This explains exactly why he should not have been impeached sooner.

anastasjoy
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I get very frustrated with the shouting and arm-waving of many on the left who want action and the results they want NOW and condemn any Democrat who isn’t jumping up to give us that satisfaction NOW. I’ve heard enough condemning Democratic committee chairpeople and leaders for their habit of wants to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. I just responded to such a post right here in another thread. There’s a strain of Democrats that loves showy, morally superior action as opposed to meticulous processes that get results.

mae
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I have been called an enabler for trump,etc…. It is all very infuriating. Calling people weak cowards and corporatists, and stuff like that, is not the same as an adult discussion concerning different viewpoints. When you try to fight back against it, you are told you are ‘whining.’ I don’t think I will even bother commenting to certain people anymore.

anastasjoy
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I agree with you, Mae. In the end, a measured, judicious approach gets more results, and more lasting results, especially when you are facing someone as out of control, reckless, intemperate and inconsistent as Trump. I feel the the smart Democratic leaders have in a way set Trump up to go off the rails and destroy himself in a way that some firebrands rushing in too soon would not have been able to do.

mae
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It does seem to be working, doesn’t it? Who would have thought it….🤔🤔🤔

mb
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Oh, you are so right! I really enjoy reading your comments, as well as Jason’s posts. Your cool heads are what is keeping me from another heart attack. (I was too young for a first one at 52, so I’m told by cardiologists.)

mae
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Oh, I am so sorry to hear about this, I am 52 and have health issues as well. Someone somewhere said, ‘getting old ain’t for sissies.’ I would have to agree. 😊

mb
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Truer words were never spoken! 😲

Bareshark
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My personal theory on the firebrands is this. They have at one of these things going for them: 1) they prize their feelings above and beyond practical action and so act on them, 2) they’re do used to coming out the losing end of the fight that they have a hard time with an actual victory that’s good but less than what they want and/or 3) they want to rewrite the past into something it never was because facing the present or the future is too painful. All that is very fertile ground for irrational decisionmaking.

Joseph
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“I, too, want to see Trump go to prison, along with his family and court jesters.” Well, I’d like to see Melania deported and then Barron can be left to the kind folks in Child Protective Services. It may be mean to punish a minor, but it would certainly be “just desserts.” No, not for Trump; he couldn’t care less about Melania’s son–remember that bizarre tweet a couple of weeks ago when he said that Melania had a child, rather than he and Melania had a child? But it would be for Melania who has failed in her chosen “first… Read more »
Bareshark
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Perhaps a kinder scenario would be Marla taking him in instead.

Bareshark
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Quite possibly your finest Trump impeachment column to date, Jason. I particularly appreciate how you argued where the real priorities need to be. Based on all we’ve seen thus far, I’m confident that the end is nigh. But what that end looks like, as you point out, is still up in the air. At this point, I’ll settle for Trump being out, taking the Republican apocalypse cult with him and seeing him be hounded by the Feds from now until he keeps that long overdue appointment with the Grim Reaper as a bonus. But we’ll see.

underwriter505
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I really do not want him to resign and havetthe Hoosier Mortician pardon him.I want him indicted, convicted, and imprisoned. Preferably for life plus 99 years. I don’t think I have ever wanted anyone imprisoned as badly as I want him imprisoned (and I am 74.)

Bareshark
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Hell, 10 years for him would practically be a life sentence, so I could live with that.

Concinnity
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“and his dog – if he had one, which he doesn’t”

Quite true. These people don’t have the empathy to have normal pets.

The closest, (and most apt), creatures associated with them?

Bedbugs.