The debacle with the Muslim immigrant ban is just the beginning
The words ‘President’ and ‘Donald Trump’ will not appear together in this newspaper
Respecting the Office, if Not the Man
BY DAN VUKELICH
“Elections have consequences” is a phrase that has been tossed around like an insult to Democrats lately, but Americans are getting a taste of the consequences of electing an unstable, narcissistic sociopath of questionable loyalties to the nation’s highest office.
The debacle with the Muslim immigrant ban is just the beginning. We’re witnessing the start of a four-year reign of lunacy where decisions with global import will be hatched among a small clique of Trump sycophants, without input from the people the authors of the U.S. Constitution anticipated would counsel and moderate the president.
We’re only getting started, folks.
Donald Trump, almost certainly compromised by the Russians based on his bizarre behavior, is embarking on the disruptive path that he promised his supporters during the presidential campaign.
To recap: Donald Trump is a misogynist who has assaulted women. He has appointed a racist to sit on the National Security Council and booted from a permanent seat on the “principals committee” the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence.
He has appointed a Climate Change denier to head the EPA. He appointed a racist as U.S. attorney general. He has told government civil servants that if they don’t agree with him, they should quit.
Trump hasn’t released his tax return. He hasn’t adequately distanced himself from his businesses’ worldwide operations. Because he didn’t adequately divest from the Trump Organization, he’s likely in violation of the “emoluments” clause of the Constitution, which bars the President from being paid by foreign entities.
There is a saying in Washington that, political differences aside, when it comes to the President, you respect the office even if you don’t respect the man (or woman).
In line with that, starting with this issue, ABQ Free Press Weekly has changed its internal style manual. The word “President” will not appear in front of the words “Donald Trump” in this newspaper, although the word “president” may appear elsewhere in the same story. We recognize that Donald Trump is the President of the United states. However, we will respect the office by putting distance between the office and the name of the man occupying it. It’s a small thing, but a thing we can do nonetheless.
If we slip up and let a single reference see print, please let us know.
– Dan Vukelich, editor