17 December 2019   Leave a comment

US President Trump sent a six-page letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, decrying the impeachment process in the US Congress. There are many misstatements of fact in the letter, far too many to catalog in this post (nor do I wish to spend the time since they merely repeat many that have been completely debunked–Mr. Trump is apparently non-educable). But the more important issue is the tone of the letter. It seems as if the letter was dictated and simply recorded. The letter is intemperate, nasty, and demeaning to the Office of the President. David Graham writes in The Atlantic:

” The six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a wild ride. The president veers among incoherent semantic lament (‘You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!’), bald-faced lies (about former Vice President Joe Biden’s actions in Ukraine), self-righteous whining (‘You did not recant. You did not ask to be forgiven. You showed no remorse, no capacity for self-reflection’), and atrocious misrepresentation of history (‘More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials’).

“For the most part, the letter is a farrago of common complaints the president has issued in rallies and on his Twitter feed. The president may be most comfortable at 280 characters, but he can expand to six pages given the opportunity. But even though the substance is recycled, the letter is notable because it’s an official communication, on White House letterhead.”

I doubt that there will be any official comments from leaders around the world. There really is no response, but I am certain that most leaders will regard the letter as one that can be clearly characterized as unhinged. The more important question is whether the President’s supporters in Congress will take the letter as evidence of unfitness for the position. I suspect, however, that there will be only silence.

Posted December 17, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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