Letter to the Editor

The 1st 100 days

Friday, April 28, 2017

The news is out. Most Republicans that voted for Donald Trump think he is doing a great job. However, though Hillary Clinton got 48.2 percent, a 2.9 million advantage over Trump’s 46.1 percent in the popular vote, a number of Republicans must feel that Trump is not pleasing them, as his approval rating is at an all-time low of 40 percent.

So, what is it that could be bothering them? Well, a number of his team is under investigation by the FBI for colluding with our most worrisome military advisory, Russia. His national security advisor, Michael Flynn, was dismissed for improper discussions with Russian agents which may end up with Flynn being jailed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had to recuse himself from any cases involving Russian intervention because of his undisclosed conversations with Russian personnel, and the investigation continues to see who else was involved. The nearly automatic practice of approving a Supreme Court Justice required changing the rules of the Senate to employ the nuclear option to secure the disputed nomination.

Additionally, his most important election promises are not materializing: repeal of Obamacare, building a border wall that Mexico will pay for, the Muslim ban, locking up Hillary Clinton, and his latest order to cut off federal funds for sanctuary cities. The April 3 cover of Time magazine asked the question “Is Truth Dead?” The piece by the editor, Nancy Gibbs, “When a president can’t be taken by his word” states that 70 percent of the statements by Trump during the campaign were false according to reviews by PolitiFact. Voters were not deceived, as nearly two thirds said that he was not trustworthy, including the nearly one third of the people voted for him anyway. Go figure! Now that he is our president, he speaks for the country. What are we to believe? What are our allies and adversaries to believe? Words matter! In the United Kingdom, our most important ally, petitions signed by hundreds of thousands seek to ban President Trump from entry to the country. Other allies, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Germany have been offended by the president’s statements.

So what are we to do? If he lasts for four years, we have to hope that our president is successful because if the president fails, the country fails.

— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake