Letter to the Editor

It canít be true ó Can it?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

President Trump stated ďI could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.Ē Amid daily gaffs, false statements, praise of foreign dictators while alienating allies, and imposition of tariffs that cost Americans millions of dollars, his supporters march lock step to defend him.

His latest folly was his statement that hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama, reportedly stating that he knew more about hurricanes than anybody. He showed an altered NOAA weather map to prove his point. True to their responsibility, the National Weather Service issued a correction saying this was not true and it could cause a needless evacuation. Noting Trumpís displeasure at being corrected, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called acting NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs and told him the agencies top staff would be fired if the contradiction of the president was not fixed. They could not embarrass the president that way. Yielding to the threat, Jacobs disavowed the agencies findings and reluctantly agreed to lie, saying the president was correct. As could be predicted, Rossís office denied that the threat was made.

Noting Rossís total disregard for the responsibilities of his office, congressional Democrats and environmentalists immediately demanded Rossís resignation. In North Korea. Russia or China, criticism or embarrassment of the leader is not tolerated, but hopefully, here in the U.S. itís still allowed. Directing federal agencies to knowingly issue falsehoods that could endanger the populace to please the president cannot be allowed, yet congressional Republicans as well as loyal party members remain silent in support of the president. I cannot!

ó Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake