Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson published an opinion piece Tuesday slamming President Trump and saying he hoped 2020 would be the year that America recovers from its “nasty infection.”
Gerson, former President George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter, criticized a “weakened” Senate, which will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial, as a body of “corporate” leaders who prize “efficiency over tradition.”
Trump is awaiting a Senate trial on two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, passed by the House of Representatives in December.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she would not send the articles to the Senate until terms established by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are agreed to by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell, Gerson laments, has subverted the Senate in coordination with the president, and his actions have left “a large hole where the framers intended an immovable object.”
The military, too, has been upended by Trump’s unorthodox approach, Gerson said. “In his cartoonish conception of strength, the commander in chief clearly views members of the armed forces as ‘killing machines’ who should act without conscience,” Gerson, 55, said.
Hours after the essay was published, Trump dispatched 100 Marines to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after Iranian-backed protesters encircled the building. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina applauded the move, saying there would be “no Benghazis on [Trump’s] watch.”
Gerson concluded his column with an appeal to American voters, claiming that only “the presidential electorate can prevent four more years of institutional vandalism.”
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