WaPo: Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

“Donald J. Trump, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament,” the editorial board of the Washington Post is reporting. “He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

“Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement. In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on to the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers. This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

8 thoughts on “WaPo: Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy”

  1. I haven’t been following Sierra Foothills Report throughout this election but both the establishments of the Democratic Party and Republican Parties are going down. We are in for some rough roads ahead since the reforms are going to take place through force and out of necessity.

    Although Donald Trump is a nightmare scenario and it is very pathetic to watch Republicans line up behind such a dangerous and hate filled candidate the Democrats actually had a more underhanded and deceitful primary process. Both Clinton and Trump are very dangerous for the world for very different but at the same time very similar reasons. Trump because he is a xenophobe with literally zero understanding the role of the executive branch and the limitations of the US Constitution. And Clinton who might understand the role of the executive branch and limitations of the US Constitution but doesn’t give a sh!# about either. Clinton has the entire DC beltway in her corner along with the financial sector and war machine. The Democratic Party owes lots of favors for that easy money to fund their corrupt party and I can see many scenarios of Clinton being worse than Trump. If these are our two major party choices we are in big trouble come January 2017.

    Did you see

    First Ohio Election Integrity Lawsuit filed…
    http://trustvote.org/

    Excerpt from Yahoo story, “Bernie Sanders says leaked emails show he was right about the DNC all along”. Bernie Sanders comments on the released emails that confirm high positions in the DNC (Debbie Wasserman Schultz) were in fact putting their thumb on the scale in favor of Hillary Clinton.

    “I don’t think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC,” the Vermont senator said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Not only for these awful emails — which revealed the prejudice of the DNC — but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don’t think her leadership style is doing that.”
    “I think she should resign, period,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” Sunday.

    “I think I told you a long time ago that the DNC
    was not running a fair operation. That they were supporting Secretary Clinton,” he continued. “So what I suggested to be true six months ago turns out, in fact, to be true. I’m not shocked. But I am disappointed. And that is the way it is.”

    Hillary Clinton campaign appoints DWS as campaign chair, which is a position she is familiar with since she was on Hillary’s campaign team in 2008. We can basically read this as a message of “Job Well Done”.
    Excerpt –
    Following Sunday’s news, however, Clinton responded with a statement thanking her “longtime friend” for her service to the party and, seemingly without irony, announced that Wasserman Schultz would now serve as her campaign’s honorary chair.

    “There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie,” Clinton said, “which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states.”

    1. I agree Ben and also agree with Bernie Sanders has been saying. It’s been playing out all along. It’s’ understandable why voters don’t like either Clinton or trump

  2. Ben,

    “I am not afraid.”
    We ought to keep saying that to ourselves and live up to it.
    Otherwise, we are lost.

  3. a difference between the two parties ?-
    On the left Schultz resigned this afternoon-
    On the right they would give the same person a promotion and a raise.

  4. If Trump is a threat to democracy, what does that say about the state of affairs in America that led to his nomination and the state of mind of the people who support him?

    1. By the way, if we want to understand Trump’s appeal it’s not enough to merely dismiss his followers as stupid. Rather, we need to have some compassion — as author Vance does in this article — for what they are experiencing in America in this distressed time.

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