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Rather writes: "The Rob Porter wife beating scandal that has the White House under siege is a heat-seeking missile to the heart of many of President Trump's biggest fears and vulnerabilities."

Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)
Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)

A Heat-Seeking Missile to the Heart of Trump's Biggest Fears and Vulnerabilities

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

11 February 18


he Rob Porter wife beating scandal that has the White House under siege is a heat-seeking missile to the heart of many of President Trump's biggest fears and vulnerabilities.

It reminds everyone that:

- Mr. Trump too has been credibly accused of assault (by multiple women).

- there have been several other people close to Trump accused of sexual and physical assault.

- there are dozens of people working in the White House without full security clearances (including his son in law).

- a chief of staff who was brought in to create order is now spreading chaos.

- Mr. Trump's vow to bring in only the "best people" to work with him rings hollow, and the administration is having a tough time finding people to work in the White House.

Meanwhile the incredible cocoon of privilege and ego with which the President envelopes himself blinds him to the sheer horror of his statements in defense of Mr. Porter. He rails against the injustice of these "accusations" (this from a man who accused President Obama of being a foreigner). He talks about how "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation" but says nothing about the WOMEN victims. What about the lives of these women? Have they not been "shattered and destroyed"? And what about the lives of all of the women (and men) suffering in domestic violence situations?

Mr. Trump once again proves he is indifferent to the fate of anyone other than himself. This is a low for this country that is nothing about politics. We can debate tax cuts and immigration policy and how we fund education. We can disagree about the size of our military or the best balance for protecting the environment. That is democracy.

Debating whether credibly accused wife beaters should be allowed the honor (and that is what it is) to serve in the White House isn't democracy. It's madness - and a moment of sadness for the country. your social media marketing partner


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+190 # futhark 2018-02-11 13:10
Isn't it increasingly apparent that the conscious or unconscious goal of the Trump administration is to undermine confidence in our constitutional republic, bankrupting it simultaneously ethically, morally, and fiscally? Mr. Trump and his cohorts seem to be working overtime to make their administration a kind of destruction derby to prevent the government from functioning in its constitutional role of promoting the general welfare. The fact that the leader of this gang of hooligans is a self confessed abuser of women pretty much sets the tone for his underlings.
+20 # Glen 2018-02-11 16:39
Thank you, futhark. Nicely stated. You do illustrate the collapse of the U.S. government.
+9 # Wise woman 2018-02-11 14:00
Apparently there are enough people out there who simply don't care about violence against women (and men). After all, our country was founded on violence by people who came from countries where it was tolerated. That mindset goes deep into American culture and won't be erased anytime soon I'm sorry to say. Trumps mind is so twisted he probably is a victim of it himself. Sadly the people who need psychiatric help rarely get it.
+7 # franpryor 2018-02-11 14:40
I remember reading that he physically attacked Ivana and ripped her hair out by the roots when his own scalp reduction surgery to correct his male-pattern baldness became painful. I was said that he blamed her for suggesting it.
+10 # economagic 2018-02-11 14:42
All true, Dan, and none of it news. As futhark points out above (though more politely), T-Rump worships money, and power in the sense of iron rule, and hates the idea that anyone not as "worthy" as himself could even vote. What futhark doesn't mention is that (1) this situation did not occur overnight but has been built for that purpose almost ever since WW II (cf. the Powell Memo of 1971, and Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains," 2017); and (2) a lot of US citizens, especially in the South and parts of the West, support T-Rump because they think that is just what we should be doing.
+11 # Adoregon 2018-02-11 14:55
As Resident Rump has sown, so is he reaping.

Rump and crew are pretentious, self-inflated

Time to run them out of town amid a hail of derision.
+5 # Robbee 2018-02-11 14:57
speculation on national media this sunday morning is that uneducated white women, his 2nd strongest demographic, may start peeling away f4rom dickhead - a major worry
+14 # Farafalla 2018-02-11 16:01
When we finally acknowledge that Trump is a fascist and yearns for a fascist (corporate) state, all his actions and those of his appointees can be seen as those consistent with a putsch. Of course he defends sexual assaults on women. Fascists always do.

But we need to learn to become anti-fascists before it's too late.
+17 # barbell1941 2018-02-11 16:22
I don’t believe Trump and company are smart enough to do anything consciously. To have over 30 people working in positions of trust without security clearances is just unbelievably stupid. Every day we hear of more examples of idiotic behavior. Intelligence organizations should never give Trump or Congressional Republicans any further information because we now know what they do with it.
+17 # Magginkat 2018-02-11 17:33
We’ve watched for an entire year as a delusional, belligerent know-nothing has careened and plunged through what’s left of American constitutional norms. If you came across Trump’s Twitter feed without knowing whose it was, you’d assume it was a crazy old geezer, slumped on a couch, remote in hand, venting at Fox News all day, the orange powder from his constant snacking visible on his fingertips. But you’d also be unable to ignore how vindictive, vain, bullying and cruel this pensioner is. I’ve tried for a couple of years — I really have — to find some redeeming characteristic in Trump, and have come up empty.....Andre w Sullivan
+12 # photojack53 2018-02-13 14:26
Our nation HAS to have a system to impeach a corrupt president... EVEN IF HIS (OR HER) PARTY CONTROLS THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Ronald "Iran/Contra" Reagan avoided a necessary impeachment for just that reason. The hypocritical GOP has brought us "Tricky Dicky", Ronald Reagan, "Dubya" and now DICTATOR Trump. When will Americans wake up to the destruction the Republicans have created in our nation and realize the importance and impact of the damage to our international reputation?

Trump is the MOST VILE man ever to set foot in our White House. "You can grab women by the pussy..."


+1 # ericlipps 2018-02-17 15:17
A president whose party controls the House (never mind the Senate) and stands solidly behind him--even simply to spite the other party--CANNOT be impeached, because an impeachment resolution won't pass.

Without such a resolution, there can be no trial in the Senate and no removal from office.

The only way the Donald could be impeached is if enough Republicans broke ranks AND the Democrats all stood together in favor of impeachment.
+9 # angelfish 2018-02-11 19:30
WHAT does it take to get this Moron OUT of our White House?
0 # chemtex2611 2018-02-14 13:15
Remember that Pence is disconnected from society also. He could do even more damage, because he knows how government works and knows where the levers are. The best hope is that the Trump Train rattles down the tracks, at least the House or Senate changes back to Dem majority, and the Russian investigation runs on for a couple more years. Then when Trump leaves the White House, he takes the whole Republican party with him into the afterlife...
+7 # jwb110 2018-02-11 19:40
Face it! The president is a jerk.
+8 # Jim Young 2018-02-12 00:14
Still waiting for the Trump tax returns.

Let's see what they show before we accept any more of his accusations of everyone else that hasn't signed non-disclosure and non-disparageme nt agreements.

Perhaps a few of a random sample of such non-disclosure agreements should be examined to see how much he paid for their silence.
+4 # DickC 2018-02-13 23:08
Trump is just the tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of the United States of America are much like Trump, ignorant, stupid troglodytes. That the second largest group of his fan base are uneducated women is very telling.

Americans are knuckle dragging idiots who do not know what is good for them. For these 'Americans', Trump is Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny all wrapped up in clouds of orange.
-5 # Depressionborn 2018-02-14 11:04
Well Dick, maybe the missile is headed toward big gov?

When it came time to repair it nearly 100 years later, the project dragged on for close to 5 years—at a significant cost overrun.

Why did it take more than 5 times as long to repair the structure today as it did to create it more than a century ago? The Anderson Bridge project was the victim of a bloated, tangled patchwork of regulatory oversight that squanders the advantages of modern technology in building fast, safe, and reliable infrastructure throughout America.
+4 # mim 2018-02-14 15:30
What threatens Porter threatens Trump, and Trump knows it.

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