I am peeved that I have to address this matter again. I had so hoped that crooked Trump—excuse me, President-elect Donald J. crooked Trump—would by now be relegated to the status of an embarrassing piece of history. Nope. He won, not by an Electoral landslide, as said Reinhold “Reince” Priebus, but by a technicality. He lost the popular vote by nearly three million, but gained enough Electoral College votes to take the presidency.
Which brings up the statement by Representative John Lewis. Lewis said he does not regard Trump as a “legitimate president,” due to the interference of Russia during the campaign. I respect Rep. Lewis, but I have to disagree somewhat with his position, although I completely understand his feelings on the matter. As I said, Trump technically won the election. That makes him the president, legally, for the next four years. Or until he resigns or is removed from office through impeachment.
That being said, Lewis has every right to his opinion, and it is not out of line for him to express it. Was it disrespectful? I suppose so, but Trump has not displayed any basis for us to respect him. In any case, Trump’s response on Twitter was far more disrespectful:
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart. (Not to … mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!
Of course, Trump wants us to believe that there was no problem with the election, and no interference from Russia. All our intelligence agencies beg to disagree. Who are you going to believe, the CIA and the FBI, or crooked Trump—excuse me, President-elect crooked Trump.
On the other hand, I have to mention that Trump’s pick for secretary of the VA, Dr. David Shulkin, seems like a good choice. I’ll give Priebus a pass, too. I don’t like his politics, but he is at least competent. So that’s two decent picks out of… how many? Even a clock that doesn’t run is right twice a day.
I know that calling our next president “crooked Trump” is disrespectful. My bad, but I will continue to do so until he earns my respect. Normally, I would give a person the benefit of the doubt, and I did so with Trump. Then he disrespected John McCain, a family who had lost a son in the service, women in general, Muslims… It is needless to go on. Don’t worry. I will stop calling him crooked Trump as soon as he apologizes for his lying and crass behavior, and releases his tax returns to demonstrate his honesty.