America has reached a crisis involving the leadership of our nation, which I believe can only be solved by the resignation of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. This would avert the possible impeachment of Donald Trump for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors against the United States.
Why am I asking President Trump to resign the office to which he has been legally elected according to the Constitution? Yes, Mr. Trump was legally elected, but a majority of American voters didn’t vote for him.
A majority of more than 2.5 million voters voted for Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Trump won because he won a majority of Electoral College votes, 304 for Trump and 270 for Clinton. For the past 200 years our government has acknowledged the Electoral College as the law of the land. It is not a college but just a different way of counting votes that gives certain states more votes than other states.
Other presidents have been elected with Electoral College votes and I think some Democrats. But liberals and conservatives have not been agitated enough to challenge their election. Why Donald Trump?
The real problem is the behavior and attitudes of our 45th president before and after he was elected. Mr. Trump is certainly entitled to his opinions and attitudes, but I believe that he has personally inflamed the controversies between our political parties and between liberals and conservatives so that no consensus can be reached to advance the goals of our government.
The worst thing that has happened during the Trump Administration was the march on Aug. 17 in Charlottesville, Va., of Trump supporters including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other violent people. The march caused the death of Heather Heyer, who was personally run over by a car driven by a Trump supporter and which injured 20 other people. Two Virginia State Troopers supervising the march were accidentally killed when their car crashed.
The marchers included many men wearing helmets and carrying clubs and Nazi flags who shouted Nazi and anti-Jewish slogans who wanted to unite extreme right supporters and said “Jews won’t stop us.” I personally am offended by these hateful people not only because I am Jewish but because I served in the U.S. Army in 1945 occupying former Nazi Germany.
Believe me, none of the former German soldiers I guarded then or the population of Germany today would have expressed the old Nazi propaganda we heard on the streets of Charlottesville. Nazi slogans and Nazi Flags are forbidden now by German law and the leadership of Germany is now headed by a wonderful person, Angela Merkel.
President Trump, who sends out his personal messages on his Twitter account, refuses to denounce these nasty supporters of Nazi genocide by saying there are fine people on either side. He meant the protesters who fought the pro-Nazi group in the streets of Charlottesville and the people who fought them. Mr. Trump, who certainly talks a lot and expresses his opinions on many subjects, remains silent on other things including Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who allowed his agents to hack our Nov. 16 election. He is also silent on condemnation of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who is a Trump supporter.
I personally would like to see Donald Trump resign as president. If that doesn’t happen, I would like to see the new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, head a committee to include Democrats to make the required decisions to run our government, leaving only ceremonial functions to Donald Trump. If that can’t happen, then we would have no choice except to impeach Donald Trump.