Sunday, May 14, 2017

The New Guide to What Republicans Find Acceptable in the White House

(from New York Times May 14th)

It wasn’t so long ago that Republicans in Congress cared about how a president comported himself in office. They cared a lot! The president is, after all, commander in chief of the armed forces, steward of the most powerful nation on earth, role model for America’s children — and he should act at all times with the dignity his station demands. It’s not O.K. to behave in a manner that demeans the office and embarrasses the country. Shirt sleeves in the Oval Office? Disrespectful. Shoes on the Resolute desk? Even worse. Lying? Despicable, if not impeachable.
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Now seems like a good moment to update the standards. What do Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders think a president may say or do and still deserve their enthusiastic support? We offer this handy reference list in hopes of protecting them from charges of hypocrisy in the future. They can consult it should they ever feel tempted to insist on different standards for another president. So, herewith, the Congressional Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior.
If you are the president, you may freely:
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attack private citizens on Twitter
delegitimize federal judges who rule against you
refuse to take responsibility for military actions gone awry
fire the F.B.I. chief in the middle of his expanding investigation into your campaign and your associates
accuse a former president, without evidence, of an impeachable offense
employ top aides with financial and other connections to a hostile foreign power

blame the judiciary, in advance, for any terror attacks
call the media “the enemy of the American people”
demand personal loyalty from the F.B.I. director
threaten the former F.B.I. director
accept foreign payments to your businesses, in possible violation of the Constitution
occupy the White House with the help of a hostile foreign power
intimidate congressional witnesses

allow White House staff members to use their personal email for government business
neglect to fill thousands of crucial federal government positions for months

claim, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally
fail to fire high-ranking members of your national security team for weeks, even after knowing they lied to your vice president and exposed themselves to blackmail
from Scott: Remember the uproar when, 1 time, Obama saluted with a coffee cup! Now the Republicans and their propaganda arm allows Russian Agents in the White House to be "fake news". Oy.

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