It is unfathomable what is going on, or should I say, not going on, in our White House. A couple of weeks ago, intelligence experts concurred unanimously in front of a Senate panel that the Russian government had meddled in the election of 2016. Further, they agreed that Russia will attempt to do so again later this year.
“There should be no doubt,” declared Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, “that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations.”
This comes in addition to a report last year in which seventeen different intelligence agencies acknowledged that our election was interfered with by Russian operatives. Even Trump’s own team members such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador Nikki Haley agree with this assessment. Haley went so far as to call it “warfare” against our nation.
But in spite of this almost universal consensus that our country is under attack by a foreign entity, our president is doing nothing about it. Just this week, the US Cyber Chief Mike Rogers told lawmakers that he has not been given the authority to try to combat these activities. Far from confronting the situation, our Commander-in-Chief seems to be trying to ignore the problem entirely.
This should concern us greatly. Regardless of political party affiliation, we can certainly all agree that our electoral process is one of the most precious and integral components of our democracy. To see Donald Trump abandon his duty on this issue is terrifying and unconscionable. This is indeed an act of war and another attack is on its way. How is it possible that America’s leader refuses to respond to it?
In my opinion, we have only two choices here. Donald Trump is either complicit in these hacking operations or he is utterly and completely ineffectual at doing anything about it. Whichever is the case, we need to remove this man from the White House, for the sake of our nation’s future.
Gordon is a writer and part-time rock star with degrees in history and literature and a devastating smile.