Nearly a week ago, an editorial in Der Spiegel, Germany’s top news magazine, called for the impeachment of Donald Trump, calling him a laughing stock and a danger to the world. It’s not often for an editor of a foreign magazine to lambaste the leader of another country but these are not normal times.
Any attempt to paraphrase the words of writer Klaus Brinkbäumer would only dilute the power of this message. And so we present it here in his own words. That said, Der Spiegel does not publish under a CC or public domain license, so we are including an initial segment of the article and then will recommend again that you click through to read the whole thing.
Take particular notice of what Brinkbäumer says about climate change (in the second half, so you have to click through to get to that part) and why the world cannot afford to allow such a clueless lunatic be in charge of the fate of mankind.
A Danger to the World — It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump
Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.
May 19, 2017 06:18 PM
“Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.
“He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.
“Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump’s confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.
Witnessing an American Tragedy
“Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn’t care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I’m president after all.
“Nothing is as it should be in this White House. Everyone working there has been compromised multiple times and now they all despise each other — and everyone except for Trump despises Trump. Because of all that, after just 120 days of the Trump administration, we are witness to an American tragedy for which there are five theoretical solutions.”
→ Head on over to Der Spiegel to keep reading.
Editor’s Note (ZS): Before closing this article, though, it is worth highlighting this recommendation from Brinkbäumer: “the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the US.” Indeed, this is precisely one of the major threats to the United States that I have written about a few times since the election. Donald Trump’s approach to facts, to science, to the economy, and to politics put the United States in a horrible position. It provides China, India, Europe, Russia, and others much more opportunity to kick the US out of the board room of many international affairs, important matters for the US economy as well as US & global security.
Brinkbäumer writes, “Moscow and Beijing are laughing at America.” Yes, to the extent that sensible people in those governments and elsewhere aren’t concerned about the US crumbling and weakening in influence, they are laughing. Certainly, people who see the USA as an enemy are laughing.
There is much more to write about this, but I’ll refer you again to the Der Spiegel article and these previous articles on related topics for more at the moment:
- How China (+ Russia) Could Shift USA From #1 To #2 (Or Lower), Via Trump Naivety
- As Trump Trashes The USA, China Collects Marvin Gardens & Park Place
- Why Putin Wants A Trump Kleptocracy
- Who Benefits If Russian Oil Sanctions End?
- Gutted EPA Mileage Rules Will Please Global Petro-States
- Russian Oil Billionaires, Trump World, Russian Hacking, & Firing FBI Director Comey … For Democracy?
- Why Did Republicans (& Some Independents) Fall For The Trump Con
- Republicans’ Trump Crisis A Reflection Of Broader Issues
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