Ralph Nader: Trump Needs to Resign!

Author and consumer advocate Ralph Nader, a 1996 Independent presidential candidate, 2000 Green Party presidential nominee, 2004 Independent presidential candidate and Reform Party nominee, and 2008 Independent presidential candidate and Peace and Freedom Party nominee, published the following editorial Friday on his website Nader.org. 

Leaning on sober-minded experts in infectious diseases at his daily news conferences, Trump is frantically trying to look good. But the old delusionary Trump keeps resurfacing. On Monday, he rated his coronavirus performance at a perfect ten. On Tuesday, he lied to the public about his knowing it was a pandemic “long before it was called a pandemic.” The facts are just the opposite. On February 28th, Trump called COVID-19 a Democratic hoax (See the March 18, 2020 article in the New York Times).

Trump is unable to accept the ferocious reality of this pandemic.

Donald J. Trump is so consumed by his all-defining ego as to be occupationally insane. He is imperiling the public health of the entire country. If Trump endangered his family as he has endangered the country, he would be institutionalized. Again and again, Trump replaces realities with fantasies. He fibs, flails, fails, scapegoats, and never admits he was wrong or mistaken. Trump insists that the media heap undeserved praise on him, and solicits fawning, obsequious compliments from his cabinet members and staff. He just cannot absorb essential information.

Trump’s negligence is even worse than is often recognized. In 2018, his White House’s National Security Council disbanded the pandemic response team after Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, who headed the program, was told to leave his position. Last week, Trump vacuously said he didn’t know that this happened. Even though, the press had repeatedly reported Trump’s decision, Trump refused to take any responsibility. Trump insanely cut USAID’s tiny Predict Program tracking infectious diseases, while bulking up the bloated military weapons budget. Stockpiling redundant nuclear bombs but not precious medical equipment and facilities.

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7 thoughts on “Ralph Nader: Trump Needs to Resign!

  1. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    If Trump resigns he will be replaced by a Christian too devote to accept science.
    How could this improve anything?

  2. Brian Moore

    President Trump will never resign on his own. Impeachment was attempted unsuccessfully.

    However, under the 25th amendment the vice president and a majority of either Cabinet officials or “such other body as Congress may by law provide” may declare in writing that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

    That is our only hope now.

  3. Paulie

    It’s been time for Trump to resign since the day he took his oath of office. It won’t happen, and neither will a 25th amendment solution. Pence is terrible in a different way. I don’t know which is worse. The election is not looking very hopeful either, if it even happens at all. COVID is likely to set off a bunch of crisis dominoes. We’ll be lucky if the damage will be limited to taking us back to the stone age.

  4. Just Some Random Guy

    @ Brian Moore

    President Trump will never resign on his own. Impeachment was attempted unsuccessfully.

    However, under the 25th amendment the vice president and a majority of either Cabinet officials or “such other body as Congress may by law provide” may declare in writing that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

    That is our only hope now.

    And then if the President protests, you need 2/3 of both houses of congress to agree to remove him from office. If they couldn’t get 2/3 of the Senate for impeachment, why do you think they’d get 2/3 of the Senate for this?

    I suppose someone could say that whatever, in this hypothetical situation, got Pence and the majority of Cabinet officials to throw Trump out would be enough to convince congress… but you’d need an absolute doozy of something to pull that off.

  5. dL

    We’ll be lucky if the damage will be limited to taking us back to the stone age.

    In that event, wouldn’t it simply be better to do nothing and let it run its course. Covid-19 isn’t the flu, but it also isn’t Sars or ebola. It is beyond me why everyone who was warning about Trump becoming a worst-case scenario dictator now wants Trump to act like a worst-case scenario dictator( which, so far, he has resisted).

  6. paulie

    It is beyond me why everyone who was warning about Trump becoming a worst-case scenario dictator now wants Trump to act like a worst-case scenario dictator( which, so far, he has resisted).

    What is it that you think I want him to do? I would like him to do as little as possible. If he could refrain from running his ignorant mouth and typing fingers that would be even better, but that won’t happen. If he could refrain from signing any bills or executive orders that would be great, but that won’t happen either.

    As for acting like a worst case scenario dictator, it’s too early for that. The time for that will come when the death toll is mounting up so fast that people will be ready for anything. He’s doing his part to get us there by constantly lying and minimizing what’s happening, while at the same time beginning to plant the notion he is a wartime president.

    Covid-19 isn’t the flu, but it also isn’t Sars or ebola.

    True, but in some ways it’s worse than all of them. Ebola is much more deadly in terms of the people it infects but apparently much less infectious, so overall much less deadly (at least so far) because it does not infect nearly as many people. Same for SARS. But to be clear, I don’t think even the worse case scenario of millions of deaths in the US from COVID and tens or hundreds of millions worldwide will all by itself reduce us to the stone age or worse. Rather, it would likely set off multiple chain reactions of other disasters which would in sum total accomplish that.

    I’m not particularly optimistic about either the willingness or ability of government to prevent that. Telling people it will blow over soon certainly is not helping. But neither is anything else government is doing or is likely to do.

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