An important reminder from Theodore Roosevelt

Trump, who cannot stand criticism, and his sycophantic lackeys like to claim that criticizing the president (when that president is Trump) is unpatriotic, even treasonous. This is of course, bullshit.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. In an editorial, this is what he had to say about criticizing the president:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— The Kansas City Star, 7 May 1918

This is just one example of why TR is regarded as one of our greatest presidents, and Trump will be seen as one of, if not the, worst.

Of course it can get worse.

I mean, we’re talking Donald Trump here. There is no limit to how low he will go with his racist, white-nationalist rhetoric. If the House of Representatives actually gets around to passing a resolution condemning his latest attacks against the Congresswomen he hates so much, he will only turn up the volume and throw more verbal red meat to his base.

At this rate, we are likely only days (if not hours) away from Trump openly stating that he wants all non-whites to “go back where they came from.” And Tim Scott will probably applaud.