Let’s look back on four years of fun and adventure as leap day comes to a close!

February 29, 2020

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Feb. 29, 2020

How’s your leap day been? Feb. 29 comes no more than once every four years, so I hope you’ve had a special one!

Just think: Four years ago, we had no idea that Donald Trump would…

• lose the popular vote — by a lot! — but win the election;

• repeatedly kowtow to authoritarians such as Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China, Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Viktor Orbán of Hungary without raising a peep of protest from Republicans;

imprison migrant children at the border in horrendous conditions without raising a peep of protest from Republicans;

enrich himself and his family through numerous visits to properties they own without raising a peep from Republicans;

accept numerous foreign emoluments in direct violation of the Constitution without raising a peep from Republicans;

weaken America’s credibility and relationship with traditional allies without raising a peep from Republicans;

• lead a disinterested disaster response to hurricanes striking Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands without raising a peep from Republicans;

• openly ask foreign governments — namely, Russia, Ukraine and China… that we know of — to provide dirt on political rivals without raising a peep from Republicans;

• be impeached by the House but acquitted in the first-ever U.S. Senate impeachment proceeding that failed to call witnesses without raising more than a peep* from Republicans; and

hollow out the federal organizations responsible for monitoring and preparing for disease outbreaks in the runup to the eruption of a possible Covid-19 pandemic without raising a peep from Republicans!

Exciting stuff, to be sure. Who knows what adventures await us over the next four years?!

Anyway, if you’re eligible to vote, then be damn sure to get out and vote — no matter what.




* Actually, Republicans did raise quite a fuss over the fact that Democrats were trying to hold the president accountable, and they criticized many of the ways that Democrats went about attempting to do so.

As for protesting Trump’s behavior? Well, Mitt Romney of Utah became the first U.S. senator in history to vote to convict a president of his own party, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee publicly conceded that Trump’s solicitation of foreign election interference was inappropriate, but… well, that was about it. Pretty strong stuff, huh?

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