Remove Trump now

The New York Times and CNN are both reporting that Trump orchestrated this attack against U.S. citizens (who were engaging legally in activities guaranteed to them by the First Amendment) in part because he’d taken criticism for staying in a secure White House bunker instead of appearing in public over the weekend. The Episcopal bishop who oversees Washington, D.C. told the Washington Post that the church was not given advance notice of Trump’s event and that she is “outraged” that it was used “as a prop.” The church’s rector, who was present, told a reporter from the Religion News Service that law enforcement officers removed a group that included members of the clergy from the church’s outdoor patio before the president’s appearance…

The minimum duty of—let’s be realistic—every congressional Democrat and Mitt Romney is to say, forcefully, that what happened Monday was immediately disqualifying. The U.S. has a mechanism by which it can remove a president, and all that mechanism currently requires is for 15 or so Republican senators to accept the possibility of losing a primary election sometime between five months and six years from now, a loss which would compel them, at worst, to accept lucrative corporate board-of-directors jobs and speaking engagements at MasterCard sales conferences. The pressure on these senators should be as intense as possible; for the rest of the government to allow the president to remain in office in this situation would be an admission that it too has failed.