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John McCain, July 15, 2018
"Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world. “It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout — as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. “Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.
No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad.
American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain."
Tom Toles, July 17, 2018
"Yesterday, the world changed as President Trump stood shoulder to shoulder with a foreign dictator, and took his side against America.
Yawn. The Republican response amounted to a tut-tut. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got it right when he said that “no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.” But the tea got watered down pretty rapidly from there. Newt Gingrich called it “the most serious mistake of his presidency.” Oh, yes, mistakes were made. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared that he has complete confidence in the findings of our intelligence community, but at last check, the intelligence community was still under the bus after being thrown there by Trump.
Let’s see. An adversarial power acted systematically to undermine our election, and plans to do it again. Trump, in effect, said he doesn’t actually believe the U.S. position on this, let alone will he do anything to punish or stop it. The only thing he has ever threatened to do is shut down a full investigation into it.
Let’s go to the tape. The tape of Trump winking at Russian President Vladimir Putin. TWICE! Cute, huh? And after a day of angry jowl-shaking, will the Republican Party do anything about this? Such as acting to protect the special counsel from Trump? No, it will send Trump a wink or two of its own. Tut-tutly winks.
Algebra time! If A equals B, and B equals C, what is the relation of A to C? If Trump stands with Putin on Putin’s interference in the U.S. election, and Republicans stand with Trump, what have you got? An American crisis is what. As The Post’s editorial page points out today, the collusion question has now been answered. In public. Putin did for Trump, Trump just did for Putin. Quid, meet quo. Democracy, meet authoritarianism.
The Republican Party is making its choice here. Your choice is in November."
James Comey, July 16 and 17, 2018
"This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.
This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must ... counteract ambition.”
All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall.
Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us. "
Posted by Katie White