Argus-Press readers who have read any of my previous letters to the editor know of my disdain for President Donald Trump and anyone associated with him. I’ve refrained from writing lately for two reasons.
The first is that the news media has been doing a pretty good job of cataloging his lies, gaffes and imbecile-like actions. Even Fox News has started calling him out on his more egregious lies and activities. I have not felt the need to add my 2 cents.
The second reason is the lies, gaffes and imbecile-like actions are a constant, daily, almost hourly deluge. By the time I sit down to write a letter to the editor a new, larger, more devastating fire has broken out in the burning dumpster that is the Trump administration.
I cannot keep up.
However, a recent incident has caused me to write. The murder of the U.S.-based journalist Jamal Kashoggi by Saudi Arabian hitmen sent by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has been brushed aside by Trump as trivial and inconsequential. Trump’s personal enrichment by the Saudis is one of the unmentioned reasons for this.
Another is large pending arms sales to the Saudis.
I’d like to put forward another reason. Combined with Trump’s ceaseless attacks on the press as being the “enemy of the people” and his love of leaders like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, whose critics simply disappear, his fondness for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is worrisome. I fear his attempt to normalize the killing of journalists who write non-flattering articles about world leaders sets a very dangerous precedent. I also fear Trump knows this and will try to use it.
If CNN’s Jim Acosta starts to wonder if government hitmen will kill him as he walks his dog some night, he may not ask such hard questions.