Hey, Chamber of Commerce! Hey, Republican Senators! Are you attending?
Imagine you are a Board of Directors trying to run a business in which your CEO lies to you ever single waking hour, every day, every month, every year. He spends his time in front of a television that feeds him false information about the state of our economy. He threatens and bullies you Directors. You cannot trust his claims about business operations. Importantly, you cannot trust his claims about profitability. If you do, your shareholders will revolt and you will be out of a job. It is an act of self-preservation that is warranted. Fire the lying SOB and do it now.
That is another way of expressing Tom Friedman’s thoughts in his essay Time for G.O.P. to Threaten to Fire Trump. He argues that Republican leaders need to mount an intervention.
A few snippets follow. Trump’s actions that are diminishing America on the world stage are bad for us but:
… this is not just about the world, it’s about the minimum decorum and stability we expect from our president. If the C.E.O. of any public company in America behaved like Trump has over the past two years — constantly lying, tossing out aides like they were Kleenex, tweeting endlessly like a teenager, ignoring the advice of experts — he or she would have been fired by the board of directors long ago. Should we expect less for our president?
That’s what the financial markets are now asking. For the first two years of the Trump presidency the markets treated his dishonesty and craziness as background noise to all the soaring corporate profits and stocks. But that is no longer the case. Trump has markets worried.
… Trump’s biggest disruption has been to undermine the norms and values we associate with a U.S. president and U.S. leadership. And now that Trump has freed himself of all restraints from within his White House staff, his cabinet and his party — so that “Trump can be Trump,” we are told — he is freer than ever to remake America in his image.
And what is that image? According to The Washington Post’s latest tally, Trump has made 7,546 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day, through Dec. 20, the 700th day of his term in office. And all that was supposedly before “we let Trump be Trump.”
If America starts to behave as a selfish, shameless, lying grifter like Trump, you simply cannot imagine how unstable — how disruptive — world markets and geopolitics may become.
We cannot afford to find out.
So again CoC and Senators: start behaving as the fiscal conservatives you claim to be. Act as a Board of Directors composed of members of both political parties acting on behalf of and in defense of the giant corporation known as the United States of America. Fire Trump and do it now. As one of your shareholders, I demand it of you.
Gentle Correction: Friedman was wrong about the number of lies; it’s far worse. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker updated his count on December 20th: In 700 days, President Trump has made 7,546 false or misleading claims. The Fact Checker’s ongoing database of the false or misleading claims made by President Trump since assuming office. Updated Dec. 20, 2018.
That’s 10.78 lies per day.