Quotes emanate from a former president’s daughter, a senator from California, the most populous state of the nation, and another senator from Hawaii as they clearly state their messages
In an open letter to Republicans, Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald Reagan said: “Dear Republicans: stop using my father, to justify your silence on Trump.”
The greeting is so loud and clear: “I have never been part of you, but you have been part of my family for decades,” the Davis’ greeting continued.
“You have claimed his legacy, exalted him as an icon of conservatism and used the quotes of his that serve your purpose at any given moment. Yet at this moment in American history when the democracy to which my father pledged himself and the Constitution that he swore to uphold, and did faithfully uphold, are being degraded and chipped away at by a sneering, irreverent man who traffics in bullying and dishonestly, you stay silent.”
“You stay silent when President Trump speaks of immigrants as if they are trash, rips children from the arms of their parents and puts them in cages. Perhaps you’ve forgotten that my father said America was home for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness.”
“You stayed silent when this president fawned over Kim Jong Un and took Vladimir Putin’s word over America’s security experts. You stood mutely by when one of his spokesmen, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said there is nothing wrong with getting information from Russians. And now you do not act when Trump openly defies legitimate requests from Congress, showing his utter contempt for one of the branches of our government.”
“Most egregiously, you remained silent when Trump said there were “very fine people” among the neo-Nazis who marched through an American city with tiki torches, chanting, “Jews will not replace us.”
“Those of us who are not Republicans still have a right to expect you to act in a principled, moral and yes, even noble way. Our democracy is in trouble, and everyone who has been elected to office has an obligation to save it. Maybe you’re frightened of Trump — that idea has been floated. I don’t quite understand what’s frightening about an overgrown child who resorts to name-calling, but if that is the case, then my response is: You are grown men and women. Get over it.”
“My father called America “the shining city on a hill.” Trump sees America as another of his possessions that he can slap his name on. A president is not supposed to own America. He or she is supposed to serve the American people.”
“Trump has been wounding our democracy for the past two years. If he is reelected for another term, it’s almost a given that America will not survive –at least not as the country the Founding Fathers envisioned, and not as the idealistic experiment they built using a Constitution designed to protect democracy and withstand tyranny.”
“So to the Republican Party that holds tightly to my father’s legacy — if you are going to stand silent as America is dismantled and dismembered, as democracy is thrown onto the ash heap of yesterday, shame on you. But don’t use my father’s name on the way down.”
Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) shot back at President Trump after he called her “nasty,” growing out of her having “grilled” Attorney General William Barr
during a very recent Senate hearing.
Although the senator from California didn’t “name-call in return,” reportedly, she made her point when she was asked what the “nasty” term meant: “God only knows,” she responded.
Continuing her explanation, Harris stated: “We have a president of the United States whose primary interest I think that has been clear as a result of what we know as a result of the Mueller report, his primary interest has been to obstruct justice, my primary interest has been to pursue justice. You can call that whatever
name you want, but I think that’s what the American people want in a leader.”
Harris is an experienced prosecutor and former California attorney general who was one senator who distinctly questioned Barr over his handling of the Mueller
report and “got him to admit he decided not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice without reviewing the special counsel’s evidence.”
Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, was viewed as speaking very strongly when she saw how her co-senators challenged Barr. She was described as having had the “vigor,” and was seen as having caused to be “visibly rattled,” not by her having sought questions, but by stating what she observed as his “behavior.”
“You lied to Congress,” was the strong statement of Hirono, when she referred to Barr’s testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, the same time when Representative Charlie Crist, (D-Fla.), on April 9, asked Barr if he knew that members of Mueller’s team were “frustrated” by Barr’s four-page summary of the special counsel’s report.
“He didn’t know if Mueller supported his conclusions,” Hirono continued to tell Barr, as she proceeded in her reference to Crist’s questioning during the same
aforesaid April hearing.
Hirono had other strong words directed to Barr. “Now the American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of
the other people who sacrificed their once decent reputation,” as she underscored the role of Trump’s personal lawyer and senior White House adviser.
“You’ve chosen to be the president’s lawyer and side with him over the interests of the American people,” was another strong statement from Hirono.
Yes, indeed, all three voices whose statements appear in this space should be highly commended in their ability to speak the truth, and nothing but the truth in relevance to their ability to tell the truth as they’ve viewed it.