Is it Treason or Are Your Feelings Just Hurt?

Finally, the words we have all been waiting for have been spoken: impeachment. Nancy, my darling, you’ve done it again. Good things come to those who wait. 

My main source, The Daily, has spent the last week talking about impeachment, what it means, how the whistleblower came forward etc. But I am mostly intrigued by the temper tantrum that is ensuing in the White House right now. Trump, in his ultimate wisdom, has taken it upon himself to find out who the whistleblower is. There are laws to prevent this of course, but there is no doubt in my mind that the identity will be inappropriately released. 

It is clear that Trump’s phone call with Ukraine is grossly violating his power. The entire thing is so cringy and egotistical. He is calling the whistleblower treasonous–a spy that should be killed. If I knew I would be waking up in Russia today, I would’ve taken my ancestor’s advice and left a long time ago. 

I want the media to be angry. I want them to push past their facade and say that what he did is wrong. What he has done is wrong. Yes, New York Times, calling him ‘Mr. Trump’ is nice and all, but I want more. Katie Rogers, in her article As Impeachment Moves Forward, Trump’s Language Turns Darker  has suppressed some of my thirst. 

She analyses his language, mentions the last time someone was committed for treason in the US (1940s) and gives the definition of treason: levying war against the United States or giving aid or comfort to an enemy during wartime. Sorry bud, but I don’t think treason means what you think it does. 

Every single paragraph Rogers points out why Trump is wrong and proves his lack of understanding about what is actually happening. My favorite it this quoted tweet:  “Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday. “It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?”

I just love the “Arrest for Treason?” ending. As if he’s a child asking for a toy when he’s been nothing but awful and everybody is ready for him to be dragged out of the store. As the author points out, Trump lacks a common understanding of what words really mean. On the same note, he lacks the understanding that government officials should be loyal to the betterment of the country, not him.

Although I believe that the media isn’t hitting this story strong enough, Rogers is one of the first people I’ve seen put some emotion behind her analysis.

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