President Donald Trump just loves to refer to his hometown newspaper, The New York Times, as “fake news,” yet he also seems to crave the approval and attention of what many people call the most important newspaper in the country.
The Times, however, is now letting the president know that his days in office a drawing to an abrupt close.
“Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of developers and celebrities, and also of grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks. He cuts corners, he lies, he cheats, he brags about it, and for the most part, he’s gotten away with it, protected by threats of litigation, hush money and his own bravado.”
As for Trump’s protestations that the Russia investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just a “witch hunt,” the editors note:
“One might ask, if this is all a big witch hunt and Mr. Trump has nothing illegal or untoward to hide, why does he care about the privilege in the first place? The answer, of course, is that he has a lot to hide.”
You may recall that the president referred to this week’s FBI raid on his attorney’s office as “an attack on our country.” That prompted the Times to give Trump a lesson in what words actually mean:
“No, Mr. Trump — a true attack on America is what happened on, say, Sept. 11, 2001. Remember that one? Thousands of people lost their lives. Your response was to point out that the fall of the twin towers meant your building was now the tallest in downtown Manhattan. Of course, that also wasn’t true.”
The title of the editorial really says it all, and it’s something we need to keep in mind despite the darkness that has descended on this country since Trump took office. Call it a mantra we can all repeat to ourselves when things seem hopeless and we watch in horror as this president attempts to destroy the things we cherish most: Freedom, equality, kindness, the rule of law:
“The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump.”