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Dear President Trump: Please cut it out

Dear President Trump,

Please cut it out. Seriously, you’re scaring the kids.

If you have some evidence that former President Obama tapped your phones, please show it to us. If you don’t, please retract your tweet and apologize, not just to Obama, but to the rest of us.

I’ll make you a deal. You don’t have to say you did it on purpose or that you’re a liar. Just ask for a do-over. Say you made a mistake and you’ll be more careful in future before making such a serious allegation without evidence.

Oh, and if your evidence was an article in Breitbart that was attributed to unnamed sources, that won’t help. You recently said that journalists shouldn’t rely on unnamed sources. You wouldn’t want me publishing what some of the unnamed sources in my head are saying about you. Wouldn’t be proper, kind or ethical.

Please. Just take a big, deep breath. Then exhale, retract and apologize.

Then show us your health care plan. Please.

Comments (21)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/06/2017 - 10:49 am.

    I’ll be surprised

    One-percenters, or those who believe themselves to be one-percenters (perception is reality, according to some who study this phenomenon), rarely feel the desire, much less the need, to apologize or admit a mistake. There are surely exceptions to that rule of thumb, but I’m not personally acquainted with any, and so far, I see no reason to include Mr. Trump among those exceptions.

    Asserting, to use the President’s words, that he is “…like a smart person…” is not at all the same thing as BEING a smart person, and, should Russian collusion in the November election turn out to be fact and not Tom Clancy-type fiction, one of the reasons for it might be that Mr. Trump is apparently easily duped, or is so intent on being perceived as a member of the one percent that he’s easily pressured in order to maintain that façade. Was “The Art of the Deal” ghost-written?

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 03/06/2017 - 11:03 am.

    Two strategies behind the accusation:

    First, deflection.

    Second, an attempt to close off questioning with respect to Russian contacts, by conflating all issues and saying, ala tax returns, under investigation/audit, therefore won’t comment.

    If this works, expect more accusations in difficult times.

    Meanwhile, a gross squandering of the moral authority of the office and America and a degradation of the rule of law in the service of expediency.

  3. Submitted by Roy Everson on 03/06/2017 - 11:53 am.

    Eric the ink-stained muse

    The letter to Trump inspires this letter to my brain surgeon:

    “Dear Dr. Strangelove,

    Considering that you are taking responsibility for removing the tumor that threatens to kill me, I would appreciate it if you didn’t keep talking about floating pink elephants in your backyard that leave trails of peanut shells behind them. You have done this many times in the past and I just want you to admit you made it all up.

    I’ll make you a deal. Show me your plan to fix my brain after you take a deep breath. Please.”

    Thanks for the inspiration, Eric.

  4. Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/06/2017 - 12:05 pm.

    Come on Eric

    This is who Trump is. There is no substance – it’s just bluster. There is nothing to cut out.

  5. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/06/2017 - 12:18 pm.

    Three Possibilities Spring to Mind

    There are three possibilities regarding President Trump’s claim:

    1. The wiretapping was pursuant to a warrant.from the FISA Court. If such a warrant had been issued, it would mean the court was convinced there was probable cause to believe someone was acting as an agent of a foreign power, and that a given phone line served primarily to undermine U.S. interests.

    2. There was no warrant. President Obama ordered an illegal wiretap, no one involved informed on him, and he never revealed what, if anything he learned.

    3. There was no wiretap. President Trump heard some malarkey from a right-wing agitprop source, and decided it must be true because everyone is picking on him.

    Any takers on which scenario is the most likely?

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/06/2017 - 03:34 pm.

      Whatever Trump said

      is the least likely to be based on reality.

    • Submitted by Jon Burroughs on 03/06/2017 - 11:55 pm.

      3 possibilities

      I’d say #2. The order was not signed by Obama but was in his handwriting. Presidents get to find out lots of things the public doesn’t.

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/07/2017 - 08:49 am.

        What order?

        There’s no evidence that any such order existed.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/07/2017 - 09:14 am.

        So . . .

        He found out lots of things, but has never made them public. No one has ever gone public with this clearly illegal order.

        That only makes sense if your “because” is “it was Obama.”

  6. Submitted by Misty Martin on 03/06/2017 - 12:38 pm.

    Once again, Eric, I agree wholeheartedly. . .

    I have just been sickened by the accusation(s) made recently against former President Obama regarding the alleged wire tapping of Trump Towers during the recent presidential campaign (I grew up during the whole “Watergate” fiasco) and it literally SICKENS me to my core!!! Is this simply a ploy to throw the American public off of the whole Jeff Sessions/Russian Ambassador “situation” that is dominating U. S. news right now? If so, it’s very sad, even from someone like our current President, who never fails to surprise us with his barrage of insults and cutting barbs thrown at . . . everyone, it seems to me, depending on who’s the ‘flavor’ of the week.

    So, yes, please, President Trump, CUT IT OUT! Enough is enough! Can someone please take away his Twitter Acct.? Kellyanne? Are you on to this? It would do the whole country (if not the entire world, a lot of good).

  7. Submitted by chuck carlin on 03/06/2017 - 03:38 pm.

    flailing away

    The White House seems to be intent on wielding the same weapon Samson used so effectively at Lehi…

  8. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 03/06/2017 - 04:59 pm.

    The more we see and hear of Donald Trump in the office of President, the more it becomes clear that–as many of us concluded last summer!–he is not smart enough to be President, and not informed enough to be President. Not to mention that he has a volcanic temper that he doesn’t know what to do with. Here, he can’t simply say: “You’re fired!” to the entire intelligence community or the American public.

    So he tweets. Madly. He is a ranter and screamer around the house, too!

    Someone should convince him that some yoga is better for his early mornings,, until he can clm down and control himself.

    Trump somehow got elected without people taking a careful look at whether or not he knew that the job of President is not easy. It’s very hard. Complicated. Frustrating and time-consuming. It is not like a one-man business (remember: Trump’s business didn’t even have a CFO until recent months!). It’s not even HIS government; it’s OURS. He’s stopped trying to gather candidates for the many hundreds of agency personnel he gets to nominate, so those agencies have a Cabinet member and nobody else in the house! he’s firing as many of the career civil service staff he can, in all agencies except Homeland Security and Border Control.

    Trump’s books were ghost-written. The real author of The Art of the Deal has publicly apologized for having written it for Trump, whom he regards as pathologically unfit for any public anything (or business).

    Trump’s tweets accusing Obama reveal this: Trump himself seems to have talked with Russians last summer, curing the electoral campaign. He of course knows he did, and he’s doing a preemptive strike like the one he tried in the first days of November 2016 when he thought he’d lose the election and started making noises about the election being rigged. He has to have an excuse, if not a diversion of our attention.

    The Russians, if they’re officials for Russia rather than just bankers (maybe his bankers, too), are wire-tapped by the U.S.. DUH! that means Trump wasn’t the person tapped, his interlocutors were. He proceeds on everything without thinking, and apparently he proceeded blithely to talk with Russian bigwigs without thinking that THEY were being monitored by our government.

    The man is acting crazy. To quote him: “Sad!”

  9. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/06/2017 - 09:01 pm.


    The free world is under siege! We need to keep the ramparts manned. Sorry the goofy anti-free world/thinking guy and his minions are not going away soon! They are trying to beat us to death with ignorance! A book was written about Jefferson (on education) titled “Crusade against Ignorance” , now the real question is how after ~250 years, how prophetic was this guy,, and to have the title focused at a guy now sitting in the same position he was, 207 years later? We were clearly warned!

    • Submitted by Steve Rose on 03/11/2017 - 03:08 pm.

      The Story of Chicken Little

      I liken this comment to the story of Chicken Little, who is convinced the sky is falling after being struck in the head with an acorn. Chicken Little is all about spreading the word, never doubting that word.

      The anti-Trumpites seem to believe that the sky is falling and interpret all evidence to support that “fact”. Since the inauguration, they have tirelessly spread the word. All evidence leads to the same conclusion; there is no doubt. They would rather see America fail than see Trump succeed. They hunger for that “I told you so” moment. Above all, they must be right, and the whole world must know.

      • Submitted by Helen Hunter on 03/12/2017 - 01:02 pm.

        None so blind…

        You don’t see what we see, so you conclude there’s nothing to see.
        Your characterization of us as Chicken Little better fits the right wing “republicans” who were sure Obama was going to take away their guns.
        They still have their guns but if the corporate-owned right wingers in Congress get their way, all of us, including you, will soon be without the Affordable Care Act, big banks will once again be allowed to speculate with our pension plans, and a bunch of other real things that are not little acorns scaring us.

        • Submitted by Steve Rose on 03/13/2017 - 09:53 am.

          A Free World Under Seige

          We can live our lives or we can man a rampart; we are still free to choose in this free world under seige.

          Who is corporate owned, Wall Street owned? When truth gets leaked, it is Hillary.

          “EXCERPTS OF HILLARY Clinton’s remarks during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other groups were leaked online Friday afternoon by WikiLeaks. Clinton, who was paid upwards of $225,000 per speech, earned more than $22 million on the paid speaking circuit after resigning as secretary of state.”

          Our country was without the so-called Affordable Care Act for our first 234 years. Now life without it is inconceivable. A dependant class has been created and there is no turning back.

      • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 03/13/2017 - 01:35 pm.

        Ask the Germans

        how they feel about burying their heads in the sand a couple generations ago. The story of Chicken Little is a tale about how something impossible didn’t happen. What the “Chicken Littles” of today are concerned of is not impossible, and could very well be happening. The “sky fell” in Germany shortly after WWI ended. It started with contesting elections and discrediting journalists…

        For context:

        and this:

        • Submitted by Steve Rose on 03/13/2017 - 05:33 pm.

          Explain the Plausible Path to Dictatorship

          The U.S. President is the head of one branch of government. Just how does he/she become dictator? Being familiar with Hitler’s rise to power, I fail to recognize the popular comparisons. It is Godwin’s Law.

          • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 03/20/2017 - 09:33 am.

            Literal failure

            “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Just because you don’t recognize the past doesn’t mean it’s not repeating itself. And by “literal failure,” I mean that absolute literal views are failing to inform your opinion.

            Have you ever had the experience of telling a 5-7 year old child that they can’t do something? And they modify what they do just enough that it’s not literally the thing that you told them not to do? Yet it really is the same thing and they know it. That’s what we have here. And if you don’t want to look at Germany, there are plenty of more modern examples. Look at Turkey. Sure, it’s a different country with different values, etc. etc. etc. But they have an elected leader who is well on his way to becoming a lifetime dictator. Similar steps, just more obvious. Not that President Tweet is subtle.

  10. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 03/07/2017 - 06:08 am.

    Got to get serious here…

    If Trump were a character out of an old fairy tale this soft side aversion to the nation’s president and his consistent addendum of lies to the nation, downsizes a most serious issue …could say it’s like goosing Trump as if he were another Mother Goose in drag and a bad boy to boot doesn’t quite make it?…breaths more than a mere “lightness of being” or to accept it as just another false statement by ‘ bad boy Donald?

    The more dangerous truth here is this nation is in the control of a most dangerous ruler when civil liberties are threatened and individual lives are on the chopping block?

    Then again he’s good for a laugh I suppose so why take him too seriously when we are the ‘the little people’ now and our words mean nothing and have no power to prosecute?

  11. Submitted by Patrick Tice on 03/08/2017 - 11:44 am.

    The GOP

    The Republican Party has nominated and elected a candidate whose intellectual and personality deficits now threaten our democracy and ultimately the world economy. It is shameful that winning has been put above ethical behavior, so that through constant lying, cheating people out of their voting rights, gorging the system with campaign money, and diversion of the public conversation from acute problems to nonsense like bathroom laws has now resulted in an era of bad government under white minority rule.

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