From The Washington Post — Opinion written by Jennifer Rubin — image courtesy of Win McNamee/Getty Images
President Trump has demonstrated time and again that anyone who comes within his orbit becomes intellectually and ethically corrupted. Career prosecutor Rod J. Rosenstein is now sullied by his involvement in the firing of former FBI director James B. Comey. Republicans in Congress have tossed overboard promises (e.g., preserving full protection for preexisting conditions) and principles (e.g., restriction on the executive branch) — and then misrepresented their actions.
Previously respected lawmakers, especially House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now excuse or refuse to remark on the president’s aberrant behavior and refuse to name a select committee to investigate Russian meddling in our elections.
Longtime GOP operatives who enjoyed good relations with the press (e.g., Sarah Huckabee Sanders) now peddle ridiculous excuses or flat-out misrepresent the truth.
Even Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, seems to have lost her way. “The president is the CEO of the country,” Haley told ABC’s News George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “He can hire and fire anyone he wants.” No, no, no. He is the chief executive of one branch of government, and he does not have the right to fire someone and lie about the reason as a means of derailing an investigation of executive-branch employees. Where did Haley get the idea he was responsible to no one and unconstrained by laws and norms? Again, to work for Trump requires one to think up justifications that defy common sense and ignore reality.