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Can You Believe?

Since I began this weekly column in May, I’ve used the “Can You Believe?” feature to point out some of the head-shaking, outrageous actions and statements made by Donald Trump, his administration, and his supporters in Congress. Many of these incidents were comical, if only in a dark way. But now, in the wake of Charlottesville and its aftermath, there’s nothing at all funny about Donald Trump’s presidency. Now it’s just Can you believe that this odious, sorry excuse for a man is still President of the United States? And Can you believe that Congressional Republicans, who all swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, stand by while he tramples on all that our nation holds dear?

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Ken Frazier’s resignation from Trump’s manufacturing council. This brave move by one of the few African-American heads of a Fortune 500 company quickly led to other resignations and the council’s collapse. It told the business community that the new normal is not normal – it is intolerable.

Miss of the Week: No contest. Trump’s “both sides” press conference. Not only the low point of Trump’s abysmal presidency but one of the lowest points of any presidency in our history.

Finally…

These are the times that try men’s and women’s souls. Donald Trump’s active encouragement of the very worst elements in American society has created a moment of truth for every single American. His unspeakable actions and erratic behavior may eventually lead to his removal from office through impeachment or the 25th Amendment, but we cannot wait for that. His assault on our national character demands immediate action. That is why I call on my Republican friends and former colleagues in the House and Senate to take the lead in passing a resolution censuring and condemning Trump for his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Beyond censure and condemnation, now is the time for all of us to move beyond words and into action. Because that is the only way to send a clear message to this president, to our fellow Americans, and to the world about who we are as a nation.

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