Preserve, Protect, Defend

Traitor. Treason. Easy words to throw around. Not an easy reality to accept.

For a moment, put aside taxes, environmental protection, conflicts of interest, the dismantling of public schools, immigration, and all of those things that many of us believe we need to preserve or upend to build our country.

Russia successfully invaded our election process and the President of the United States stands by Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump today said he has no reason to believe the conclusions made by the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the CIA because Vladimir Putin—Russia’s President—said the conclusions are wrong and that Russia did not interfere with our elections.

Imagine. If he said this publicly, what did he say privately?

Consider how our country would have responded if FDR claimed that the Empire of Japan did not attack Pearl Harbor, because the Emperor said so, or if Truman or FDR did not believe that the Holocaust was underway because Hitler claimed that to be the case, or that Bin Laden had no part in 9/11 because he simply said he was not involved.

Elections are not just part of our democracy; they are the basis for our democracy. It is of no matter that Russia was successful in hacking the DNC and not the RNC—they hacked an American political party and should be held accountable.

Whether or not Trump is a traitor or committed treason, he is clearly violating his oath, and duty, to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” and should be impeached on that ground alone. The only alternative for members of Congress is to believe Vladimir Putin rather than the unanimous consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies.

God help us all.