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Recent Trump firing further demonstrates his lack of democratic values

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Washington Post reports more office staff has been fired than a season of Trump’s NBC show.

BY JESSE DRAKE

It seems to be a nearly weekly occurrence that somebody within or related to the Trump administration steps down or is outright fired from their position. Recently, FBI agent Andrew McCabe was fired, just days before he planned to retire. Considering that we seem to be inching even closer to some conclusions about Russia’s interference into the election, it seems likely that President Trump is beginning to sweat underneath his collar about what may be uncovered. However, there is an even bigger concern that should be more articulated by the public than Russia’s place in all this.

 

 Donald Trump, at this point, seems to be committed on obstructing something from getting out. As for what he is hiding, that will have to be decided by whatever staff remains on the FBI, unless he intends on firing all of them. At this point, there should be some worries that the only people left in Trump’s staff will be cronies and unyielding loyalists, instead of people who can do their job efficiently and effectively.

 

  Last year, Trump approached the then-Director of the FBI, James Comey, and reportedly asked him to voice a pledge to the president that he wouldn’t do or say anything to go against his will. Of course, Comey declined the offer. Comey was fired a few days later.

 

 Since then, 15 other government officials have either resigned or been handed a pink slip. This is unprecedented in the history of the Oval Office, and hints at some sort of guiltiness in election interference.

 

 McCabe released a statement about his termination from the FBI, wherein he lamented on the common complaints that came out of the Trump administration and from his supporters about bias and corruption in the agency. “I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure,” said McCabe. “The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth.”

 

It seems that McCabe is frustrated with Trump abusing his power to get his way, and worries that no one else will step up to confront the issue. “Here is the reality: I am being singled-out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey,” said McCabe. “This report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the president himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn.”

 

It seems as though Trump is using fear as an instrument to keep the truth from coming out. Having democratic values and a commitment to justice has been a common value for nearly all our presidents, and those that don’t have this value towards the forefront of their policy and action are rarely held in high esteem.

 

Trump has been subject to some very intense criticism, ranging from a lack of experience to misogyny and sexism, but adding undemocratic decisions to that list puts him in even poorer standing with the voting population, as we look like easily manipulated puppets to the rest of the world. In short, Trump’s guilt-riddled finger pointing is an embarrassment that needs quick resolving.

 

 

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