Local View: Putin Republicans helping Trump bankrupt public trust
Most citizens were shocked when President Donald Trump did not challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin after the Helsinki summit about his country's involvement in Trump's election in 2016.
But all of us were outraged that Trump invited this murdering dictator of one of our national enemies to Washington, D.C.
Republican Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, had no knowledge of this invitation. Nor did Sen. Bob Corker, R-S.C., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Trump's impulsive and delusional behavior violates American political norms — and has been made possible by Putin Republicans, those donors — David Koch, Rebecca Mercer, Sheldon Adelson, the American Legislative Exchange Council, Cambridge Analytica, the NRA, and the elected officeholders they all support — who have failed to check Trump's delusions and lies. Our future is at risk thanks to these donors and the the politicians they fund.
These billionaires on the alt-right are frightened by the political logic of climate warming. They have invested in professional folks who lie eloquently, managing to ignore risks to their kids, grandkids, spouses, and communities, in addition to the national economy and our creation. They seem willing to risk all for a few more dollars. These shameless citizens are paid to take office and do nothing about the biggest threat ever faced by humanity.
We owe this tragic debt of arrogance to the Putin Republicans. These talented GOP misfits ignore growing climate data and stories, adding huge risks to our creation's ecosystems. Apparently, they never learned that the earthly ecosystem, commonly called our creation, supersedes each national economy. All economies depend on the health of our shared ecosystems.
What makes this arrogant political tragedy ironic is that Putin Republicans often run campaigns that work for the right to life while ignoring the effects of poverty, guns, health care and community safety. Worse, many Putin Republicans claim to be Christian leaders, but they consistently side with Trump's lies and delusions, offering no restraint to his disabled leadership. It seems peculiar they claim to be members of the Christian heritage but offer no evidence of reading the New Testament. It seems Putin Republicans support policies for donors who include the Kremlin and Russian oligarchs. But they fail to honor the creation mentioned in the Bible's book of Genesis.
The largest mistake made at the Helsinki summit was the private meeting between Trump and Putin. We have no idea what delusions surfaced there. And inviting Putin to come here? There was no bipartisan deliberation on it, just as there hasn't been on budget, climate, defense, or immigration.
This dysfunction of the U.S. system of governance is precisely what the Intelligence community stated was Putin's goal in focusing the efforts of Guccifer 2.0, the Kremlin, and the oligarchs in efforts to disrupt our presidential election.
Trump has not yet fully revealed his business dealings or tax statements. This information would offer insights into his links with Russians. But it seems after Trump's return from Helsinki that the Putin Republicans who continue to support his delusions and lies are growing uneasy. The public has learned that this administration is similar to "an idiot surrounded by clowns," as Michael Wolff shared in his book, "Fire and Fury."
Now the public is learning how disabled and uninformed our self-proclaimed "stable genius" is. This will cost the Putin Republicans severely in the November elections. The public wants trustworthy leaders who respect our heritage, women, and creation and understand the value of briefings, policy, and diplomacy. Trump's team does not represent us. With support from billionaires and Guccifer, he may bankrupt our public trust.
Bill Mittlefehldt of Duluth is a member of the Food Energy and Environment Team at Peace Church in Duluth. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.