President Donald Trump and Cancer

Today is February 20, 2017, President’s Day and one month presidency of Donald Trump. To mark this historical moment, Kcancer reviewed excerpts Trump and Cancer from media.

“Let no one be mistaken Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded,” Rick Perry [1], former Texas Governor and current Minster of Energy.

Republican mega-donor Charles Koch [2] said that choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump like choosing heart attack or cancer.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [3] is mocking Donald Trump as “Donkey of the Decade,” and adding that she considers the billionaire presidential candidate a “cancer” whose politics scare her.

Peter Rosenstein [4] is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. Here are excerpts from his essay “Trump is a cancer on society”

The more I listened to Trump spout his invective the more I realize he is a cancer on our society. He is the malignant tumor that has to be cut out. Yet like with many malignancies they can spread and attack different parts of the body while we look for the way to destroy them. Trump is the evil cancer that we must find a way to destroy before it destroys us.

The cancer that is Trump has shown our society to be like the body that hosts and allows the cancer to spread because of a weakened immune system. Trump cancer is able to spread by going around the decent healthy parts of society and focusing laser-like on the weaker ones. Those weaker being some who are openly racist, sexist and homophobic; but more are the many in society whose resolve to fight has been weakened by the recession and the day-to-day struggles they face.

Before it’s too late we need to find the cure for the Trump cancer. We need to help those who are basically decent and caring but who have been worn down by life to find the strength within themselves to fight this cancer and not give into it. To do this we need to show them while the road back to health is hard it begins with vowing not to succumb to the cancer.

To help society regain the strength to fight the ugliness that is the Trump cancer we need to give them a positive message allowing them to see and accept there is a brighter future ahead for them and their families.

Now it’s important we are honest and tell people that like with chemotherapy or other cancer drugs the cure isn’t always easy and there will be some pain along the way as together we defeat this Trump cancer. We need them to believe that like a loving family when one member is stricken with cancer the rest of us will stand strong with them and fight it together. We will hold their hands through the pain and develop the policies and programs that will make the struggle and pain easier to bare while they recover. They need to believe that while the fight is hard what awaits them and their families on the other side is worth fighting for.

For the past eight years, President Obama has worked hard to strengthen the immune system of our society. We have avoided what looked like immediate death from the Bush recession and slowly but surely rebuilt the American economy. We have fought off the cancer cells that tried to destroy us then but like with many cancers, they can appear to be cured while merely being in remission. The Trump cancer is ending that remission and running rampant over society wanting to stop our progress to the final cure and instead trying to kill society as we know it.

We know when cancer attacks the body one of the ways besides chemotherapy and drugs to fight it is for the person to have a positive attitude and loving people around them every day. They must be inspired to hope and see a healthy future for themselves. The Trump cancer is trying to take away the light and bring back the darkness of despair keeping society from trying to fight it.

Whether it is here at home or around the world, the Trump cancer is trying to destroy the lifelines back to health. The Trump cancer is trying to end our alliances with NATO and the ability to join forces with other allies to fight that other cancer that is named ISIS. It seems Trump cancer will hook up with any evil person, even Vladimir Putin, if it helps him to spread his message of ugliness and hate within the body of society.

The Trump cancer can and must be destroyed.

Here are excerpts from Michael Cohen’s [5] essay “The Cancer on the Trump Presidency”

So much of President Trump’s behavior and that of his aides falls between the news cracks, as attention is paid to the outrage du jour, and we lose track of the daily scandals, falsehoods, and overall bizarre behavior emanating from the White House. This week, however, the two most glaring Trump scandals came roaring back, and neither bodes well for the president nor for the country.

Thursday night, new revelations emerged in The Washington Post that National Security Adviser Mike Flynn discussed US sanctions against Russia with Sergey Kislyak, that country’s ambassador to the United States, before Trump took office.

Not only is such communication highly inappropriate and potentially illegal, it contradicts statements from Flynn, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and even Vice President Mike Pence. When this issue first came up, back in January, Trump officials, including Pence, publicly denied that Flynn and Kislyak had discussed the sanctions imposed by President Obama on Russia, in late December, over Moscow’s interference in the presidential election. Now Flynn says he doesn’t recollect talking about sanctions, he “couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.” In related news, Flynn has a beautiful bridge in lower Manhattan that he’s making available to the highest bidder.

The revelation also suggests that even though Flynn previously ran an intelligence agency, he may not have the keenest grasp of how US intelligence-gathering works. How could he not know that the telephone calls of the Russian Ambassador to the United States might be under surveillance?

Even more remarkable is that the Post story, which relies on nine sources within the intelligence community, reports that Flynn was talking to Kislyak before the Nov. 8 election. Remember, Trump himself denied that there was any contact between his campaign aides and Russian leaders. The Post report suggests that’s not true, and it raises more questions about the level and nature of contact between Trump, his aides, and Moscow during the campaign. Were the two sides working together? We still don’t know the answer to that question, but evidence that Flynn was communicating with top-level Russian officials contradicts a key defense of the Trump camp.

One might think that illegal acts and potential charges of treason would be enough of a bombshell, but this week saw another major Trump scandal. On Wednesday, Trump found time, 20 minutes after his daily intelligence briefing, to tweet out an attack against the department store Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s fashion line.

The next day, Trump’s aide, Kellyanne Conway, encouraged people to buy Ivanka Trump branded items. This is a clear violation of federal ethics rules, which ban any federal employee from endorsing a product or the “personal activities” of another person.

It was a reminder of something that seems to have been brushed aside: Trump continues to be closely tied to — and is profiting directly from — his business interests. While Trump has resigned from his various companies and created a trust, the latter exists solely for his benefit and is not a blind trust. It’s also revocable at any time.

All this means that Trump can make decisions as president, criticize or curry favor with foreign governments, even tweet attacks on businesses, that will directly aid him monetarily.

On Thursday it was revealed that a lobbying firm working for the government of Saudi Arabia booked rooms at Trump’s DC hotel. This is in direct violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits any US official from accepting gifts or payments from a foreign entity. Only three weeks into his presidency, and we have clear evidence that Trump is in violation of the Constitution, which could constitute an impeachable offense.

Republicans complained constantly (and misleadingly) that Hillary Clinton was running a pay-for-play operation with the Clinton Foundation while secretary of state. Now Trump is doing exactly that as president. He is acting brazenly and without regard for the appearance of a direct conflict of interest, and the Republican Congress is silent.

Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz, who is charge of the congressional committee tasked with oversight of the executive branch, has made clear that he has no intention of looking into Trump’s business dealings. Even by the low standards of congressional Republicans, the cowardice being shown by Chaffetz in not confronting the president is astounding.

We now have strong evidence of high-level members of the president’s staff, and perhaps the president himself, engaging in unethical and potentially illegal actions. It’s easy to get distracted by Trump’s tweets or by the avalanche of leaks about his bizarre behavior, but Trump’s Russia connection and his abundant business conflicts cannot be ignored. Until they are addressed, they will remain — to harken back to a phrase used to describe White House behavior of another era — a cancer on the Trump presidency.

[1] Cited Feb. 19, 2017

[2] Cited Feb. 19, 2017

[3] Cited Feb. 19, 2017

[4] Cited Feb. 19, 2017

[5] Cited Feb. 19, 2017


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