How do we live as a nation among nations with a Head of State whose word means nothing? To Trump down is up, dark is light, the grass is purple, and the sky is orange. Then tomorrow he will contradict everything he said today and declare that he never said anything different. Truth means nothing to him. Facts are irrelevant.
He has said that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris Accords on Climate Change. He has named climate change deniers to critical positions on his staff. On Sunday (11/27) his prospective Chief of Staff Reince Priebus stated that Trump “has his default position [on climate science], which most of it is a bunch of bunk.” His disregard for the basic principles of science is stunning in its ignorance.
Trump’s words and actions are the tactics of an abuser. They threaten the safety and well-being of our country and of our world. The worst of the damage resulting from his inaction on climate change will not become evident until after he leaves office. The harm to our international relationships will be much more immediate. Our allies will lose trust in our ability to keep our word and to fulfill obligations. They will quite likely diminish or withdraw their support and cooperation. Our adversaries will delight in the uncertainty, taking advantage of the confusion and mistrust to further their own ends with little restraint.
We must be vigilant. We must refuse to normalize Trump’s behavior. We must demand honesty in our government. We must struggle in whatever way we can to preserve our republic and to insist that all our elected officials respect and adhere to the provisions of our Constitution. The generations coming after us deserve no less.