OPED: Trump should fire America
Guys, I'm really disappointed in us.
There's chaos in the White House. People are leaving or getting canned at a frantic pace, a president who says he's anti-war just brought in the war-loving John Bolton as his national security adviser and rumors are swirling that President Donald Trump wants to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
That would be a bad decision.
What President Trump needs to do is fire us. He needs to fire America. We don't deserve him and, let's face it, we're failing him.
Look at all we have let happen.
On CNN last week, former Playboy model Karen McDougal told the world that she had an affair with Trump while Melania Trump was home with the couple's newborn son. McDougal said Trump compared her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.
And on Sunday night, Stormy Daniels told the story of an affair with Trump on "60 Minutes."
This is all our fault, America. We should have known years ago that Trump was the leader we would one day need, and we should have shielded him from all temptation.
Shame on us.
On March 21, the president tweeted his approval of the omnibus spending bill Congress delivered: "Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming. Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military, $716 Billion next year ... most ever. Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment."
He even had people in his administration go out and guarantee that he would sign the bill.
But then Friday morning — and this is clearly 100 percent our fault — Trump tweeted: "I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded."
What have we done to this wonderful man? Our insolence caused him to not only change his mind on the spending bill but to forget that he is the one who ended DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for those brought into the country illegally as children — and cast the more than 800,000 people into immigration limbo.
I am so disgusted with me and with all of us that I could scream.
All President Trump has ever asked for in exchange for his unbelievable leadership is: unflagging loyalty; endless praise; zero criticism; and opportunities to unethically and possibly illegally enrich himself and his family members.
That wasn't too much to ask. And still, we have failed this great man.
We have caused him to have record-setting turnover in his administration and struggle to find qualified people willing to work in the White House. (Disgraceful!)
We first made him brag about the economy and the stock market and then forced him to place onerous tariffs on friends and foes alike, riling the markets and raising the likelihood of an all-out global trade war. (Shameful!)
We have forced him to watch the Mueller investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election rack up a string of indictments and move ever-closer to Trump's inner circle. (Have we no decency!)
And now we may be on the verge of pushing Trump to fire Mueller, possibly setting off a constitutional crisis of our own making.
I don't know who we think we are, but that would truly be the last straw. It would ruin this presidency, and it would be all our fault.
That's why President Trump must take a bold, and I'm sure quite difficult, step: He must fire America.
We do not deserve him. We have proven ourselves unworthy of his greatness.
He needs to find a country that will treat him fairly and appreciate him. And we must accept our failings and let this noble man move on.
Fire us, President Trump. Before we let you down again.
— Rex Huppke is a Chicago Tribune columnist. Readers may send him email at firstname.lastname@example.org.