Former Arab American presidential candidate Ralph Nader has actively voiced his strong disapproval of President Trump in recent weeks, calling for his removal on multiple accounts relating to his support of his “unlawful war with Iran.”
“As the most impeachable president in American history, Trump continues to shred our Constitution and its critical separation of powers,” Nader, a longtime consumer advocate and former Time Magazine Man of the Year, wrote January 9 for the website Common Dreams, in an op-ed titled “Democrats Need to Rip Off the Mask of Timidity and Impeach Trump on All Counts.”
“Trump has repeatedly, brazenly seized Congressional authority in an attempt to turn the presidency into a monarchy. Trump once went so far as to say, ‘I am the chosen one.’”
The following week, Nader also spoke out against what he called the “disabling and dismantling of the federal health and safety agencies” in the U.S., saying that Trump’s command has “been leaving a trail of American fatalities, injuries, and property destruction”, placing corporate profits above safety.
In the January 9 op-ed, Nader took Trump to task for his recent actions in Iran, which included the extrajudicial killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Trump tweeted that Soleimani “has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time and was plotting to kill many more”, following the U.S. strike against him.
But Nader called Trump’s recent actions an “attempt to provoke an unlawful war with Iran.”
“Trump seems to have neglected Article I, which gives Congress the exclusive authority to declare war, to appropriate funds and to conduct investigations of the Executive branch with the plenary authority, i.e. issue and enforce subpoenas,” Nader wrote. “Congress is the primary branch of government, not a co-equal branch.”
Nader also said Trump’s “most morally distinguishing impeachable offenses” come under the heading of what Alexander Hamilton called “abuse of the public trust.”
“Consider these abuses of public trust,” Nader wrote about Trump:
1. Trump’s chronic, obsessive, pathological lying and falsifications (he has made over 15,000 false or misleading claims since January 21, 2017, Nader said);
2. Trump’s history of being a serial sexual predator working to delay numerous court cases and escape demands for depositions under oath by many victims;
3. Trump’s endless racism and bigotry in words and deeds. Since becoming president, Trump has backed voter suppression aimed at minorities;
4. Trump’s incitement of violence on more than one occasion
“Trump should be impeached and convicted,” Nader added. “If the supine Republican-controlled Senate fails to convict Trump, the voters should landslide him in November.”
Nader calls out Trump over blocked Omar, Tlaib trip
Nader also took Trump to task for interceding with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent two members of Congress from visiting.
The members, Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), were unable to schedule their trip as planned because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“Trump’s actions prevented these members of Congress from exercising their oversight responsibilities under the Speech and Debate Clause (Article I, section 6, clause 1),” Nader wrote. “No president has ever dared such an intervention.”
Nader added that he hoped the aforementioned alleged offenses will be added to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s list, backed by constitutional law specialists, or Trump will “trumpet that though she had he votes to do so, she didn’t because they are ‘fake, lies.’”
“Exonerating him will prove to be a devastating precedent for future presidents behaving similarly, as the standards for presidential behavior keep dropping lower and lower into lawless immunity and impunity,” Nader concludes in the op-ed.