Many politicians feel it is their responsibility to offer assessments of President Trump. Whether you agree or disagree with the president’s words or actions, one must respect the office of the president. Some comments about Donald Trump are beyond disrespect.

Here are some outrageous examples. One politician defined Donald Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic bigot… a jackass.” Commenting on Donald Trump, another declared, “He lies, practically every word that comes out of his mouth. His reply is to accuse everyone else of lying. He cannot tell the truth and he is a narcissist.” A third stated, “A toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritness and nonsense.”

Who made these derogatory comments? Was it Adam Schiff, or perhaps a member of “The Squad”? Actually, the first comment was made by Senator Lindsay Graham in 2015, while the second quote was from Senator Ted Cruz, also in 2015, and the final slap was issued by Rick Perry in 2015. Today these men are allies of President Trump, so the question must be asked, “Were they lying in 2015 or are they being deceitful today?”

It would be acceptable if these three Republicans, who were running for president against Trump in 2015, admitted their mistaken comments and discussed how they came to realize the errors of their 2015 statements. Probably the worst situation belongs to Ted Cruz. In 2015, candidate Trump demeaned the appearance of Cruz’s wife and accused Cruz’s father of being a part of the plot to assassinate JFK, yet today, Ted Cruz crowds himself into a photo opportunity next to the president on the Texas–Mexican border.

The truth be told; the Democrats are not above this type of behavior. Today, the Democrats running for the presidential nomination question the policies and backgrounds of their opponents, but once the Democratic nominee is selected, they will each speak highly of the nominee as the next president of the United States.

It is an old saying that you can tell that a politician is lying whenever his or her lips are moving. Instead of disrespect and innuendo, we need courage and leadership from our Washington politicians as they seek to solve the major problems facing our nation, including correcting our broken immigration system; guaranteeing security from cyberattacks to our elections, financial system and power grids; and repairing the hundreds (if not thousands) of bridges that are in dangerous disrepair. It is time for these politicians to step forward.

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