It would appear that a majority of American voters agreed with me and voted to deny President Trump a second term, as well as voting to maintain Republican control in the U.S. Senate. This latter perception is justified by the fact that, generally, Republican candidates for the Senate received more votes than did the president, except in Arizona. Senator McSally’s vote trailing President Trump’s in our state is probably due to her running a poor campaign.
There are Democrats who are making snide remarks about supporters of the president who do not believe that Joe Biden is the president-elect. They forget that in January 2017, some Democrats marched with signs saying, “He’s not my president!” The only difference now is that the president is echoing the claims that Biden did not win. In 2016, when Donald Trump’s victory was obvious, Hilary Clinton called to concede, President Obama invited the new president-elect to the White House, Vice President Joe Biden met with the Vice President-elect Pence, and the Obama administration worked with the Trump transition team to create a smooth transfer of power.
As of this writing, Joe Biden has not been receiving the security briefings he needs and his transition team is hampered by the Trump administration. This is wrong and can expose our nation to harm. The 9/11 Commission believed that the lack of preparedness in the Bush administration prior to the terrorist attacks was due to a delay in the transition while the vote in Florida was decided. It appears that Republicans who support the president’s efforts to overturn the election are putting partisan politics over national security.
You have Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promising a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. What has he been drinking? As a graduate of West Point he understands about an honor code. He has sworn an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, yet he makes this remark, which could be sending a message to our adversaries that America is in a state of confusion and it might be a good time to cause some trouble.
Meanwhile, with two months left in his administration, the president makes major changes in the Department of Defense. One analysis of these firings and replacements states that President Trump wants intelligence information about the investigation of Russian intervention in the 2016 election declassified. National security experts believe that this declassification would reveal methods and assets that must be protected. Again, we have people at the highest level of government willing to diminish national security for political aims. As I said in my most recent column, we can do better and we MUST do better!