The Los Angeles Times unleashed a blistering attack on President Trump in a new editorial, arguing that his “unpredictable” and “reckless” behavior in his first few weeks is “the most worrisome” part of his presidency and that “nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this trainwreck.”
“It is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation,” the op-ed, entitled “Our Dishonest President”, stated.
“Where will this end?” it asked. “Will Trump moderate his crazier campaign positions as time passes? Or will he provoke confrontation with Iran, North Korea or China, or disobey a judge’s order or order a soldier to violate the Constitution?
“In a matter of weeks, President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all,” they wrote.
“These are immensely dangerous developments which threaten to weaken this country’s moral standing in the world, imperil the planet and reverse years of slow but steady gains by marginalized or impoverished Americans,” they added.
The Pulitzer-winning newspaper claimed Mr Trump had a “shocking lack of respect” for the rules and institutions in the US, an “utter lack of regard for the truth” and a “scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories”.
Its editors called on both voters and lawmakers to hold the president accountable.
“Voters must turn out for elections. Members of Congress — including and especially Republicans — must find the political courage to stand up to Trump,” they wrote. “Courts must safeguard the Constitution. State legislators must pass laws to protect their citizens and their policies from federal meddling.”
The newspaper said that their Sunday editorial is the first in a series of editorials.