“The American people are suffering as a result of what’s happening at the border … and someone running for president ought to try and get the problem solved, as opposed to saying, ‘Hey, save that problem!  Don’t solve it!  Let me take credit for solving it later.’”

Republican Senator Mitt Romney

The presumptive Republican nominee recently stooped to an all-time low ridiculing Nikii Haley’s husband for being deployed and honorably serving his country, something Trump finds disgraceful.  Meantime, he bragged about his role in torpedoing bipartisan legislation designed to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants and drugs across the southern border, a long-sought-after GOP goal … even before he read it. 

He demanded his cowardly Republican supporters in Congress kill the Senate-negotiated bill which also provided desperately needed military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan to help them keep Putin’s, Xi’s and Hamas’ objectives in check.

His stated reasoning, it would give President Biden “a win” in an election year … yet another self-serving example of Trump’s “me first” mindset at the expense of our nation’s security.

Meanwhile, Biden’s anemic campaign is racing toward a cliff.  He has been unable to convince Americans of his Administration’s well-documented economic successes, challenges of supporting Israel while seeking protection and humanitarian aid for innocent Palestinian civilians, and Congressional Republicans continue to block any meaningful legislation.  More damaging is Special Prosecutors Hur’s questioning Biden’s mental sharpness and the president’s angry and unconvincing response, as are his refusals to participate in a primetime Super Bowl interview or presidential debates with Trump; reinforcing a growing public perception and Republican talking point. 

Collectively, they draw into serious question whether Biden can recreate the coalitions which delivered him a victory in 2020.  If preserving our democracy and Republic are his primary motivators as he claims, it is becoming increasingly evident he may not be the Democrat who can accomplish that goal.

President Biden must seriously consider emulating Lyndon Johnson’s March 1968 live-television speech, “I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office — the presidency of this country,” and therefore, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president," promising the nation he would spend the remainder of his term fighting for such goals as voting and women’s reproductive rights, immigration and gun reform and working with our allies to restrain the dangerous and expansionist goals of Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.