No rhetoric more empty than Trump’s


A better headline for your recent editorial, “Loss of projects here could have been headed off” would have been, “Why can’t everyone just support Trump.”

Your space limitations prohibit a full airing of the many reasons this never will be the case, but I wish to address a few of them here. “Tim Ryan launched into one of his usual diatribes against Trump” was a rich observation coming the day after Trump, once again, slandered the late senator and war hero John McCain in what was surely not an effort to mend political divisions in the country and bring us all together.

You say Rep. Ryan should be “cooperating with Trump on the president’s stated number one priority” to build a border wall — something a large majority of Americans oppose. Should Congressman Ryan ignore the feelings of the American people to support one man’s $20 billion vanity project?

You didn’t attribute your claim that Trump’s emergency declaration and subsequent actions were “well within the limits of the National Emergencies Act,” but I do know that the majority of both Houses, including 12 Republican senators, among them Rob Portman of Ohio, voted against Trump’s efforts to usurp Congress’ clear and singular right to appropriate funding for any government program. We shall see soon enough what the courts have to say about whether Trump acted legally.

You say Ryan is no stranger to “empty rhetoric.” Has there been an example of empty rhetoric more profound in modern political history than, “We are going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it?” If so, it must have been one of Trump’s thousands of other public lies.

You offer no evidence for your claim that Rep. Ryan has blamed Trump for losing GM. I don’t believe he ever has. Ryan has chastised the president for blaming local UAW leader David Green for losing GM, while ignoring two letters Green sent to him asking for his help. So far, the only help Green’s members have received from Trump was the advice not to sell their houses because “all those factory jobs are coming back.”

No rhetoric has ever been emptier.