Letter to the editor: President Donald Trump was a fiduciary for America and he failed

President Donald Trump was a fiduciary for America and he failed

There is an impeachment trial underway and Trump's supporters and the voices in the right-wing media are saying that the president is protected by First Amendment free speech and that there is equivalence between the Capitol storming by the MAGA-hat mob to all of the Black Lives Matters marches, protests and the damage and violence that occurred in a relative few cases.

The crucial difference is that President Donald Trump, as our president, had fiduciary responsibility to protect our Constitution and government system and he did not. Instead he lied and warned that the election would be fraudulent if he lost. He denigrated mail-in voting when it was so clear it was doable and crucial. He did not report to America that his Department of Justice found no significant fraud and that the officials in 50 states could not report any irregularity that would change any state's results. He had a responsibility and duty to do this. Even though he was a candidate, he as the president had to look at the overwhelming evidence and to accept and support the election outcome. He chose instead to be the fraud.

At no time did he direct our government agencies to double down to harden and protect the election process and systems. Luckily there had been four years of efforts across the country by our agencies and in each state and territory to do so following the 2016 election. He never reported this to his followers.

He consistently planted the thread that there were terrible people involved in the election process and that there would be huge fraud. He invoked the January 6 crowd “to take back our country” and he retreated to the White House to watch the melee by thousands of believers. These were both mobilized and instilled to act as Trump's last frantic move to interrupt the Electoral College vote certification.

This entire collection of Donald Trump’s actions and denials of the 2020 election and attacks on its results were a dereliction of duty on a colossal scale. It was and is the definition of a presidential high crime and misdemeanor.

Ken Camarro, Fairfield