Yes, the newly-released video makes many fair and legitimate points. Yes, Donald Trump has every reason to feel that this is tit-for-tat and “what goes around comes around” after the way his Presidency was ruthlessly undermined and sabotaged with the assistance of leaders of the Democratic Party.
Yes, he fights back and that is admirable, though responsible leaders know where to draw the line and Trump does not (and never has). Yes, Joe Biden and Democrats have virtually asked for this, and in many respects deserve it. Nobody should trust Biden or his party (or its current leaders) ever again. Yes it serves Joe Biden—Hillary Clinton—Nancy Pelosi—Chuck Schumer—Kamala Harris right, they and all of the liars and enablers in the news media who told the public that Joe Biden was a competent, able, trustworthy leader when he was not.
None of that matters. No President can function and do his job as leader of the United States if former Presidents second guess him, attack him and seek to turn the public against him while he is serving his term and is not running for office.
This video, which is effective (largely because it is accurate), throws metaphorical gasoline on what is already a dangerous conflagration of distrust and division because Donald Trump’s name is on it. Releasing such a video during a crisis is the opposite of the Golden Rule, though not Trump’s version of it: “I will do unto them what they did unto me, but worse!”
It doesn’t matter if it “works,” or if it gives supporters of the former President some satisfaction The video is wrong, and demonstrates how irresponsible Trump is.
Ethics Alarms condemns “Surrenderer-in-Chief” unequivocally and without reservation.