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Shaw: Hoeven and Cramer need to drop their partisan blinders

The frightening behavior of President Donald Trump means...

  • It's time to drop the partisanship.That includes our members of Congress from North Dakota. Our unhinged president is a threat to our democracy, Constitution, safety and American values. Almost from day one in office, Trump has bashed the things that we hold dear.

Trump's travel ban violates our freedom of religion, his criticism of judges undermines our independent judiciary, his phony claim of millions of illegal voters questions the integrity of our election system, and his anger at the "fake news" media is an attack on our freedom of the press.

It is incumbent that we have an independent news media to report on our government. Trump says he would like to change the libel laws so we can't write negative stories about him. Perhaps the president would prefer a system such as in China, Iran or North Korea where the government tells the media what to say.

The Russian issue is scary. Russian President Vladimir Putin is our enemy and a murderous thug. He and his henchmen want to damage America, and yet Trump acts like he and Putin are best buddies. During the campaign, Trump sounded treasonous when he encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.

Several of Trump's comrades have met with the Russians, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who Trump was told was potentially compromised by the Russians. It is alarming that Trump reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn.

The firing of Comey is disturbing. Even Trump admits he was motivated by the FBI's Russia investigation, and I assume because Comey refused to drop the probe against Flynn. Meantime, Benedict Trump gave highly classified information to his Russian friends, while smirking in front of the Russian media. All of this smacks of obstruction of justice. If Hillary Clinton did all of this, the impeachment bills would be flying through Congress. The Democrats have been blasting these developments, while the Republicans, including North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven have been wishy-washy.

This lunacy must stop. Our national security is at risk. Our allies fear Trump's big mouth and allegiances. We need an independent investigation and prosecutor. We need to know what connections there have been between Trump, his aides and Russia. Trump and Flynn appear to be hiding something big. We need Republicans like former senators Howard Baker and Barry Goldwater from the Watergate era to emerge. Baker sought the truth, and Goldwater told President Nixon it was time to go.

Cramer and Hoeven are good and decent men. They are accessible, and they fight hard for the best interests of their constituents. However, they and their spineless Republican colleagues, need to drop their partisan blinders. There is too much at stake.

  • If you don't like this column, you can find me hiding among the bushes.

Shaw is a former WDAY TV reporter and former KVRR TV news director. He can be heard Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, on WDAY AM radio. Email jimshawtv@gmail.com

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