Impeachable Offense? Trump golfs while Hawaiians endure Nuclear Panic

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

A false alert was sent out by the state of Hawaii on Saturday to residents’ cell phones warning of an incoming North Korean nuclear strike, as Mary Papunfuss of Huffpost explains.

That is a remarkable falsehood and symptomatic of the hysteria in the age of Trump, a man who routinely talks about or hints at deploying nuclear bombs. So does the wacky government of North Korea. Neither should be taken so seriously.

The falsity of the alert was quickly discovered but the same screw-ups who sent it out then sent the retraction to the wrong address so that it did not hit people’s cell phones. They finally got the correct information after nearly an hour of panic.

But here’s the thing. The US military knew all along that there was no such threat. Nobody from the Pentagon tried to reassure the public.

And, President Trump was on his West Palm Beach golf course and got the notice that it was a false alarm. He just went on playing golf. Then he wrapped up the game. He never tweeted any reassurance to the people of Hawaii. He let them twist in the wind. His apologists are saying it was a state exercise and it is unfair to blame him. But he is president of all the state residents, too, and he had knowledge that could have benefited his co-citizens and did nothing.


Wochit News: “White House Says Hawaii’s False Ballistic Missile Warning Was ‘A State Exercise'”


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) did take to twitter to reassure people, and has been criticized for going outside channels, but WTF. People were terrified for no good reason.

Of all the horrible things Trump has said and done, declining to give the straight scoop to panicked Hawaiians is the absolute worst.

The US constitution, Article 3, Section 3, Clause 1, defines treason in this way:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

I propose that by declining immediately to refute the false alarm, Trump gave aid and comfort to North Korea, which has been attempting to play mind games with Hawaiians as part of its belligerent strategy toward the United States.

I’d say that’s an impeachable offense.

20 Responses

  1. interesting post. of course not many would expect Trump to stop his golf game for anything which has to do with the citizens of any state. It is just another demonstration that Trump doesn’t care about the citizens of the USA nor the duties of his position. its just power for the course.

    • On the other hand, would we want him to react (in his usual way) to a perceived nuclear strike on the US???

  2. The Republicans are not going to impeach him. No matter what he does. He could shoot one of their members and they’d still give him a (&*^%* pass for the action.

    Impeachment will not happen before 2019, if then. The wishful thinking is starting to annoy me. :)

  3. The problem is that an impeachable offense is in the eyes of the House of Representatives. And this GOP-led House has decided that NOTHING is an impeachable offense when the president is a Republican. And if they can get away with it, they’ll decide that EVERYTHING is an impeachable offense if we ever have another Democratic president. It is Party Uber Alles for this GOP.

    • Damn those Russians! The GOP has become the U.S equivalent to the Stalinist Party. Trump is fat baby Stalin 2018.

  4. Disgustingly…slamming Michael Wolff and his revealing book about Trump himself was his only priority since the false alarm, rather than comforting Americans in the state of Hawaii. What can you say?

    link to
    Trump tweets about “deranged” Michael Wolff in first statement since Hawaii scare

    Unfortunately, the Republican party, and many others on the Right, simply don’t have that sort of moral decency to do the right thing. They’re willing to let many citizens of the country suffer and undermine democratic institutions due to their twisted and bankrupt political ideology, their greed, their apathy, their bigotry, their nationalist jingoism, their lack of ethics (they are now the immoral party and facts be damned), their ignorance (always were the anti-science and stupid party), their deep corruptness (willing to coverup for Trump on Treason) and their incompetence. It’s not hyperbole…truly are and were this regressive since Bush….just becoming more blatantly obvious and exposed in their hateful indecency and crudeness now with unfiltered Trump.

    • . . . . . “in their hateful indecency and crudeness now with unfiltered Trump.” Trump is merely the clarion voice of the 1% and the defective segment of the U.S. population. Most are Republicans in fact.

  5. Personally I’m not all that eager to see a Mike Pence presidency, which would put Charles Koch in one of those White House guest bedrooms. I’m definitely for disconnecting Trump’s BIG BUTTON, or rerouting it to a video player programmed to play a Bikini Atoll H-bomb test.

    It’s really the right that is taking the country apart, bit by wealth transfer/deregulation/degree fahrenheit bit. Trump just signs off on their work.



  6. Trump is only interested in Americans, not Hawaiians or Puerto Ricans.
    By the way, this constant talk of impeachment is stupid and counterproductive and serves only to support Trump’s followers. It is an emotional cry, not a thoughtful or credible one. Yes, Trump is incompetent and a constant embarrassment, and yes, he is doing great damage to the country, but he was duly elected under the terms of the Constitution. Get over it and get to work for 2018 elections to put some brakes on his idiotic moves. The impeachment of Bill Clinton was also a stupid , partisan exercise. Let’s not trivialize the Constitution or the serious act of impeachment.

  7. Impeachable offense? Surely you jest. It was Obama’s fault as we all know. Words now fail when discussing the orange one.

  8. One way or the other this maladministration will get a lot of innocent people killed and maimed. And some of those victims will be WHITE CHRISTIANS!

  9. Trump had nothing to do with it.

    The clown who DID was a 10 year employee who ‘knew’ better and TWICE hit the alarm.

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to ‘discover’ it was ‘intentional.

  10. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Just another example of the US government keeping its citizens fearfull and compliant. Anybody with half a brain would realise that this was all nonsense but the media needs a story/propaganda and this was it.

    • The issue is the lack of an ALL CLEAR message for hours. Trump’s appointed FCC has the ultimate authority and control over these communications or lack thereof.

      The ONLY conspiracy is not “another example of the US government keeping its citizens ‘fearful’ and compliant.” But the abysmal incompetence of the Trump maladministration.

  11. “I propose that by declining immediately to refute the false alarm, Trump gave aid and comfort to North Korea, which has been attempting to play mind games with Hawaiians as part of its belligerent strategy toward the United States.”

    Come on, Professor Cole — You are better than this.

    A string of actions justifying at the least a vote in the House on impeachment?


    At the very least serious consideration by “the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” of invoking the 25th Amendment?


    Giving aid and comfort to those who hold up any criticism of Trump as the work of, at best, nitwits?

    Please, no — and most especially not from someone, as is Prof. Cole, rightly regarded as one of the most insightful, fact focused, reliable of the critics.

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