Dear Donald
Dear Donald

Dear President Trump

Let's talk about loyalty.

Dear President Trump

Dear President Trump,

Hello. You do not know me. And despite all the coverage on you in the media, I do not know you. I only know what I think of you, what I have been allowed to see. And let me just say, I am not exactly pleased with what I have seen. In my eyes, you perpetrate Islamophobia, misogyny, racism, and hypocrisy among a variety of other errors. It makes it exceedingly difficult to trust you in a position of power, to trust you to make decisions that are in the best interest for our nation.

In this vein, I deeply understand why many individuals in your administration find it difficult to maintain a sense of loyalty to you.

Loyalty is defined as the state of showing constant support and allegiance to an institution or person. For you, President Trump, loyalty seems to be the end all, be all. You yourself have been quoted as saying, "You can't hire loyalty. [...] The thing I really look for though, over the longer term, is loyalty." Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is also quoted as stating that you "[expect] people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration." These are concerning statements.

In early May when FBI Director Comey was fired, it was said that an issue of loyalty came into play. Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign's potential ties with Russia, was clear in his intent to continue his investigation no matter the amount of time it took or the President's desire for it to end. The circumstances of his firing were suspicious, with no concrete answer as to why he was fired coming from the White House or Trump, simply a cacophony of different excuses. It became hard to tell fact from fiction and know the true story behind Comey's firing, and whether it was truly due to a supposed lack of morale or rather was related to the investigation he was conducting.

A similar situation which happened before this was the firing of former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired following her refusal to support the immigration ban earlier this year. In a statement regarding this decision, it was stated that Yates "betrayed" the Department of Justice. However, in Yates' own words, she took an oath “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” not the President. How exactly did she betray you, Mr. President? Did she reveal sensitive information to Russia? Did she steal millions of dollars from the government? No, she did none of that. All of those would be in the vein of disloyalty, even treason. Rather, she simple stated that to her the ban you were attempting to implement was unconstitutional, and as such she could not give it her support.

Loyalty may be a necessary trait in the business world, President Trump. After all, when dealing with endless competition from a variety of courses and constantly attempting to keep ahead of what they are doing, it can be hard to trust those around you to remain loyal. If one person is not loyal, millions could be lost. But the White House is not a business. You cannot simply fire those who are not loyal, because it is not in their job description to be loyal to you. Their job is to be part of the system of checks and balances which works to prevent total control from falling into one individual's hands.

Furthermore, their job is to protect the Constitution of the United States of America. If to do that they have to investigate a potential collusion with Russia or not support an immigration ban they think is unconstitutional, so be it. That is literally their job. They are not here to serve you blindly. They are not here to be loyal. Their loyalty lies to the nation, not you. The sooner you realize this, the better.


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J.C. Marie

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