Contrary to what some North Dakotans believe, President Trump’s sole intent is to deceive and divide us. His latest scheme is to accuse his opponents of committing “treason.” Trump is abusing a power he doesn’t have, to create the illusion that his rivals are un-American.

Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution states: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

“Levying war” means assembling a body of people to forcibly take over our country. “Aid and comfort” refers to help given by someone to an American enemy.

It is only possible to commit treason “during a war that is declared by Congress;” the last time that happened, was World War II, thus “Trump cannot declare someone treasonous.”

Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq were not wars declared by Congress. They were considered “Extended Military Engagements” undertaken by the presidents at the time.

Our president showed a fake video on Twitter that spliced together several verbal stumbles of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at various news conferences. He was questioning her judgment and mental fitness. Note: Trump’s lawyer “fixer” Michael Cohen is currently in prison.

The New York Times reported that “five anti-money laundering specialists” at Germany’s, Deutsche Bank discovered multiple transactions involving Trump, from 2016-2017. A U.S. district judge ruled that Deutsche Bank turn over Trump’s financial documents to Congress.

By attacking our constitutional institutions, Trump is trying to weaken America’s moral decency until we just wearily give up. Allowing him to do whatever grotesque lawless things pop into his unstable mind. We cannot allow that to happen!

In the 1920s, because of a horrible tyrant, the German people allowed what Trump wants to do to us. Resulting in World War II.

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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