Moreover, the country is now learning that the doctor for Vice President Pence’s wife, Karen, had lodged a serious complaint about Jackson. CNN reports:
Had the Pentagon already commenced its investigation or had Karen Pence’s complaint become public earlier, Jackson almost certainly never would have been nominated — not even by this president — to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. In all likelihood, he would not have been allowed to act as Trump’s physician. (Since his nomination was pulled, Jackson remains part of the White House medical team but is no longer assigned to Trump.)
Trump, as he is wont to do when he has blundered, lashed out after the Jackson nomination imploded. His target was Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who had the temerity to investigate numerous complaints about Jackson and release a list of problem areas, which didn’t even include the Karen Pence matter. Trump demanded Tester resign, and then in true McCarthy-esque style, declared at a rally in Michigan, “I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said them, he’d never be elected again.” Why not spell them out, Mr. President? Or is this just another baseless smear?
You can tell how inappropriate Trump’s accusation was by the reaction of Republicans. “The chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee refused Monday to agree with President Donald Trump’s criticism of the panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, nor the President’s call for the Montana Democrat to resign in the wake of the Dr. Ronny Jackson scandal,” CNN reported. “In fact, [Sen. Johnny] Isakson defended Tester’s decision to publicly release the allegations against Jackson, saying that ‘every senator has the right to exercise their options’ and ‘that’s the way it should be.’” Enough said.
In the grand scheme of Trump’s unpresidential conduct and violation of democratic norms, the Jackson/Tester affair might not be the most important issue. However, Trump’s impulsive nomination of an unqualified sycophant (Jackson declared after Trump’s physical that the president could live to be 200 with the right diet!), his cringe-worthy inability to quickly pull the nomination and his groundless smear of a senator who did his job — thereby protecting the president from a physician whose conduct is under serious scrutiny and protecting U.S. veterans who deserve a competent and ethical VA chief — serve as perfect examples of why Trump is grossly unfit to serve.
On – 01 May, 2018 By Jennifer Rubin