We already knew Donald Trump’s blathering about Hillary Clinton’s email server was hot air. Not only is he using an unsecured and obsolete smartphone, but his national security adviser has a long history of blowing off rudimentary security procedures.
But on Friday, Trump revealed beyond all doubt that he is extremely reckless—at best—when dealing with classified information. That afternoon. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich coming to the White House to tout an expanded factory near Phoenix. When Senator Martin Heinrich read about it later in the day, couldn’t help but notice that there was a key to a lockbag of classified documents sitting on Trump’s desk—in plain view of Krzanich and the gathered reporters. So Heinrich busted the president on it.
There is no evidence that anyone got their hands on that key. But as I note at Liberal America, that’s beside the point. There is no good-faith reason to leave a key to classified information out in the open. Trump should not have needed to be told that he needed to hide that bag and that key before Krzanich and the reporters arrived.
So far, there has been no response from the White House. Equally tellingly, there has been no response from Repubs in either chamber. So when we hear mere innuendo about Hillary’s emails, we heard chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” Clear evidence of Trump being reckless with classified information? Silence.
This is not acceptable. Unless Trump has a good explanation for this—and I don’t think there is one—this proves beyond any doubt that he is not fit to be president. In a sane world, when a president is this staggeringly reckless, we would at least be starting discussions about a 25th Amendment solution. After all, when a president shows this kind of reckless disregard for security procedures, we should at least be asking if that president is of sound mind.