On Sunday, former Democratic New York Governor David Paterson said he was concerned about what he said is a “cabal in the White House” that is seeking to block President Trump’s initiatives. Referring to last week’s publication of an anonymous op-ed by The New York Times, which contends that there “early whispers in the cabinet” about invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution and remove Trump from office, Paterson said, “I think we’ve gotten to a point where we just are completely unable to support the president, no matter who the president is.” Paterson was speaking to John Catsimatidis on New York’s AM 970. 

“What bothers me is that if what was written was true, then there is a cabal in the White House that’s working against the president,” he said. “President Trump got elected, and these other people did not.”

Paterson served out the final years of disgraced Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s term from March 2008 to December 2010 when he stepped aside for Andrew Cuomo.

Paterson told Catsimatidis, “Which one of these people who says that they’re trying to save the country and trying to save the president from himself … ran for office and got elected?” Paterson once chaired the New York State Democratic Committee from May 2014 to November 2015.

“There is a phrase that we used to use [when I was governor] for staff that acted this way, and it’s called ‘we know better,'” said Paterson. “‘Yeah, Governor Paterson, he knows some things, but we know better.’ ‘Yeah, President Trump has done some good things, but then he acts out, and we know better,’” Paterson said. He added that their behavior is “dangerous.”

“Democrats need to listen … just because it’s Trump doesn’t mean that we should support this kind of action on the part of appointed governmental officials at the highest levels who are replacing the president’s prerogatives to make decisions with their own opinions. They haven’t been elected to anything.”
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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