Donald Trump…has no interest in the wholeness of reality. He descends from the lineage of the Know-Nothings, the doomsayers and the fabulists, the nativists and the hucksters.
Trump is hardly the first bad President in American history – he has not had adequate time to eclipse, in deed, the very worst – but when has any politician done so much, so quickly, to demean his office, his country, and even the language in which he attempts to speak?
Returning to the G20, what was Trump thinking when he delegated his 35 year old favourite daughter Ivanka to sit in for him among world leaders: Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan? Usually high-ranking public officials are delegated this task. Historian Anne Applebaum took to Twitter to denounce what she described ‘an unelected, unqualified, unprepared New York socialite’ being seen as ‘the best person to represent American national interests’.
President Donald Trump, in the months since he entered the White House, has become a kind of international case study of mental health’s role in politics. To his friends and allies, he elicits an array of anodyne, even appealing, adjectives: unpredictable, fearless, irascible, sly. Many of his counterparts in diplomacy, and in American politics, are rapidly shedding the euphemisms that they once used to express their appraisals, however.
Over the years, Trump has rejected the suggestion that he is a “belligerent, loudmouthed racist,” as Paul Krugman, the Times columnist, put it recently. “I have a great relationship with the blacks,” Trump said on the radio, in 2011.
“I fear, however, that this is going to get very ugly” I do too
overpassesforamerica is building up steam and American Patriots for Donald J. Trump, have hundreds of thousands of followers and never shut up, and are more racist and blatant about their views as days go by.
Thankfully “Resistance” is really active and holding rallies almost daily
gordon greystoke, that white women voted strongly for him is actually a fallacy that’s been spread far and wide. It isn’t true. Trump got elected mostly because poor white men voted him in, and they did so in great numbers. Women of all colors, including white, voted for anybody but him. Only a minority of white women voted for him. Most had better sense. After a rather gullible friend sent me an email proclaiming that Trump was voted in largely by white women I did a little research. It was just more of the fake news that, like confetti, fills the air around this ridiculous man.
I certainly agree with the comments that have been made about Mike Pence – it would be alarming if he where propelled into the Presidency as Gerald Ford was. But, I think we are heading towards a scenario where many Republicans are becoming so disillusioned with Trump that they may seriously consider backing impeachment – particularly if Trump goes after Mueller. I see the real danger as this: unlike Trump, Pence is a “true” Republican and very acceptable to the Republican establishment. With Pence in the White House and Republicans controlling both the Congress and Senate, it would be open slather for the Republicans to advance their right-wing agenda through legislation. Such an outcome could be very attractive and lead many Republicans to dump Trump and install Pence.
Trump’s certainly getting worse, more erratic, craving attention more and more. My guess he is a psychopath whose demands for admiration and adulation require more and more, but it’s never, ever enough. Now he’s surrounded by sycophants and his megalomania is relatively unchecked, he is going to get more and more unstable. Probably not going to end well.
” …. he ( Uhlmann ) is referring to the man who occupies the most powerful position in the world ….. ” Would so like to see those words banished from our language. Trump has reduced the alleged ‘most powerful position’ in the world to a laughing stock. It is only through their endless self-promoting propaganda, that the world has come to see America as a leading light – and THE most powerful nation. I personally don’t think they ever have been quite that, although they may have come close at times. Money wise, particularly. Education wise – NO, upkeep of essential infrastructure – NO, adequate and proper health care – NO. – reduction in massive military expenditure – NO, proper care for returned veterans – NO – – etc. …
I am sure that most contributors to this site will be aware of the latest farce that was played out only today in Washington. I will not try to recount the ‘goings on’ because readers will not believe me. Instead let me refer you to the site of an excellent newspaper, The Washington Post.
On Tuesday of last week, Jorge Ramos, the most influential Latino news anchor, told his audience on the Fusion network, “Right now Donald Trump is, no question, the loudest voice of intolerance, hatred, and division in the United States.”