Saturday, July 1, 2017

Donald Trump is Now a Failed President
"Think of what Trump has done to the office of the presidency over the past few months. He has lied on a daily basis about everything conceivable. He lied about the size of his inauguration crowd. He lied about how many jobs he has created. He lied about his accomplishments within the first 90 days of his presidency. He has lied about the intelligence reports outlining Russian interference into the election. He lied about NATO and how much Europe contributes to it, and he lied about James Comey losing the confidence of the F.B.I. This is not normal.  The lies are bad enough, but the chronic mismanagement and gleeful destructiveness of Trump and his people makes his presidency all the more absurd, and all the more tragic. Reducing the Oval Office to a cheap reality show filled with cartoon like villains might make for great television, but it makes for tragic politics and extreme pain and suffering. The publicity stunts surrounding the decimation of Obamacare might give Trump a boost with Fox News viewers, but the consequences will be felt by millions of people who don't have inherited fortunes to fall back on.  The private press briefings might save Sean Spicer and Trump immediate ridicule, but they serve to further erode a sense of normalcy. Kellyanne Conway's dishonest performances on national television may give the Alt Right more ammunition to spread their lies on Breitbart and beat liberals over the head with, but it demeans the office of the presidency and makes a mockery of accountability. Trump's belittling of the investigations into his ties with Russia and his obstruction of justice are symptomatic of dictatorships, not democracies. This is not how healthy societies work. This is not normal.  Then, there are the tweets. The constant belittling of political opponents, the lies, and insults and the self aggrandizements. Trump tweets lazy gibberish at all hours of the day, not bothering to fact check or even run them by his staff. This is the president of the United States we are talking about here."