Friday, February 10, 2017

L'Etat C'est Donald

The Trump administration is only three weeks old, but already its character is easy to define. It's all Donald, all the time. Paul Krugman writes:

It’s already clear that any hopes that Mr. Trump and those around him would be even slightly ennobled by the responsibilities of office were foolish. Every day brings further evidence that this is a man who completely conflates the national interest with his personal self-interest, and who has surrounded himself with people who see it the same way. And each day also brings further evidence of his lack of respect for democratic values.

You might be tempted to say that the latest flare-up, over Nordstrom’s decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, is trivial. But it isn’t. For one thing, until now it would have been inconceivable that a sitting president would attack a private company for decisions that hurt his family’s business interests.

Mr. Trump’s attack on Judge James Robart, who put a stay on his immigration ban, was equally unprecedented. Previous presidents, including Barack Obama, have disagreed with and complained about judicial rulings. But that’s very different from attacking the very right of a judge — or, as the man who controls 4,000 nuclear weapons put it, a “so-called judge” — to rule against the president.

But worst of all is Trump's suggestion that restraining his power will lead to a terrorist attack:

Never mind the utter falsity of the claim that bad people are “pouring in,” or for that matter of the whole premise behind the ban. What we see here is the most powerful man in the world blatantly telegraphing his intention to use national misfortune to grab even more power. And the question becomes, who will stop him?

So far, two courts have stopped him. But, ultimately, it will be up to Americans to stop him -- if they want to. Until then, it's going to be all about Donald, all of the time.

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the salamander said...

.. watching this new surreal stage post election is beyond astonishing.. The theory that America is suffering lead or mercury poisoning needs to be considered.. Mad Hatter disease?

The other reality is that of 'captured' media.. hand in hand with captured government ..

Somewhere in between we have specimens such as Kellyanne & Spicer - highly evolved bullshit artists quite capable of getting the lipstick on the likes of Donald Trump.. We've seen this in Canada as well, where if you lie every single day to the electorate, nobody can keep track or maintain focus..

This is where The Donald is now.. in some fabricated fantasy world.. just lying his face off, needing his regime to do so as well, plus any fools who still believe in him. That old syndrome comes to mind.. of people lying to themselves so consistently, the lies become the reality to them. They actually believe themselves as enlightened, or the smartest person in every room

Owen Gray said...

It's become comical, salamander, watching Trump repeat the meme that he's smart. And, each time he does so, he reminds us that he isn't.

Steve said...

I do not trust Krugman anymore, he went all in on Hillary and lost credibilty for nothing

Owen Gray said...

Hilary was an imperfect candidate, Steve. But it's becoming increasingly apparent that Trump is a clear and present danger.