[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] D [/yt_dropcap]uring his presidential campaign Donald Trump declared that once he became president his behavior would be different. He would become more presidential. Lately, one of his admirers and former advisor was asked what ever happened to that promised transformation. His terse answer was “well, it’s a work in progress.” Indeed.
If one thought that the gravitas of the office would change the Caligula-like behavior of Donald Trump, one is bound to be disappointed. The tweets full of abrasive insults and so called “alternate facts” (or lies) continue unabated: imagined voter fraud, berated “so called” federal judges, department stores carrying his daughter Ivanka’s merchandise, tumultuous phone calls with the allies, an alt-right white supremacist provocateur whispering advise on national security in his ear. As Trump himself likes to say, without realizing that he is saying a mouthful: “what’s going on”?
Let’s see if we can make some sense of it. In the first place keep in mind that this is the very first reality TV presidency; therefore any day can be a sweep day, or a cliffhanger. But the people, however, were told exactly what to expect, and in very concrete terms: build a wall, ban some Moslem immigrants, withdraw from trade deals, resort to punishing tariffs. They were also promised in no uncertain terms a reactionary brand of conservatism which would “make America great again,” in reality, a cover for white supremacy.
So far, it must be acknowledged, the people have been served from the menu they ordered from. But let’s also keep in mind that it was not the majority of people who voted by 3 million vote difference for Trump’s opponent. He won merely 30% of the electorate’s votes, but won in any case thanks to its distribution in individual states and the system the electoral college provision.
If one looks carefully at the voters exit polls, a more disquieting picture appears; one hinting at an unmitigated disaster. About two thirds of voters thought Trump was unqualified to be president. Another two thirds thought he lacked the temperament for the job. What were the votes saying then by voting for him? Essentially this: although we don’t like crazy and extreme, we just can no longer bear the same old narrative and cast of characters, and so we’ll give you a shot. You have promised to drain the swamp of political insiders, have decried the influence of big money and the paralysis of the two parties; so, go for it.
But what has Trump given the people so far? A Cabinet plucked from the billionaire’s Club; an endless stream of tweets expressing childish rants; an extremely partisan agenda shouting that “we won you lost, get used to it.”
What Trump has failed to realize, so far, is that while one can win a nomination and a general election with a 30% plus approval, in the White House, a 35% approval is simply not adequate. A president who pleases only his most diehard supporters ends up isolated while endangering his party. Right now, Trump is at 40% in most polls, which makes him the least popular president in memory.
He probably has six months to grow-up and start acting like an adult and a president, before the people, who are already showing signs of buyers’ remorse, decide that he is not the right person for the job after all and start talking about impeachment proceedings. The way it looks now, that will happen, sooner or later.
Meanwhile on their current trajectory, Trump and his allies in Congress proceeding full speed ahead, are headed straight for a wall — and it won’t be the big, beautiful one they are always bragging about.
Comey treated in Thuggish Mafia Style by the White House
Trump’s Dumb Ideas for Economic Growth
[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] I [/yt_dropcap]f there’s an economic idea that Donald Trump and his economic advisers continually reiterate it is that slashing taxes inevitably leads to economic growth. Let’s see how true this idea is.
The Demeaning of the Office of the President
[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] C [/yt_dropcap]NN has recetnly reported that President Trump’s latest anti-media attacks “are beneath the dignity of the office of the President.” In an interview with Time magazine, Trump insulted CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon and criticized MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. He also called CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert a “no-talent guy.”
Uzbek’s Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad changed its leader
On April 12, 2019, Central Asia’s Salafi-Jihadist group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad (KTJ) issued a statement on the Telegram...
Highlights from the Mueller Report
Following are the passages that I consider to be the chief and most important allegations that are in the opening...
Structural Transformation Can Turn Cities into Engines of Prosperity
By 2050, the population of cities is projected to double from its current size, with nearly 70 percent of the...
Battling for the Future: Arab Protests 2.0
Momentous developments across Arab North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region as well...
As Marsha Lazareva languishes in jail, foreign businesses will “think twice” before investing in Kuwait
IF THERE IS one thing to glean from the case of Marsha Lazareva, it’s that foreign businesses must now think...
IEA hosts high-level meeting on Africa’s energy outlook
The International Energy Agency held a day-long workshop on Wednesday to discuss ways to promote greater energy development across the...
Trump’s coming trade war “deal” is a dud
In typically bullish style, Donald Trump has told the world he expects a resolution to his trade war with China...
Russia2 days ago
The Results of the Azerbaijan- Russia Industrial Cooperation Forum
Defense3 days ago
India’s Space Ambitions
South Asia2 days ago
Pakistan: A Terrorized Rather than Terrorist State
Terrorism1 day ago
Post-Pulwama False Flag Operation: Prediction and Reality
Middle East2 days ago
Economic reform in the Gulf: Who benefits, really?
Reports2 days ago
China needs further reforms to make growth sustainable, greener and more inclusive
Europe2 days ago
The Rabidly Hypocritical EU
Hotels & Resorts2 days ago
The Luxury Collection Debuts in Cyprus With Parklane, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa