Friday, May 19, 2017
Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Free Beacon by Matthew Continetti
The man can't help himself. I'm speaking of course of our president, Donald Trump, whose talents at marketing and publicity brought him wealth and fame and, at the age of 70, the highest political office in the nation. Aggressive, flamboyant, unpredictable, and combative, Trump's impulsivity has benefited him as a businessman and as a candidate, but not as a president. His desire to convey an image of speed and determination has resulted in executive orders stopped by judicial intervention and a legislature that is quarrelsome and confused. His popping off on Twitter creates scandals that should not otherwise exist, and inflames already high tensions in the capital. His firing of FBI Director James Comey, then his changing explanations of the dismissal, birthed an enemy he does not want to have and alienated a staff whose loyalty he needs.
Imagine another president whose administration comes under investigation. It's not hard to do. How does he act? He does not mention the proceedings in speeches, he tries to avoid the topic altogether, he pursues his agenda to the best of his ability, and when asked about the matter in interviews he deflects the question by saying he won't comment on an ongoing investigation, or by reminding the journalist that the truth will vindicate his people.
Trump does the opposite. He brings up the Russia investigation even when it's completely unnecessary to do so, not only to say he's innocent and to wallow in self-pity but also to cast aspersions on the Democrats, the intelligence community, the media, the former acting attorney general, and the former FBI director.