Peter Dreier: While watching the speech with about 150 Occidental College students on campus, I was monitoring Politifact during the talk and impressed with how quickly its researchers were able to identify his many lies and half-truths. Even his speech writers seem to be pathological liars.
Steve Hochstadt: He just gets the most attention, which he demands and will do anything to keep. Too bad he only succeeds at being the biggest personality, not the best President.
WJ Astore: Basically, by embracing the military and elevating it (while feeding it lots of money), Trump has neutralized it as a rival to his power. Indeed, he is borrowing from the military’s authority and standing within our culture to bolster his own.
Lila Garrett: What are we and Alabama doing in the same country? How can this primitive piece of earth be hiding in plain view and be considered one of the 50 states that makes up the most powerful country the world has ever seen?
Ted Vaill: This man has debased the Presidency, and in the process dragged the country down to the level of Hillary’s “deplorables”.
Ted Vaill: He is playing a dangerous game, one that may just make the life of my little granddaughter a living hell, if she lives through Trumputin’s threatened nuclear war.
Walter Moss: After more than a half-year of Trump’s presidency, it is clear indeed that his anger, bombast, and lack of self-control have injured our country.
Jaime O’Neill: What if you bought a small widget business, sinking everything you had into it, then hired a rich real estate man to manage it because he made elaborate promises about how great he could make your new enterprise?
David Love: Welcome back to the war on drugs, the war on communities of color, the criminalization of Black people and social justice movements.
Steve Hochstadt: His abuse of women, his cheating of people he hired, his personal nastiness, his lying and bragging, seem to have contributed to rather than hurt his appeal. Trump fails every test of character, but it makes no difference.
The key is that the President is not in this alone; he has capable, knowledgeable and experienced counsel to aid his decisions and he must avail himself of such expertise.
Ellen Lubic: Are there others besides McCain in the Republican Party who have a conscience and who will put our nation and our people, all our people, ahead of their singular party loyalty?
Jaime O’Neill: Who could read Trump’s tweets and not find them dim or demented ? I even hear people saying he’s “hard working” and “humble,” forcing my brain to go on tilt.