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.
Frank Fear: Let’s face it: America’s decline didn’t happen overnight. A Progressive America—with an agenda that enabled social progress—spanned a good share of the 20th Century, from FDR to LBJ. But that was then. Today is different.
The nonstop soap opera that is a Republican monopoly over the legislative and executive branches unable to get out of its own way only adds fuel to the fire, while at the same time exacerbating further anger and frustration.
Berry Craig: Almost every day offers more proof—as if proof were needed—that the emperor in the White House has no clothes. He’s “naked (pronounced ‘nekked,’) as a jaybird,” as we Kentuckians say.
Jaime O’Neill: Now, after five miserable and truly mad months of Trump’s mismanagement, and despite a burgeoning record of lies that couldn’t be more obvious, this most preposterous POTUS continues to enjoy the largely unwavering support of his “base,” a group Hillary Clinton labeled as “deplorables,” but are beginning to seem even more gullible than they are deplorable.
Jaime O’Neill: The party that purports to be about “free enterprise” provides socialism for corporations, welfare subsidies for the rich, all while preaching that the poor and the middle class should just ramp up their work ethic and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
In a different era, when decency was the norm, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives would not seat a thug like Gianforte in the chamber. In the age of Trump, it’s okay to beat up a reporter.
Trump loved MOAB precisely because Obama didn’t use it. To Trump, MOAB was a sort of penis extender and a big middle finger all-in-one. Virility and vulgarity.
Donald Trump won a startling victory in his run for the presidency, employing attacks on Mexican migrants, Islamophobia, and promises to “make America great again.” The Republican Party, moving rightward for years, has embraced this agenda.
No problem about style with Ivanka, not at all. But decorum? A little situational awareness? A disaster!
Walter Moss: Since Donald Trump has become the presence we can no longer ignore, writers have discovered all sorts of literary works that seem to have presaged his bursting upon us.