Opinion Opinions | Trump shows us what ‘unfit’ means

18:26  30 june  2020
18:26  30 june  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Oscar Isaac: No return to Star Wars

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: President Trump listens during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 26. © Evan Vucci/AP President Trump listens during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 26.

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President Trump’s record of failure — delaying his response to the coronavirus (and then undercutting health professionals’ advice, thereby allowing the pandemic to resurge); attempting to enlist foreign powers (certainly Ukraine and allegedly China) to further his own reelection; appointing a flock of utterly incompetent and ethically challenged advisers — is so damning that he will likely hold the distinction of being America’s worst president.

Trump and Bolton – this is when I knew it wasn't going to end well

  Trump and Bolton – this is when I knew it wasn't going to end well Bolton and Trump clashed from the beginning – not just over policy, but in style and temperament. Bolton pushed for preemptive military action against Iran, Syria, Venezuela and North Korea. When the president took a different course, Bolton took to the phone. He became the “anonymous source” for reporters, dishing out tales of White House chaos and presidential incompetence.Bolton was so convinced of his superior intelligence that he was condescending to everyone, including the president.

What has become apparent in recent months is that his character flaws are so profound that we could not have expected anything different and cannot expect a change for the better in his remaining time in office.

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The latest Russia scandal illustrates the point. According to the New York Times, Trump did receive intelligence in his daily briefing about the bounty that Russia put on U.S. troops: “The intelligence was included months ago in Mr. Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.” (Trump and the White House have denied he was briefed on the matter.)

White House fumbles its story on explaining testing 'slow down'

  White House fumbles its story on explaining testing 'slow down' The White House said Trump was kidding when he claimed he wanted to "slow down" coronavirus testing. Given a chance to clarify, he made matters worse.Even by Donald Trump standards, his comments about the coronavirus on Saturday night were deeply unfortunate. "Testing is a double-edged sword," the president told supporters in Tulsa, adding, "When you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people, you're going to find more cases, so I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down, please.

The Associated Press also reports that the White House knew in 2019 that “Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported” and that Trump was briefed once by former national security adviser John Bolton in March 2019 and again by his successor, Robert O’Brien (who denies doing so).

Incidents such as these do not just pop up. They are the result of an unfit president and an administration of political hacks. This president is so incurious, so self-absorbed and so resistant to facts and expertise that it was inevitable he would fail to protect Americans from a hostile power; he lacks the will or the ability to do so. This is what we mean by unfit: Trump’s yawning deficits (in attention, knowledge, honesty) render him unable to uphold his oath.

Similarly, the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, most acutely in red states that followed Trump’s lead, did not simply happen. As with the Russia scandal, the administration had plenty of warning of an imminent catastrophe; the president knew weeks before the pandemic was widely felt yet played down the emergency. Later, he failed to assume responsibility by refusing to fully activate the Defense Production Act, leading to shortages of critical materials. To this day, he refuses to wear a mask in public, inducing millions of his followers to do the same; preventable cases and deaths ensue. This is what happens when you elect someone with no capacity to process bad news, no respect for scientific expertise and no concern for other human beings.

Trump is crashing and burning

  Trump is crashing and burning Americans really don't like President Trump, who desperately wants to be liked by Americans. A new poll by The New York Times and Siena College shows him trailing Joe Biden nationally by 14 points, 50 percent to 36 percent. Biden leads among women and nonwhite voters and is gaining ground among white voters. It's possible that Biden leads among former members of the Trump administration, too. Majorities disapprove of Trump's handling of theA new poll by The New York Times and Siena College shows him trailing Joe Biden nationally by 14 points, 50 percent to 36 percent. Biden leads among women and nonwhite voters and is gaining ground among white voters.

In short, Trump has behaved in precisely the way his fiercest critics foresaw. They were not clairvoyant. Free from the compulsion of slavish loyalty and partisan hackery, they simply saw Trump for what he is and understood the ramifications of a president this hobbled. By contrast, Trumpers cared too little about character, fitness and simply decency.

The sycophants who continue to rationalize his conduct got practically nothing from the Faustian bargain. His Supreme Court justices did not overturn abortion precedent, undo protections for the “dreamers” or deny LGBTQ Americans freedom from discrimination. The tax cuts for the rich never delivered on promises of sustained prosperity (and surely did not pay for themselves). The price they (and we) paid was intolerable. We have suffered from a pandemic that has killed more than 124,000 Americans, an economy akin to the Great Depression, a Russian patsy masquerading as a friend of the troops, a self-dealer who corruptly promoted his own holdings as president and a racist entirely out of step with a country yearning for racial justice.

Opinions | Trump is out of excuses

  Opinions | Trump is out of excuses Trump's people have no answers to explain his lapses.President Trump’s failures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, to maintain U.S. leadership in the world (instead of doing Russia’s bidding) and to address the profound national rethink on race cannot be squared with genuine concern for America’s well-being and values. It is no wonder that his closest advisers and former advisers cannot explain his conduct in ways consistent with the national interest. As a result, they simply refuse to answer basic questions about his decisions.

We dare not repeat the error of 2016. We know — because we know Trump — a second term would be equally if not more calamitous than the first. Character this twisted is destiny. Unfitness this severe is irreparable.

Read more:

David Ignatius: Were Trump’s aides too afraid to tell him about the Russian bounties?

Max Boot: Why does the ‘America First’ president keep putting Russia first?

Jennifer Rubin: Trump is out of excuses

Greg Sargent: As Trump’s corruption gets worse, some Democrats want a tougher response

Trump: Biden should take cognitive test .
President Trump late Thursday night challenged Joe Biden to take a cognitive test, claiming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee could not pass the test he "aced.""He should give it a try," Trump tweeted.He cannot pass the test I "aced". He should give it a try!!! https://t.co/4U6pny2D6y- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2020Trump has previously questioned Biden's mental fitness, repeatedly referring to him by the nickname "Sleepy Joe" and suggesting that the former vice president has low intelligence.

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