Wednesday, May 2, 2018
trump administration's hallmarks are chaos, corruption and Mind blowing stupidity
trump is not just incredibly stupid.
He is immoral and mentally ill.
You will never hear anyone say he is smart.
Now, in his typically ignorant twitter rant, he is threatening the foundation of our constitutional form of government.
In the history of our country, there has never been a more chaotic and corrupt presidency than what we are enduring under Donald Trump. More than 50 senior-level officials have left this administration. They include Michael Flynn; Reince Priebus; Sean Spicer; Steve Bannon; Omarosa Manigault; and the recently departed Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn. These departures are more than double the usual casualties of an administration in office just over a year. Trump claims that “Everybody wants to work in the White House.” This is delusional grandeur amid a national nightmare.
Guided solely by emotional impulse -- people in the White House described him as “angry” and “unglued” -- Trump decided to impose tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum without regard to possible retaliation. The 28-member European Union exports more steel to the United States than any single country, including Canada, and has announced a list of U.S. products that could be hit with retaliatory tariffs. How dare the Europeans put Europe first?
Trump brags about his great accomplishments, but the only thing he has going for himself is the continuation of the Obama economic recovery.
Trade wars won’t help him, no matter how “good” they are “and easy to win.”
Presidential historians generally consider the administrations of Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Warren Harding and Richard Nixon the most corrupt in history. Trump is putting them all to shame in his race to the bottom. During the presidential campaign, Trump touted himself as too rich to be corrupted, yet all he has done is line his pockets and those of his family to the disservice of the American people. Trump International Hotel has become the favorite watering hole for foreign officials in our nation’s capital. He doubled the annual membership fee at his Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida from $100,000 to $200,000. He visits his for-profit club virtually every weekend so that his clients can get their money’s worth.
Consider for a moment the case of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who paid way too much for a property at 666 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. He has a $1.2 billion balloon payment staring him in the face come January next year. Oh, what to do?
Kushner, being a senior adviser to Trump and in charge of all things domestic and foreign, apparently thought, Why not negotiate a half-billion-dollar loan with two companies seeking to curry favor with the White House? And why not dispatch his father, a convicted felon, to seek a loan from foreign ally oil-rich Qatar? Since that gambit failed, why not bring down the wrath of the U.S. on that country, home of the largest U.S. military presence in the Middle East fighting against ISIS?
Trump often points out that his son-in-law does not receive a paycheck. Who needs a paycheck when he can negotiate multi-hundred-million-dollar loans from his position in the White House? One might believe that Trump should have had enough of people working for free. Think Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Both are likely on their way to prison. Kushner might not be far behind. There is an old axiom: You get what you pay for. Kushner’s portfolio includes prison reform. All things considered, that makes sense.
If Trump’s claim that “everybody wants to work in the White House” and that “everybody wants a piece of the Oval Office” were true, they wouldn’t keep looking for the exits. Other administrations didn’t have this problem. Working there brings with it a sense of doing something important and perhaps long-lasting. It is also a great line on a resumé. But the viper pit and land of chaos that is the Trump White House is just not that appealing.
Trump ran on the pledge that he was going to "drain the swamp” and restore integrity to the White House, as if it had gone missing. Newt Gingrich, a staunch apologist, has said that promise won’t be kept. Indeed, Trump has repopulated the swamp with even more lizards, snakes and alligators. Imagine how apoplectic the so-called Christian, so-called family-values crowd would be if Barack Obama was being sued by a porn star. Talk about hypocrisy!
Theotis Robinson Jr., Columnist Published 8:00 a.m. ET March 11, 2018
Theotis Robinson Jr. is a freelance writer, former Knoxville City Council member and retired vice president of equity and diversity of the University of Tennessee. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.