In a column posted late on Christmas Day, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson reviewed the first year year under the presidency of Donald Trump and was unimpressed, to say the least.
According to liberal author, 2017 has been "awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful" -- and we all have Donald Trump to blame for that.
"Many of us began 2017 with the consoling thought that the Donald Trump presidency couldn’t possibly be as bad as we feared. It turned out to be worse," Robinson wrote.
"Did you ever think you would hear a president use the words 'very fine people' to describe participants in a torch-lit rally organized by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan? Did you ever think you would hear a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations thuggishly threaten that she would be 'taking names' of countries that did not vote on a General Assembly resolution the way she wanted?" Robinson asked. "Did you ever think the government of the world’s biggest military and economic power would reject not just science but also empiricism itself, preferring to use made-up “alternative facts” as the basis for major decisions?"
According to the pundit, "We knew that Trump was narcissistic and shallow, but on Inauguration Day it was possible to at least hope he was self-aware enough to understand the weight that now rested on his shoulders, and perhaps grow into the job. He did not."
"If anything, he has gotten worse," he added.
Robinson went on to focus on how Trump and the White House have all but destroyed political discourse.
"Trump and his enablers have waged a relentless war against truth in an attempt to delegitimize any and all critical voices. He wields the epithet “fake news” as a cudgel against inconvenient facts and those who report them," he wrote. "Can a democracy function without a commonly accepted chronicle of events and encyclopedia of knowledge?"
The columnist also had a few things to say about the "craven" Republican Party that has stood aside as Trump has run roughshod over decency and the law.
"The president’s Republican allies in Congress, who have the power to restrain an out-of-control executive, have rolled over in passive submission'" he wrote. "Many see clearly Trump’s unfitness but continue to support him because they fear the wrath of his hardcore base and see the chance to enact a conservative agenda. History will remember this craven opportunism and judge it harshly."
"Godspeed to the Mueller investigation, but let him worry about that," he concluded. "The rest of us — Democrats, independents, patriotic Republicans — should work toward the November election. Our duty is to elect a Congress that will bring this runaway train under control."
You can read his whole piece here.