A historian tried to place President Donald Trump and his glaring neuroses into context, and he wondered when the unceasing drama would end.
Jon Meacham, a historian and executive editor of Random House, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump’s tweets Tuesday demonstrated “the limits of the reality TV presidency.”
“Don’t you remember all those JFK tweets from the missile crisis?” Meacham said. “‘My cigar is bigger than your cigar?’ No, but we’ve all made the point that it’s like Miranda in ‘The Tempest’: ‘It’s a brave new world that has such people in it.’ This is such a president in it.”
Meacham said the presidency was hindered by Trump’s disinterest — or inability — to reach voters outside his insubstantial base.
“It seems to me we’ve almost without a doubt now, which is always a dangerous thing to say in human affairs, but pretty much without doubt, we are dealing with someone who is governing for his 30 percent to 38 percent of the public,” Meacham said. “He’s not interested in growing that number particularly, he’s not interested in what other world leaders actually think about him. What he’s interested in is what they say to him.”
The historian predicted later in Wednesday’s program that Americans would eventually get sick of seeing Trump’s name in every headline, but for now the media served a vehicle to stroke the president’s fragile ego.
“We’re living through a kind of national experiment in narcissistic disorder, and we have to figure out, you know, can there be an intervention in time or are we going to continue to have to watch this drama unfold?” Meacham said. “I fear it’s the latter.”
Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist
On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.
"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"
White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter
On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.
The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.
The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum