Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump’s ‘bundle of insecurities’ flies in the face of how leadership has been viewed since the ancient times: historian

Published

on

Writing for the Associated Press this Thursday, Jonathan Lemire says that President Trump is reverting to a familiar strategy as the coronavirus pandemic continues to envelop cities across the nation: deflect, deny and direct blame elsewhere.

As the death toll mounts, Trump is compiling a long list of targets he’s looking to blame for his failures in tackling the virus early on:

ADVERTISEMENT

“Democratic governors for alleged mismanagement at the front lines of the crisis. The media, first for hyping the threat of the virus and then for not giving the administration credit for its response. Federal inspectors general, believed to be conspiring to make the White House look bad. The Obama administration, for not adequately preparing. China, initially absolved of responsibility, then accused of covering up worrisome health data. And now the WHO, from which Trump has threatened to withhold funding.”

Trump, of course, accepts none of the blame.

Lemire contends that Trump’s coronavirus press briefings have become a replacement for his rallies, which have been put on hold. “And, as he often does, Trump has leveled many of his broadsides at the media, attacking news organizations and individual reporters alike in an effort to boost his base supporters and cast doubt on the integrity of the reporting as bad headlines pile up,” he writes, adding that Trump has “used this playbook before.”

Speaking to Lemire, presidential historian Jon Meacham said that since ancient times, “leadership has been about wearing a mask of command. Trump is the opposite — a bundle of insecurities, neediness and wants.”

Read his full op-ed over at the Associated Press.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘It’s a disgrace’: Conservative torches Trump and the GOP — saying they’ve betrayed voters

Published

on

In 2012, Stuart Stevens served as the chief strategist for Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and tried to prevent President Barack Obama from winning a second term; in 2020, he is a Never Trump conservative who is rooting for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. And when Stevens appeared on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” on Thursday night, August 6, he stressed to host Brian Williams that many GOP incumbents — from President Donald Trump to members of Congress — could be in trouble in November.

Promoting his new book, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” Stevens told Williams, “This is a very negative environment for Republicans…. There are external forces out there that make this a very tough race for incumbents in the Republican Party.”

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Mask-hating Trump supporter banned from local store after she ‘rammed someone with a cart’: report

Published

on

A woman who was permanently banned from entering a local hardware store for refusing to wear a face mask tells Vox that she's proud that her defiance of public health standards got her kicked out.

In an interview, a Wyoming resident named Jacqueline says that her local Menards home and garden store has told her that she is no longer allowed to shop there for refusing to wear a face mask on two separate occasions.

Although she was still allowed to shop at the store after the first time she came in without a face mask, she was permanently given the boot when she got into a physical altercation with an employee during her second trip to the store.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Expert: NRA had to be obliterated by New York for one very important reason

Published

on

The New York attorney general's aggressive moves against the National Rifle Association might have been handled by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a former federal prosecutor.

State attorney general Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the powerful lobbying group over claims of rampant fraud, but former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's new column for The Daily Beast calls out the Justice Department's inaction.

"Like other cases of corruption, this easily could have been framed as a criminal case," McQuade wrote. "Filing false registration and disclosure documents as part of a scheme to defraud can serve as the basis for federal mail or wire fraud, and often does in public corruption cases. When I served as a federal prosecutor, my former office brought public corruption cases on such theories in similar cases in which officials misused funds for personal benefit."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image