Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker editor David Remnick took President Donald Trump to task on Thursday in a new analysis.
Remnick begins his piece with a devastating lede paragraph.
“If Donald Trump possessed a soul, a trace of conscience or character, he would resign the Presidency. He will not resign the Presidency,” Remnick wrote.
“Trump is who he has always been, and the details that we learn with every passing day merely fill in the portrait with sharper focus and more lurid colors. The man who lied about the nature of the novel coronavirus to the American people (but confided in Bob Woodward) is the same man who, as a real-estate huckster, used to say that the best way to hype a new building was to ‘just give them the old Trump bullsh*t.’ Deception is his brand,” he explained.
Betrayal also seems to be part of Trump’s brand.
“It is hard to identify a constituency that Trump has not betrayed. A self-proclaimed populist, his greatest legislative triumph was a gargantuan tax cut for the wealthy. (‘You all just got a lot richer,’ he told his cronies at Mar-a-Lago.) A self-proclaimed champion of the military, he reportedly says ‘my f*cking generals are a bunch of p*ssies’ and refers to fallen American soldiers as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’ His lies and expressions of contempt are so routine, so numerous, that we grow inured to their gravity and even forget that only recently he was impeached in the House of Representatives, avoiding conviction thanks only to a conscience-free Republican majority in the Senate,” Remnick wrote.
“Trump’s lack of stability is so pronounced that he inspires nightmares in his closest aides. As we learn from Rage, Woodward’s new book, Trump’s defense secretary, James Mattis, was so concerned that the President would set off a nuclear confrontation with North Korea that Mattis slept in his clothes in case he had to race to the Pentagon or the White House in the middle of the night,” he wrote. “In his interviews with Woodward, Trump seems so hungry for approbation that, like a child, he spills news of a secret weapons system––’We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before.’ (This weapons system is presumably different from the hypersonic ‘super duper’ missile that Trump hinted at in May.)”
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Trump, Biden hit campaign trail after acrimonious debate
US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden return to the campaign trail on Wednesday after a chaotic debate that allowed the 77-year-old Democratic candidate to rebuff Republican claims that he doesn't have the stamina for the White House job.
Snap polls on the debate performances of the presidential candidates leaned towards Biden, who withstood a barrage of barbs from the 74-year-old Trump while delivering some of his own.
A CBS sampling of 1,039 likely voters who watched the televised debate held in Cleveland, Ohio, had Biden edging Trump by 48 percent to 41 percent -- a margin similar to that of the national polls heading into the November 3 election.
Former Neo-Nazi says Trump’s call for Proud Boys to ‘stand by’ will encourage more violence
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Portland sheriff fires back at Trump for falsely claiming he supports the president
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese of Portland, Oregon, quickly shut down President Donald Trump's claim that he endorsed him for the upcoming presidential election.
During the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, Reese took to Twitter with his reaction to Trump's remarks as he confirmed he has never supported Trump. In addition, he also made it clear he has no intent on supporting the president going forward.
"In tonight's presidential debate the President said the 'Portland Sheriff' supports him," Reese tweeted on Tuesday night, adding, "As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him."