On Thursday of this week, Donald Trump will reach the half-year point of his presidency — and his record thus far has been nothing to brag about. The Donald's standing in the polls tell the story: No previous president has had lower approval numbers at this juncture. One hardly knows where to begin itemizing […]
On Thursday of this week, Donald Trump will reach the half-year point of his presidency — and his record thus far has been nothing to brag about.
The Donald's standing in the polls tell the story: No previous president has had lower approval numbers at this juncture.
One hardly knows where to begin itemizing Trump's failures and missteps. The available choices are numerous. But I would start with his peculiar love affair with Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Indeed, the Russian thing still has the potential to undo the Trump presidency altogether. When then-FBI Director James Comey refused to drop his investigation of Trump campaign collusion with Russia, the president fired him. But we haven't heard the last on that subject — not by a long-shot. A full-scale investigation of this and other matters is underway, and the outcome likely will not please The Donald.
On other matters:
Trump's bigoted efforts to halt immigration to the United States by Muslims have been clumsy and mostly ill-fated. And he's slurred the character of judges who have dared to curb these plans.
On the foreign front, the president has mostly played patty-cake with autocrats in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Philippines while also insulting long-time U.S. allies in Europe.
Trump has surrendered U.S. leadership on climate change by withdrawing from the Paris agreement, joining Syria and Nicaragua as non-participants.
On so many other issues — civil rights, environmentalism, health care, et al — Trump mostly has been on the wrong side.
Perhaps the most pitiful of Trump's penchants have been those linked to his narcissism. He just can't stand any indication that he's ever been anything less than a clear winner in any of his undertakings. There's no real doubt, for example, that Hillary Clinton was the winner of the popular vote in the November election. But Trump says the numbers were false. Accordingly, he's established a phony commission to investigate his bogus claim that the tally of votes was tainted by widespread voter fraud.
I could go on, but you get my drift. As president, Donald Trump has been mostly a bust. Oh, he'll still have a sizable core of loyalists no matter how things turn out. But let's not forget that roughly one in four Americans supported Richard Nixon on the very day he resigned the presidency in 1974.
The bad guys always have their cheering sections.