Why Trump is flailing and, of course, failing.

“Mr. Trump’s performance on the national stage in recent weeks has put on display the traits that Democrats and some Republicans consider so jarring — the profound need for personal praise, the propensity to blame others, the lack of human empathy, the penchant for rewriting history, the disregard for expertise, the distortion of facts, the impatience with scrutiny or criticism. For years, skeptics expressed concern about how he would handle a genuine crisis threatening the nation, and now they know.”

11 thoughts on “Why Trump is flailing and, of course, failing.

      1. Only after I hit that stupid ‘POST’ button, did I notice the quotation marks. ACK!! I might be as stupid as my ‘post’ button, huh?

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  1. I find the opening two paragraphs quite telling of Mr. Trump:
    During his campaign for the White House in 2016, President Trump’s advisers briefly tried to run through with him how he would address a large-scale disaster if he won. What, for instance, would he have done during Hurricane Katrina?

    “I would have fixed that,” Mr. Trump replied with certitude, referring to the government’s bungled rescue and recovery efforts, according to a campaign official who was present for the exchange. “I would have come up with a much better response.” How? He did not say. He just asserted it would have been better and advisers did not press him to elaborate.”

    The “only I can fix it” attitude has been around since the beginning. Sorry, Mr. President. You need a LOT of assistance this time. I just wish you woudl have paid closer attention to is sooner rather than later. -IMO

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  2. I find the first part of the first sentence striking: ““Mr. Trump’s performance on the national stage in recent weeks has put on display the traits that Democrats and some Republicans consider so jarring…”

    That being the lede I suppose we are to worry about TRAITS. Not actions. Not results. Not problems and solutions. Just traits.

    Like skin color, I imagine.

    The preoccupation reminds me of the story of the man who was nearly dying of hunger. A good soul offered him a bowl of creamy potato soup, but he refused to eat it, objecting, “That’s not soup! All soup has lumps!”

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      1. RE: “I believe your focus on the trait and not the performance is misguided.”

        If you say so: That’s not soup.

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        1. Soup or soap? Either way, you are focusing on what you like and not what you dislike about the statements. Some would refer to that as cherry picking. I refer to it as Mr. Roberts’ usual semantic games playing. IMO

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        2. RE: “I refer to it as Mr. Roberts’ usual semantic games playing.”

          YOU are the one gaming semantics here for advantage, not me. If you would apply a little logic and common sense you might notice that having traits is normally a precondition for demonstrating them. Hence the NYT writer’s misplaced priorities.

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          1. Your idea of logic and common sense consists of pretzels, mustard, and a lot of Trumpism. I’ll pass on YOUR ides of those and stick to mine.

            And I say it again. Tis you , Mr. Roberts, with the misplaced priorities. Feel free to disagree, because that is all you know. But please do continue the games. they are entertaining, and I love a good street pretzel as much as the next guy.

            As far as common sense, I look at your undying support of all things Trump and realize that went out the window a long time ago. IMO

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