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Washington Post (September 8)

2018/ 09/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Washington feels like the capital of an occupied country,” filled with “institutional and administrative chaos; our military chain of command is compromised; people around the elected president feel impelled to act above the law and remove papers from his desk. The mechanisms meant to protect the state from an incompetent or dictatorial president are not being used because people in power no longer believe in them, or are afraid to use them. Washington feels like the capital of a state where the legal order has collapsed.”

 

The Atlantic (May 16)

2017/ 05/ 18 by jd in Global News

“The bad news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. The good news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history.”

 

New York Times (May 16)

2017/ 05/ 18 by jd in Global News

“The world is led by a child.” Donald Trump is mentally “still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom” and “desperate for the approval of those he admires.” The President is “too incompetent to understand his own incompetence.” This has created a “perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”

 

The Economist (May 13)

2017/ 05/ 15 by jd in Global News

The jury is still out on whether “the sacking of James Comey” was incompetent or malign. “Is the administration chaotic and unworthy of its place in a mighty tradition, but more farcical than corrupting…? Or is Mr Trump, who has just become the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a man who was leading a formal investigation into his associates, and perhaps himself, a threat to American democracy?”

 

Wall Street Journal (March 27)

2017/ 03/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Well, that was fast, if predictable. We’re referring to the conventional wisdom that has moved without a moment of self-reflection from declaring Donald Trump to be a dangerous fascist to a hopeless incompetent.”

 

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