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Washington Post (March 6)

2018/ 03/ 08 by jd in Global News

“As the saying goes, you don’t miss the water until the well runs dry: This deeply aberrant presidency threatens to cost the nation much more than even some of President Trump’s harshest critics may realize…. It’s easy to lose the habits and values of democracy, but incredibly hard to get them back. Perhaps most difficult is to recover lost faith in the rule of law.”


The Atlantic (October Issue)

2017/ 10/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors.” Will he destroy the institution? That remains to be seen. “We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress…. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes.”


Chicago Tribune (July 5)

2017/ 07/ 08 by jd in Global News

“The greatest threat facing America is President Donald Trump…. Daily he shows he lacks the character, discipline, intellect, judgment or respect for the office to be president of the United States.” One might “have to go back to King George III to find a head of state who so threatened America. But there is no precedent for one whose character is so obviously ill-suited to the presidency.”


CNN (February 16)

2017/ 02/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Although at this point nothing should surprise anyone about how Trump conducts himself, it was still hard not to have your jaw drop as his face-off with reporters played across screens. He lashed out personally against reporters, he resumed fighting over the outcome of the election and his loss in the popular vote, and continued steadfastly refusing to admit to facts that are beyond dispute…. This is not a way to conduct the presidency.”


Wall Street Journal (January 31)

2017/ 02/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Political disruption has its uses but not if it consumes your Presidency in the process.” Donald Trump “seems determined to conduct a shock and awe campaign to fulfill his campaign promises as quickly as possible, while dealing with the consequences later.” Unfortunately, governing effectively “is more complicated than a campaign rally” and the “bonfire over his executive order on refugees shows that government by deliberate disruption can blow up in damaging ways.”


Wall Street Journal (January 19)

2017/ 01/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office on Friday facing unprecedented opposition but also an extraordinary opportunity. He confronts the paradox of a country skeptical that he has the personal traits for the Presidency but still hopeful he can fulfill his promise to shake up a government.”


LA Times (October 18)

2016/ 10/ 18 by jd in Global News

Donald Trump is famous for lashing out, but now he is also “targeting the very political system in which he is competing for the presidency. He is claiming that this election is ‘rigged’…. This is dangerous demagoguery, even for Trump.” A fundamental democratic principle is “respect for the outcome of elections even if your candidate isn’t the winner.”