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The Guardian (June 21)

2020/ 06/ 22 by jd in Global News

“There have been so many reasons to feel embarrassed about Donald Trump:” from porn stars to drinking bleach to kill the coronavirus. “But nothing truly comes close to the embarrassment of his so-called comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. It was so toe-curlingly cringeworthy, such a crushing humiliation. There are 80s pop bands who have enjoyed greater comebacks than Donald Trump.”


Deutsche Welle (June 7)

2020/ 06/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump seems to finally be making good on his threat …. to punish Germany.” The sudden move to remove 9,500 troops is “misguided.” It “does not make military sense” and “has shown once again that NATO’s European members cannot rely on the commander-in-chief in the White House. It is a wake-up call for Europeans to take the initiative when it comes to their own defense, and actually spend more money on it.”


Wall Street Journal (June 5)

2020/ 06/ 07 by jd in Global News

“Every President has breakups with advisers, but Mr. Trump has gone through them like an assembly line. His demand for personal loyalty and his thin skin clash with people who care about larger causes and have strong views. Mr. Trump’s habit of blaming others for policy decisions or events that go wrong also builds resentment. This was bound to boomerang as he ran for re-election, and so it is.”


Washington Post (June 5)

2020/ 06/ 06 by jd in Global News

“The Republican Party is full of people with no delusions about what an abominable president Trump is, but who see abandoning him as career suicide.” But a flood of defections may be nearing as they look for “a tipping point in their state or district when continuing to support Trump will become more politically risky than abandoning him. For some it may come fairly soon, since his disastrous failure to control the pandemic has now been followed by a widely condemned reaction to the protests against police brutality.”


Bloomberg (June 3)

2020/ 06/ 06 by jd in Global News

“A more comprehensive abdication of leadership could scarcely be imagined. America has now lost more than 105,000 people to a still-uncontrolled virus. Some 40 million are out of work, with the economy in free fall. From coast to coast, cities are burning, protests raging and chaos…. And what is the president of the United States doing amid all this? Tweeting, mostly.”


LA Times (May 28)

2020/ 05/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Trump hasn’t been a victim of bias” as he made out while trying “to take a big, dumb bite out of the Twitter hand that feeds him.” In fact, “he’s been the prime beneficiary of the platforms’ lax and inconsistent enforcement of their terms of service. It’s richly ironic that the president would want to remove liability protections for the platforms that broadcast the damaging rumors and wild conspiracy theories he spreads about his rivals.”


Wall Street Journal (May 27)

2020/ 05/ 28 by jd in Global News

“We don’t write this with any expectation that Mr. Trump will stop” smearing people and promoting far-fetched conspiracy theories. “His latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him.” By suggesting the TV host was somehow complicit in what by all accounts was a natural death, “Mr. Trump is debasing his office, and he’s hurting the country in doing so.”


Boston Globe (April 25)

2020/ 04/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Say it loud, say it clear: Donald Trump needs to resign over his handling of the coronavirus.” With about 4% of the world’s population, the U.S. has so far “had about one-third of all global coronavirus cases and one-quarter of the fatalities.” The “catastrophic failure” is largely due to President Trump. This is “not just the catalog of screw-ups…. It’s that Trump represents an ongoing danger to the health and well-being of the American people.”


Chicago Tribune (April 20)

2020/ 04/ 21 by jd in Global News

J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois governor, has done “more than this inadequate and lame leader in Washington. Pritzker has donated $2 million of his own personal money, as well as is dealing with China directly to get PPE supplies instead of waiting on this dysfunctional administration. He has taken the bull by the horns to try and save people.”


Washington Post (April 2)

2020/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

For weeks President Trump “talked nonsense….. The failure to prepare and the foot-dragging that has followed will mean … more people will get sick and die. Yes, those deaths — the losses that could have been prevented by sane, sensible decisions his own advisers were urging — are on Trump’s head. No amount of spin will absolve him of that responsibility.”


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