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„The United States of America is not a reality TV show“

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Etwas Lesestoff für den Sonntagabend.

Die „New York Times“ kritisiert Donald Trump? Okay, keine Überraschung. (Trotzdem lesenswert.) „The Atlantic“ bezeichnet den US-Präsidenten als „lame duck“, als „lahme Ente“? Geschenkt. (Ebenfalls lesenswert.)

Wenn sich aber der konservative Blogger Erick Erickson mit Notrationen auf „etwas Böses“ vorbereitet, ist das doch eine Erwähnung wert.

The Week When President Trump Resigned („New York Times“)

„As the worst week in a cursed presidency wound down, I spotted more and more forecasts that Donald Trump would resign, including from Tony Schwartz, who wrote “The Art of the Deal” for Trump and presumably understands his tortured psyche.

They struck me not as wishful or fantastical.

They struck me as late.

Trump resigned the presidency already — if we regard the job as one of moral stewardship, if we assume that an iota of civic concern must joust with self-regard, if we expect a president’s interest in legislation to rise above vacuous theatrics, if we consider a certain baseline of diplomatic etiquette to be part of the equation.“ (Zum Artikel)

The Failing Trump Presidency („New York Times“)

„With each day, President Trump offers fresh proof that he is failing the office that Americans entrusted to him. The rolling disaster of his presidency accelerated downhill last week with a news conference on Tuesday at which he seemed determined to sow racial strife in a nation desperate for a unifying vision.“ (Zum Artikel)

Donald Trump Is a Lame-Duck President („The Atlantic“)

„In many ways, the Trump presidency never got off the ground: The president’s legislative agenda is going nowhere, his relations with foreign leaders are frayed, and his approval rating with the American people never enjoyed the honeymoon period most newly elected presidents do. Pundits who are sympathetic toward, or even neutral on, the president keep hoping that the next personnel move—the appointment of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, say, or the long-rumored-but-never-delivered departure of Steve Bannon—will finally get the White House in gear.“ (Zum Artikel)

This is Not Sustainable. Something Has to Give. The Nation Cannot Tolerate 3.5 More Years of This. („The Resurgent“)

„The Trump Presidency is very good for ratings. The media loves it. The media loves the chaos and President Trump loves ratings. But the United States of America is not a reality TV show and the measure of a successful Presidency is not ratings and Time magazine covers, but a society that conducts itself orderly, lawfully, and with sanity.

There are those who can never and will never give the President credit for anything. They will not acknowledge problems not of his making and they will not acknowledge the few competencies this Administration has show.

But there are those who cannot acknowledge anything wrong. They think everything is fine as the nation burns around them. They apologize for and defend the President’s every utterance, thinking to correct him, admonish him, or state the obvious is to help the other side.

Both sides are fighting and on top of that we have Antifa activists on one side throwing molotov cocktails and threatening to harm people and we have neo-Nazis on the other running people over in the street.“ (Zum Artikel)

Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore