The Trump Presidency Is Over …

You have heard me say more than once that the United States has no president.  Turns out, I’m not alone in my thinking, but am in fact in very good company.  Nobody says it better than Robert Reich, so I shall turn the platform over to him …


Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over

Robert Reich-4 Robert Reich

You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office. 

He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.

How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?

Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.

On Saturday, he gloated about “the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons” awaiting protesters outside the White House, should they ever break through Secret Service lines. 

Trump’s response to the last three ghastly months of mounting disease and death has been just as heedless. Since claiming Covid-19 was a “Democratic hoax” and muzzling public health officials, he has punted management of the coronavirus to the states.

Governors have had to find ventilators to keep patients alive and protective equipment for hospital and other essential workers who lack it, often bidding against each other. They have had to decide how, when and where to reopen their economies.

Trump has claimed “no responsibility at all” for testing and contact-tracing – the keys to containing the virus. His new “plan” places responsibility on states to do their own testing and contact-tracing.

Trump is also awol in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

More than 41 million Americans are jobless. In the coming weeks temporary eviction moratoriums are set to end in half of the states. One-fifth of Americans missed rent payments this month. Extra unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of July.

What is Trump’s response? Like Herbert Hoover, who in 1930 said “the worst is behind us” as thousands starved, Trump says the economy will improve and does nothing about the growing hardship. The Democratic-led House passed a $3tn relief package on 15 May. Mitch McConnell has recessed the Senate without taking action and Trump calls the bill dead on arrival. 

What about other pressing issues a real president would be addressing? The House has passed nearly 400 bills this term, including measures to reduce climate change, enhance election security, require background checks on gun sales, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and reform campaign finance. All are languishing in McConnell’s inbox. Trump doesn’t seem to be aware of any of them.

There is nothing inherently wrong with golfing, watching television and tweeting. But if that’s pretty much all that a president does when the nation is engulfed in crises, he is not a president.

Trump’s tweets are no substitute for governing. They are mostly about getting even.

When he’s not fomenting violence against black protesters, he’s accusing a media personality of committing murder, retweeting slurs about a black female politician’s weight and the House speaker’s looks, conjuring up conspiracies against himself supposedly organized by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and encouraging his followers to “liberate” their states from lockdown restrictions.

He tweets bogus threats that he has no power to carry out – withholding funds from states that expand absentee voting, “overruling” governors who don’t allow places of worship to reopen “right away”, and punishing Twitter for factchecking him.

And he lies incessantly.

In reality, Donald Trump doesn’t run the government of the United States. He doesn’t manage anything. He doesn’t organize anyone. He doesn’t administer or oversee or supervise. He doesn’t read memos. He hates meetings. He has no patience for briefings. His White House is in perpetual chaos. 

His advisers aren’t truth-tellers. They’re toadies, lackeys, sycophants and relatives.

Since moving into the Oval Office in January 2017, Trump hasn’t shown an ounce of interest in governing. He obsesses only about himself.

But it has taken the present set of crises to reveal the depths of his self-absorbed abdication – his utter contempt for his job, his total repudiation of his office.

Trump’s nonfeasance goes far beyond an absence of leadership or inattention to traditional norms and roles. In a time of national trauma, he has relinquished the core duties and responsibilities of the presidency.

He is no longer president. The sooner we stop treating him as if he were, the better.

43 thoughts on “The Trump Presidency Is Over …

  1. He has to win or we will have Biden… Trump has done a lot… shame the virus came along as the economy was doing good… and he was correct in his approach to these idiots rioting in the middle of an epidemic lock-down…. I guess THEY are stupid after all.

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    • Oh yes, Trump has done a lot … he has destroyed a nation. Biden is a man of conscience, of intellect, or all the things Trump lacks. Take your Trumpist views to hell and beyond!

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  2. It’s so ironic that from the safety of his bunker (and I think he’s relieved to be there, as he’s a coward), he’s calling for the governors to get tough and is inciting further violence, insisting that throwing a stone is equivalent to shooting a gun. Meanwhile, Biden has been in the streets talking with demonstrators and has met with governors to discuss a path forward, and George Floyd’s grieving brother is urging peace and encouraging people to vote. The latter is extremely important, because these demonstrations have been sparked by Floyd’s murder, but are a response to our nation’s long neglect of all the manifestations of racism. There’s a lot of understandable cynicism among African Americans today about how much voting even matters. And that’s both tragic and scary as we face this monumental election.

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    • You are so right. These protests are about much more than George Floyd … the are about hundreds of others in the past few years who have been murdered simply for the crime of being black. And Trump came out of his bunker tonight, had the police use tear gas on a peaceful demonstration, so that he could have a photo op of entering some historic church. I am sickened by all of this. If somebody shot Trump, I would be dancing in the streets. We must vote him out in November, but even then, I think there will be massive unrest in this nation for … I don’t know how long. Years? Decades? Until this country wakes up and realizes that there is no such thing as racial superiority. Sigh.

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        • So true. My dream has long been that he exit in handcuffs and shackles, dragged out by police to a jail cell with his name on it, followed by his sons, son-in-law, and daughter. However, a strait jacket will work, too. 😉

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  3. Tell him the unemployed has just gone up by another one and hive him ten minutes to pack his bags before getting shot. He can turn over to Pence just before he leaves for secure accommodation in case any idiots want to rescue him and stick him back on the throne.
    Cwtch

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    • I tried. Remember, I fired him a month or two ago, and yet, he didn’t leave. Tonight I read that, concerned for his safety, the Secret Service hustled him to the underground bunker. I thought to myself that it would have been better for the nation if they had hustled him outside the White House gates and let the crowd of protesters have at him! Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  4. Breaking News: A black federal officer, Patrick Underwood, was shot and killed in Oakland, California, Friday night as he attempted to keep the peace amid the violent riots sweeping California and the rest of the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.
    An official at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed to local news that the 53-year old’s death was related to the riots in Oakland. A second officer was reportedly wounded and is in critical condition.
    Violence only begets violence, eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. Let’s pray 4 peace.

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  5. I am an outside observer who is watching what is unfolding in your country with horror. On our news last night there was footage taken by a person on a balcony (sorry, not sure which city), filming the police (militia?) walking down the street, fully armed. The photographer was ordered to go inside, and then, chillingly, one of the armed men turned, raised his rifle and fired at the photographer. That is an image that will stay with me.
    It is obvious that Trump is incapable and unwilling to lead to find a solution to any of the crises you have at the moment. In fact he only throws more fuel onto the fires. Rawgod is right though; it is solutions that are needed now. Who is going to stand up?

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    • I find that my friends who are ‘outside observers’ in the UK, EU, and Australia, see our situation much more clearly than we sometimes do. I had not seen the clip you’re referring to, but will go in search of it tomorrow. Here, we are under a curfew from 9:00 p.m. ’til 5:00 a.m. There has been shooting of police and destruction of property, but luckily so far no buildings burned. Yes, solutions ARE needed, but not likely to be forthcoming from our so-called ‘leaders’. Who else is there? I don’t know, but … I wish we had Martin Luther King today!

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  6. Jill, sadly, I must agree with Reich for the most part. Let me start with some givens, in my mind:
    – the president has a difficult time with the truth; he seems to not see it as an ethical option.
    – the president has a large sense of self, being one of the most narcissistic people I have ever witnessed.
    – the president cannot cease from denigrating people, often with no apparent reason.
    – the president has a habit of saying everyone else is lying as a defense mechanism.
    – the president brags on not being studious and time again reveals his ignorance as a liability. Stable nor genuis apply to this mercurial and rash person.

    In my view, the person in the White House should not be viewed as a leader, as he cares only about one person. In my view, his words are meaningless as he is so untruthful.

    Unfortunately, we must heed some of his BS as he occupies an important chair. But for the large part, he deserves to be ignored, because most of what he says or tweets is ignorable. Keith

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    • I completely agree with Reich … he has abdicated, has shirked his duty … he is no president, but rather a self-serving megalomaniac. I agree with what you say, and would add at least one: the “president” has set this nation afire with his unfiltered rhetoric and lives are being lost, likely as we speak. He is not a president, but an imposter sitting in an office he did not earn and does not deserve. I’m not sure this nation can survive another 5 months of Trump, and I’m convinced we cannot survive another 4 years.

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      • Jill, as you recall, I said after the election, the time to protest was at the ballot box. He should not have won, but he did, so let’s give him a chance and push back as needed. Within a week, he had hired Steve Bannon as a strategic advisor, a climate change naysayer as EPA transition leader and Michael Flynn, who he was told not to hire by his own folks because of his checkered history.

        My worst fear was his stance on climate change would be detrimental to the planet. It has. To me, those three hires were indicative of what was to come. The Trump regime has been far worse than I could have ever imagined. The commercials in his favor tout him doing things “his way..” And, therein lies the problem. Keith

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        • Yes, you were more generous than I in being willing to give him a chance. Like you, this administration has been far worse than I imagined, and what I imagined was pretty awful. Another four years is simply unthinkable …

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    • I know. When I see his approval rating, which hovers between 42% and 44%, I wonder why it isn’t in the single digits, or at least the 30% range. I have no answer, but as you say, it speaks volumes about the people of this nation. Sigh.

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    • And still, his base applaud his every word. I’m not sure this nation will ever recover from the past three years, and especially the past week. I shall go to bed tonight, hoping to wake up in a different country in the morning. Sigh.

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  7. Reich gives voice to what many of us are thinking and though this one is lengthy, it is very share worthy. Today, as you may or may not know, is National Smile Day since its founding in 2018 by a dentist in the Compassionate Dental Care group in Illinois. His inspiration may or may not have come from the United Kingdom’s National Smile Month (May 18th – June 18th), also originated in the interest of Oral Health, that began as a week there in the late 70’s and finally came across the pond to the USA in 2009. But, yet again, I digress. The only thing that makes me smile here is that your post arrived amidst my inbox just as I was about to forward this Robert Reich email to YOU! How sad it is that a column such as Reich’s is both factual and necessary…that alone can wipe the smile from a face! Thank-you!

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    • P.S. After adding my comment and returning to my inbox, I discovered that I had received a second email of this same content from Robert Reich’s Inequality Media without the request for a donation at the end. When reading it again I could not help but notice that both of mine have writing beyond your last sentence. I suspect that this was done to remain within a certain amount of words being posted as it was already lengthy. Which means that I have read the same or similar piece 4 times and each time it has made me sad. Thank-you.

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      • Interesting. I took mine from The Guardian and they, like most print media, have a 800-word preference, so perhaps they chopped off some. Please, if you don’t mind, send me the one you have, as I’d like to see the entire piece.

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    • I did know that Sunday was National Smile Day, and I debated doing something with it, but … I had no smile on my own face, so I thought it would be impossible for me to tell others to smile when my smile has turned into a perpetual scowl. I did almost grin, though, on reading that just as you were about to send Reich’s piece to me, I sent it to you! As you said in an earlier post … Great minds ….! Hugs!!!!

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  10. It’s hard to watch the news. A country ripping itself apart. Policing tactics apparently been used in a number of areas which had come from the Dirty Harry playbook. And a Nero like character basking in the chaos. At the same time as a pandemic is on. Breaks the heart.

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