Just for the record, here is what I currently think of Donald Trump, the US president, who is halfway through his first 100 days. This post will be far more interesting in a few years than it is now, which is why I write it.
Note: By “impression” I mean my utterly subjective opinion in all its biased glory. This post is not a report of facts or reasoned arguments, but of personal reactions. If I become brainwashed – or enlightened – use this post as a baseline of “how Abagond used to be.”
Narcissistic: I think he is all front, all image, no substance, no morals, no empathy (except maybe for his children), a consummate attention whore, a con man. He prizes money and fame above all.
Racist: I think he is racist, sexist, Islamophobic and all the rest. He does in fact think racism is a bad thing, but does not see it in himself, his policies, or his top people. After all, he has Black friends!
Untrustworthy: Maybe I travel in the wrong circles, but most people I know would have nothing to do with someone who acts like Trump – unless they were a hideous kiss-up. Or if they needed a job and were hard up. Otherwise, forget it. He lies like it was nothing, which makes him completely untrustworthy and therefore someone who would only cause you grief in the long run.
Massively corrupt: Because he has not made his tax returns public or divested himself from his businesses, I assume that he is corrupt, probably more corrupt than any president since at least Nixon.
Worse than I thought: Part of my low opinion is almost certainly going to come from partisanship as a Democrat (I can see that in my old posts on Romney), but over the past 50 days he has turned out to be worse than I expected. For example:
- I thought his lack of experience would cause trouble, but I never dreamed he would be so brainless as to issue his Muslim ban without first checking with legal and government experts. Or without getting all his people in position first, especially his attorney general.
- I thought he would be sunk in scandal, but I never dreamed it would be this quick and this terrible.
Russiagate: the Russian stuff might turn out to be a red herring or just the tip of the iceberg, but there is something there: Trump is acting like he is hiding something. And Trump and Michael Flynn act in ways that do not make sense. Something is going on.
Better than I thought: so far he respects the rule of law, trying to colour within the constitutional lines as best he can. No Reichstags are on fire. Yet. (Hitler’s Reichstag was on fire after 28 days.) That is heartening. If he can keep that up and keep the US out of any more wars – and does not nuke anyone – I will be relieved.
– Abagond, 2017.
- How Hitler rose to power
- Donald Trump
- Michael Flynn