Thursday, June 29, 2017

Donald Trump abandons the pretense of dignity

As a candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump was eager to boast about a great many things, but he was especially eager to talk about his personal qualities. “I think I have the best temperament or certainly one of the best temperaments of anybody that’s ever run for the office of president – ever,” the Republican told an audience in July. A few months later, during the first presidential debate, Trump declared, in all seriousness, “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament.” Even at the time, these claims were plainly ridiculous. Donald Trump had proven himself over the course of the race to have the maturity of an intemperate toddler, lashing out wildly at every perceived slight and foe. The Republican’s erratic personality was, at times, terrifying in light of the power of the office he sought.

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