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Wed Jul 18, 2018, 06:48 AM

David Remnick: The Unwinding of Donald Trump

The Unwinding of Donald Trump
By David Remnick
July 17, 2018

The contemptible remarks that Trump delivered alongside Vladimir Putin seemed to mark a turning point, even for some of his most ardent defenders.



In dictatorial states, a failure to applaud the Leader has often been a matter of treason. Last February, following the State of the Union address, President Trump flew to Blue Ash, Ohio, for a rally and accused the Democrats in Congress of that very crime. Their crime was a failure to stand and applaud sufficiently for the President of the United States.

“You’re up there and you’ve got half the room going totally crazy, wild—they loved everything, they want to do something great for our country,” Trump said. “And you have the other side, even on positive news . . . they were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”


It’s unlikely that anyone remembers that moment in Blue Ash—a moment that would be an enduring stain on any other President—and the reason is obvious: Trump’s penchant for bald deception and incoherence is not an aberration. It is his daily practice. The vague sense of torpor and gloom that so many Americans have shouldered these past two years derives precisely from the constancy of Trump’s galling statements and actions.

And yet what happened in Helsinki on Monday will not be so easily forgotten. Just as the President’s comments following the torchlit white-supremacist march last year in Charlottesville made it clear that racism was at the core of his character and his political strategy, the contemptible remarks he delivered alongside Vladimir Putin seemed to mark a turning point, even for some of his most ardent defenders. In the course of a single European journey, Trump set out to humiliate the leaders of Western Europe and declare them “foes”; to fracture long-standing military, economic, and political alliances; and to absolve Russia of its attempts to undermine the 2016 election. He did so clearly, repeatedly, and with conviction. Republicans in Congress (but not enough of them) and a selection of commentators on Fox News declared that Trump’s performance in Helsinki had been disgraceful.

The President’s attempt to reverse the damage—clearly the result of a panicked White House staff—only worsened the matter. Speaking from the White House Cabinet Room on Tuesday, Trump tried to take his listeners for fools as he explained that he had merely been misunderstood by the press. This was one of the most shameless walk-back attempts in the history of the American Presidency. Reading from prepared notes, which always lends to his delivery a hostage-like cadence, Trump tried to half-apologize to the American intelligence community for equating its analysis with that of Putin and the F.S.B. And, with that, the lights suddenly went out. The President sat in darkness. Even before the worldwide commentariat had a chance to voice its incredulity, the White House electrical system had called bullshit on Trump. Or was it a higher power?

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babylonsister Jul 2018 OP
empedocles Jul 2018 #1
DownriverDem Jul 2018 #4
gordianot Jul 2018 #2
heaven05 Jul 2018 #3
FreepFryer Jul 2018 #5
catbyte Jul 2018 #6
PatrickforO Jul 2018 #7
Moostache Jul 2018 #8
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 06:52 AM

1. 'A bit o' light'

'Interesting times', . . .

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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 08:08 AM

4. More than interesting

We are living in dangerous times. If the Dems don't win big in November we are in serious trouble. Can you imagine how trump will act if the repubs win big in November?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 07:49 AM

2. Trump was clearly startled perhaps for good reason.

He may well have stirred up something dark dangerous, clever, and patient. Whistling in the graveyard.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 07:49 AM

3. Russia hacked

 

the lighting system in the WH? Trump, in his one on one, told them how to do this and many other things? Did putin tape that meeting? You better bet so. Did we? This potus probably said no, so his brol0ove of putin wouldn't be tarried with. We really are in DANGEROUS, DANGEROUS TIMES. The kicker is, the danger to our country is coming from our potus, no less. and then

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 08:37 AM

5. All The doom n gloomers on DU can't make us see this as anything other than a major victory.

We aren’t despairing.

Sorry Vlad.

Great article, babylonsister!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 09:15 AM

6. Republicans are already changing the subject.

They won't do a fucking thing. They are in this up to their necks, too. The only real change will come with us flipping the House and/or Senate, hopefully both.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 09:23 AM

7. It isn't just Trump. I believe sincerely that the Republican Party is the biggest

threat to the peace and ongoing existence of humanity.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 09:44 AM

8. Could Mueller be preparing a RICO case against them all?

I would LOVE to see them all prep walked out of the Rotunda...better yet, for sheer spectacle, wait until the next State of the Union and then execute an arrest warrant on the GOP leadership and haul them off in chains and leg shackles...let Trump cower behind secret service and watch the whole thing as Mueller stands in the well of the house staring him down...thing of beauty.

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Response to Moostache (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 09:57 AM

9. What a great dream!

McConnell and Ryan deserve to join this perp walk. Their whole leadership.

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