Who else would have even tolerated the " lock her up " chants that have become routine at Republican events? Importantly, none of this nastiness is particularly connected to any sort of policy agenda. Strip away Trump's carnival barker persona and what's left is an unimaginative domestic Republican agenda of tax cuts and regulation slashing , coupled with a pro-authoritarian foreign policy.
Trump Is Remaking America in His Nihilistic Image
But if Roman emperors stayed in power thanks to bread and circuses, many Trump supporters seem much more attracted to the circuses side of the equation. That might be an attractive message for a presidential candidate, but you want an actual president to stop fucking things up at some point. As corny as it sounds, a president is supposed to instill some sort of pride in citizens, the sort of pride that comes from knowing that there are serious, respectable people somewhere doing serious, respectable things.
One measure of Trump's failure on this score is that a record-low 47 percent of Americans were "extremely proud" of their country, according to a Gallup poll this summer.
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Another measure is that this week Saturday Night Live got praised lavishly for apologizing for making fun of a Republican politician with an eyepatch. You know the country is badly starved for bipartisanship when SNL is getting those kinds of kudos. You'd be so bored.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Thank you very much,'" before jokingly tottering like a penguin away from the podium. It was sort of a funny imitation of a president, only the actual president was doing it. It's not surprising that a man who got rich thanks to inheritance and tax evasion and got famous for being a rich asshole does not have a huge amount of reverence for the office he now holds.
Trump's presidency has in many ways been predictable.
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Of course he bails on his job to golf. Of course his press shop is brazenly dishonest. Of course he gets into weird arguments with veterans over Apocalypse Now. Of course he demands military parades and then cancels them. Of course he nonsensically promises a pre-midterm tax cut he can't possibly deliver.
And of course he's spinning conspiracy theories about voter fraud. For all the talk of his racism and lying and bush-league authoritarianism, Trump is also, much more fundamentally, a blowhard in way over his head. Trump's bad impression of a president is causing the country to slip further into a fugue state of endless bickering and bad faith and viciousness. The US is led by a lazy, ignorant narcissist, and we won't know what kind of damage that will do to us until it's over.
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