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Norman Bernstein
02-05-2017, 01:05 PM
This piece contends that he IS weak.. and makes a strong case:


If you’re scared of Donald Trump right now, it should not be because he’s powerful but because he’s so weak. In fact, as political scientist Matt Glassman (https://twitter.com/MattGlassman312/status/827910045488840705) and law professor Josh Chafetz (https://twitter.com/joshchafetz/status/828232307370778624) have argued, it’s hard to overstate how institutionally weak the president is right now.

Trump is struggling to just control the White House, let alone the executive branch. Leaks are undermining nearly everything he’s tried to do and reports of infighting among his top staff are worse than any president in modern history.

He’s also made little progress in taking control of the federal bureaucracy. His political appointees either have not been confirmed or they haven’t even been made yet. Despite Republicans controlling the U.S. Senate, he’s way behind previous administrations in getting his top officials in place.

His most prominent executive action — instituting a travel ban from seven primarily Muslim countries — is being criticized by members in his own party and has been stopped temporarily by the courts.

His calls with foreign leaders have been routinely leaked and Republican senators are doing damage control behind the scenes.

Finally, his public support is lower than any new president in the history of polling.

This means that President Trump is now more isolated and more reduced to his formal powers than any president in modern history. His powers are real, but without real influence over the White House, the federal bureaucracy, Congress or the public, they are more of a mirage than reality.

This mirage has enabled him to keep Republican lawmakers in line (https://politicalwire.com/2017/02/02/trump-controls-party/)so far because they still perceive him to have support among the Republican base. But if his approval with voters declines much further — as George W. Bush’s did in 2006 — these lawmakers will feel no obligation to the president as they face their own re-elections.

The greatest danger now is that Trump’s inexperience and ego will lead to him lashing out in risky or dangerous ways to compensate for his weakness.

CWSmith
02-05-2017, 01:14 PM
The GOP in Congress are not yet prepared to make a serious stand against him, so he will not be weak until that happens. And civil liberties along with the environment and international relations will equally not be safe.

David G
02-05-2017, 01:16 PM
Ayup... but, hey, he speaks his mind. He tells it like it is. He looks out for the 'forgotten peop... oh, crapt!!!

Canoeyawl
02-05-2017, 01:22 PM
The greatest danger now is that Trump’s inexperience and ego will lead to him lashing out in risky or dangerous ways to compensate for his weakness.

He's going to go after Saddam right?

Daniel Noyes
02-05-2017, 01:38 PM
This piece contends that he IS weak.. and makes a strong case:


entire article based on rumor, innuendo, and belief in Trumps Incompetence... no verifiable facts presented... a political Hack job written to sooth liberals in their partisan filter bubbles


Remember all the articles by the same sorts of "Journalists" about how Hillary was certain to win the election???

Norman Bernstein
02-05-2017, 01:39 PM
entire article based on rumor, innuendo, and belief in Trumps Incompetence... no verifiable facts presented... a political Hack job written to sooth liberals in their partisan filter bubbles


Just for you, Daniel!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yy6pmsQ9H8

Chris Coose
02-05-2017, 01:41 PM
The only new friends he has made are cutthroat bankers on Wall Street.
His enemies, he has fired up.

He will find protestors in every direction he travels and the guy has incredibly thin skin.

bobbys
02-05-2017, 01:54 PM
He is the President, sitting in the White House.

Meanwhile the DNC is in complete disarray .

Our bilge liberals put up a dozen anti trump threads a day and cannot observe their party is in the wilderness..

Guess they feel their only hope is to marginalize The current President.

A losers game.
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But they feel good about themselves .

LOL.

Norman Bernstein
02-05-2017, 02:07 PM
He is the President, sitting in the White House.

Meanwhile the DNC is in complete disarray .

Interesting that you seem to care so much about the DNC, while YOUR President, in the space of two short weeks, has demonstrated complete incompetency at nearly every turn.

Who was the LAST President who generated tens of thousands of protesters in every major city across the nation? Who was the last President whose first executive orders have been knocked down by Federal Circuit courts? Who was the last President who obsessed about TV show ratings, the size of his inauguration crowed, criticized judges as 'so-called', etc?

I don't expect you to back off on the blind defense of this clown any time soon... but I have to admit, it's both funny and sad to see how you and a very few others continue to defend the indefensible.

isla
02-05-2017, 02:09 PM
Meanwhile the DNC is in complete disarray .

Our bilge liberals put up a dozen anti trump threads a day and cannot observe their party is in the wilderness..



Perhaps you can explain why we dislike him over here in the UK too?
He is not making a good impression over here. The petition to stop him being given a state visit has hit 1.8 million and is still rising slowly. These petitions stand for six months, so I imagine it will hit 2 million. I have never known a US President to be this unpopular in the UK.

The Guardian has this to say..

If Donald Trump is not a popular man in his own country, his public image in Britain is even worse.
Two-thirds of Britons believe Trump is 'threat to international stability'

When our poll asked voters which words they most associated with Donald Trump, the most popular were “dangerous” (50%), “unstable” (39%) and “bigot” (35%). Over half of British adults polled (54%) expect Trump to be a below average (10%) or awful (44%) president, while 64% believe that Trump is a threat to international stability and 56% say that he isn’t trustworthy.

Even Ukip voters, who are generally the most positive towards the new president, are more lukewarm than enthusiastic.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/04/britains-verdict-on-trump-improve-non-us-allies-and-be-prepared

CWSmith
02-05-2017, 02:14 PM
Perhaps you can explain why we dislike him over here in the UK too?

Friends in Austria expressed similar opinions. Certainly Australia feels the same.

Canoeyawl
02-05-2017, 02:22 PM
Interesting that you seem to care so much about the DNC, while YOUR President, in the space of two short weeks, has demonstrated complete incompetency at nearly every turn.

Who was the LAST President who generated tens of thousands of protesters in every major city across the nation? Who was the last President whose first executive orders have been knocked down by Federal Circuit courts? Who was the last President who obsessed about TV show ratings, the size of his inauguration crowed, criticized judges as 'so-called', etc?

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Nixon...
but he tried to be secretive about his insecurities. Also very thin-skinned the Lawyer training kept shining through and he went after his "enemies" quietly.
Trump isn't really housebroken.