No president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The author describes a long series of efforts to delegitimize Trump.
The common denominator of all this petulance is exasperation over the inability to derail Trump. Trump’s many enemies fear he will be re-elected in 2020, given a booming economy and peace abroad. They know that they cannot remove him from office. And yet they fear that the more they try to stain him with impeachment, the more frustrated and unpopular they will become.
While the last grown-up was unable to restrain Trump from imprisoning asylum-seeking children, abusing his pardon power for Joe Arpaio, abusing declassification power, undertaking a partisan purge of the FBI, cheering the French far right, or issuing apologias for neo-Nazis, he finally decided to take his stand over Trump making the perfectly defensible decision to withdraw US forces from a hazily defined open-ended mission in Syria that lacked any legal authorization.
As former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on CNN, “My concern — and I think the fear of a lot of the people — is that we’ll end up with an echo chamber for the president, who does not like dissent, apparently. He wants complete compliance, and that is not a healthy thing.”
In between Doc Birx dutifully reciting the West Wing’s talking points, many of the well-compensated talking heads . . . said wasn’t it a shame that an eminent physician such as Birx was placed between “a rock and hard place”? She can’t really push back against the president’s quackery, they lamented, because she might lose her seat at the table. This, of course, is the “adult in the room” theory that has dogged our combustible president since the day he took office.