There was a time when a phrase typed by the mighty fingers of Donald Trump would shock world leaders, swing markets and send public opinion into convulsions. But those awesome powers have shrunk considerably since Election Day. Responses that once quaked with "What does this mean for the planet?" have relaxed into "Oh, it's him again."
That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential. Stern critics opined that he had "turned a corner" and transformed into a serious president. Come the weekend, however, Trump turned another corner, this time into a dark dead end. Trump was back to his Saturday morning habit of firing a fusillade of baseless inflammatory tweets.
The punditry remains obsessed over Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and their alleged boss, Donald Trump. Who's controlling whom? And the world's still fascinated by Trump's appalling and entertaining antics—as confusion runs riot in the executive branch.
Donald Trump's roundup of undocumented immigrants is cruel and racist in its execution. His plan to build a wall along the Mexican border would be a massive waste of at least 14 billion taxpayer dollars. But that doesn't give Democrats a free pass to fudge on the issue of illegal immigration. They need to say, "We support a generous immigration program, but people without the proper papers cannot come here and take jobs." Such a policy would not turn this country into a xenophobic police state. It would make the U.S.
Donald Trump's tweet about the media's being "the enemy of the American people" was a classic distraction—in this case, from questions swirling around his team's troubling ties with our Russian adversaries. While the FBI, CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee investigate, a few thoughts on how news sources under Trumpian attack should respond.