New York Times columnist Charles Blow just exploded on President Donald Trump, calling him out in a recent op-ed.
“America elected a parasite,” Blow wrote, in his description of the 45th President of the United States’ policies in the first 50 days of his administration.
Blow laid out President Trump’s efforts to deregulate a slew of industries and govern by executive order, pointing out that the former reality TV host-turned-president signed 34 executive orders in less than two months as president, putting him on track to outpace not only former President Barack Obama, but every president in American history. He then pointed out that this is exactly in line with what chief White House strategist Steve Bannon called the “deconstruction of the administrative state” while addressing a room of conservative activists.
One poll Blow cited showed that Americans’ dissatisfaction with the Trump administration was continuing to persist after day 50 of the billionaire real estate mogul’s presidency. USA Today and Suffolk University found that, by a two-to-one margin, most Americans disapproved of Trump’s temperament and pattern of hurling incendiary attacks at his opposition and constant use of Twitter. The president’s approval rating was just 30 percent, according to the poll sample, with 60 percent of respondents disapproving of the job he was doing so far.
Then, Blow’s column described how, while taking government apart piece by piece, Donald Trump was bankrupting taxpayers with his multiple vacations to his lush Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, costing taxpayers more on presidential vacations in one month than President Obama and his family vacations cost in one year. According to Politico, each Mar-a-Lago trip costs taxpayers an estimated $3 million.
This was particularly jarring because Trump had been a chief critic of the amount of money the Obamas spent on vacations,” Blow wrote. “Trump appears to view the Treasury as a personal piggy bank and the presidency as a part-time job.”
I think any who have been holding out hope that Trump will eventually change into someone more polished, professional and amenable than the man we have come to know must simply abandon that hope.
This is a 70-year-old man who has lived his entire life as the vile, dishonest, incurious creature who got elected. That election validated his impulses rather than served as a curb on them.
Trump will continue to debase and devalue the presidency with his lies. Trump will continue to follow Bannon’s philosophy of internal deconstruction of our government, its principles and its institutions. And Trump will continue to leech as much personal financial advantage as he can from the flesh of the American public.
Read the full column here.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.