A Few Thoughts About Donald Trump
Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office as President of the United States January 20th. Here are just a few of my thoughts as that time draws near.
Donald Trump’s favorability rating, based on polling by Gallup, is at 40%. Of the last 4 incoming presidents Trump is the only one with a higher unfavorable score then favorable, according to CNN. That means Trump walks into the White House without the support recent presidents have enjoyed.
Donald Trump has belittled civil rights hero, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, on Twitter. This will only cause him problems in the African-American community where he is already viewed with suspicion. But even fellow Republicans, such as Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, have been critical of Trump’s treatment of Congressman Lewis. The tiff began when Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that he questions the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.
Donald Trump took to Twitter once again to denounce the intelligence community of the United States. The incoming president should think long and hard about this. He will need these professionals when Trump faces a crisis and needs the best intelligence available to make a decision.
Donald Trump has put his business holdings into the hands of his sons and not into a blind trust. The conflicts of interest are so complex and numerous I cannot keep track of them all. When the director of the Office of Government Ethics correctly pointed out the unprecedented conflicts in the Trump transition, the president elect’s message (through his chief of staff) to that director was, “be careful.” That is not encouraging.
Perhaps the most unsettling news for Trump comes from Allan Lichtman, a professor of political history at American University in Washington. Lichtman has correctly predicted the outcome of every American presidential election since 1984, including 2016. He has one additional prediction – President Trump is likely to be impeached. As an American, it is my view we can do without another impeachment trial.
I wish President Trump well, as any American should. But he has dug himself into a hole, mostly of his own doing. One can only hope he will learn on the job. Quickly