The Economist had a brilliant cover this month. It showed President Donald Trump using a KKK hood like a megaphone.
Donald Trump is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office https://t.co/xLDMtLclUw
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 17, 2017
They tweeted this cover with an article entitled “Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president.” The illustrator credited with the cover is Joe Berkeley.
As the cover suggests, Trump is often speaking to a racist side of his base. He did defend Nazis and blame the anti-racist protesters for what happened in Charlottesville last weekend.
Trump is not a white supremacist, he has repeatedly said so, and he spoke out against the murder of Heather Heyer. He is politically inept.
From the Economist article:
“Defenders of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favour—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he will help America stand tall again by demolishing the politically correct taboos of left-leaning, establishment elites. From the start, these arguments looked like wishful thinking. After Mr. Trump’s press conference in New York on August 15th, they lie in ruins.”
“The unscripted remarks were his third attempt to deal with violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend (see article). In them the president stepped back from Monday’s—scripted—condemnation of the white supremacists who had marched to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, and fought with counter-demonstrators, including some from the left. In New York, as his new chief of staff looked on dejected, Mr Trump let rip, stressing once again that there was blame “on both sides”. He left no doubt which of those sides lies closer to his heart.”
“… Start with the ineptness. In last year’s presidential election Mr. Trump campaigned against the political class to devastating effect. Yet this week he has bungled the simplest of political tests: finding a way to condemn Nazis. Having equivocated at his first press conference on Saturday, Mr. Trump said what was needed on Monday and then undid all his good work on Tuesday—briefly uniting Fox News and Mother Jones in their criticism, surely a first. As business leaders started to resign en masse from his advisory panels (see article), the White House disbanded them. Mr. Trump did, however, earn the endorsement of David Duke, a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”
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