The first time I badly underestimated Donald Trump

  As a celebrated wordsmith renowned for his brilliant insights, it pains me greatly to concede that I’ve been wrong about Donald Trump’s political acumen on several occasions. The first such misjudgment of The Donald on my part, according to my casual research, occurred in January of 2012. It read as follows: Donald Trump, the notorious Birther buffoon and reality TV star, is again desperately trying to attract attention amid all the media buzz over this year’s presidential race. We haven’t heard much from The...

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Regarding Trump’s pathetic begging for praise

  Poor Donald Trump! The man’s lust for glory is beyond ridiculous. Here’s the latest example: Three basketball players from UCLA were released from custody the other day after serving a short spell in a Chinese jail on charges of shoplifting sunglasses from a department store in Hangzhou. The accused athletes are now back in America — presumably safe and sound and perhaps wiser for the unhappy experience. Trump, who was visiting Asia when the situation arose, seems more than eager to take credit for the happy...

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Trump responds to Texas tragedy with double-talk

  Boldly and insensitively, President Trump said today that the shooting spree on Sunday morning that killed at least 26 people at a small-town church in Texas was not “a guns situation.” Rather, it was a “mental health problem,” he said. Trump made the remarks at a news conference in Tokyo, the first major stop on his current tour of Asia. It was all double-talk. The Donald was a gun-control advocate himself until he sought the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in his campaign for president last...

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Trump seems surprised at the limits of his powers

  Of all the stupid things President Trump has said during his nine-plus months on the job, few can rival the points he made yesterday in a talk-show interview with host Larry O’Connor on a Washington radio station. The Donald confessed, in effect, that he’s been surprised to learn that the powers of the presidency do not include a license to use the federal criminal-justice system against his political enemies. Here’s what he said: The saddest thing is because I’m the president of the United States. I’m not...

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Does Trump really believe his phony boasts?

  Donald Trump has been president for more than nine months now, and to hear him tell it, he’s the best one America has ever had. By now, you’re probably familiar with Trump’s incessant boasting that he’s a man of unlimited talents, boundless intellect, unprecedented popularity and more political moxie than all his presidential predecessors put together. The truly scary aspect of all this is that The Donald seems to actually believe every word of it — even when the best available evidence contradicts him....

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