Today’s paragraph comes to us from Matthew Continetti, conservative columnist for the Washington Free Beacon.
Mr. Continetti has written an editorial essay on what is wrong with Donald Trump that is absolutely must-reading for everyone. Especially Mr. Trump’s supporters.
Here is its first paragraph:
The man can’t help himself. I’m speaking of course of our president, Donald Trump, whose talents at marketing and publicity brought him wealth and fame and, at the age of 70, the highest political office in the nation. Aggressive, flamboyant, unpredictable, and combative, Trump’s impulsivity has benefited him as a businessman and as a candidate, but not as a president. His desire to convey an image of speed and determination has resulted in executive orders stopped by judicial intervention and a legislature that is quarrelsome and confused. His popping off on Twitter creates scandals that should not otherwise exist, and inflames already high tensions in the capital. His firing of FBI Director James Comey, then his changing explanations of the dismissal, birthed an enemy he does not want to have and alienated a staff whose loyalty he needs.
Donald Trump is a man of paper-thin skin and sky-high ego. He is trying to run the Presidency the same way a CEO runs a business – something he has had great success in doing over many years.
But government is not a business. Donald Trump’s “I said it, now do it” approach is DOA, both politically and constitutionally.
It does not get things done. It infuriates his enemies. It angers/frustrates his friends.
And what will the result be, other than bitter isolation coupled with an unfulfilled agenda? Is that what Donald Trump wants?
The sooner Donald Trump learns this, the better a chance he will have for a successful presidency.
Matthew Continetti wins Paragraph Of The Day honors for bringing the necessary reality lesson home so clearly.