Today’s paragraphs come to us from Michael Goodwin, writing for the New York Post.
In his latest commentary, Mr. Goodwin describes Donald Trump, his behavior and its potential political consequences:
As President Trump nears his first anniversary in office, he faces an unforgiving political landscape. Every word he says and every action he takes will either help him keep a Republican Congress or hand control to Democrats.
And if Dems get the gavel, impeachment could be the result.
This is the binary world Trump inhabits, and seen through that lens, the uproar over the president’s disparaging remarks about Haiti and other poor countries helps Dems in their goal of hobbling if not ending his presidency.
Despite his denial that he used the words “shithole countries,” most of the media instantly branded him a racist. After a few days of saturation coverage, polls will show a disapproving public and the ritual beatdown will be complete.
Then we’ll be on to the next crisis because this is life with Trump in the White House. He and we are always on the razor’s edge because that’s who he is.
Michael Goodwin wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for so completely, and accurately, explaining the fallout from President Trump’s disparaging comments about those countries (whether or not he used the specific term “shithole” is, at this point, irrelevant; he admits to rough language about them).
Is Mr. Trump listening? Doubtful; he is obviously not a good listener. And if he has a learning curve, he seems unable to benefit from it.
But his capacity to self-destruct? Alive, well and always at the cusp.