Sunday 19 November 2017

How to resist Trump: a checklist for Republicans and Democrats alike

'Collectively, an engaged US can defend democratic norms, truth, respect for the constitution and simple decency.'
'Collectively, an engaged US can defend democratic norms, truth, respect for the constitution and simple decency.'

Jennifer Rubin

US President Donald Trump's disdain for America ("There are a lot of killers. We get a lot of killers. What, you think our country's so innocent?"), for the free press, for an independent judiciary, for its allies and for the details of governance pose challenges to Congress and the American people of a magnitude never before seen with previous presidents.

Mr Trump has instituted a chaotic arrangement in the White House where multiple power centres, each headed by someone with zero experience in government or in foreign policy (Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus), attempt to undercut and intrude upon the prerogatives of cabinet secretaries.

Mr Trump's penchant for unilateralism, erratic and contradictory statements and irrational beliefs (eg, the Chinese are "beating" the US at trade) raise particular concerns for Republican House and Senate leaders.

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