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Trump’s Tragic, Rolling Bluster
Trump’s Tragic, Rolling Bluster
By Eugene Robinson
May 30 at 8:54 PM
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Donald Trump looked like a fool and a fraud on Sunday. But what else is new?
Even the most ardent Trumpistas would have to admit that Trumps appearance at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally was, as spectacles go, pretty pathetic. It was supposed to be a vast, multitudinous gathering on the plaza in front of the Lincoln Memorial, one of the greatest and most historic public spaces in the nation. Instead, Trump drew a paltry crowd estimated by organizers at perhaps 5,000.
As Trump showed the world, it is relatively easy to run for president if you are willing to say or do anything to get attention and you believe in nothing except your own self-inflated myth. His reality-television-style campaign overwhelmed a badly fractured Republican Party. But the act is getting harder to pull off because now his words, often chosen for their shock value, have real consequences.
Take his promise, made Thursday in a speech on energy policy, to cancel the Paris agreement on climate change and stop U.S. payments into a United Nations fund to mitigate the impact of global warming worldwide. Thats in keeping with Trumps know-nothing approach to the climate issue, but it can hurt him more than he might imagine.
Trump apparently believes that he can defeat his likely opponent, Hillary Clinton, by winning the votes of some disaffected Democrats who support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Yet while Trump has called climate change a hoax somehow perpetrated by the dastardly Chinese, Sanders calls it the single greatest threat facing our planet and proposes urgent and sweeping action to limit atmospheric and oceanic warming. Clinton basically agrees with Sanders, as evidenced by her unfortunately phrased promise to put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business.
Just like that, Sanders supporters for whom climate change is a paramount issue are out of Trumps reach. It is hard to imagine how they could vote for a man who would renounce the landmark Paris deal, no matter what they think of Clinton.
Trump also spent the week fighting with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who happens to chair the Republican Governors Association and is considered one of the partys brightest rising stars. Speaking in Albuquerque, he blamed Martinez for what he called the states lackluster economic performance. Its your governors fault, he said. Shes not doing the job.
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