Opinion: “One is the loneliest number ….”

(AP)

“I, alone ….”

That’s how this all began, with Donald Trump bragging about all the things that “I, alone” could fix. Looking down an increasingly clear road, it is also how it will end, with Donald Trump alone. From his inaugural speech onward, the man elected by a minority of American voters has done nothing to build on that fragile base. Instead he has watched, frustrated and confused, as it shrinks and shrinks and as he becomes a laughingstock.

And who is the only person to blame, Mr. President?

“I, alone….”

He can never acknowledge that, of course. It is truth, and he flees truth like a vampire flees sunlight, for much the same reason. But you can see it in the polls. Even Rasmussen, traditionally the most Republican of pollsters, put Trump’s approval rating at an abysmal 40 percent this week, with 49 percent disapproving strongly. These are depths that Barack Obama never approached, and they will go lower.

This week’s toll included business leaders whom Trump once bragged would be his biggest champions. In the wake of his bizarre misreading of the tragedy in Charlottesville, they withdrew from his American Manufacturing Council; they withdrew from his Strategy and Policy Council. And while Trump at first bragged that those deserting him would be easily replaced, that other corporate CEOs would line up to replace those who were cutting ties to the White House, no such line of candidates emerged.

In complete retreat, Trump chose to abolish the councils altogether.

As those business leaders noted in their exit statements, there are not “two sides” to a debate when one side is dominated by Nazis and white supremacists conducting torchlight rallies while chanting “Jews will not replace us,” “Blood and Soil” and other fascist slogans. Who among the leaders in American business and politics could fail to comprehend that simple fact, Mr. President?

That’s right, “I, alone ….”

As candidate and now as president, Trump had also positioned himself as a champion of the military, despite his own record of avoiding service. But even before the tragedy at Charlottesville, top active-duty military leaders had openly and directly disputed the president’s order to remove transgender Americans from their ranks, describing it as disruptive. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, the chiefs of staff of each of the five branches of the military also released forthright condemnations of bigotry that stood in stark contrast to the equivocation by their commander in chief.

“Events in Charlottesville unacceptable & musnt be tolerated,” tweeted Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations. “@USNavy forever stands against intolerance & hatred.”

Military leadership almost never feels compelled to speak out on domestic issues; to the contrary, American military culture strongly discourages it, as it should. But these men lead institutions in which Americans of all creeds and colors work together in intimate quarters, in which any hint of racial discord can be destructive. They spoke out to ensure that there would be no confusion in the ranks about what was expected of them.

Trump has been unable to recruit a new White House communications director, a post that is usually highly coveted. He is openly feuding with Republican congressional leadership. Even some supporters at Fox News have become critical, and those who still keep the faith are reduced to absurdities in trying to defend him. Everything, everything is subtraction, and it ends with “I, alone ….”

 

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Peachs
Peachs

Brannon can live full time in Charlottesville now!

BTC
BTC

Pretty soon, Trump will have to fire himself, as he will be the only one left...

skydog12
skydog12

@rimsky

Just hope your heart surgeon doesn`t stop to go take a peek during surgery.

Paul42
Paul42

Donald dissolves business councils, says what he really thinks and the stock market has its biggest decline in 3 months yesterday. 


It's such a relief knowing we have the world's-best-at-everything in the White House.

Paul42
Paul42

@TBS

My standard questions to cons:  if you have truth on your side, why do you resort to creating lies to make your point, and


Why do you keep going back to the same sources you know lie to you?

Peachs
Peachs

@Paul42 @TBS habit, notice Trump does that, he lies when there is not even a subject being discussed relating to the lie, just like a random passing of gas in a large crowd. 

honested
honested

@Peachs @Paul42 @TBS 

As in "bullets dipped in pigs blood".....

I'm sure that at least one of his 'advisors' with some concept of history must have brought that to his attention.

Peachs
Peachs

@honested @Peachs @Paul42 @TBS he use that on the campaign trial and was totally called out on it. He knows he is a use car salesman selling lemons. A land lizard selling dirt, he does not care nor do the Republicans who sponsor him, politicians are hacks.

TBS
TBS

If you go looking for trouble and pick a fight, and then find trouble and get hurt, YES, it is stupid and idiotic, which makes it even more sad."


Seems like the same rationale that ISIS / Al Qaeda and affiliated type terrorists use for carrying out attacks across the world.  United States and other western nations wish to directly and indirectly involve themselves in the Middle East (looking for trouble and pick a fight then find trouble and get hurt).  

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@TBS Yes, fighting does result in injury. Sometimes willful, sometimes not. It is sad, but true.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@InTheMiddle2 @TBS SHE. WAS. NOT. PICKING. A. FIGHT. 

She was run over by a car when protesting. 


SHE WAS F338ING RUN OVER. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@LogicalDude @InTheMiddle2 @TBS Would she have been run over had she not gone to pick a fight. Don't even pretend for a second that either side was there for "peaceful" reasons. They were both spoiling for a fight. Tragic that someone had to die.

Peachs
Peachs

@InTheMiddle2 @TBS invading someones community with guns on a good day results in injuries like this one, or death like this one.

Congratulation to the Charlottesville police for facing crazy gun toting invaders and not having one shot fired for people with these guns getting hell beat out of them.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@InTheMiddle2 

Would she have been run over had she not gone to pick a fight.

Heather's fault.

NAZIs absolved.

Got it.

Andy158
Andy158

@InTheMiddle2 @LogicalDude @TBS So the very act of protesting is picking a fight? Was she near the Nazis when she was run down? Did she attack someone? This is the same sick justification used by TD for the kids getting shot at Kent State. They shouldn't have been there so it's just tough for them. Your disgusting willingness to say anything to support Trump is almost beyond belief.

Peachs
Peachs

@InTheMiddle2 @LogicalDude @TBS what about a community living there doesn't register with you. You came to her, and until you showed up she was alive and well.

skydog12
skydog12

@InTheMiddle2 @LogicalDude @TBS


Let me break it down for you middle.

If a group comes to take dumps in front of your house and you and your neighbors come out of your houses to protest and you get killed, were you just a guilty of the violence that got you killed?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@InTheMiddle2 @Paul42 @LogicalDude @TBS  Amazing.  So now exercising 1st Amendment rights and counter protesting is "looking for a fight" rather than standing up for an idea.

I suppose those many people on Pettus Bridge that horrible day were "looking for a fight" rather than seeking equality and civil rights.

Andy158
Andy158

@InTheMiddle2 @KUTGF @Paul42 @LogicalDude @TBS I guess she was guilty of picking a fight by association. She was part of the counter protesting crowd so she was guilty of picking a fight. In that case you'd have to agree that EVERY SINGLE PERSON on the other side was a Nazi scumbag.