The people of Crimea, the Yazidis of Iraq, and dissidents in Iran and Cuba would no doubt agree.
Trump vows to “make America great again.” How? By being “a truly great leader” and “mak(ing) great deals” and being “the greatest (fill in the blank) that God ever created.” China, Mexico, ISIS, the Ford Motor Co.: All will yield to the not-P.C. force of nature that is Trump. So will the “stupid” denizens of Washington, D.C. Did I mention “he fights”?
Even where candidate Obama was specific, President Obama has not felt constrained to those details. A great irony of Obama’s presidency is that, having run ads in 2008 criticizing Clinton’s inclusion of a health-insurance mandate in her reform plan, his legacy arguably hinged on the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling upholding the individual mandate in Obamacare. Now, that’s being “malleable” … as Jimmy Carter recently described Trump.
The most stunning thing said during this campaign about Trump -- who overstates how much he’s funded his own campaign, who makes unproven claims he opposed the Iraq War and that George W. Bush “lied” us into it, who exaggerates or invents the details of his claims about everything from the unemployment rate to Syrian refugees -- is he’s a “truth teller.”
Saying things people want to hear doesn’t make those things true. We fell for that once. Let’s not do it again.