The Economist is typically a conservative publication but President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville has led the magazine to issue a stern statement in which it says, “Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president.”
“Defenders of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favor—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he will help America stand tall again by demolishing the politically correct taboos of left-leaning, establishment elites. From the start, these arguments looked like wishful thinking. After Mr Trump’s press conference in New York on August 15th they lie in ruins,” the editorial starts.
“Mr Trump is not a white supremacist. He repeated his criticism of neo-Nazis and spoke out against the murder of Heather Heyer,” it continues. “Even so, his unsteady response contains a terrible message for Americans. Far from being the saviour of the Republic, their president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office.”
The publication then quickly claims that “Mr Trump’s inept politics stem from a moral failure.” They also note that Mr. Trump’s temperament during difficult times has stymied his ability to unite the nation because he can not “get beyond himself.”
“Mr. Trump cannot see beyond the latest slight. Instead of grasping that his job is to honor the office he inherited, Mr. Trump is bothered only about honoring himself and taking credit for his supposed achievements.”
The publication then turns on Republicans, claiming they are not doing enough to curb the President’s actions. “Rather than indulging his outrages in the hope that something good will come of it, they must condemn them,” it concludes.
The publication went so far as to tweet about its KKK cover featuring the 45th POTUS.
Our cover this week pic.twitter.com/lYD3HLXvSC
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 17, 2017
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