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Fri Jun 9, 2017, 08:24 AM

NY Times, Paul Krugman: Wrecking the Ship of State

"As the legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin says, if this isnít obstruction of justice, what is?"



After Donald Trumpís surprise election victory, many people on the right and even in the center tried to make the case that he wouldnít really be that bad. Every time he showed a hint of self-restraint ó even if it amounted to nothing more than reading his lines without ad-libbing and laying off Twitter for a day or two ó pundits rushed to declare that he had just ďbecome president.Ē

But can we now admit that he really is as bad as ó or worse than ó his harshest critics predicted he would be? And itís not just his contempt for the rule of law, which came through so clearly in the James Comey testimony: As the legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin says, if this isnít obstruction of justice, what is? Thereís also the way Trumpís character, his combination of petty vindictiveness with sheer laziness, leaves him clearly not up to doing the job.

And thatís a huge problem. Think, for a minute, of just how much damage this man has done on multiple fronts in just five months.

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That risk is, however, all too real ó and one suspects that the big money, which tends to equate wealth with virtue, will be the last to realize just how big that risk really is. The American presidency is, in many ways, sort of an elected monarchy, in which a temperamentally and intellectually unqualified leader can do immense damage.

Thatís whatís happening now. And weíre barely one-tenth of the way through Trumpís first term. The worst, almost surely, is yet to come.

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