It is simple to get misplaced in exaggerations and superlatives when speaking about President Donald Trump. He claims every little thing he does is the most important, the primary, one of the best. And given how norm-busting Trump’s presidency is — when it comes to his relationships to the media, to his personal occasion, to coverage — it is also troublesome to keep away from making mountains out of every little thing, even these issues that may be molehills.
That stated, think about what we’re speaking about right here: One of many two reporters primarily answerable for a collection of tales detailing corruption on the highest degree of the Nixon authorities and a person who has spent the final 4 a long time reporting and chronicling how every successive president since Nixon has handled the immense challenges of the workplace, is now suggesting that what he noticed within the Trump White Home is in contrast to what he is seen earlier than.
That is an enormous deal — particularly as a result of it confirms a lot of the day by day reporting that has come out of this White Home since Trump turned President 19 months in the past.
How has the President responded to the seriousness of the fees contained inside Woodward’s e-book, and those who the writer leveled himself on Monday? The identical method he nearly all the time does — by name-calling on Twitter.
(Sidebar: That e-book goes to be AMAZING.)
In a credibility struggle then, Trump loses. However he additionally loses in slightly factor I wish to name frequent sense.
What Woodward is reporting in his e-book is not new. There have been studies of huge workers dysfunction within the Trump White Home from the get-go. There have been studies that Trump appears uninterested or unaware of the small print of key overseas coverage and nationwide safety efforts. He appears solely satisfied that he possesses all of the information he wants regardless of by no means having held elected workplace earlier than. He started his presidency cocooned from the information and has grown solely extra so — seemingly (if his Twitter feed is an correct illustration) primarily watching Fox Information at this level. His total life — together with the lengthy interval earlier than he began operating for president — means that Trump is solely telling himself a narrative of his personal life. Whether or not or not that story is in line with established details has by no means been of a lot concern to him.
When Bob Woodward says that we aren’t taking significantly the risk posed by a President “so indifferent from the truth of what is going on on,” we should always all take be aware. These are usually not idle phrases by a carnival barker.