Past re­demp­tion

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

IT would be re­fresh­ing for the me­dia to once in a while write some­thing pos­i­tive about Don­ald Trump, the pres­i­dent, or Don­ald Trump, the man. The trou­ble is that he makes it al­most im­pos­si­ble to do so.

Not only are many of his poli­cies as pres­i­dent ut­terly re­pug­nant to fair-minded peo­ple, there is now am­ple ev­i­dence that The Don­ald sees the of­fice he won as a means of fur­ther per­sonal en­rich­ment and that the whole Trump pres­i­dency is one big money grab.

It doesn’t get any more dis­taste­ful than see­ing a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter as a mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity. Wit­ness his dis­grace­ful use of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey as prod­uct place­ment for a hat he sells on­line on his own web­site for $40. This is a wild de­par­ture from pres­i­den­tial norms. For all his pug­na­cious vul­gar­ity, even Richard Nixon fi­nally re­alised that the of­fice of pres­i­dent de­served to be treated with re­spect not only by the public and me­dia but by the per­son who held it.

Trump, the pres­i­dent, and Trump, the man: be­yond re­demp­tion.

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