Trump con­tro­versy un­likely to abate

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

By any stan­dards, the Trump pres­i­dency has proved to be some­what con­tro­ver­sial.

It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to keep track of ev­ery spat he has sparked – many of them on so­cial me­dia – and in the last two days alone there have been another two to add to the col­lec­tion.

Mak­ing a racial joke about Na­tive Amer­i­cans dur­ing a White House event de­signed to hon­our vet­er­ans was the first gaffe.

De­pend­ing on to whom you lis­ten, the “Poc­a­hon­tas” com­ment was ei­ther an in­no­cent jibe or a sin­is­ter racial slur.

Some have even sug­gested it could do more than any other per­ceived slip-up thus far to boost the case for im­peach­ment.

Fresh from that em­bar­rass­ment, it was re­vealed the leader of the free world had shared anti-Mus­lim videos posted on­line by a mem­ber of the far-right group Bri­tain First. The un­ver­i­fied footage claimed to show Mus­lims com­mit­ting crimes but led to out­rage and in­dig­na­tion in the UK.

Op­po­nent politi­cians called upon the Bri­tish Govern­ment to con­demn the Pres­i­dent.

In the cir­cum­stances he should feel un­der in­tense pres­sure, yet Trump ap­pears to thrive on the con­tro­versy.

It is a dan­ger­ous at­ti­tude for such a pow­er­ful man to adopt.

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