The mo­ment that cap­tures Trump’s RE­ALLY scary side

The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE still try to per­suade me that Don­ald Trump is not all bad, that his mind isn’t small and his ideas aren’t cheap slo­gans.

My view re­mains this: Pres­i­dent Trump is a sort of pun­ish­ment for lib­er­als. He is what they get when they refuse to lis­ten to much nicer peo­ple, such as me. The trou­ble is, the rest of us get pun­ished, too.

It is his in­stincts, above all, that frighten me. Watch the orig­i­nal film of his ex­change at his post-elec­tion press con­fer­ence with the CNN re­porter Jim Acosta.

The Pres­i­dent, like a sort of ma­lig­nant mar­su­pial, puts on a petu­lant, dic­ta­to­rial per­for­mance. That’s his af­fair. I don’t much like CNN ei­ther.

But then, when it goes badly for him, he snaps ‘That’s enough’ and a White House em­ployee makes a de­ter­mined grab for the mi­cro­phone (pic­tured). Later, Mr Acosta was banned from the White House, on the very weak ex­cuse that he had laid hands on the fe­male em­ployee. Did he?

Both the Blair crea­ture and David Cameron treated me quite badly at press con­fer­ences, by re­fus­ing to take my ques­tions. Blair once told me, un­suc­cess­fully, to sit down and stop be­ing bad.

But us­ing a state of­fi­cial to grab a mi­cro­phone and so si­lence an awk­ward ques­tioner is far, far worse than that.

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