Mod­ern-day Nero

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The re­cent Trump shut­down in re­sponse to crit­i­cism by right-wing pun­ditry il­lus­trates a defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of his pres­i­dency, and why he will be ranked among the worst pres­i­dents in Amer­i­can his­tory.

Without ex­cep­tion, Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal and busi­ness in­ter­ests have been the de­ci­sive in­flu­ence in all of his pol­icy de­ci­sions, and be­hav­ior with to re­spect to demo­cratic norms and in­sti­tu­tions.

This has been true in de­ci­sions with re­gard to Saudi Ara­bia, China, Rus­sia, and his re­cent de­ci­sion to re­move troops from Syria (he has ho­tels in Tur­key).

His at­tacks on the free press, and at­tempts to un­der­mine the rule of law (fir­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, at­tack­ing the FBI, DOJ and the Robert Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion) are also in re­sponse to per­ceived threats to him­self from these demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

Trump is a mod­ern day Nero who would fig­u­ra­tively burn the in­sti­tu­tions of democ­racy, for his own selfish pur­poses, and he has made Wash­ing­ton a ‘cir­cus’ to en­ter­tain his ‘ple­beian’ base.

We now end the sec­ond year of this abom­inable, quasire­al­ity show, and Trump has con­tin­ued to con­firm his un­fit­ness, and once again earns a fail­ing grade. Christina Anne Knight New­port News

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