Sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re getting an accurate read on how people feel about Donald Trump.
Common sense says that you and everyone you know hates the guy, but then you’re out at a show, seeing a local band that you and your friends all go see sometimes and one of them says “I can’t believe they’re trying to impeach him over that phone call.”
Time stops. Your head instantly aches. Have you loaned them anything you’re gonna need back before you never see them again? What is this guy’s last NAME, even?
Over and over, Trump does things that normal people find abhorrent, immoral, unethical, and yes, illegal, and the next day an approval poll comes out and the numbers haven’t budged. There’s still a solid 40 percent average who thinks he’s doing alright at all this.
Every once in a while you want to be reassured that you’re not crazy. That’s why I keep coming back to an op-ed from Germany’s largest newsmagazine Der Spiegel, written way back just a few months after Trump took office. It was that quickly that the rest of the world realized they absolutely hated Donald Trump and didn’t mind telling us Americans that we were dumbasses for electing him.
From the piece in Der Spiegel, translated into English:
He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities.
He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.
Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump’s confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.”
That’s right, by May 19, 2017, Trump had already committed felony obstruction of justice, despite only having been in office for 120 days.
Sometimes I think listening to the rest of the world is the only thing that will save my sanity.
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