The conservative National Review ripped Donald Trump in Death of a F*cking Salesman as “the political version of a pickup artist,” who sold himself as a “titan of industry,” though he has “never managed a large, complex corporate enterprise.”
I never thought I would see some a brutal takedown of Donald Trump of this magnitude in a conservative publication. It is delightful.
National Review: “Trump is the political version of a pickup artist, and Republicans — and America — went to bed with him convinced that he was something other than what he is. Trump inherited his fortune but describes himself as though he were a self-made man. We did not elect Donald Trump; we elected the character he plays on television.”
“He has had a middling career in real estate and a poor one as a hotelier and casino operator but convinced people he is a titan of industry. He has never managed a large, complex corporate enterprise, but he did play an executive on a reality show. He presents himself as a confident ladies’ man but is so insecure that he invented an imaginary friend to lie to the New York press about his love life and is now married to a woman who is open and blasé about the fact that she married him for his money. He fixates on certain words (‘negotiator’) and certain classes of words (mainly adjectives and adverbs, ‘bigly,’ ‘major,’ ‘world-class,’ ‘top,’ and superlatives), but he isn’t much of a negotiator, manager, or leader. He cannot negotiate a health-care deal among members of a party desperate for one, can’t manage his own factionalized and leak-ridden White House, and cannot lead a political movement that aspires to anything greater than the service of his own pathetic vanity.”
You will recall during the 2016 Republican convention, Donald Trump said, “I alone” can fix whatever ails America. Well, he hasn’t fixed anything. In fact, his approval rating has been consistently under 40 percent.
Reaction on Twitter:
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) July 30, 2017
Agreeing with everything in a National Review article. Strange times.
— Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) July 30, 2017
Bear in mind the National Review is a conservative publication, but they're right. We didn't elect Donald Trump. We elected his TV character https://t.co/MaqAfieDHL
— Dominic Jenkins (@theDomJenkins) July 30, 2017
This is delightfully merciless. https://t.co/G5KGXxIMUn
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 30, 2017