The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune slams “nervous hoodlum” Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House as a “disappointment and a disgrace” in a scathing op-ed.
“There is something we can say now: Trump’s tenure in the White House is a disappointment and a disgrace. Presidents are elected to lead and achieve — to work tirelessly toward a vision of a better America. What we have with Trump is a distracted, ill-mannered figure who spends more time bashing perceived enemies on Twitter than uniting a nation that faces serious challenges at home and abroad,” the editorial board wrote.
“The connection between Trump’s nasty streak and his potential legal jeopardy is his impetuous nature. Trump is a brash bully who sees himself as a political street fighter, a great counter-puncher, as he puts it. His pride in being a tough guy displays a recklessness that has no place in the Oval Office. The president who invited court fights by ordering an ill-considered immigration ban and insisted there were “some very fine people on both sides” of a violent white supremacy rally is now caught up in legal battles over his behavior that imperils his presidency,” the article continues.
“Defending himself in a Fox News interview, Trump sounded like a nervous hoodlum as he attacked Cohen for “flipping,” that is, telling prosecutors what they want to hear in exchange for a lenient sentence. “I’ve had many friends involved in this stuff,” Trump said. “It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal.”
The editorial board also ripped White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying she told reporters Trump did “nothing wrong,” she was in “full damage control after the incendiary accusation by Michael Cohen” that Trump was “involved in hush money payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump.”
“When your strongest statement of support for a president is that “there are no charges against him,” you’ve described a presidency under siege. So it is for the reign of President Donald Trump, who came into office a whirling, undisciplined outsider and is now paying the price for his unseemly behavior,” the newspaper noted.
Read the entire op-ed at the Chicago Tribune.