CONSERVATIVE EDITORIAL: “THE PRESIDENT IS THE PICTURE OF A FAILED LEADER”

The Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine called President Donald Trump, “the picture of a failed leader” in an op-ed.

As president, Donald Trump has not risen to the occasion. There was no pivot to normalcy after his turbulent campaign. No hidden statesman has emerged from inside Trump, and he has not, as he recently suggested he might, become “more presidential” than anyone other than “the late, great Abraham Lincoln.” Despite majorities in both houses of Congress, his policy agenda is at a standstill. Hundreds of high-level positions throughout the administration remain unfilled. Members of Congress report to us that the president can’t hold a conversation at even a rudimentary level about issues supposedly high on the president’s agenda—tax reform, for instance, and health care. He lies about matters both large and small and is obsessed with perceived slights in the news media.”

The editorial, both detailed and brutal, gives the sense that a Republican reckoning between its two major wings will be coming to a head. The alt-right, White Supremacist, nationalist wing of the party, which is where the party’s base is at, and the center-right wing of party represented by Ohio Governor John Kasich, are becoming mutually exclusive entities.

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