Thomas L. Friedman On Trump And Nationalism

25487E11-B88F-425C-B002-0FEFCC9E4D73.jpegThomas Loren Friedman (July 20, 1953 -)

More than any time in my career, I think our country is in danger. It has a disturbed man as president, whose job description — to be a healer of the country in times of great national hurt and to pull us together to do big hard things that can be done only together — conflicts with his political strategy, which is to divide us and mobilize his base with anger and fear. And time and again he has chosen the latter.

When a person is promoted to a top job in life, usually one of two things happens: He either grows or he swells — he either evolves and grows into that job or all of his worst instincts and habits become swollen and just expand over a wider field. I don’t have to tell you what happened with President Trump. He is a shameless liar and an abusive bully — only now he is doing it from the bully pulpit of the presidency… And remember what President Charles de Gaulle of France once observed: Patriots put love of their own people first, while nationalists put hate for other people first.

Note: Washington Post Reports

In 649 days, President
Trump has made 6,420
false or misleading claims.