Charles Blow: Trump Is Defiling the Presidency with His Mere Presence in the White House

Amidst the day-to-day horrors of Donald Trump's presidency, it's important to occasionally step back and consider the big picture. For the New York Times' Charles Blow, we are witnessing nothing less than a hijacking of the American presidency.

"We must remind ourselves that Trump’s very presence in the White House defiles it and the institution of the presidency. Rather than rising to the honor of the office, Trump has lowered the office with his whiny, fragile, vindictive pettiness," writes Blow.

Each subsequent episode of Trumpian scandal, vulgarity and disregard of common decency has less and less of an effect. "We all know what it will add up to: nothing," writes Blow of Trump's recent verbal attacks on two MSNBC hosts.

"His words shouldn’t have shocked. His tweet was just another pebble on a mountain of vulgarities. This act of coarseness was in fact an act of continuity. Trump was being Trump: the grossest of the gross, a profanity against propriety."

Blow says that instead of focusing on the petty goings-on of the news cycle, it is important that Trump's opposition continue to challenge and fight back against more threatening behind-the-scenes movements by the administration. 

"Donald Trump is depending on people’s fatigue," writes Blow. "He is banking on your becoming overwhelmed by his never-ending antics. He is counting on his capacity to wear down the resistance by sheer force. We must be adamant that that will never come to pass. Trump is an abomination, and a cancer on the country, and none of us can rest until he is no longer holding the reins of power."

Read Charles Blow's column at the New York Times.


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