Via Maureen Dowd:
Truthful hyperbole is out. Outlandish fabrication is in. Trump began bragging to Republicans at a private fund-raiser in St. Louis Wednesday: Oh, get a load of this trade stuff I made up to outfox that fox, Justin Trudeau. I felt bad doing it to such a nice, good-looking guy. But it’s hilarious!What the hell is this?
First, of course, there is no role, zero, for a president in trade. He should just open the trade borders and spend more time with some porn star.
Second, he is not "ruining respect for the presidency" with these kinds of comments. That would be a good thing. But with comments like this, the view that is emerging beyond his base is that he is a crony buffoon and that the country needs someone else in the White House.
If that view carries into the mid-term elections, the House will be worse then it already is, with a bunch of new Democrats in the place.
And, it is going to drive the kids into the hands of the leftists--long term. Their view is going to be that Trump is merely a cartoonish version of what the Republican Party is really all about. And the big problem is that the kids think the crony, clownish behavior of Trump is what free markets and capitalism are really all about.
What a mess.