TRUMP’S FIRST PRIORITY
Certainly The Donald’s candor and spontaneity were tremendous assets during his campaign. People loved that shoot-from-the-hip attitude by which he gave voice to their frustrations. As I observed in a blog post back in August of 2015…
“Trump is rich enough to not worry about alienating anybody. This has had a refreshingly liberating effect on his campaign style, freeing him to say whatever he damn-well-pleases about things that are obvious but politically charged.
“The public is eating it up …. People are weary of being told that what they know to be true is simply a shadow of their own fears and biases.”
They ate up all of his tweets just as eagerly. The more blunt and colloquial, the better.
Here was a guy who expressed himself “just like you and me” — who wasn’t intimidated by “The Establishment.” Maybe he really could “drain the swamp” in Washington.
For my part, I’ve often been annoyed at this Trumpian verbal bent, criticizing it as “stream-of-consciousness rambling.” But hey, it got him elected, so I guess you can’t blame the guy for assuming it’s what people want.
Now that he’s President, however, Trump is finding that the tendency to vent his inner convictions-in-formation does not serve the objectives of governance as well as it did those of ambition.