June 6, 2017 by Whatever Jones
Until recently, the conservative Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has been pro-Trump with few exceptions, but the latest editorial broke from the usual “establishment” narrative and brilliantly blasted Trump.
The editorial focused on Trump’s reckless use of social media, his tweets about London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan, the travel ban, and the Justice Department. And they save the best criticism for last.
Some people with a propensity for self-destructive behavior can’t seem to help themselves, President Trump apparently among them. Over the weekend and into Monday he indulged in another cycle of Twitter outbursts and pointless personal feuding that may damage his agenda and the powers of the Presidency.
Mr. Trump first expressed solidarity with the British people after the London terror attack, before managing to convert the mass murder into a referendum on his favorite subject, Donald J. Trump. He assailed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for supposedly minimizing the threat, though what Mr. Khan said was that there was no reason to be alarmed by an enlarged police presence after the rampage. ‘Pathetic excuse,’ Mr. Trump called it.
WSJ then blasted Trump for tweets about his poorly executed attempt at a travel ban:
These comments are reckless on multiple levels. The original blunderbuss order was rolled out on the Friday night of Mr. Trump’s first week as President with zero public explanation and little internal vetting. White House staffers from the Steve Bannon wing preferred the stun-grenade approach, but Mr. Trump’s legal team convinced him to sign a legally bulletproof revision in March because they preferred to win in court.
They close with a knock-out punch:
In other words, in 140-character increments, Mr. Trump diminished his own standing by causing a minor international incident, demonstrated that the loyalty he demands of the people who work for him isn’t reciprocal, set back his policy goals and wasted time that he could have devoted to health care, tax reform or “infrastructure week.” Mark it all down as further evidence that the most effective opponent of the Trump Presidency is Donald J. Trump.
Republicans like Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer will continue to defend the indefensible for a variety of reasons, but the WSJ’s latest hit will surely leave a lasting mark that will reverberate through the entire party.