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He's manage to do something far more remarkable, completely debase the office of President by normalising racism, xenophobia and sexism, thus substantially raising the bar for impeachment.
Or, he simply destroyed the political correctness that has stifled and hindered debate for far too long.

Maybe he became president because he finally started saying things that others were too scared to say.
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And he is in charge of USA!
But apparently doesn't have access to a dictionary, has no knowledge of celebrities' names, nor even a basic education that would enable him to write coherently. Sad!
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To my huge surprise "bigly" actually is in the dictionary

Have never heard that before Trump and don't mind not hearing it again.
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Or, he simply destroyed the political correctness that has stifled and hindered debate for far too long.

Maybe he became president because he finally started saying things that others were too scared to say.
He's pretty scared to say 'Putins an arsehole'
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Not that populism was born in America, but since Trump, the lack of inhibitions in the political discourse, that certain style of "saying things as they are" (..) is bringing more and more people to vote, in Europe too.

Italy will be the next country to make a fool of themselves, probably worse than they did voting Mr. Bunga Bunga over and over again. 5 Star Movement seems the big winner of these elections. The M5S was started by Beppe Grillo, a popular comedian and blogger!

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...ults-forecast/
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Not that populism was born in America, but since Trump, the lack of inhibitions in the political discourse, that certain style of "saying things as they are" (..) is bringing more and more people to vote, in Europe too.

Italy will be the next country to make a fool of themselves, probably worse than they did voting Mr. Bunga Bunga over and over again.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...ults-forecast/
Certainly there are very many people unhappy with their lives and circumstances who blame the established political parties and vote for any new alternative solution in the hopes of positive change.

As Trump is slowly demonstrating, the actual ability of political leaders to make substantial changes in people's life styles is actually very limited.
No matter how much you push for change, attempt to upend systems and introduce new ideas the fact is there are underlying economic realities which inhibit real fundamental change.
The economy has a life and dynamics of its own which combined with the law of unexpected consequences makes politically driven change hard to achieve.

For example, I doubt Trump expected his announcement of trade tariffs would crash the stock market although a study of history might have enlightened him.

I have every sympathy and support for people who are desperate for change and consequently jump at any novel approach.

In Italy there is now strong support for anti immigration and "send them home" approaches but is that real option? Will it work in practice?
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Certainly there are very many people unhappy with their lives and circumstances who blame the established political parties and vote for any new alternative solution in the hopes of positive change.

As Trump is slowly demonstrating, the actual ability of political leaders to make substantial changes in people's life styles is actually very limited.
No matter how much you push for change, attempt to upend systems and introduce new ideas the fact is there are underlying economic realities which inhibit real fundamental change.
The economy has a life and dynamics of its own which combined with the law of unexpected consequences makes politically driven change hard to achieve.

For example, I doubt Trump expected his announcement of trade tariffs would crash the stock market although a study of history might have enlightened him.

I have every sympathy and support for people who are desperate for change and consequently jump at any novel approach.

In Italy there is now strong support for anti immigration and "send them home" approaches but is that real option? Will it work in practice?
Simply put, people really are dumb, they expect that their lives will be improved overnight, when political and economic reforms take years or decades to actually start to be evident in society. Its always a game of catchup, for example, Obamas economic reforms will show an improvement in the US economy, while Trump is in office, and so Trump will take credit for them, when all along it was down to a previous administrations work. And Obama will be derided for having not acheived anything. In the same way Labour in the UK was accused of a lot of things that were the direct result of the former Conservative governments failiures.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Meanwhile in Russia:

Moscow says U.S. trying to interfere in Russian election: RIA

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In the same way Labour in the UK was accused of a lot of things that were the direct result of the former Conservative governments failiures.
Like invading Iraq
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Like invading Iraq
Talking economic policy. Either way if the Conservatives had been in power, they would have done the same, they were hardly screaming against going into Iraq! That's just Blairs dirty legacy.
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By incapacitating Putin's manipulation sofware?
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Talking economic policy.
Well that's not really true either. The last Labour government enjoyed a decade of prosperity and good times so there were few objections. People only look back now and complain because in spite of the good economy they continued to borrow money which they spunked up the wall in order to bribe voters.
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Certainly there are very many people unhappy with their lives and circumstances who blame the established political parties and vote for any new alternative solution in the hopes of positive change.

As Trump is slowly demonstrating, the actual ability of political leaders to make substantial changes in people's life styles is actually very limited.
No matter how much you push for change, attempt to upend systems and introduce new ideas the fact is there are underlying economic realities which inhibit real fundamental change.
The economy has a life and dynamics of its own which combined with the law of unexpected consequences makes politically driven change hard to achieve.

For example, I doubt Trump expected his announcement of trade tariffs would crash the stock market although a study of history might have enlightened him.

I have every sympathy and support for people who are desperate for change and consequently jump at any novel approach.

In Italy there is now strong support for anti immigration and "send them home" approaches but is that real option? Will it work in practice?
But certainly the established political parties have made some mistakes, and constantly, otherwise people wouldn't be tempted to choose these "alternatives"?
As for the immigration and "send 'em all to where the hell they came from" - I'll doubt it will work as long as everybody will want a well payed job regardless of field of activity, industry, position etc. or simply refuse to do the same jobs they didn't want anymore. I don't doubt there's also some entitlement here, but who brought all this let's say - hope, not the mainstream parties with their rhetorics? False or so far fetched promises nobody believes they'll ever come true? People live in the present, not future. A decade of sacrifices, OK, but two, three....how many are needed to slap the head of those people who were in charge and allegedly, could be held responsible?
I think it is very understandable. I also don't think that those mainstream parties are totally innocent. Not to mention they also have their fair share of populism, when it suits them.

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Well that's not really true either. The last Labour government enjoyed a decade of prosperity and good times so there were few objections. People only look back now and complain because in spite of the good economy they continued to borrow money which they spunked up the wall in order to bribe voters.
Actually they didn't. at least not while the economy was good. UK national debt went down from 42% of GDP in 1997 to 37% in 2007. Only when the economy went tits-up in 2009 and 2010 did it shoot up to 66%.

Of course, under the current incumbents it has managed to jump to 88%.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Truly bizarre TV interview yesterday with an ex Trump Campaign adviser Sam Nunberg.

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Nunberg gave some hints about where he thought Mueller's investigation was heading and also made some allegations about what Trump knew and when. However Nunberg did not come over as a credible witness so hard to know how much to believe.
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Opinion piece here that Trump is concentrating on guns and tariffs to improve his 2020 re-election chances and does not care if he throws GOP under the bus in the process.

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“Clearly he’s targeting Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those were, all four, key battleground states for him in the last election and the states he would have to win if he’s going to win reelection,” said Saul Anuzis, a political strategist and former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

“I don’t really think he cares that much about whether the Europeans go after Harley-Davidson in Paul Ryan’s district. I think this is all about him,” said Baker a political science professor at Rutgers University..

Trump’s position on trade helped him pick up the support of so-called Reagan Democrats in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) informed the Trump administration Tuesday.

Appearing in her official capacity, Conway endorsed and advocated against political candidates, the watchdog said, referring its findings to President Trump "for appropriate disciplinary action."

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I assume in the Trump world this violation will be ignored, forgotten or forgiven

Meanwhile Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Tuesday confirmed that President Trump is pressing Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to withhold funding for the multibillion-dollar Gateway rail project in the New York metro region

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This essential renovation of the rail link between New York and New Jersey fails because neither district voted for President Trump.

Finally former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg apologized on Tuesday after insulting White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a media appearance, in the TV interview, he referred to Huckabee Sanders as a "fat slob" and "unattractive",

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Nobody knows what caused him to say this
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