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Liberals- Hitler was seen as the ‘Defender of Islam, the Protector of Islam, and the Aryan Son of Islam’. If anyone would be the Nazi’s, it would be you.
Hitler, the “Aryan Son of Islam”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
(St. Louis, Missouri)
13 Jan 1942, Tue • Page 16

This linguist studied the way Trump speaks for two years. Here’s what she found.

Trump is a “unique” politician because he doesn’t speak like one, according to Jennifer Sclafani, an associate teaching professor in Georgetown University’s Department of Linguistics.

He is interesting to me linguistically because he speaks like
everybody else,” said Sclafani, who has studied Trump’s language for the past two years. “And we’re not used to hearing that from a president. We’re used to hearing somebody speak who sounds much more educated, much smarter, much more refined than your everyday American.”

Trump’s wounded, distracted presidency has created a leadership void in Washington

President Trump has given just one prime-time speech and one solo press conference since his inauguration.

By Matt Viser GLOBE STAFF  JULY 01, 2017
WASHINGTON — Some presidents have been accused of leading the country in the wrong direction. At least one has been accused of leading from behind.

Now many critics have an even more profound concern: a president who often doesn’t seem interested in leading at all.

Even his would-be Republican allies are agog, as President Trump lurches from one crisis to the next, impulsively tweeting, lacking a coherent message, and warring with the media. He has shown limited ability to harness support for policy initiatives in Congress, even though it is controlled by his own party. He’s done little to provide the public with a vision for what he wants to do.

He’s given just one prime-time speech to the nation since his inauguration, a joint address to Congress back in February.

Neither is national leadership coming from outside the White House. Top Republicans in Congress have shown an inability to use the power of majority control to get big things done and an unwillingness to challenge a dysfunctional White House for control of the Washington agenda. And Democrats? Bless their bleeding hearts. They have almost as little influence at the moment as cable television hosts.

With the country confronting profound domestic and international problems, Washington is experiencing a void of leadership unlike in any other period in modern history, according to scholars and political specialists. In its first six months, Trump’s presidency has created an extraordinary power vacuum that is leaving the nation and the globe uneasy.

“I can’t even think of a presidency which controls both houses of Congress getting off to such a weird, unpredictable, chaotic start,” said David Gergen, who has served as a White House adviser to four presidents, both Democrats and Republicans. “To be fair, he’s got a party that’s fractured. . . . But presidents have to do tough things with tough circumstances. That’s why it’s a big job.

“The president, to use a metaphor,” Gergen added, “has been running around like a headless horseman.”

Even more unsettling: There is nothing on the horizon suggesting that this strange and unsettling Washington dynamic will change over the 3½ years that remain in Trump’s term.

“The American political system is based on the president taking the initiative and Congress responding. With President Trump, it’s been the opposite,” said H.W. Brands, a University of Texas professor and biographer of multiple presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Ronald Reagan.
“He doesn’t know the details of the policy, so he’s not a persuasive advocate one way or the other,” he added. “When a president doesn’t know the policy, it doesn’t make for a very effective leader.”

Multiple scholars and political experts contacted by the Globe could not recall a period in recent history when Washington was this rudderless.

There is, meanwhile, plenty to get done. Subway systems in major American cities are in disrepair, while roads and bridges are crumbling. Health insurers are pulling out of key marketplaces, spooked by uncertainty surrounding former president Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the failure of Republicans to pass their long-promised repeal-and-replace law. An opioid epidemic is sweeping large swaths of the country.

Everyone agrees the tax code is too complicated, but prospects for an overhaul seem dim. There’s bipartisan agreement that immigration rules need reform, yet no one is wagering the GOP can use its control of Washington to pass anything or strike a compromise with Democrats.

“You have one-party control of Congress, and who would have thought they would have no agenda, no vision, and no ability to get things done?” said John Weaver, a longtime Republican strategist. “Whether you agreed with what they were doing or not, you thought they’d do something.

“The bulk of the blame has to be with the president,” he added. “The speaker and Senate majority leader could [lead in another direction] if they had the desire or intestinal fortitude. But the two we have don’t, and won’t.”
A White House spokesman defended Trump’s record, pointing to optimism among manufacturers, to regulations that have been reduced, and to a recent bill Trump signed into law making it easier to restructure and reform the Department of Veteran Affairs.

“If a leader is defined as a person who frequently gives prime-time addresses or press conferences, then there is a problem with your definition of a leader,” the spokesman, Tyler Ross, said in a statement. “A good leader is one that protects the nation’s economic and national security.

“By placing American interests first, President Trump is overseeing a massive reduction in illegal immigration, the elimination of billions of dollars’ worth of job-killing regulations, and is pursuing fair and reciprocal trade deals to better benefit American workers,” he added. “Today we are an economically stronger and more secure nation. There is nothing ‘leaderless’ about that.”

Trump showed contempt for government when he ran for office, and he vowed to break down and disrupt the Washington establishment. That he is well on the way to doing, and the free-wheeling, proudly pugilistic style of the candidate has held true for his presidency.

White House press briefings are short and contentious. Trump’s Twitter comments are a constant distraction that takes the political focus away from health care and immigration and puts it on his treatment of women, his fights with the media, or almost anything but policy. He won’t even agree with the rest of his party and Democrats that Americans have a common enemy, refusing to publicly rebuke and investigate Russia for meddling in the 2016 election.

While Trump has held 11 press conferences, only one of those took place without a foreign leader also present. That lone solo press conference, which was nearly five months ago, puts him on pace for the fewest for a president in nearly a century, according to figures from the American Presidency Project. Obama had 11 solo press conferences during his first year in office; George W. Bush had five, while Bill Clinton had 12.

Trump has also given almost no major policy addresses, prime vehicles for a leader to advance his agenda or help the nation make sense of challenges, foreign or domestic.

“At this point in the administration of Ronald Reagan, there would have already been two big speeches on the underlying philosophy and why these particular bills would be put into effect,” Brands said. “Same with Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. They knew enough about policy to advance their own policy. It’s hard to say that Trump actually has a health care policy.”

Trump has even ceded the most crucial aspect of foreign policy — how many American lives to risk in overseas security operations. He has left the decision of how many additional ground troops to send to Afghanistan to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Nor has there been a press conference on his plan to defeat the Islamic State — a public accounting that Trump said on May 21 would take place within two weeks.

And his agenda this week at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, for his first meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin?
“Well, there’s no specific agenda,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters last week. “It’s really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about.”

The lack of a concerted effort to rally Americans behind a rationale for governing, or a vision for the future, is having an impact, according to polls. When asked how they felt things were going in Washington right now, only 11 percent of Americans said they were excited, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released last week. One-third of those surveyed said they were “uneasy,’’ while 42 percent said they were “alarmed.’’

“There is an opportunity for leadership,” said Meena Bose, director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, at Hofstra University. “But this White House doesn’t seem to be interested in any of the traditional norms or approaches to building support for passing legislation.”

Ironically, Washington has sunk to a leadership low when it should be easy for the GOP to get things done.

“This is extraordinary because you’ve got no impeachment, you’ve got no international crisis, and you’ve got one-party rule,” said Edward G. Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania.

He thinks that top congressional leaders missed an opportunity when, after GOP congressmen were fired on during a baseball practice, calls for unity and better dialogue didn’t bring out any action.

“Look, the nation’s fed up, we’re producing idiots on both sides of the aisle,” Rendell said. “We’ve got to bring this country together. Forget about Trump. . . . He’s rendered himself irrelevant. But you could have strong congressional leadership that could do some things for the country. That’s the great tragedy here.”

Congress historically has stepped in at times and flexed leadership muscle. Lyndon Johnson as Senate majority leader was one of the most forceful and effective in history. And in the mid-1990s, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich was so adroit at setting the agenda that President Bill Clinton, at a press conference carried by only one major news network, felt he had to declare, “I am relevant. The Constitution gives me relevance.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell are not always adept at seizing the national spotlight, nor have they been able to unify the competing forces within their caucuses.

“Given the divisions within the Republican Party . . . it wouldn’t be easy under any circumstance,” said Bose, the historian from Hofstra. “I guess the question is, without any pattern of White House leadership to push a bill through to passage, is anything going to happen? The answer seems to be no.”

In some cases, congressional Republicans outperformed Trump in their home districts in the 2016 vote, so they don’t fear him politically or feel they risk repercussions if they ignore his policy desires. In other cases, Republicans have grown tired of his tweets and are willing to openly criticize the chief executive — as many did last week after his crude attacks on MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

And while one of Trump’s frequent campaign claims was that he could win people over and cut deals, his tactics so far have seemed to have the opposite effect. What may have worked in the world of New York real estate and tabloid media has not translated well to Washington.
“Since he changes his mind all the time, they don’t want to commit to anything because they don’t trust him,” said Linda Fowler, a professor at Dartmouth College. “And trust is probably the most important thing a leader has going for him or her in terms of getting people to do things.”

jkupie 07/01/17 05:50 PM

But, isn’t a distracted President what the Globe and Democrats have been working towards? So, you got it, now don’t whine about the result.

Linda Lee 07/01/17 06:35 PM

This is a tired media narrative. I want as little done as possible. Why would it be an accomplishment to destroy Medicaid and the ACA? I hope it doesn’t pass. Why would it be an accomplishment to lower taxes on the wealthy and blow a giant hole in the deficit? I hope the tax code is not “reformed.” I can’t imagine what a nightmare a GOP immigration bill would be.
As you say, Ozark, the GOP is taking a wrecker ball to plenty. Why on earth would we want them to destroy even more?

patcatpatcat 07/01/17 05:50 PM

He has brought no expertise to the office. Only his junior-high mentality. The real concern is the agenda being executed by the Republican Neanderthals who have been enabled by his presidency.

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Miker6 07/02/17 08:49 AM

“Expertise to the office”, patpatcat? Yet another Clueless new Globe poster. Of course you and Globe writers won’t write about Obama’s “Expertise to the office”.
Such as initiating, without approval by Congress, a nuclear deal with the World’s worst enemy. Iran, plus a payment of $ 150 Billion, plus another $ 1.7 Billion in “Cash for Hostages”. And about the latter, Obama flat out LIED about it. Then when caught the Obama administration said that the cash was $ 400 Million. Then a few months later, when caught lying again, admitted that it was $ 1.7 Billion in cash.
Or flat out Lying hundreds of times about the ACA (ObamaCare), and still lying about it today. 
“No Expertise” at anything at all would be better than Obama’s “Expertise”. Which includes Expertise at flat out LYING.

TwentydollarSherWood 07/01/17 05:51 PM

Only in the fevered find of the liberal extremists is the President lurching from one crisis to the other. Liberals hyper-ventilating over an aide sitting on a couch, the length of the President’s ties, where the First Son is living and the other nonsensical matters that are consuming the tiny minds of the Democrats does not at all mean the President has had to deal with any crises.
The Dow is up over 10% since his election, unemployment is continuing to decline on his watch, and our enemies are actually starting to fear American might after 8 years of capitulation by Obama and the President has successfully put a jurist on the Supreme Court of the United States so I’m not sure what ‘crises’ Viser thinks the President has had to address.

user_1107824 07/01/17 06:09 PM

So much BS I don’t know where to start. The Dow has been going up steadily for years due to a slowly but reliably growing and improving economy despite Republican efforts to undermine President Obama’s leadership. Unemployment is declining, but the rate has in fact slowed considerably in the last few months. Most of Trump’s job savings efforts to help a few hundred workers have turned out to be bogus. Under Obama there was real growth of 200 to 250 thousand jobs per month. 
The only fear that we have put into other countries is in our allies who now fear that they can’t trust us. And Putin has us just where he wants us. 
Not to mention, if healthcare is in such dire straits as Trump and the Republicans claim, that is a real crisis that they are apparently not capable of dealing with. His inconstant and confused statements about healthcare give us no comfort that he will help in an way improve things. His only concern is “winning” not in getting better healthcare for all Americans.

Ozark 07/01/17 06:01 PM

This headline is a laughable wish/delusion on the part of the BG. According to today’s WSJ, Tillerson is downsizing the State Department, i.e., draining the swamp at Foggy Bottom. Donald Trump has already placed a dynamic conservative on the Supreme Court and, thanks to nuclear Harry Reid, he will nominate one or two additional justices. I could go on but I have a 6:30 dinner reservation.

sufi66 07/01/17 06:01 PM

Never elect a sociopath.

Burningriver 07/01/17 06:01 PM

It is not like all of the following weren’t obvious before the election: ignorant, inexperienced, impulsive, immature, bigoted, misogynistic, corrupt, dishonest, and only interested in the office for the unlimited opportunity to line his pockets and those of his family.
And yet some people were irresponsible enough to vote for him.

GringoPRico 07/01/17 06:02 PM

The man is a disgrace to the nation and an accurate representation of the deplorables who backed him. No one likes the guy and he is incapable of changing that fact.

joephs9 07/02/17 09:25 AM

Liberals are a disgrace to our nation and everything it stands for. Donald Trump is a great man who so far has accomplished a lot that the globe and the other corrupt media never talk about. One of the many areas is the tremendous progress our Homeland Security groups like ICE are making ridding our country of thousands of criminal illegals that the Obama regime let in. Every day on the ICE website are reports of the thugs they are arresting that have been operating freely under Obama control. Shame on the globe and the unamerican liberals who are trying to destroy our values.

beantowndebater 07/02/17 11:33 AM

and the inclusion with Russia is your favorite Pres. Obama who told the then president of Russia to TELL PUTIN I CAN BE MORE FLEXIBLE AFTER I AM RE-ELECTED….a person who put the lives of the people in our consulate in Benghazi in danger because of political reasons with a election close so he blamed a video and not men marching with rocket launchers and our people waiting for help from our government that NEVER CAME…what came was a private security firm that HIRED an airplane and two of their people were killed trying to save others…and our soldiers stood down…WHY?

GringoPRico 07/02/17 06:36 PM

You are unworthy of mentioning my screen name bendownmasterdebater.

FreedomAndLiberty 07/01/17 06:03 PM

President Trump has already orchestrated the most important aspect of his Presidency by nominating and helping get confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS.
This enabled him to put his travel and immigration ban into effect after 4 Circuit Courts ruled wrongly in blocking his Executive order.
President trump has this countries safety in mind while President Barry O’Bunglar did not.
I’m looking forward to President Trump nominating 1-2 more SCOTUS Justices before the end of his first term is over. If he get to do this, the American people will be safe from progressives attempts to hijack the constitution and implement rules and regulations that overreach for at least two generations.
That’s what I call a successful Presidency!

HurryingHome 07/01/17 06:15 PM

Most trolls believe Donald is a genius.

Ha ha.…

telex108 07/01/17 06:04 PM
Ironic. If this were a large and well-run corporation, Trump would be fired by the board, acting in the shareholders’ interests. Since it’s government, we must wait 3.5 years to vote or try to impeach.

Trump’s calculation is this: By baiting the media with his Twitter account, Trump is both revealing and provoking their instinctive liberal bias, helping undermine their legitimacy. And he is maintaining the energy and commitment of his voter base, which reviles the mainstream press.

…I’ll bet it worked because it’s working now. “Morning Joe” used to be an oasis of intelligent and informed news commentary from both sides of the aisle. But Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s pique at Trump has sent the show crashing into the gutter, just another partisan stage for showcasing Trump hatred. And CNN has shed its labored efforts to portray itself as a neutral alternative to MSNBC and Fox News, working itself up into a fit about Trump and flinging itself over the left, where, as some recent ratings show, it will have a hard time competing with MSNBC.

10:08 AM EST

Yet another reason why Frump has to go…one way or another. However, it’s not going to be enough to get rid of Frump; he’s a symptom of a far greater problem, that being of the Tea-Billies and Trumplings and church fruitcakes who put him in there. Unless you can find an effective control mechanism to keep them form voting, this will happen again.

bronco buster
7/10/2017 10:36 PM EST [Edited]

Trump is a putz and always has been and he continues to prove it on a daily basis. I was a Republican until trumps election but will never vote for them again. It’s absolutely sickening that republicans in the House and Senate continue to make excuses for this dope. They’ve clearly put the party ahead of the country. They need to lose and lose big in every election for the next 50yrs as it may take that long to recover from this presidency.

7/10/2017 11:34 AM EST

The man admires Andrew Jackson. If you didn’t know from that admission…then you just have been given ‘strong delusion.’ The man is insane. He is yawning in the face of America…and saying….’So what….I am a King.’

Still Crying
7/10/2017 11:40 AM EST

Democrats admire Thomas Jefferson as well! Does that mean all Democrats are Slave owners and believe that all men were created equal except Black people?

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Born 1953. Vietnam Veteran. Graduated Ohio State 1980. Have 5 published books. In the Woods Before Dawn; Grandpa's Gone; Longstreet's Assault; Pioneer of Salvation; Three Quarter Cadillac
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