opinion Alan Draper Opinion contributor Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 The challenge that President Trump poses to critics is to maintain a sense of balance and dignity amidst the turbulence his unpredictability and impulsiveness creates. His compulsive lying breeds hyperbole in return from critics. His paranoia begets paranoia. His drama causes his critics to hyperventilate. It is hard to retain a sense of proportion and lucidity amidst his lack of them. But failure to approach the current situation with sobriety in the face of his constant provocations is necessary in order to distinguish genuine political challenges from fake ones. For example, in reaction to Trump’s claims that elections are rigged, the left has developed its own version of this charge, citing restrictive voter identification laws that target poor and minority voters, and partisan gerrymandering that maximizes the efficiency of Republican votes. In fact, on balance, across the … [Read more...] about Dear liberals, have more faith in your legacy. Donald Trump is not the apocalypse.
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DONALD Trump’s net worth has fallen by £100 million in the past year - making him the poorest he’s ever been since experts began tracking his wealth. The US President is now worth a measly £2 billion, following profit loss at Trump Tower in Manhattan and several of the golf courses which he privately owns. Reports detailing the many empty rooms at Trump Tower in New York surfaced this year, to the embarrassment of the president. The vacancies were said to be a result of the outspoken president and property mogul’s polarizing policies and behaviour. Some resorts who had previously done business with Trump cut ties and removed his name from their businesses when he was elected president. Trump’s 16 golf courses and resorts dropped by £52 million in value this financial year - they are now worth about £450 million. But it’s not all bad news. The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C made £29 million profit this financial year, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s net worth falls by £100 MILLION making him poorer now than at any time since experts started tracking his wealth
AT any other time, I would support missile strikes against a vile regime using illegal chemical weapons to slaughter helpless men, women and children. I just feel uneasy when real weapons are being fired and Donald Trump is calling the shots. This is the centenary of World War One, when chlorine gas turned to hydrochloric acid in the lungs of soldiers like my grandfather on the Somme. We should not turn a blind eye. PM Theresa May insists the use of chemical weapons is intolerable wherever it is used. “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised — either within Syria, on the streets of the UK or elsewhere,” she said. Nor would it be right for us to seek international condemnation of Russia for its nerve agent attack on UK soil then sit it out while America and France punished WMD carnage in Syria. The allies successfully inflicted a precision surgical strike. So my worry is not whether it was the right response. It is about the erratic and … [Read more...] about Petulant man-baby Donald Trump’s foreign policy fails on the world stage
Donald Trump is set to hit Russia with a new wave of economic sanctions on Thursday, with oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin expected to be affected. Yulia Skripal, the daughter of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, has spoken for the first time since their poisoning to say her father was “sleeping”. It raises hopes that both may survive the Salisbury attack and give investigators vital clues about how they were poisoned and why they were targeted. Russia’s war of words with Britain escalated on Wednesday, with Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to London, giving a 90-minute press conference. He said Russia had never possessed or produced novichok, the nerve agent used in the attack, and claimed Moscow’s offer of consular support to Ms Skripal had been denied. The Foreign Office said Ms Skripal had rejected the request herself. Senior US officials have said that more action would be taken against Russia to … [Read more...] about Donald Trump set to hit Russian oligarchs with new sanctions
An Afghan man has received death threats and been forced to move house after naming his son Donald Trump. When Asadullah Poya’s wife gave birth to their third child in a tiny village in rural Afghanistan, he immediately thought of the then presidential hopeful. He had just read a Dari translation of what appears to be Trump: How To Get Rich, published in 2004 by the then-star of The Apprentice. “I thought, ‘this is a great man’,” Mr Poya said. It has not. Relatives and neighbours were furious that he broke with tradition and gave his son a non-Muslim name. He was forced to move his family to Kabul, and they have received death threats online. Mr Poya’s own parents were furious that he had given their grandchild a non-Muslim name. The imam of the village mosque devoted an entire Friday sermon to the matter, calling the name an insult. The opposition does not have much to do with Mr Trump’s politics, but with the decision to break with tradition … [Read more...] about Afghan man forced to move house after naming son Donald Trump