What a pleasure it is to have an oafish President like Donald Trump to kick around. It doesn’t get any better for conventional politicians or the mainstream media that fawns on those bipartisan hacks. Trump, the world’s most powerful leader, is such a worthy target that even his dimmest critics seem profound in comparison.
After all, he is playing fast and easy with the nuclear war threat, is blindly indifferent to climate change, expresses contempt for international trade and arms control agreements, dares to criticize the Affordable Care Act as a fatally flawed system of medical coverage and threatens the wholesale expulsion of undocumented immigrants. Outrageous.
Or is it? Sure, Trump is a demagogue of epic proportions. Regarding issues like Middle East refugees and immigration, he dangerously echoes Europe’s neofascist fringe, whose candidates have made strong showings in a number of parliamentary elections, most notably in