- Michael D’Antonio: America faces two Trumps: “Scripted Trump” (with teleprompter) and “Reckless Trump” (without)
- He says previous presidents have displayed strong personalities while remaining stable leaders. Trump fails to do this
Barack Obama was comfortable rousing partisans with jabs at the GOP at a convention and singing “Amazing Grace” in Charleston, South Carolina.
Think back to FDR and it’s easy to recognize that modern presidents have often shown the world different sides depending on the moment, but always in the context of a steady personality.
Then there is Donald Trump, who also has shown two sides, most dramatically in the past 10 days. After giving a measured statement last week condemning hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, he struck a wildly different tone in an exchange with reporters the next day, drawing widespread condemnation by appearing to equate the far right protesters in that city with those rallying against bigotry.
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