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Trump’s recklessness is dangerous

January 18, 2019

The nation is unsettled as we enter 2019. Every day brings a new crisis: the shutdown saga, trade war skirmishes, blockbuster revelations about Russian meddling in our election. As in a blizzard, it’s hard to orient without a center line.

The ship of state is listing into the maelstrom of its own chaos as a national emergency declaration over a phony crisis appears imminent.

Unprecedented, but not surprising. We were warned. In February 2014, Donald Trump told Fox News: “You know what solves it?” he said of America’s sorry state. “When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have a (chuckles), you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.”

Three years later, shortly after the inauguration, Trump’s senior policy advisor Steve Bannon, a self-described Leninist, vowed a daily fight for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Bannon may have been banished, but his fight continues as the Administration insults our allies and praises corrupt despots while casually abandoning battlefield partners and international treaties. At home, our government is gutting regulations that safeguard the economy, human health and the natural environment.

Trump’s recklessness is unprecedented. It’s dangerous. It will continue as long as he remains in office.

Norman Senjem, Rochester

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