Mark Burnett helped turn Donald Trump into a national figure with “The Apprentice.” But since 2016, his impact “has kind of gone bust.”
Ron Fournier“Like his greatest creation, Mr. Trump — who sought and then lost an idiotic television ratings war on Thursday night with Joe Biden — Mr. Burnett seems to be struggling to keep his grip on the cultural moment.”
A final pre-election case for understanding the president as a noisy weakling, not a budding autocrat.
Ron Fournier“And seeing its current enemy clearly, as a feckless tribune for the discontented rather than an autocratic menace, is essential to the wisdom that a Biden presidency needs.”
This whole administration is a superspreader event.
Ron Fournier“What we have seen over recent days is Donald Trump’s presidency in miniature, his worst traits distilled. Two in particular — mendacity and recklessness — are on especially unsettling display.”
As President Trump remained hospitalized, the situation was an example of why politicians are advised to be humble, or act humble, if they can possibly stand it.
Ron Fournier“If a leader acts humble, they are open to learning,” said Michael Maccoby, a Washington psychoanalyst and anthropologist who has advised top executives across business and government. “They are open to different kinds of expertise”
Ron Fournier.@FrankBruni on convention speakers:
“And they are scaring me, because they are demonstrating Trump’s most formidable advantage over Joe Biden, which isn’t incumbency. It’s shamelessness.”
When the former president speaks on Tuesday, it will be the first Democratic convention in 36 years where he will be little more than a bystander, as the party he once led to the political center shifts steadily to the left.
Ron Fournier“When the former president speaks on Tuesday, it will be the first Democratic convention in 36 years where he will be little more than a bystander, as the party he once led to the political center shifts steadily to the left.”
President Trump continues to press for a quick return to life as usual, but Republicans who fear a rampaging disease and angry voters are increasingly going their own way.
Ron Fournier“The president got bored with it,” David Carney, an adviser to the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, said of the pandemic. He noted that Mr. Abbott, a Republican, directs his requests to Mr. Pence, with whom he speaks two to three times a week.
Isabelle Papadimitriou, 64, a respiratory therapist in Dallas, had been treating a surge...
Ron Fournier“Now ...she feels betrayed by her country and home state. For the past two weeks, she and her husband have been calling funeral homes in Brownsville, unable to get through because the town has been overwhelmed by the virus”
~ @JoelAchenbach et al