The corrosive anger of President Donald Trump
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that he will pull out the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
As reported by the Washington Post, "Trump’s decision alarmed leaders around the world, drawing
swift condemnation from foreign officials as well as top U.S.
environmentalists and corporate titans, who decried the U.S. exit from
the Paris accord as an irresponsible abdication of American leadership. But
Trump cast his decision as a 'reassertion of America’s sovereignty,'
arguing that the climate pact as negotiated under President Obama was
grossly unfair to the U.S. workers and companies."
President Trump went on to say “At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start
laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens and
we want fair treatment for its taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders
and other countries laughing at us anymore — and they won’t be.”
Knowing the extent of the man's fragile ego, it's no stretch that Trump equates the slight, the "laughing at us," of the country equally, if not more, with himself. It's a blustery "we'll show them" attitude that is part and parcel with his bullying personality.
And reporters, writers and commentators are constantly calling him on it, none more so with recent effect than Rebecca Solnit. She is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine where, bi-monthly, she writes the magazine's long-standing "Easy Chair" essay.
Her most recent was titled "Facing the Furies," on the issues of rage and anger in today's world, and she addresses in part the problem with the Trump presidency:
She took a more eloquent, but equally biting take on Trump in her essay for Literary Hub titled "The Loneliness of Donald Trump," subtitle "On the Corrosive Privilege of the Most Mocked Man in the World." It's a read I can't recommend highly enough.
In an essay filled with memorable passages -- and the last graph is an absolute killer -- here's one paragraph that I hope will spur you on to read Solnit's entire essay: