‘The Politics of Cowardice’

“If Reagan’s dominant emotional note was optimism, Trump’s is fear. . . . We have a word for people who are dominated by fear. We call them cowards. Trump was not a coward in the business or campaign worlds. He could take on enormous debt and had the audacity to appear at televised national debates with no clue what he was talking about. But as president his is a policy of cowardice. On every front, he wants to shrink the country into a shell.”

That’s an excerpt from David Brooks’s column in today’s New York Times. Read the full column here.

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