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The best explanation for Trump’s presidency: He’s acting like a real estate developer

June 12, 2019

By Megan McArdle : washingtonpost – excerpt

Most administrations come into power with some roughly recognizable templates for both domestic and foreign policy, shaped by the history and personnel of previous administrations. But President Trump has been bound by no ideology and is largely unmoored from the vast apparatus of professional Republicanism. While he has occasionally looked much like a normal Republican — most notably when appointing Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and pushing through a massive tax cut — he has more often surprised, not to say astonished.

Charging into ceaseless trade wars, casually threatening real wars, moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, supporting Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court despite an accusation of teenaged sexual assault, all heedless of expert advice or his parlous poll numbers in battleground states . . . whatever this is, it’s not GOP normal…(more)

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