It seems for some journalists there is no permanently disqualifying behavior by this president — not his campaign grounded in the sickness of birtherism, nor his sexual predations, nor his pro-Nazi sentiments. Trump is always given another chance, long after you would have disowned your child for the same, repeated behavior. Selections from Glenn Thrush:
*Trump is behaving like a man whose future depends on getting this right.
*In announcing his trips [to hurricane-struck regions], he used the dulcet, reassuring and uplifting language of prior presidents.
*A storm that is ravaging low-lying areas gives Mr. Trump a chance to reclaim the presidential high ground.
The selfsame allowance for a Trumpian rebirth holds true for some popular historians, too, such as presidential hagiographer Jon Meacham, whom Thrush quotes:
"So far, he’s been aggressive and forward-leaning, which is encouraging. It’s possible he can get through a cycle, the politics and the substance of a disaster, for the first time in his eight months in office. But you know somebody is going to say something that bothers him, something critical that he sees on cable, and suddenly it becomes fake news, fake weather."
Yes, we do know that, so there will be nothing striking about it. Why, then, begin by saying that Trump's current behavior "is encouraging" and that "it's possible" he can behave for two or three days as would a normal human being rather than as the depraved little creature he is, always has been, and always will be?