It is well known that Donald Trump hates almost all media. When he was in hospital with his coronavirus infection, he raged on Twitter in capital letters: “FIGHT THE CORRUPT FAKE NEWS PRESS. VOTES! ”On the weekend, the US president delivered further evidence during the election campaign: He described the“ mainstream media ”as“ enemies of the people ”and accused them of not reporting on“ the world‘s greatest story ”- meaning the alleged corruption of his democratic Challenger Joe Biden, who has an average of ten percentage points ahead in national polls.
One of the favorite enemies of the Republican Trump is the renowned “New York Times” (NYT). The tide had already turned in early October behind Biden posed. Previously, the editorial board of the Washington Post had officially expressed their support for Biden and his vice-candidate Kamala Harris, calling Trump the “worst president of modern times”.
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Now the NYT is stepping up. In a haunting opinion piece, commentators urged the US newspaper to vote out Trump. Under the heading “End our national crisis”, the editorial board writes that Trump’s re-election efforts are “the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.”
The commentators work independently from the newsroom. Your contribution does not refer to specific statements by the President, but to his almost four-year term in office. It continues: “The enormity and variety of Mr. Trump’s offenses can be overwhelming. Repetition has dulled the feeling of outrage and the accumulation of new excitement leaves little time to go into the details. “
The commentators deepen their allegations in further articles using the example of individual topics. Among other things, they criticize Trump’s handling of women, blacks and members of the LGBTQ group and his ignorance of scientific knowledge.
“What is already known is shocking enough”
The “foundations of American civil society” had already crumbled before Trump announced his candidacy for presidential candidacy in 2015, the article said. “But he has exacerbated the worst tendencies in American politics: under his leadership, the nation has become more polarized, paranoid and mean.” It could take decades for the full extent of his wrongdoing to come to light. “But what is already known is shocking enough.”
Trump has abused the power of his office and denied legitimacy to his political opponents, which has shaken the norms that have held the nation together for generations. The President subsumed the public interest under the profitability of his business and political interests. “He has shown a breathtaking disregard for the life and freedoms of Americans. He is a man who is unworthy of the office he holds, ”says the NYT.
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Commentators write, “The editorial board does not lightly indict a legally elected president.” Yet, “The resilience of American democracy has been severely tested by Mr. Trump’s first term in office. Four more years would be worse. “
In contrast to all of his modern predecessors, he refused to commit himself to a peaceful transfer of power, “and suggests that his victory is the only legitimate result and that if he does not win, he is ready to face the judgment of the American people To challenge in court or even in the street ”.
“The Worst President in Modern History”
Trump stands with no real rivals as the worst American president in modern history. In 2016, his bitter portrayal of the nation’s suffering hit the nerve of the time with many voters. “But the lesson of the past four years is that he cannot solve the nation’s pressing problems because he is the nation’s most pressing problem.”
It goes on to say; Trump is “a racist demagogue”, “an isolationist in a networked world“, “an eternal showman who boasts about things he has never done and who promises to do things he will never do”. The president flooded the public with “lies”, “disinformation” and “propaganda”. He is adamant when it comes to denigrating opponents and is reluctant to condemn violence from those he sees as allies.
Trump’s inadequacies as a leader would have been particularly painful during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of working to save lives, he treated the pandemic as a public relations issue. He lied about the danger, challenged the expertise of public health officials and resisted taking the necessary precautions. “In September, he stated that the virus ‘affects virtually no one’ the day before the death toll from the disease surpassed 200,000 in the United States. Nine days later, Mr. Trump fell ill. “
“End our national crisis”
The US is the worst hit country in the world by the pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday morning, more than 219,200 people had died as a result of Covid 19 disease, and more than 8.1 million were verifiably infected with the corona virus.
Other modern presidents have acted illegally or made catastrophic decisions, the article continues. Richard Nixon used the power of the state against his political opponents. Ronald Reagan had ignored the spread of AIDS, Bill Clinton had been charged with lying and obstruction of justice, and George W. Bush had led the nation to war on false pretenses. But, the commentators said: “Trump has surpassed decades of presidential misconduct in a single term.” Commentators’ clear appeal: “End our national crisis.” November 3rd could be a turning point. “This is a choice about the future of the country and which way the citizens want to go.”