It is not an absolute requirement for any who write or comment on the politics and policies of President Donald Trump, and who also oppose the polices and detest the man, to renounce the use of reason and abandon the exercise of logic. But such scribes find it gorgeously convenient to do so.
Reason sets boundaries, and logic is a screen, and both insist on homage to reality and fairness, even from those in the grip of compulsive malice or seeking the easy applause of manic Hillaryites and Democratic superpartisans. Self-emancipated from the “surly bonds” of reason and logic, visceral anti-Trump reporters and columnists (and they are legion) are free to range with the wildest thoughts, the most outrageous alarms and the most noxious speculations about the “madman/fascist” in the White House.
In a parallel to Tacitus’ grim observation “they make a desert and call it peace,” the journalists of the Trump Resistance fashion nightmares and call them news.
President Trump insists that he is putting America first. This receives the tormented translation that he is a “white nationalist,” a “white supremacist” (a category that has suddenly emerged from its crypt of irrelevance and virtual anachronism into modish press-fed ubiquity) who prioritizes his “personal hatreds” over “good faith” and facts.
Mr. Trump’s signature declaration is but a statement of the necessarily obvious. He is the president of America. Is there some other country whose interest he should put first? Does Justin Trudeau put Canada, even in his deliquescent vision of its post-national existence, first? I hope so. Because otherwise he’s working for Mexico or the UN.