Trump Eruption Concerns

Trump is what he is, even if we struggle to put a name on it, especially in a family newspaper. It's time to play the adult in dealing with him.
Trump is what he is, even if we struggle to put a name on it, especially in a family newspaper. It’s time to play the adult in dealing with him.

It’s not obvious whether we should laugh or cry at the bizarre G7 abuse-fest that erupted from Donald Trump. But while Trudeau is generally out of his depth as prime minister, he didn’t elect Trump and there’s not a lot he can do about the fact that somebody else did. The question is, is he doing what he can?

Somehow opinions remain bizarrely divided on Trump. Forget the large number of Canadians for whom despising “the Donald” is a classic virtue-signalling cheap thrill they also indulged with both Bushes and Reagan. But many otherwise sound conservatives continue to insist he’s crazy like a fox and if he’s personally loathsome it doesn’t matter.

It does. He’s a shallow, ignorant, narcissistic bully, and woe betide the civilization that mocks honour. And while this counter-cultural Frankenstein’s monster, an appalling pastiche of libido, self-absorption and post-modern contempt for truth, might serve the liberals right if the damage could be contained, it can’t.

When Trump mashes together legitimate complaints about foreign protectionism with mouldy mercantilism, paranoia and ignorance, it threatens to bring down the rule-based structure of partially free trade constructed since 1945. And when he goes off on a close ally with terms like “dishonest & weak” it puts the Western alliance under strains it can ill afford ever, let alone given challenges from North Korea and Iran to China. Ditto claiming to want Russia back in the G8.

Even so, the G7 seemed to be going smoothly, and the NAFTA negotiations appeared salvageable, until Trump got to his Twitter account and went nuts. So what was Trudeau meant to do about it? My short answer is, recognize who you’re dealing with and don’t condescend to him.


See Also:

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(2) Average incomes up, but government taking it back

(3) Dairy cartel hits Mad Max

(4) Trudeau just made a major pivot towards toughness with his Iran policy

(5) One map shows why Trump’s trade fight with Canada could end in disaster

(6) Trump’s tearing into Canada’s agricultural policy. Does he have a point?

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Gabby in QC
Gabby in QC

What John Robson and the majority of the MSM missed is this: “What Trudeau did to set Trump off. It will surprise you!” by Brian Lilley (via the SDA blog) Paying close attention to what the CBC’s Rob Russo reported (video clip in Lilley’s blog post) is essential to understanding the current “Trump Eruption”. As with everything else Trudeau does, it’s all about posturing. He wanted to act (his main occupation) like the strong man on campus, repeating the scripted lines about Trump’s claims being “insulting” and “unacceptable”. Adding that we Canadians are polite but that we “won’t be… Read more »