Friday, August 18, 2017

Trump agonistes

Is 'dweeb' still a word? If not, it should be, because it perfectly characterizes this Martin Shkreli soul mate. At TNR, Eric Armstrong deftly skewers this putz, Julius Krein, and it is worth reading:

Krein arrived on the national political scene earlier this year when he founded American Affairs, a quarterly journal designed to give bigots intellectual cover for supporting Trump. The young Harvard grad was an irresistible figure, depicted as the rare millennial enfant terrible who, with a precocious smirk, was willing to kick against the pricks. He embarked on a lengthy media blitz, promoting the virtues of Trumpian politics on television, radio, and in print.
But that’s all over now. After Trump defended neo-Nazis in the wake of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, Krein calculated that the time for penance had finally come. He wrote a sober reversal of his position in The New York Times on Thursday, saying that the president has “betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship” and that his actions are “jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life.”
Fair enough. But then Krein launches into a labored justification for why he ever supported Trump in the first place:
He talked about the issue of widening income inequality—almost unheard of for a Republican candidate—and didn’t pretend that simply cutting taxes or shrinking government would solve the problem.
At no point did Trump, a billionaire with a persistent reputation for shortchanging less powerful business partners, ever offer a single detail about how he planned to tackle inequality. And even a cursory knowledge of Trump the real estate magnate would have put this hope to rest.
He criticized corporations for offshoring jobs...
While openly doing it himself.

Mendacious, fact-challenged, logic impaired, pretentious, and arrogant to the nth degree---I've had students like this, and the main reason they end up graduating is because no one on the faculty wants to have them in class any more.

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