An American Tragedy – The New Yorker

“Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate but a resilient, intelligent, and competent leader, who never overcame her image among millions of voters as untrustworthy and entitled. Some of this was the result of her ingrown instinct for suspicion, developed over the years after one bogus ‘scandal’ after another. And yet, somehow, no matter how long and committed her earnest public service, she was less trusted than Trump, a flim-flam man who cheated his customers, investors, and contractors; a hollow man whose countless statements and behavior reflect a human being of dismal qualities–greedy, mendacious, and bigoted. His level of egotism is rarely exhibited outside of a clinical environment.”

Wise words from David Remnick.

Source: An American Tragedy – The New Yorker

20 thoughts on “An American Tragedy – The New Yorker

  1. I recently wrote a piece referencing Donald Trump to Apple taxes. “Look at the USA. The only reason Donald Trump has any moment is things are being forced upon countries by the Government of the world, and people have had a gut full, and the Local Government of the country appears not to be listening to the people’s concerns”. I believe we saw this with Brexit, a Red Head Lady here in Australia, in our recent elections, and now Donald Trump. I was just listening to local Radio here in Australia, where the Broadcaster gave a breakdown, who voted for Trump. The Peoples of the World around are starting to stand in Magna Carter proportions rightly or wrongly, due to Government not being able to take the Peoples along with their changes, in being able explain in a confident manner to calm the masses. I believe this is a new rise in People Power and Governments ignore this at their own perils.

  2. I recently wrote a piece referencing Donald Trump to Apple taxes. “Look at the USA. The only reason Donald Trump has any moment is things are being forced upon countries by the Government of the world, and people have had a gut full, and the Local Government of the country appears not to be listening to the people’s concerns”. I believe we saw this with Brexit, a Red Head Lady here in Australia, in our recent elections, and now Donald Trump. I was just listening to local Radio here in Australia, where the Broadcaster gave a breakdown, who voted for Trump. The Peoples of the World around are starting to stand in Magna Carter proportions rightly or wrongly, due to Government not being able to take the Peoples along with their changes, in being able explain in a confident manner to calm the masses. I believe this is a new rise in People Power and Governments ignore this at their own perils.

  3. I read Remnick’s New Yorker piece which reads very much to me as the charmless and vituperative bleat of a bad loser. We suffered one or two similar pieces of negativity here in the UK after the Brexit side won. Remnick seems to have added his own rule 7 to to George Orwell’s 6 Rules for Writing, which is: Never use a more genteel adjective when there is a pejorative one available.”

  4. I read Remnick’s New Yorker piece which reads very much to me as the charmless and vituperative bleat of a bad loser. We suffered one or two similar pieces of negativity here in the UK after the Brexit side won. Remnick seems to have added his own rule 7 to to George Orwell’s 6 Rules for Writing, which is: Never use a more genteel adjective when there is a pejorative one available.”

  5. Kirk, eat it up. You don’t understand your own people. Like the self-assured BBC and the Westminster bubble didn’t understand the people of the UK. We are simply weary of the politically-correct liberals, the assumption you all know best, better than ordinary people with ordinary hopes and fears, better than centuries of history. Donald Trump is no great shakes, it’s a real pity he was the alternative, but in the end anything is better than more of the same. And nobody, but nobody, cares what your journalist says . . .

    • Amen and Amen Graham! I was very disappointed in Kirk leading up to the election. I saw several tweets that he felt compelled to re-tweet that dissed Trump in a very disrespectful way. I thought why is a foreigner even getting involved. Indeed the American people have spoken – we are ready for some real change.

  6. Kirk, eat it up. You don’t understand your own people. Like the self-assured BBC and the Westminster bubble didn’t understand the people of the UK. We are simply weary of the politically-correct liberals, the assumption you all know best, better than ordinary people with ordinary hopes and fears, better than centuries of history. Donald Trump is no great shakes, it’s a real pity he was the alternative, but in the end anything is better than more of the same. And nobody, but nobody, cares what your journalist says . . .

    • Amen and Amen Graham! I was very disappointed in Kirk leading up to the election. I saw several tweets that he felt compelled to re-tweet that dissed Trump in a very disrespectful way. I thought why is a foreigner even getting involved. Indeed the American people have spoken – we are ready for some real change.

  7. I take on board all the arguments about the insularity of the elites leading to these results. The scary thing about ‘popularism’ is it has become acceptable for candidates to blatantly lie, mislead and denigrate — even in the face of the most obvious facts. That’s nothing to do with elitism and everything to do with the rise of cynical demagogues. A new generation of voters has forgotten the lessons of the previous century and the horrific cost of believing propaganda.

    • I agree entirely. To push the line that Hillary was “competent,” her scandals “bogus,” and her “earnest public service” was anything other than self service to the utmost would have made Goebbels proud.

      And look at the horrific cost we will all pay for those lies.

  8. I take on board all the arguments about the insularity of the elites leading to these results. The scary thing about ‘popularism’ is it has become acceptable for candidates to blatantly lie, mislead and denigrate — even in the face of the most obvious facts. That’s nothing to do with elitism and everything to do with the rise of cynical demagogues. A new generation of voters has forgotten the lessons of the previous century and the horrific cost of believing propaganda.

    • I agree entirely. To push the line that Hillary was “competent,” her scandals “bogus,” and her “earnest public service” was anything other than self service to the utmost would have made Goebbels proud.

      And look at the horrific cost we will all pay for those lies.

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