With his national approving ratings falling to around 47%, according to some estimates, a record low during his first term in the White House, Trump faced a tough road to respond to Democratic allegations of his ineptitude from their DNC last week, to be followed by Republicans’ performance starting Monday through Thursday.
What he said can be expected in some version for the next three nights, during which he also plans to give his own discourse on a state of his re-election potential. He explained how the US could take one of two paths yesterday: in his style of over-simplification, some would say it seems, he said the US could choose a path that would be horrible, or one much more brilliant with him in charge and GOP policies in place for the next four plus years. Also, he blamed how COVID-19, which is more detrimental to his re-election prospects than other recent events or maybe his whole presidency, is a terrible plague from China, which he seemed to hint only his new administration could handle.
Many said Trump is unfit for office among Democratic pundits last week, some even diagnosing him with textbook mental illness based on narcissism. But who gave Trump his harshest put down? One candidate for that dubious honor could go to a shifting political animal, former presidential candidate and mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire spender on his own campaign and ruthless speaker who called for Trump to be fired, as any employee with the president’s current job performance record should be.
For one, Bloomberg, speaking on night four, the last, of the DNC, reminded listeners how Trump’s New York real-estate background and subsequent reality stardom is a sham. Most of all, Trump drove six companies into the ground, so he is disqualified for president on his business record alone, implied Bloomberg, who took American Somoa’s delegate vote majority at the Democrats’ event, but none others, noted the New York Times.
Bloomberg said he was a Republican once, as well as a Democrat now and also had been an Independent. But he bases his politics on leaders as who they are as people, instead of choosing along party lines. Then he listed where else Trump is a failure, more or less, who is proving a track record of incompetence on top of a reputation for deceitfulness and egotism.
First, in policy terms, as Bloomberg likes to approach them with a business-like efficiency, and is praised for in some analysis, according to the Times, he said Trump never made basic infrastructure improvements, much needed throughout the nation to improve commerce and keep people safe.
Further, Bloomberg said Trump has failed to provide research and development funding in US technology and other industries, as well as letting education for Americans fall by the wayside in times of coronavirus, with redesigned school plans, or a need for them soon.
Freedom, democracy, and equality were all what America is founded on, from Lexington Common to a swamp that became our nation’s capitol. For Bloomberg, sanity, competence, and a sense of return to normal will be best “for all of us” with Biden and Harris in office, he concluded.
Before him, former South Bend, IN, mayor Pete Buttigieg said his marriage is based on love, but legalized by political efforts. And Trump wants to pack courts so conservative judgeships will be a main part of his legal legacy, meaning that marriage for some, like many other LGTBQ+ couples since a landmark Supreme Court Decision in 2015, would have not be approved, as well if something controversial came up again like that in the future.
Further, as CNN said before the RNC kickoff, “It will be interesting to see how well the Republicans adapt to the fusion of virtual and live formats that have been forced on them after wasting months, at Trump’s insistence, vainly searching for a locality that would allow them to host a traditional convention.” Whether Bloomberg’s tirade against his current opponent party’s incumbent will prove persuasive in the long term will be more clear once all those four days of GOP convention finish out. They are off to the expected start, with Trump taking in his official nomination in stride. Going forward, this period will give a sense of where the two parties stand before November’s vote. Still, the GOP, as part of paring down their convention program for COVID-19 limitation reasons, has said that they will stick to Trump’s America first policy guideline, and will not adopt a formal policy platform this time around. If Bloomberg is right, America needs more than a president who thinks himself great, but one who can deliver on a crisis in many areas of need.