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Wall Street Journal: Trump Risks Being 'Fake President'

| by Michael Allen

The Wall Street Journal published a skewering editorial about President Donald Trump on March 21.

The conservative-leaning newspaper took aim at Trump's assertion that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the 2016 election, according to Mediaite, a claim both FBI Director James Comey and Republican leaders of House and Senate intelligence committees have denied.

The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp, brought its corporate sister Fox News into the mix, reports Raw Story:

If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world?

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We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

The newspaper also said Trump got away with this type of behavior during the presidential campaign because of his supporters and an untrustworthy opponent:

All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton.

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But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.

Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.

A March 17 editorial in The Yucatan Times scolded American spring breakers who reportedly chanted, "Build that wall!" while partying on a ship off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, on March 13.

The Mexico-based editorial board noted this was not an isolated incident:

Several Mexican tourists on board the ship expressed their annoyance, but the Americans did not stop at all and continued singing the racist hymn.

This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal Mediaite, Raw Story, The Yucatan Times / Photo Credit: Al Drago/The New York Times via The Star

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