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Jonathan Bernstein

Trump’s Goodyear Rant Is a Sign of Desperation

Even if voters don't punish him for it, the president’s bombast has steadily weakened his ability to get anything done.

A salesman without a plan.

A salesman without a plan.

Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been watching normal politicians this week. The ones who stretch the truth from time to time but try to remain anchored in something they can defend as accurate — and who usually appear to be thinking about the consequences of what they say. So I just can’t get over what the U.S. president tweeted today: