The Shirker

Donald Trump’s repeated denials of responsibility for the death of a soldier in Yemen, and his efforts to shift that responsibility to others (President Obama in this case), are evidence of a serious character flaw.  As an article in the Washington Post enumerates (, Trump is constantly shirking responsibility whenever something goes wrong—for the low turnout at his inauguration, for the court decision against his Muslim ban, for his loss of the popular vote in the election, for his firing of Gen. Michael Flynn, for the ongoing investigation of “Russiagate.”  You name it; if Trump loses, it’s someone else’s fault.

We are all too familiar with Trump’s pathological lying.  As a distinguished historian says (quoted in the article above), Trump’s refusal to admit setbacks is also “pathological.”


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