One man's opinion of a trade war, probably waged with an intended consequence:
Trump’s Trade War is tanking US Economy & Destroying 70 Years of World Order https://t.co/IiNbutXYbp— Juan Cole (@jricole) August 16, 2019
Well, that's the point, isn't it? For a piece about a Trump rally in Cincinnati, Matt Taibbi garnered a lot of quotes from the Trump faithful. He observes that the President typically
creates controversies so quickly that no one can keep track of them all. When the dust settles, everyone is covered with welts and King Donald is bragging about having done it all on purpose, which he may have. In the end, what everyone remembers is Trump antagonists tying themselves in knots over his whims.
When everyone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to his wife to Lindsey Graham expressed revulsion — dude, kids? — Trump finally signed an executive order reversing the policy. He then characteristically blamed the mess on Democrats. By then, the situation had become a fiasco and, like all things in the Trump era, a media goat rope of monstrous proportions.
But the best example of creating disaster to blame others was flagged by St. Louis-based Sara Kendzior, she of "The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America." (She even posted this twice on her Twitter feed; not enough.)
Trump interview from 2014 praises Putin, says he spoke to him personally. And says crash, riots will fix US economy. https://t.co/j2xIipPrUU— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 1, 2016
Beginning at 2:02, Donald Russia comments
Now, you know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell, and everything is a disaster, then you'll have a, you know, you'll have riots to go back where we used to be, when we were great.
Taibbi quotes one Trump rally goer as remaking "the cool thing about Trump is that it's just about being an American." For the President, the cool thing is attempting to fulfill his ultimate wish, that America "goes to total hell," because he may have unique, intimate knowledge of that special location.