The editors of the New York Times have, predictably, launched a broadside against President Trump. Here’s a sample:
The editorial board does not lightly indict a duly elected president. During Mr. Trump’s term, we have called out his racism and his xenophobia. We have critiqued his vandalism of the postwar consensus, a system of alliances and relationships around the globe that cost a great many lives to establish and maintain. We have, again and again, deplored his divisive rhetoric and his malicious attacks on fellow Americans. Yet when the Senate refused to convict the president for obvious abuses of power and obstruction, we counseled his political opponents to focus their outrage on defeating him at the ballot box.
Nov. 3 can be a turning point. This is an election about the country’s future, and what path its citizens wish to choose.
Mr. Trump stands without any real rivals as the worst American president in modern history. In 2016, his bitter account of the nation’s ailments struck a chord with many voters. But the lesson of the last four years is that he cannot solve the nation’s pressing problems because he is the nation’s most pressing problem.
He is a racist demagogue presiding over an increasingly diverse country; an isolationist in an interconnected world; a showman forever boasting about things he has never done, and promising to do things he never will.
He has shown no aptitude for building, but he has managed to do a great deal of damage. He is just the man for knocking things down.
I will refrain from critiquing their portrayal. Suffice it to say that I agree with them that Mr. Trump is a bad person and a bad president but I think he is a response to basic fundamental problems with our politics which replacing him with a political apparatchik will not solve. Neither will nationwide racial or gender sensitivity training.
If Mr. Trump is defeated at the polls, I do not believe it will solve a darned thing. Far from being the beginning of the end it will mark the end of the beginning.