- Apr 24, 2020
So what you're saying is that you personally hold Trump to a different standard than everyone else. I understand. You hate the man, and are insistent on seeing the worst of all things within him, and it frustrates you that I won't play that game.What do you mean "implied threats"? He happily speculated in public about firing Fauci. His minions like Navarro were busy briefing against Fauci long before. And even before covid-19, Trump loved firing people: he made a big show of it every time he did, and his record of firing people (some of them, in usual government way, forced resignations rather than firings) speaks for itself.
And yes, you need to get your head round the fact that Trump is a capricious, authoritarian man. Insecure and intolerant of dissent or disagreement, and cruel (as described by his own sister) with it. This is how workplaces run by ill-tempered bullies operate: everyone learns the importance of keeping the boss happy, even at the expense of honesty or doing a proper job. I've worked for such a person, almost everyone I know has, and it is always the same: fear, stress, unhappiness. "Pulling strings" suggests more intent and deviousness than may actually be there: it doesn't need to be a deliberate strategy, it's just what happens with that sort of toxic manager.