President Donald Trump’s administration has already earned the dubious distinction of being engulfed in the biggest scandal in American history, multiple historians tell Axios.
In fact, historian Jon Meacham tells Axios that Trump’s administration is so scandal-plagued that it “transcends scandal” in a way that is without precedent in American history.
“It’s a national crisis in the sense of a period of elevated stakes, high passions, and possibly permanent consequences,” he explains. “We’re in the midst of making history more than we are reflecting it.”
Starting with Trump’s hush money payoffs to adult film star Stormy Daniels, then moving to negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow while running for president, and then finally touching on Trump overruling national security officials to grant security clearance to his own daughter and son-in-law, Axios paints a portrait of a president who is completely unbound by any ethical or moral scandals.
“Historians tell Axios that the only two scandals that come close to Trump-Russia are Watergate, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, and the Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s, in which oil barons bribed a corrupt aide to President Warren Harding for petroleum leases,” Axios writes. “But historians say that both Watergate and Teapot Dome were more limited because a foreign power wasn’t a central player, and a much narrower band of potential offenses was under investigation.”
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Love It or Leave It? Under Trump Number of Americans Who Want to Move Out of the Country Skyrockets
‘Trump Himself May Be the Primary Motivator’
“America: Love it or leave it” was a popular refrain printed on bumperstickers in the 1960’s, and a pro-war slogan during the Vietnam War. Five decades later, under President Trump, the number of Americans who would like to “leave it” is skyrocketing.
According to the pollsters at Gallup, when George W. Bush was president 11 percent of Americans wanted to exit the country permanently. Under President Barack Obama, the number dropped to 10 percent.
Under President Trump, the number has skyrocketed: now 16 percent of Americans would like to leave the United States. Gallup calls it a record.
The “exiters” are primarily anti-Trump. “22% who disapprove of Trump would like to move vs. 7% who approve,” says Gallup, adding that, “most of the recent surge in Americans’ desire to migrate has come among groups that typically lean Democratic and that have disapproved of Trump’s job performance so far in his presidency: women, young Americans and people in lower-income groups.”
Reaction to Trump has become a gender issue. Before Trump, “there was no difference between men’s and women’s desires to move.” But under Trump, the number of women has almost doubled from the number of men.
Trump is likely the “primary motivator,” says Gallup, noting that “if Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, they are more likely to want to leave the U.S.”
Hat tip: The Hill
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