Given with the likelihood his political party will lose badly in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump has speculated that a 9/11 type event could save the Republican party, reported the Washington Post.
“In private conversations,” said the Post, “Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”
This is obviously a very dangerous speculation for a president to make, especially when that president has an authoritarian leadership style, and chooses to lead by fear, as Trump does.
Matthew Yglesias at Vox.com wrote, “(T)his is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining.”
“(I)f the president and his top staff are not so concerned with democracy but purely political power, that’s a terrifying proposition,” said Matthew Yglesias at Vox.com
If Trump believes that a terror attack will be a boon to his political fortunes, asked Vox, “How hard is he really working to keep the country safe?”
If any president thinks like this, that president is clearly showing he chooses himself and his political party leaders over the best interests of the country, and even over the lives of the citizens he is supposed to be protecting.