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Saturday, August 19, 2017

For Endorse This today, we need to talk about Donald Trump’s Twitter habits. Not because he’s entertaining, or because his brand of hyper-dramatized realtime performance is like a shot of adrenaline for ratings or clicks.

This man might be running the country.

We’ve written about Trump’s tick for changing his position to fit the exact moment and audience he’s addressing — he’s against taxing the rich in a white paper tax plan meant for GOP insiders, and for it on ABC’s This Week, speaking directly to the Sunday show crowd.

We’ve also written about the outrageous claims he’s made that — even if he is known for switching his position — we must assume are core beliefs of his, if for nothing else than the seriousness of the ideas being proposed: spending tens of billions of dollars on a pointless border wall, banning the world’s second-largest religion, destroying the value of American treasury bonds by trying to “negotiate” payments.

But we should also think about — and will continue to write about — how exactly Donald Trump would operate temperamentally on the world stage. When the cast of the early morning political talk show Morning Joe started criticizing Trump for lashing out at Republican leaders, for example, Trump responded by insulting the hosts of show online — and it wasn’t the first time. In the political and media environment which informs our lives and our votes, this is itself a political act.

Imagine Vladimir Putin in Joe Scarborough’s place — or David Cameron, or Angela Merkel, or Raul Castro, or, for that matter, Mitch McConnell, or Tim Cook, or Ban Ki-moon.

Will this man be the executive and diplomatic voice of the federal government? Will he have nuclear weapons and the NSA at his fingertips?

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