A New Year’s Wish for Donald Trump

Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

By Robert Reich /

Donald Trump issued the
following tweet on the last day of 2016: “Happy New Year to all, including to
my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t
know what to do. Love!”

The man who is about to
become President of the United States continues to exhibit a mean-spirited,
thin-skinned, narcissistic and vindictive character.

Trump sees the world in
terms of personal wins or losses, enemies or friends, supporters or critics.

He hasn’t yet figured out
that a president holds a position of public trust that transcends personal
animus. A president is supposed to represent all Americans, including those who
voted against him and may continue to oppose him. 

In a democracy, those who
fight against a president’s policies are not his personal enemies; they are
political opponents and critics. A democracy depends on the freedom to oppose
those in power, without fear of reprisal, without being denigrated or labeled
an enemy.

Happy New Year, Mr. Trump.
You have until Jan. 20 to learn how to act as a president. All of us – even those who oppose your policies and worry about your character – sincerely hope you do.  

Robert Reich
Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the…
Robert Reich

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