The US president arrives the coming week from a split society amid signs of a Democratic revival
Reality. We all used to know what it symbolized. The world-wide as it is. Objective facts that provide the foundation for rational- not psychological- judgments and actions.
But the old-fashioned description of world has taken a serious vanquish during the nearly three years Donald Trump, the reality-show president, has been in office. Partly because Trump himself seems to live in a reality separate from the one most of us inhabited. Partly because too many beings still can’t accept the objective facts of his presidency.
This reality car crash will be on full display on Wednesday when Trump attends the Nato heads of government meeting in Watford, while in Washington the House judiciary committee takes over hearings from the intelligence committee, the next step towards his inevitable impeachment. Pictures of pomp and formality and outrageous Trump behaviour will be juxtaposed with affidavit about his high crimes and misdemeanours.
Trump’s presidency has exposed current realities of what America has been for some time: a hopelessly partitioned society whose institutional organizes are rotten. The economy is riddled with corruption. Education is in a wretched state.
The Washington press corps has proved itself incapable of reporting the Trumpian reality. Reporters too often indulge in clickbait speculation about his mental and physical health. They report as knowledge chatter about who is about to quit the administration and blow the whistle on him. So far none of members of the general and other high-ups humiliated and forced out of his cabinet or as chief of staff have done so. Washington journalists is ongoing to feed a commercial-grade framework of journalism where it is understood that reporting objective information doesn’t pay the bills. Speculation and rumour leading to online traffic do.