Robert Reich: My New Year’s Wish For Donald Trump – OpEd

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 20 days in which 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.


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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL.

3 thoughts on “Robert Reich: My New Year’s Wish For Donald Trump – OpEd

  • January 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    Mr. Trump’s tweets speak to his constituency. I think his cabinet is such that when he fails to deliver to them what he promised, he can blame “Washington insiders”.

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  • January 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm
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    Midget monster troll strikes again.

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  • January 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm
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    Mr Reich, did you back the losers? I suggest you take an attitude check, Mr Trumps tweet is in the only language the demorats understand as playing by the ‘marquis of queensbury’ is not on their agenda. So stop crying

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