Going down the list

First item on Joshua Foust’s list:

From that NBC News piece:

Trump’s transition website is now equipped with the official “.gov” federal web address.

And while the “Meet The President Elect” section is typically dedicated to outlining an official’s vision and background, there is one particular emphasis in his resume.

More than one-quarter of Trump’s bio refers to his business properties around the world.

The focus on Trump’s individual private properties, from which he draws his income, is a break from the political norms of a candidate transitioning into the White House.

Barack Obama, for example, had a similar bio page during his transition as president elect that outlined his career achievements and charitable work. Nowhere did Obama mention his books, which were best-sellers and the driving source of his wealth while he served in the White House.

In other words, you don’t use your official government website to market your wares. Not cool. Not classy. Not what the whole thing is for. Not ok. Not according to the norms. Not normal.

Second item in Foust’s list:

That’s from The Hill last April:

In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post published Saturday, Trump said he would want high-level federal employees to sign nondisclosure agreements.

“When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels, and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that,” Trump said.

“A man” of course is code for “Me Donald Trump.” It doesn’t apply to other, ordinary men. It’s only about Him, Donald Trump.

That Post interview:

Trump also said that the United States has lost its standing in the world and that he would make people “respect our country. I want them to respect our leader.” Asked how he would do so, Trump cited an “aura of personality.”

He wants to make people respect him. “The country” is a proxy for him, but he can’t keep up the disguise long. “I want them to respect Me, our leader.”

Plus he thinks he has a respect-worthy “aura of personality.”

None of that is normal.


More to follow.

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