The Time 100 came out this week. I don’t remember the last time I picked up an issue of Time magazine, but this year’s edition caught my eye for Paul Ryan’s first foray into literary fiction. (Or is it alternative facts?)
Of Donald Trump, Ryan writes:
A businessman always willing to challenge convention, he has shaken up Washington and laid out an agenda of generational proportions. Never afraid of a battle, he has made it his mission to fight for those who feel forgotten. Where others would pivot, he stays true to who he is. Where others would turn back, he forges ahead. Up close, I have found a driven, hands-on leader, with the potential to become a truly transformational American figure.
Let me attempt to correct the record with a more accurate description:
A failed businessman and huckster, who was always willing to trample over the rights and dreams of others to make another million, has shaken up Washington and the world with incompetence of galactic proportions. Always afraid of even the most trivial assaults on himself and his personal brand, his narcissism causes him to ignore the plight of Americans who feel forgotten in spite of his campaign promises to the contrary. Where his predecessor would double down and fight for the little guy, he constantly wavers. Where others forge ahead, he turns back, except when it comes to lining his own pockets. Up close, and from afar, I have found an unqualified coward who has divided Americans, and who will set this country back by decades.
It’s Monday the 24th of April, 2017. It’s not a normal day.