Donald Trump has presented himself as a strong man, with statements like “I alone can fix it.” And people have feared that he’d be a strongman like Vladimir Putin, whom Trump has praised along with other tyrannical foreign thugs.
But what if Trump is actually weak?
I’m not complaining. I like Trump’s backing away from some elements of these pledges. I wish he’d back off even further.
But the fact is that he’s wavering even before he’s been sworn in.
When I was growing up, I heard that all bullies are cowards: Pressure them and they’ll fold.
Is Trump folding under the pressure of becoming president?