Charles Lane: ‘I Don’t See How Anyone Could Call This a Successful Year’ for Trump
LANE: "Yes, I think — in fact, I was preparing to acknowledge that on his terms, and on the Republican Party’s terms, you have to give credit where credit is due. They have achieved a number of their goals. And you just spared me the work of listing them. But the presidency is both a policymaking job and a statesmanship job. A national embodiment job. A symbolism job. And on that latter part, on the part that revolves around character and temperament and bringing the country together and modeling behavior, this has been a disastrous year. And I would go to issues such as the remarks he made after Charlottesville. The comment — the unprintable comment he made just a couple of days ago. All the tweets. In terms of the part of the presidency that involves representing the country and modeling the kind of behavior that George Washington did when he established the office, I don’t see how anyone could call this a successful year."