THE BIG IDEA: If you studied Donald Trump seriously during the campaign, nothing about his first four months in office has been terribly surprising. The former reality television star’s life has always been clouded by chaos and controversy. He overpromises and underdelivers. He plays fast and loose. He’s brash and unapologetic. He’s often failed spectacularly when he tried to do big things. He’s never taken personal responsibility.

In the past few days, several of Trump’s rivals for the Republican nomination have taken I-told-you-so snipes:

  • “I don’t understand why people are that shocked,” Marco Rubio said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “This president ran a very unconventional campaign. … That’s what the American people voted for. And in essence, you know, this White House is not much different from the campaign.”
  • “When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,” Jeb Bush said Friday at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas. “Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency.”
  • “The things that have swirled around this White House are the reasons that caused me not to move forward and support him,” John Kasich said during a CNN town hall last Tuesday. “Part of my concern was not just some of what I saw during that campaign, but also there wasn’t a real grasp on the issues … I don’t like people that say, ‘I told you so,’ but … I was the one Republican who would not endorse Donald Trump.”

On the other hand, if you truly took Trump at his word – i.e. face value – his performance thus far has been shocking. He has repeatedly broken campaign promises big and small, and he’s demonstrated hypocrisy by doing many of the exact same things he used to rip Barack Obama for. His strikes on Syria and escalation of the war in Afghanistan

Source: The Daily 202 from PowerPost

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