Chris Murphy

Witcover: Trump's credibility not standing up well to national tragedies

Witcover: Trump's credibility not standing up well to national tragedies

In politics as in salesmanship, credibility is said to be the essential element. Donald Trump, for all his transparent misrepresentations, lies and exaggerations, still manages to hold onto it with millions of his supporters.

Thus, on one hand he showed no hesitation in giving the overwhelmed mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a poor rating in dealing with Hurricane Maria. Then, on the other, he waxed somberly about the "pure evil" of the madman who gunned down 59 people from the windows of his room in a luxury hotel in Las Vegas.

Almost a week passed before he went to Puerto Rico, after accusing Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto of "poor leadership" in the...

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