Often he acted not by following any grand design but by sheer instinct, hastily improvising. . .He deliberately fostered disarray among his own people. . .Disorder, delays, and muddle were frequently the watchwords; problems were met principally by improvisation, not long-term strategy.When I read that, I thought the writer (Jay Winik), was writing about Trump. It turns out, however, that he was writing about FDR. And now that I think about it, FDR and Trump have a lot of similarities in addition to those noted above:
- Use of Communications Technology: FDR pioneered the effective use by a President of that cutting edge technology of the day, radio, while Trump pioneered the use of Twitter.
- Infrastructure Projects: Both were/are big supported of massive government supported projects, FDR via the WPA, Trump, for example, wants to build a massive wall separating Mexico and the United States.
- Wealth: Both were/are extremely wealthy, yet appealed politically to the common/deplorable man/woman.
- Great Britain: FDR was allied with Great Britain, Trump wants to form and even tighter alliance with Great Britain.
- Russia: FDR allied with the communists in Russia to defeat Hitler; Trump was allegedly helped in his campaigning by the Russians.
- Political Opposition: Both were/are profoundly hated by their political opposition.
Many have noted that Trump is an anomaly by being the first person to win the presidency after never having held political office, not to mention having people of both parties against him as well as the media and being outspent 2 to 1 by his opponent.
But he still, by definition, has to have some past president that he's most similar to. I think that past president is FDR. What do y'all think?