PARIS – Donald Trump’s presidency is presenting the world with countless problems. That the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating his campaign and that close associates (his son-in-law and close White House adviser Jared Kushner) will soon be testifying under oath before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about their ties to, and conversations with, Russian officials is something not even John le Carré could have imagined.
The problem with Trump begins with his unfathomable vulgarity. America has seen many things, but not a presidential candidate openly discussing the size of his penis during a televised debate.
The problem is also his pathological hatred of women. For example, in a 1992 conversation with the architect Philip Johnson, reported in New York magazine, Trump said, “You have to treat ’em like shit.” During the campaign, he showed that he still viewed women as disgusting creatures, with – as he said of Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly – “blood coming out of [their] wherever.”
The problem is also his unabashed racism. This is a man who, according to his first wife, long kept a collection of Hitler’s speeches on his bedside table, and who blithely calls blacks “lazy,” derides Mexicans as “rapists,” and judges Muslims collectively guilty for Islamist terrorism.