At a Norfolk, Virginia ceremony today, President Trump commissioned the new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.
There are manifold ironies afoot here.
One ship sets sail as another conceivably sinks. Is that sinking ship the Trump presidency or our American democracy?
We have a naval vessel, honoring an honorable public servant, launched by someone who’s something less than that.
At the ceremony, Trump declares that the warship will cause America’s enemies to “shake with fear,” even as he confoundingly cozies up to arguably our main adversary, Vladimir Putin.
But the prime irony could be yet to come: Gerald Ford quite possibly lost the 1976 presidential election because he pardoned Richard Nixon. That fact could well weigh on the mind of President-in-Waiting Mike Pence as he ponders his 2020 options, should Trump be forced out of office before then.