He is 91 now, decades removed from politics. But with former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton presenting a thoughtful opinion piece in the New York Times last week, I am reminded of the time he visited The Columbian’s Editorial Board.
It was three years ago, and Gorton had some prescient thoughts about the presidential election that was underway.
“Trump wants to make a deal. He talks about how well he is at making deals. But Trump’s definition of a deal is, ‘I win, you lose;’ it’s a zero-sum game,” Gorton said in May 2016. “But the deals the president of the United States makes aren’t like that. With a really good deal, both sides benefit.”
Sounds insightful. Trump has spent his presidency tearing down international relationships and violating the Emoluments Clause. And for anybody who insists Trump is working for the good of the United States rather than his personal interests, we ask one simple question: What in the world are Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner doing in the White House?
Not that Gorton was enamored with Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee, he said, “has no guiding philosophy except what’s good for the Clinton family.”