David Rothkopf is the CEO of The Rothkopf Group, LLC, producers of podcasts including Deep State Radio, which he hosts. Formerly, he was CEO and editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine and a senior official in the Clinton Administration. He has taught international affairs at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins/SAIS, and Georgetown University, and is the author of Running the World (2005), Superclass (2008), Power, Inc. (2012), National Insecurity (2014), The Great Questions of Tomorrow (2016), and, forthcoming in October, Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump. (July 2020)

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‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America’s Worst Ever Leader?

President Donald Trump attending a D-Day commemoration against a backdrop featuring America’s wartime president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Portsmouth, England, June 5, 2019

Alexander Hamilton observed that “the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion.” Trump is a sign that we as a nation have lost our way. A confusion of celebrity for leadership, fame for accomplishment, and popularity for genius has given us, just as Hamilton warned, “a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune.” November’s election is a judgment day for this nation’s form of republican government. Else, only “civil commotion” awaits us.