A worker manipulates coils of steel at Xiwang Special Steel in Zouping County in eastern China’s Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Opinion writer

President Trump doesn’t have enough creativity. All he has are stale and weak insults. “If Saturday evening was any indication, we’re in for many bonkers Trump rallies ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. Speaking for more than an hour to a crowd in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump described newly announced tariffs his ‘baby,’ discussed executing drug dealers, described an NBC journalist as a ‘sleeping son of a bitch,’ and called a black congresswoman ‘low IQ.’ ”

It’s not enough to just beat Trump. “If Americans want to defend not just against Trump’s attacks on institutions like the FBI and the Justice Department, but also against the larger danger to constitutional government he represents, we first need to understand how populism has survived — and even spread — in other countries.” Read the whole thing.

Trump’s not smart enough to understand he’s already been snookered. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is far tougher than he on North Korea. “There are things we could ask North Korea before this meeting — to say, ‘show us, verifiably, show us how it is that you have frozen your nuclear program,’ she said. ‘Then you get to meet with the president of the United States.’ ” Good for her.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) doesn’t think we’ve gotten enough from Kim. “What we have to hear more of is how we are going to get to those concrete verifiable steps toward denuclearization before this meeting occurs.” No kidding.

Turkey’s relations with the West are bad enough to justify cutbacks at a base. “The U.S. military has sharply reduced combat operations at Turkey’s Incirlik air base and is considering permanent cutbacks there, according to U.S. officials, a shift they said was driven by tensions between Washington and Ankara.” Turkey’s still a NATO ally, but this doesn’t seem as if it will end well.

Trump’s tariffs were bad enough; the exemptions are even worse. “In addition to the obvious and verifiable negative effects that protectionism has on domestic employment and consumers … [politicians] fail to consider all of the long-term and secondary effects of their insanity and ineptness that include transferring wealth from Americans to foreign producers that aren’t subject to targeted tariffs! In other words, at the same time that Trump claims that NAFTA is the ‘worst trade deal in history’ and the ‘worst trade deal ever signed,’ he exempted those countries from steel tariffs that will allow those countries to raise prices on steel and aluminum and benefit at the expense of American consumers and US steel-consuming industries.”

We haven’t paid enough attention to Stormy Daniels. “The issue that presents problems for the president is not an alleged affair. It is a variation of the old formulation: What did the president know, and when did he know it? What did he know about the payment from his lawyer Michael Cohen to the porn star that occurred shortly before the election, and where exactly did the money come from?”