Not everyone has the chops to be a leader of nations. Appealing to the better angels of human nature is a lofty approach to leadership, but the unforgiving streets of New York City have taught President Trump another way to get results. After more than a year of watching the president in action, some people still don’t appreciate what a little fear can accomplish. Mr. Trump doesn’t want a trade war — he just wants his trade partners to have dread of one. Dread can change behavior.
The Democrats are supposed to be the fighting party, preferring a brawl to a tea party.