And yet, right there in the first two paragraphs, are two Trump statements that should be deeply unsettling for those interested in defending the (small 'l') liberalism I discussed yesterday: "I'm here to help you folks do well" and "We're going to be there for you".

First off, these sorts of statements in fact are the threats the New York Times was apparently expecting: once you've introduced the idea of the President having a direct impact on the success of a particular company, it only takes the flip of one bit to realize the downside. Today Trump says he wants to "help"; there is nothing stopping him from tomorrow saying he wants to "hurt."