Donald Trump Redux. The Grade-Schooler Is Back.

by Pitt Griffin on September 18, 2016 · 0 comments

in Election 2016, Politics

Donald Trump had a good week, while Hillary Clinton stumbled – literally and figuratively. Trump clung to his teleprompter. And his poll numbers started looking much better.

But then the strain of doing the right thing took its toll. He lashed out at a black pastor who had admonished him for talking politics in church – saying she looked like “a nervous mess”. Then Trump alluded to the possibility of Hillary’s assassination.“I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. Disarm immediately,” he said. “Take their guns away, let’s see what happens to her.”


Trump the truth-teller. A living unicorn.

And he rick-rolled the media into broadcasting an 8-minute infomercial for his new DC hotel, before acknowledging President Obama was born in the US. It was a cynical admission. He trotted out the thoroughly discredited meme that Hillary had started the ‘birtherism’ nonsense in the first place.

But it took an explosion in New York City to reveal the sociopathy of the man. During a typical lie-fest to a crowd in Colorado, Trump announced the events in NYC. He offered commentary:

“It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’re gonna end it. We’re gonna end it.” Then he added “and a new poll from Emerson just came out and we’re up four points in Colorado!”

Not one iota of concern for possible victims. Not even boilerplate “our thoughts and prayers”. In Trump’s calculation, this violence could only benefit his chances of the presidency. It was just another opportunity to promote his poll numbers.

There is nothing in Trump’s history that suggests he has one ounce of concern for people – with the possible exception of his children. His wives seem solely selected for their looks. And their role in his life is apparently restricted to ornament and breeder.

This callous shit was so dismissive of Marla Maples he told his biographer in ‘Trump Nation’, “I was bored when she was walking down the aisle. I kept thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing here?'”   

Trump frequently talks of all his ‘friends’ – but he doesn’t seem to have any. ‘Friend’ appears to be a title bestowed on someone who has said something nice about him. An ephemeral ‘honor’ quickly replaced with ‘loser’ if he stops feeling the love.

Everyone who works for him is sworn to secrecy. Any negative remark is greeted with a lawsuit. His health is obfuscated. His divorce actions sealed. His tax returns buried.

After years of genial and optimistic presidents, Trump will bring Nixonianism back to the White House. Do you think I exaggerate? Let Trump explain it for us with some life advice, “Be suspect, be guarded. Let paranoia reign!”

His style is all Joe McCarthy – long on innuendos and dire warnings, short on facts. Robert Gates incited his petulance with a scathing op-ed online in the WSJ. Gates, the former Secretary of Defense for both Bush and Obama, called Trump, “cavalier about the use of nuclear weapons,” with “a record of insults to servicemen, their families and the military.”

Trump wasn’t about to let these fact-base charges go unanswered. In his typical schoolyard manner, he reverted to name calling, saying Gates was “an absolute clown” and “nasty guy” who “probably has a problem we don’t know about.”

What problem? He has no idea – but it doesn’t matter. It’s the accusation that counts. Plant the seed of incompetence in the manure of his audience and the rumors will grow. Just like the meme that it was Hillary who had started the ‘birther’ movement.

Let George Orwell, the 20th century’s best observer of political cynicism, have the last word. “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

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