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Thinking Out Loud About Trump [Jun. 21st, 2018|11:44 am]
Tony Grist
He's not a politician. He doesn't have those skills- or those limitations.

He's a businessman. But not a "respectable" businessman. He has no ethics.

He has no ideology either. Just ideas, none of them fixed or deep-rooted. He used to be a social liberal and a Democrat. If he's now a Republican it's because he saw an opportunity and grabbed it. It's all about the deal, all about "winning", all about brand recognition. Some of his ideas may be fascistic but he's not a fascist; he doesn't have the attention span.

He likes to be liked. He likes to be scratched where he itches. He can't handle rejection- which is why he flipped so quickly on the issue of splitting up immigrant families.

He has a huge chip on his shoulder. He resents McCain and the Clintons and all those other blue-bloods because they belong to a club that won't admit him.

(It's club that won't admit us either.)

He is gross and crude and cunning and stupid- and a bit of a pushover.

He has no hinterland, no culture, no class, no allies, no friends. He makes a lot of noise to fill up the emptiness. No wonder he hit it off with Kim Jong-un; these must be two of the loneliest people on the planet.

He's a bull in a china shop. But what they had on the shelves was woefully out of date and nobody was buying. Once he's gone they'll have to restock.

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-06-21 01:50 pm (UTC)
In regard to his behavior, Trump more behaves like the rudest plebs which has made it to become rich.
But, due to this circumstance, one can imagine how much he's liked by either fractions of those which consider themselves as "elite class", the top of the top.
It's actually a little revelation of inherent stupidity that no-one has paid attention to that fact previously in regard to him being so much negatively received in the media overall... It's not like the other side whose conservative circles he does some politics for defends him like crazy like they did with others already previously.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 02:29 pm (UTC)
Quite so. The elites of left and right both hate him. He's muscled in on their game and he's not playing by their rules.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-06-21 05:42 pm (UTC)
Guess, nothing makes people better allies when they have somebody to hate equally bad, right?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 07:11 pm (UTC)
That's very true.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-06-21 02:38 pm (UTC)
He has a very simple moral code: protect me and the flesh of my flesh at all costs. Everyone else is expendable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, that sounds right to me.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-06-21 03:04 pm (UTC)
That is a quite an accurate assessment. He is a narcissist as well and that, combined with all you point out, makes him absolutely intolerable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, he's a narcissist. And I think that may also be his Achilles Heel. If he thinks his image is suffering- or if people he'll listen to- like his daughter- tell him he's being a heel- he caves in- as he has done over separating parents and children.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-06-21 03:47 pm (UTC)
he's a pawn that is easily manipulated.

its the people behind him
that are the real culprits
Murdock is one of them and the Koch bros.

he can't read much less, much less write,
these vague orders he keeps signing.
dyslexia or needs eyeware- too vain to wear specs
its why he doesn't use a teleprompter or written speech.

its the children he's messing with I worry about.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 04:48 pm (UTC)
Dyslexia or bad eyesight- I hadn't considered either of those.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2018-06-21 04:37 pm (UTC)
I don’ disagree with any of this but I think we have to admit that he has, in addition, been pretty consistently racist and misogynistic. What do you make of his incoherence, constant lying and self-contradiction? Is that covered under ‘unethical businessman’, or is there more going on there?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't get the lying. It's so unsubtle. All politicians lie but Trump doesn't craft his lies; he lies brazenly, assertively, in the face of contrary evidence and sometimes quite unnecessarily. The thing is he gets away with it....

He gets away with the racism and misogyny too. People knew what he was like- and elected him anyway. Other politicians would have been finished by the least of the scandals that swirl around him.

"Unethical businessman" is putting it politely. I'd have said "spiv" only I didn't think non-British readers would know the word.

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-06-21 05:12 pm (UTC)
The guy had been making huge messes in Philly's back yard for years. Chutzpah and ruthless vindictiveness worked well in the mob-infested waters he always swam in and he's brought the same moral code to the White House. Most of the people who support him are also people who believe in reality TV shows.

The really sad thing is that we had a political system set up with elegant checks and balances that have been systematically dismantled by a series of imperial presidencies -- with the electorate cheering for every erosion of legislative or judicial power that brought results they wanted. If there will be any silver lining to the cloud that is Trump, it would be the recognition that we need to check this pernicious executive overreach.

There are other sad things, of course, ranging from the pure pain and misery he is inflicting on so many vulnerable people to the total destruction of our country's reputation around the world.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-21 05:32 pm (UTC)
Trump is a symptom of the brokenness of your political system; it used to work and now it doesn't. We Brits may not have a Trump but our system isn't working either. I think we're being told in no uncertain terms that it's time for a reboot.
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