This just in: Trump says/does two things that I think he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with.
The first thing he does is make grandiose generalities about his performance; things like “I’m saving Social Security. The Democrats want to destroy it” or “No other president has accomplished more than I have.”
The second thing he does is justify his positions by claiming some unseen crowd has told him that this or that is the right thing. For example, “Sessions is a terrible Attorney General. Many people have told me I should fire him” or “A lot of people are telling me that this North Korea thing has gotten much better since I stepped in.”
Let’s face it. I could do this. In fact, anyone could do it. Any person on the street can tell you “I have done more to improve healthcare than anyone ever. In fact, everyone I know agrees with me.”
See how easy that is? It’s not true but it’s easy.
And it works because no one is challenging him. This means that when he says and does ridiculous things that his supporters want to believe is true, there is no one standing up and saying, “The King has no clothes!”
This is where I come in. I would be the best and toughest interviewer ever. Lot’s of people have told me this.
Let’ do a trial run…
Trump: I am saving Social Security.
Me: What specifically are you doing to save it?
Trump: Lot’s of stuff. Stuff the Democrats hate. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback on this.
Me: Name a couple of people that are giving you this positive feedback for doing something that you are unable to describe.
Now, since Trump is making all of this up as he goes along, this could get to be really fun.
Trump: You know that Hillary wanted to crush Social Security. They won’t tell you that.
Me: How was she trying to crush Social Security? Who won’t tell me that?
Trump has no idea how Social Security works. He has no idea how healthcare works. In fact, I would not be surprised if he knows less about every aspect of his job than say…a college freshman that is considering majoring in Political Science.
My point is…Trump is pretending to do his job and we are letting him get away with it.
Yes, it’s entertaining to watch…but is that enough to justify the long-term damage he is causing?
Someone needs to challenge him. It won’t come from the right because, let’s face it…they fear his wrath. They fear getting one of his pet names. His base won’t challenge him because they want him to be right. If they were to pay attention and discover that he is never right, then that would mean they have been following a false messiah. It’s best to just keep pretending and not look too deeply into truth of things.
My hope is that the midterms toss out enough of the Trumpublicans that those remaining will take note; that they will say, “Hey! This guy is dangerously incompetent and riding his coattails is not helping me keep my job.”
I know I’m right on this. Everyone says so.
Up, up and away…