One thing Donald Trump really likes to do is hear himself talk. Even when all he was supposed to do was introduce Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, he managed to ramble on for nearly 30 minutes before allowing the newly announced VP candidate to actually speak.
Being that he’s a natural salesman, fast-talk (and lots of it) is a technique some people in the sales business use. It’s a way to put pressure on people, mislead them or to not give them any time to think before making their mind up about something. He figures if he just keeps talking, while repeating the same rhetoric over and over, he’ll condition his supporters (which he has) to believe whatever drivel he’s trying to sell them — no matter how dishonest or ridiculous it is.
He does this because if someone were to really think about a lot of what he says, they might start to realize how full of crap he is.
In fact, here are five things he hopes his supporters never realize.
1. He’s never going to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico: While this has been, by far, his biggest campaign promise, it’s never going to happen. Not only is the idea outrageously expensive (and, no, Mexico is not going to pay for it, either), simply building it is nearly impossible.
But you don’t have to believe me, just ask fellow Republicans Jeb Bush and Rick Perry (two very different men) who’ve both recently said that the wall will never be built.
2. His “plan” to defeat ISIS is basically just a more vague outline of exactly what President Obama is already doing: Though he recently said he would “declare war on ISIS” (which is actually something Congress would have to do), he also said he wouldn’t use many U.S. ground forces. Instead, he would rely on countries in the region to do most of the work. He’s also declared he’s going to “bomb the hell out of them.” Of course, ISIS hides out in ares that are heavily populated with civilians so you can’t just “bomb the hell” out of them. If you did, that’s called a war crime.
What President Obama is doing now is ordering thousands of airstrikes, using very minimal ground troops to aid foreign forces fighting on the ground and working with allies in the region to halt the spread of ISIS — which is essentially what Trump is saying he’s going to do. The only real difference is that Trump has said he’s willing to violate international treaties, while committing various war crimes, including torture. Even the CIA has admitted that doesn’t work.
3. He has no idea how he would accomplish anything he’s promising he’ll do if elected: A fun thing I like to do with Trump supporters is to ask them to provide details as to how Trump plans to do all of the things he says he’s going to do, because they have no idea — and neither does he.
As I said in #1, he’s not going to build the wall. Even if he tried, he certainly has no way to make Mexico pay for it.
What’s he going to do about the trade deals, start a trade war? You want to see our economy tank worse than it did in 2008, let him start a trade war with countries like China and Mexico. The price of most of our goods would skyrocket, consumer spending would plummet and millions of jobs would be lost… just for starters.
How’s he going to deport the 30 million illegal immigrants (it’s really only around 12 million, but he’s claimed it’s more like 30)? You know how many hundreds of billions of dollars worth of resources that would take to accomplish? Furthermore, what do you do with the children of illegal immigrants who are legally here, but their parents aren’t? Do you put the child in an orphanage? Are you going to rip apart families? Then what do you do about the millions of back-breaking jobs illegal immigrants do in this country that American citizens won’t do? If you get rid of all those laborers it would devastate our economy.
Trump has also declared he will get rid of all inner city gangs. Because, you know, that’s realistic.
Then there’s his ban on Muslims that has no remotely sane way of ever working and even most of the members of his own party agree is illegal. Is he going to call for every single citizen coming into the United States to be interrogated for their religious ties prior to entering the country? Then what does he do if they simply lie?
It’s all so idiotic.
4. During the GOP primary, more Republicans voted against him than for him and a good chunk of his party is embarrassed he’s the candidate: While Trump likes to brag about setting a new record for most votes cast for a Republican candidate in our nation’s history, he always leaves out the other record he set for having the most votes cast against him.
Not only that, but when you listen to how a lot of members of the party talk about him, most really never talk positively about him — they basically just try to pivot toward attacks on Hillary Clinton. While most won’t outright attack him, they certainly aren’t rushing to heap praise on him. That’s rather telling considering how popular he is and how easily he won their nomination.
5. Almost nothing he says is true: Trump and his supporters can spin it however they like, but he is, by far, the most dishonest presidential candidate I’ve ever seen. It’s not just that he lies (all politicians lie) it’s that he simply makes things up. His go-to “source” is “what I’m hearing,” though he never provides anyone with any credible source to back up all of this idiocy that he claims to hear. But because he’s telling people what they want to hear, they never question him.
It’s why he’s the first one to accuse others of being liars. He figures if he’s out there calling everyone else the liar, playing himself up as the “victim” of people who are out to get him, it makes his supporters actually believe that there’s this big “anti-Trump” conspiracy. Even though the truth is just that he lies so damn much; the only option most people have is to constantly call him out for his endless stream of bullshit.
Alright folks, there you have it.