Even after all these months, I still struggle to wrap my mind around just how much of a nitwit someone has to be to look at Donald Trump, a bona fide blithering idiot, and think that he would make a good president. Whenever anyone asks him to provide specifics concerning how he plans to accomplish any number of his ridiculous campaign promises, he typically gives an answer along the lines of: Because I’m the greatest human being who’s ever lived and I know how to get things done. I’m really rich, which means I am the best negotiator in the world. I’ll get it done and it will be fabulous.
It’s as if one of those cheesy infomercials that airs at 2 in the morning magically sprung to life and decided to run for president.
The funny thing is, behind all his “tough talk,” Donald J. Trump is a thin-skinned, insecure coward.
Sure, he’ll talk tough when it comes to ISIS, negotiating with China or forcing Mexico to build some ridiculous wall – but then he skips debates to avoid having to deal with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. This is something that has now happened twice.
But it’s not just Kelly he has an issue with. Donald Trump is someone who publicly bashes, bullies and attacks nearly anyone who criticizes him. Individuals who have real confidence, not just fake bravado, don’t usually let criticism bother them. Even if they do, they typically don’t throw public temper tantrums about it on Twitter like a petulant teenager.
Except that’s what Trump does – a lot. He talks tough, acts macho, and then runs away or tries to intimidate anyone who he thinks can expose him.
Or as Bill Maher perfectly put it Friday night, he’s that spoiled 5-year-old in an airplane kicking the back of your seat.
“What Donald Trump really reminds me of is a spoiled five-year-old throwing a tantrum. He is the grown-up version of every pain-in-the-ass kid who ever sat behind you on a plane kicking the back of your seat,” Maher said. “While the parents did nothing, ‘Little Logan is just exploring.’ No, ‘Little Logan’ is being a d*ck and if you won’t shove him in the overhead bin, I will.”
Maher also went on to describe Trump as part of the “self-esteem movement” where people are basically taught that no matter what happens they’re wonderful winners and special in every way. Pointing out that this is something that’s been going on long before the “everyone gets a trophy” wave that started about 15 years.
He then played several clips of Trump bragging about how wonderful and great he is, calling him the “white Kanye West.”
For months I’ve described Trump as someone with the vocabulary of a 3rd grader and the mentality of a spoiled 13-year-old. So it goes without saying that I completely agree with Maher’s assessment. I think if Republicans could be honest for a moment, nearly all of them would admit that they’re embarrassed that they’ve created this “monster.” Though they’ll never be able to admit that because they’ve created this monster. Of course, the “monster” to which I am referring isn’t Donald Trump himself – it’s those who support him.
For years Republicans have pandered to the worst parts of our society. They’ve embraced bigotry, racism and ignorance – and now they’re tied to it. And because they proudly chose to embrace these types of people for political gain, they created the perfect environment for a buffoon like Donald Trump to become their overwhelming frontrunner for their presidential nomination.
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