As much as I detest Donald Trump, he’s a fantastic con man. He’s a master at identifying the types of people who are gullible enough to believe him, figuring out what they want to hear, and selling them on his endless stream of b.s. and lies.
As Trump’s quoted as saying in his book, The Art of the Deal:
The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves. but they can get very excited by those who do. That is why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest, the greatest and the most spectacular.
That quote is essentially the foundation for Trump’s entire business and political career. It doesn’t matter what’s true, factual, or real — just play on people’s emotions, no matter how dishonest you have to be while doing so, and hope that they’re naive enough to believe you.
While Trump’s a skilled conman, his narcissism also drives him to portray himself as the perpetual victim. Nothing is ever his fault. If he fails, or something doesn’t go his way, it’s because some nefarious force was “out to get him.” From the Emmys, to the GOP primary, the moment Trump starts to feel something’s not going his way, almost immediately, he starts to whine about things being “rigged,” “unfair,” “fixed,” or “fake.”
Every. Single. Time.
He’s the only person I’ve ever seen who, during the same interview or speech, will brag about how successful he’s supposedly been, or how rich he allegedly claims to be, while also crying about how everything is “unfair” or “rigged against him.”
Make no mistake about it, Trump knows his days in office are numbered. He’ll never admit that, of course, but his behavior is that of someone who’s clearly terrified of how things are going and he’s desperately attempting to do anything he can to save his own ass.
However, at the end of the day, Trump’s downfall is going to be his own ego and incompetence.
He’s far too arrogant to have taken the humble route during this whole ordeal which might have actually improved his chances of staying in office. Instead, he lashed out publicly against President Obama and pushed a ridiculously unfounded conspiracy against him. Then after it was determined that no evidence existed to prove this nonsense, instead of simply admitting he was wrong, Trump doubled-down on his lies.
Since his March 4th tweetstorm, it’s basically been all downhill for him. His unhinged rant, coupled with his continued refusal to admit that he was wrong, was really the main catalyst behind the FBI making its public statement about the on-going investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. That forced Republicans in Congress to take these investigations seriously — then came the firing of James Comey, which appears to have opened up the floodgates that could hasten Trump’s removal from office.
What Trump’s doing now, at least in my opinion, is self-imploding (possibly on purpose) while playing himself up as the victim to give him a way “out” of the White House. Not only is he forcing more people to speak out against him, or come after him, but he’s doing so all while quite literally claiming, “No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
He’s created the perfect environment to portray himself to his supporters as the “underdog victim” going up against these “Goliath forces” trying to stand in his way of putting “America first.”
In a lot of ways, it’s genius.
That way when he resigns from office, all he’ll have to claim is that he tried his best to “Make America great again,” but there were too many forces working against him to do that. He’ll blame:
- The “FAKE NEWS!” media for pushing “lies” about him.
- The GOP for not blindly supporting every dishonest thing and conspiracy he pushed.
- Democrats for being angry over his win last November.
- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, well, because you know he will.
- The “crooked” FBI, Justice Department, and/or U.S. intelligence for coming after him.
If what I feel is happening does happen, Trump will leave office essentially pushing the conspiracy that all these factions were working against him. He’ll claim he didn’t feel he could do the job the minority of American voters elected him to do with all these people trying to “sabotage” his every turn.
He’ll then likely spend the rest of his life going after anyone and everyone who he feels slighted him, making a lot of money pushing his ridiculous conspiracies after he launches some sort of news network or website. That’s what many people thought he was planning on doing anyway if he lost the election.
Don’t forget, before last year’s election, Trump was doing practically the exact same thing in anticipation of possibly losing. That’s why he constantly harped about a “rigged system,” “fixed debates,” and refused to say if he would accept the results of the election if he lost. He was already planning to claim “everyone was against him” if he was defeated. That’s the same damn excuse he’s going to use when he likely resigns from office.
When do I think this will happen? I’m not sure. I could be completely wrong, though I don’t really feel that I am. At this point, it wouldn’t shock me if he left office before Christmas.
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