When it comes to Donald Trump’s campaign, I’ve honestly reached a point where I have to remind myself that this is a legitimate Republican presidential candidate who may very well become our next president. This whole circus has become so outrageously bizarre that it’s hard for me to mentally grasp the reality that tens of millions of people are actually supporting this buffoon.
Before this election, I typically avoided calling people “stupid” for supporting a particular presidential candidate. In 2012, I might have thought Mitt Romney had no business being president, but I didn’t feel as if someone had to be mentally unhinged to support him.
However, when it comes to Trump supporters, I have no qualms in saying I completely believe that someone has to be an absolute imbecile to think he should be our next president. I’ve never seen a candidate blatantly treat his supporters like bumbling idiots — yet they love him for it.
His entire campaign has been a joke. I’ve often said that Donald Trump is what the comments section of a right-wing blog would look and sound like if it could run for president. All he’s done his entire campaign is tell his hostile, rabid and ignorant supporters exactly what they want to hear, even if most of what he’s been telling them hasn’t contained a shred of truth.
Though I feel a tweet he sent out late Thursday evening perfectly exemplifies how factually devoid and delusional his entire campaign has been:
Obama's disastrous judgment gave us ISIS, rise of Iran, and the worst economic numbers since the Great Depression!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2016
Yes, that’s Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump blaming President Obama for a bunch of stuff that happened before he ever became president.
First, ISIS actually formed in 2004 — when George W. Bush was president. Furthermore, it was Bush’s Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government (the same SOFA Dick Cheney said was proof that the Iraq War had been a success) that set the timetable for the withdrawal of American troops, which ultimately led to ISIS becoming even more of a force within the Middle East.
As for the “rise of Iran,” I honestly have no idea what he’s talking about. Ignoring the fact that the nation of Iran, itself, has a history that literally dates back centuries, the country as it exists today has been established since 1979. Aside from the nuclear deal (which would be ridiculous to say signifies the “rise of Iran”), nothing has changed about the nation during President Obama’s eight years in office.
Now, when it comes to his comment about the economy, that’s utterly and completely absurd.
The economic crash began well before he was even elected, let alone assumed office. Since then, we’ve seen a record-setting (and ongoing) streak of consecutive months of private sector job creation; the stock markets have set numerous records; unemployment is lower than at any time during Ronald Reagan’s eight years in office; he’s created more jobs than Bush did; and 2014 was the best year for job creation since the Clinton administration.
Have all the numbers been amazing? No. But President Obama said that it would likely take beyond his eight years in office to fully recover from the disaster that was the Bush administration.
The saddest part of this tweet is that, even though absolutely nothing he wrote is remotely factually accurate, I guarantee you that every single one of his supporters who saw it completely agreed with it because that’s what they want to believe. That’s exactly what Donald Trump has been about and why this tweet so perfectly exemplifies the delusional foundation on which he’s built his campaign.
His campaign has never been about what’s real or factual, it’s been about him standing on a stage, telling his supporters what they want to hear — it doesn’t matter if what he’s saying contains an ounce of truth or not. The people voting for him couldn’t care less.
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