This is One of My Biggest Pet Peeves Concerning How the Media Covers Trump

At this point, I don’t get why Donald Trump promising to do something is considered news other than for the fact that the vast majority of what he says he’s going to do is total bullshit. Let’s run through a handful of Trump’s biggest campaign promises that we already know aren’t going to happen:

  • He’s not going to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
  • Mexico is not paying for the border wall.
  • His health care plan will not provide cheaper, better coverage for more Americans.
  • He’s not going to release his tax returns.
  • Both of his attempts to pass a Muslim ban have failed, miserably.

Again, those are just a handful of the campaign promises he told his supporters he was going to do — most within his first 100 days — that we already know are never… ever going to happen.



So it’s still a bit frustrating when I see political pundits talking about Trump as if he’s a competent individual who has a clear and thought-out plan to accomplish every “promise” he makes.

There are two reasons why Trump’s able to make these incredible promises that sound too good to be true:

  1. He couldn’t care less if what he’s saying is factual, either because he’s a pathological liar, or is so mentally impaired that the “reality” in which he resides isn’t where the rest of us live.
  2. He has absolutely no idea what the hell he’s talking about.

When you don’t care if what you’re saying is factual, and you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about, a person can say whatever the heck they want. The reason why Trump “seems different” isn’t because he’s some “maverick who’s storming into Washington to shake things up.” It’s because he’s a con man who knows the people supporting him will believe whatever drivel he sells them. Donald Trump is someone who wants all the credit for anything positive (even when he had nothing to do with it), all the while blaming everyone but himself for anything negative.

What that all adds up to is the “perfect storm,” if you will, where Trump can say whatever he wants because anything he fails to accomplish he’ll blame on other people. And since he’s supported by voters who don’t hold him accountable for anything, he can get away with this obvious scam because most of his supporters are gullible enough to believe everything he says.

It’s easy for Trump to demand his border wall get funded, Republicans pass a health care bill, or his tax plan get sent to his desk — because he’s too incompetent to understand how any of this works. He comes from a world of “yes-men” where he could sit back and bark orders at everyone while he didn’t have to answer to anyone.

Hell, look at what he said on Thursday about the presidency:

This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.

Are you freaking kidding me?!

This imbecile thought being President of the United States would be easier than running a business? The presidency is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year job. Sure, we mock Trump for his constant trips to Mar-a-Lago, but someone in his position is never truly “on vacation” no matter where they go. Even as lazy as Trump seems to be, he’s never truly “off the clock.”



Furthermore, that statement is Trump admitting that nearly everything he said prior to being “elected” was based on pure ignorance. He’s already admitted that he didn’t realize health care would be so complicated or dealing with North Korea would be so difficult. That means when he criticized the Affordable Care Act and Barack Obama’s handling of Kim Jong Un, his attacks were based on his previous belief that being president was easier than running a business or starring in a reality TV show.

Then there’s his “tax plan” which was literally one page of bullet points with practically no specifics other than what he says he wants to do without, you know, saying how he plans to pay for any of it. Well, other than the typical right-wing propaganda of “amazing economic growth will pay for these cuts.” That’s the same lie they’ve been pushing for the 40 years our national debt has been climbing to almost $20 trillion.

Normally I might ask something like, “So, what did he think the job was going to be like?” — but I don’t think this man thinks about anything but himself and what he can do to make himself look better.

So can we please stop talking about things Trump says as if he actually knows what the hell he’s talking about? Sure, we need to take what he says seriously because he’s clearly too dumb to understand that most of what he’s saying isn’t possible. But what pundits need to stop doing is acting as if Donald Trump is a qualified, competent individual who, when he says all the asinine things he says, actually has a well thought out plan on how to go about accomplishing them.

All Donald Trump does is stand there, says whatever lie he feels like saying at that moment, “commands” people to make the impossible happen, then blames everyone else when he fails at making his fairly tales come true.

Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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