Donald Trump supporters like to excuse the never-ending chaos and controversy that surrounds him as nothing more than proof that he’s “shaking up Washington.” Since bashing the government is extremely popular (especially among conservatives) many seem to believe that most of the negativity being thrown Trump’s way, even from members of his own party, is nothing more than an expected reaction from someone who promised to “drain the swamp” and “change business as usual in Washington.”
Yeah, sorry, but that’s total bullshit.
There’s a huge difference between symbolizing a “breath of fresh air” in a system that, for far too long, has needed some drastic overhauls, and being completely incompetent.
Donald Trump is the latter, not the former.
I’m sick of people acting as if Trump has some sort of “plan” when he says the outright crazy things he does. Donald Trump is not a well thought out, calculated, intelligent human being who tactically goes into every situation with a plan. He’s a loud-mouthed, crazy, narcissistic buffoon who’s repeatedly made comments clearly indicating that most of his campaign promises have been made out of sheer ignorance.
In just the last few weeks he’s admitted to being surprised that fixing health care would be difficult, he wasn’t aware the situation with North Korea was so complicated, and he thought being a CEO would be more difficult than being the president. All statements derived from breathtaking ignorance. It’s this ignorance, combined with narcissism unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, that “empowered him,” so to speak, to mock Washington, attack President Obama, and build a campaign based around the idea that everyone else was stupid and he was the only person who could fix everything — better than it had ever been done before.
When someone’s completely clueless, then you combine that with absolutely no morals and an unprecedented ego, it’s very easy for them to stand on a stage and make all sorts of huge, pandering-to-your base promises that competent, well-informed people know aren’t possible. He doesn’t care if he won’t be able to deliver on anything he promised. It’s not as if he’ll ever take the blame for his failures nor will most of his supporters hold him accountable for anything. No matter how many campaign promises he breaks, how many lies are exposed, or how many failures he experiences — he’s always going to blame someone else.
The truth is, on the surface, absolute ignorance and well-informed confidence can look nearly identical. The difference being, the “confidence” projected by the ignorant person is fueled by their arrogant stupidity, while the well-informed, truly confident individual actually knows what they’re talking about.
Everyone reading this has probably worked (or currently still works) a job that’s much more difficult than most people think it is. They’ll have customers come in with absurd expectations based upon their ignorance of your company, the product/service it provides, and your job, in general. It’s easy for someone to have unrealistic, if not impossible, demands/expectations from you or your company when they’re completely ignorant about the realities that preclude their demands/expectations from being plausible.
Well, that’s Trump.
He’s a moron who’s so full of himself that he really, truly believed that the problems we have in this country — as well as all over the world — mainly existed because nobody was as smart and capable as he is. Donald Trump is that clueless fool who sits across from you, acts like they know more about your job than you do, makes absurd demands, then believes that their unrealistic expectations aren’t being met because of your stupidity — not their ignorance.
Look at the ridiculous things he’s said just this week about the Civil War, the gas tax (which is basically just a large tax increase on all Americans), being “honored” to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, and praising the approval ratings of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, an unhinged savage with an abysmal human rights record.
Donald Trump actually said that Andrew Jackson, had he been president at the time of the Civil War, would have prevented it from happening. Apparently Mr. Trump is not aware that, at the time of his death, Jackson owned around 150 slaves on a plantation in Nashville, Tennessee. He also doesn’t seem aware that there’s not a “middle ground” when it comes to ending slavery entirely, and expanding it — which the South was heavily in favor of doing. It’s amazing to think that our current “Commander-in-Chief” believes the person who could have prevented the Civil War was a slave-owning southerner.
Then there’s Obamacare. Throughout his campaign Trump promised that his health care bill would provide better, cheaper coverage to more Americans and keep the mandate that insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions. In doing so, he backed his party into a corner — because they can’t accomplish any of that based upon the GOP’s love of for-profit health care. As I’ve pointed out before, you can’t keep the provision for pre-existing conditions and get rid of the mandate that people have health insurance. However, because Trump’s an imbecile, he could make all sorts of bold campaign promises to people who were just as clueless as he was. Meanwhile, neither he nor the people supporting him were informed enough to realize that what he was promising, and what they believed he could do, was impossible.
The chaos we’re witnessing now isn’t caused by some genius-level tactician who’s coming in, shaking things up, and forcing our government to work for the people. It’s caused because we have an unhinged, incompetent imbecile with an enormous ego who doesn’t understand that being “president” is entirely different than running a company. That you don’t “govern” by standing there, saying whatever the heck you feel like saying, then telling others to make the impossible, possible.
Donald Trump is an incompetent, clueless narcissist supported by millions of people who are just as ignorant about facts and reality as he is. That’s exactly why they believe in a world that doesn’t actually exist and don’t understand why things that aren’t possible can’t be done.