Whether it happened now like we’re witnessing, or later down the road, Donald Trump’s administration was always destined for a full-on implosion. He ran a “populist campaign” pandering to the ignorance of your typical conservative voter who’s desperate for a candidate to tell them that all their hopes and dreams, no matter how fictional, would come true just as long as they voted for him.
Under Trump everything was going to be better than it had ever been before, because nobody does anything better than he does — just ask him. He ran a campaign based on massive spending increases (infrastructure/defense) and massive revenue decreases (huge tax breaks), combined with the promise to balance the budget and start paying off our national debt.
Because that makes sense, right?
He promised to defeat ISIS in 30 days, prosecute Hillary Clinton, and make Mexico pay for his border wall — not by providing any specific plan on how to do any of that — but by simply saying that’s what he was going to do.
And his gullible supporters loved him for it.
Because these folks have convinced themselves that the lies they tell themselves are true, and refuse to believe in any facts that counter those delusions, Trump was able to sell them on these bold promises without providing any rational or logical way to go about accomplishing any of them.
Think about how he sold health care. His entire “plan” for health care was nothing more than his promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare” with a plan that would provide better coverage to every American for cheaper costs.
Sounds amazing, right?
Just one problem — he never said how he would do that.
Then again, he never really said how he planned to do anything he promised to do during his campaign. And luckily for him, his supporters never questioned anything he says or does — because TRUMP!
Without getting into everything, let’s look at a few of Trump’s biggest campaign talking points he’s already proven were lies:
- Mexico is not paying the billions it will cost to build the border wall.
- He’s not prosecuting Hillary Clinton.
- It’s been more than 30 days and ISIS is far from “defeated” nor has he rolled out any strategy other than basically what Obama was already doing.
- Clearly he never had any plan for health care.
- He “drained the swamp” by filling his cabinet with people who have extensive ties to Wall Street.
It’s easy to run a campaign built on promises you’ll never be able to fulfill when you’re supported by millions of people you know will blame anyone and everyone but you for your failures.
That’s the catch-22 for Trump supporters. Because they’re ignorant enough to believe anything he tells them, while never questioning anything that he says, that empowers him to say whatever lies he wants because he knows they’re naive enough to believe him. However, because he lies to them about damn near everything, they’re going to become even more enraged and angry when these fictional promises aren’t coming true. Trump supporters are literally setting themselves up for failure by trusting the very person who’s conning them — then blaming everyone and anyone but him for his growing list of failed promises.
This is what makes this a dangerous situation. Since Trump’s supporters refuse to hold him accountable for anything, that allows him practically unlimited power to say whatever he wants, no matter how dishonest, because they will never blame him for the failure of that “promise” he never intended to deliver upon in the first place.
Though it’s this reality his supporters don’t want to believe that’s at the foundation for his administration’s implosion. Sure, he can keep peddling fiction, and his supporters can keep believing it, but that’s not going to make anything he says anymore real. All it ultimately does is put everyone who isn’t him in the bad position of having to defend his never-ending stream of lies, while members of his party are held accountable for not being able to pass legislation that fulfills his fictional promises.
The truth is, this is only the beginning. As time goes on and more and more of his campaign promises go unfulfilled (because they were never realistic in the first place), while Trump never takes the blame for any of it, this entire circus will continue to come unglued like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Especially as midterms inch closer where Republicans up for re-election are going to have to decide if aligning themselves with a sinking ship is worth possibly ending their political careers. And if enough congressional Republicans realize siding with Trump could very well cost them their careers, then that’s going to put the Trump administration in an even weaker position than they already are.
At the end of the day, none of this is surprising. All of us who’ve opposed Trump since the very beginning were aware of the fact that he’s the most dishonest person to ever run for office. Nearly everything he said, including his campaign promises, were all lies. It wasn’t a matter of if his administration imploded — but when.
That’s what happens when a candidate manages to get elected after building a campaign based upon blatant lies fueled by total bullshit.