I've been observing the trump horse and pony show pretty closely and I find it as fascinating to watch as I do speeded up videos of the chysalis of a butterfly but not nearly as pretty - watching trump churn and squirm and metamophosis instantly to whichever trump "his people" (fans) want to be in the presence of.
monkey facts about trump:
for a decade he's mentioned in interviews he thinks he'd be a great president, says he's been urged by "many" to run.
clevery cultivated the craziest of the crazies - the extreme right, aka tea party since obamas presidency. pumped them up with outlandish lies about insider info he has yet to reveal and unsubstantiated "proof" that the president's real birthplace was kenya; claims there's a private detective "on" an unexposed cabal who managed to place a faux public birth notice in advance of the birth as well as filing an official Hawaiian birth certificate before the president was ever born and other intracacies and preposterous nonsense. just the thought that someone was ready to expose the "Halfrican Usurper" mades the little teapots all warm and squishy.
ladies and gentlemen - possibly the next president of the united states
why would anyone in their right mind want to be associated with those nutcutlets? well, for starters because they're insane and his candidacy is insane and he needed people to support him. and this group is so disenfranchised, they routinely embrace the stupidest lies and most self destructive positions and policies, all without batting an eye - because they claim to "hate government". the fact that many are seniors and/or are living on disability and social security, makes them the perfect unquestioning cushion upon which trump built his wackadoodle populist empire - because most importantly - they're colorful and LOUD and get lots and lots of press with screaming demonstrations showing flags in distress, ugly, paranoid signs and ridiculous head gear.
until these last few years trump supported liberal candidates and causes, and came out vocally as pro choice, etc.
so when questioned about his (new) extreme right/conservative beliefs, he had absolutely no answer whatsoever. with abortion, chris mathews put him on the spot and forced one but with his back to the wall, trump could only sputter reactions and inanities - thank you chris mathews, because seeing trump had no answers he put some in his mouth. it was great television but proved Trump has no interest in issues, no answers or political positions. so why is he here? maybe it's something he wants to do with his life that's really really great.
(I have no way of knowing if he meant what he said - but I don't think he did. I don't think he gives a rat's ass about abortion one way or the other.)
as I wrote in ron powell's blog:
to be totally honest my feelings are very mixed and I wonder what trump is about. I don't want you to think I'm thinking about him because I want to vote for him - but I find his the most curious candidacy I've ever witnessed and I do spend a good deal of time thinking about trump, his strategy, who he is, who he's shown himself to be in the past and who he says he is now. I don't know. it doens't add up. his strategy is clear. he will evolve or metamorphose into whatever kind of creature he thinks he needs to be. it's entirely subjective and I believe, entirely spontaneous. this is a remarkable campaign. I've got some time today and i think I'm going to write about him, because I'm carefully watching and evaluatinng. i'm not a political expert but I'm damn good at marketing and feeling out trends. I have a sense of him but not a complete picture.
you're right - his followers will upset the cart if he doens't get the nomination, but what might be revealed in his presidential candidacy may or may not please the voters that get him into that position. I don't assume anything about trump - much less about his platform or how he will proceed after cleveland.
if he follows the pattern he's been following, I believe he will worm his way towards the left because to beat hillary, he'll have to move into her territory. and her territory isn't so well guarded that he can't land grab it.
he's already shuffled to the left on medicare, medicaid and social security. he appears - and this is my translation of what he's hinting at and nothing concrete because he never says anything concrete except for that fabulous giant wall - like the chinese built (with slave labor). in his foreign policy speech, he positioned mostly to the left. no intervention. except isis and then balls to the wall. he's set himself up on both sides of the issue.
john bolton likes him. I find that somewhat worrisome because it means the right is rallying around the inevitable.
so what am I saying?
I don't know.
I don't know who trump is. but I have a glimmer from years of being a new yorker and quasi fan. I know he's definitely a huckster, a consumate liar, and an excellent negotiator adept at extracting money from other pockets to "develop" (meaning promote) projects with a trump name plunked on top.
he is a known land grabber and bully to any daring to oppose his plans. he most recently convinced the entire nice little country of scotland to permit him to turn a magnificent stretch of untouched raw coastline into a golf course by promising them the moon and thousands of jobs. to date, scotland is not happy with the trump moon or the piddling few jobs created.
in summary - it looks to me like he'll say and do whatever it takes to get the votes to become our fabulous number one. and his candidacy has been wildly successful to date. every day the press yammers about the "end" but trump keeps beating his drum like a gilded energizer bunny.
will he succeed in California? what choice do republicans have? if fifteen republicans vote, trump wins by ten votes.
trump has remarkable instincts and a media savvy like no politician ever before - he is an entertainer and these qualities give him an enormous advantage - his wild kabuki character is entirely self made and it's a well known and very popular tv character. I have no doubt he'll be "firing" hillary in a few weeks.
and for all her qualifications hillary is merely and routinely a politician and shes not very good with kabuki or the public or switching gears. she is limited to about three different faces and she'll need a lot more than that to trounce this guy.
trump knows who america is and what the country wants now - which is a break from whatever it's been that they've been doing in washington. he's made a fortune being someone who cuts through the crap. or created the entire scenario that says he has.
either way, it doesn't matter. perception is all.
he's never out of his trump character. (du jour)
where he ends and the bullshit takes over is hard to say. I know he'd probably like to scrawl his name across the world like a motion picture logo.
yet, I will admit there appears to be something earnest in his words when he speaks of making america great again - that's what my antenna picks up - he might want to up our pudding rations...... but what d0es that mean exactly? how much more pudding can we expect? who's going to pay for it?
who can figure what he has in store for America? my guess is towering walls are the least of it. (will he plunk his name across a nicer one? we should definitely start a pool on that!)
maya angelou said when someone shows you who they are, believe them.
yet I cannot for the life of me figure who or what trump is, nomatter what he says today. this year he's a card carrying racist misogynist slug. but hes already downsizing the asshole and inching his way towards modifying it and seducing the country's elusive undecideds and middle of the road independents. he's our foremost national greased weasel.
1997 article offering a less hyperbolic, well rounded picture of trump the hustler/salesman from the New Yorker:
he's no sarah palin.
I don't think.
but I don't know.
is he any worse than nearly every politician who promises one thing and delivers very little if anything to us because of "the deal"? i'm not sure. I'm pretty disenfranchised myself, so I don't trust any of them. (bernie notwithstanding)
our system has been reset. if I were an angrier woman and not a progressive, if I weren't a born New Yorker familiar with the Trump hustle, I could easily let myself be sold because you can see that aside from the violent outbursts, most of those people are having a blast at those rallys. but the possibilities are too real and too ugly for me to go to the dark side however silly it seems to be. it just might not be after all.