Why we like President Trump

Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns! Old situations. New complications. Nothing portentous or polite; Tragedy tomorrow. Comedy tonight! — Stephen Sondheim

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help. “ — Reagan

 

John Bolton’s book sold 3/4 million copies in a week. Mary Trump’s nearly a million on the first day. America wants entertainment more than politics. To the extent that we believe Ronald Regan’s suggestion that government is a joke, there is no reason not to enjoy the performance.

President Trump and his entourage dominate the news. There is something new day and night, a provocative tweet, a scandal, a personal attack. We can’t get enough of it or escape it.

Previous comedy shows seem amateurish–Groucho’s falling duck, Rowan and Martin’s “look it up in your Funk and Wangles,” pale in comparison. Mash and Gilligan’s Island had nothing like it. ‎Ex wives, girl friends, sleazy lawyers, sneaky criminals, snitches, liars, money grubbers hold our attention. And what a cast;

  • Donald Trump as the President
  • Don Jr.
  • Ivanka
  • Melania
  • Omarosa
  • Kellyanne Conway
  • Kayleigh McEnany
  • Michael Cohen
  • Wm. Barr
  • Rudi Giuliani
  • Gordon Sondland
  • General Flynn
  • Roger Stone
  • and so many more

Sex, crime, violence, intrigue, ostentatious luxury, racial and ethnic slurs — the Trump Administration has it all. Trump demeans his office, dismantles our government, dismays our allies, plots with enemies, but why worry if this is a comedy and government a joke.  Comedy tonight, tragedy tomorrow; you can bet on that.

 

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22 Responses to Why we like President Trump

  1. josephurban says:

    Not a comedy. A tragedy. America’s Most Wanted.

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  2. whungerford says:

    We want to enjoy the show, have a good laugh, then go home to our real lives. Perhaps we think Joe Biden will make things right again. Much damage has been done which can’t be fixed easily if at all.

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  3. garymccaslin says:

    Sadly… all true.
    And I am so concerned about the future
    even if Biden does get into office.
    If he does not… well, I’d rather not go there…

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  4. whungerford says:

    But now it’s just another show
    And you leave ’em laughing when you go
    And if you care, don’t let them know
    Don’t give yourself away.
    — Joni Mitchell

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  5. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Suppose Trump never existed,
    Or he was never president,
    Or he leaves office tomorrow,
    Or he leaves when Biden wins,
    Or he leaves in 5 years…

    40% of the country approves of Trump. Everything Trump has done is fine with them. Better than fine! The mocking, the insults, the slurs, the race baiting….and on and on and on….

    That 40 % would be there if he never existed, and they will certainly be there after he exits stage right. They have no problem with any of his actions. Our neighbors, our friends, our families….

    What does that mean for our future?

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  6. whungerford says:

    What is your view, Arthur? Are those 40% a cult following, which will evaporate when DJT leaves the stag? Or are they committed to ignorance, nativism, and individualism? If the later is the case, will they turn to Jared, Don Jr. or Ivanka?

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  7. Arthur Ahrens says:

    This is not at all a simple question, and I dislike making predictions of this nature.

    Are the 40% a cult? If so, history provides examples of what to expect.
    Are they, as Trump has stated, a movement? Again, there are predictive examples.
    Are they political? No. The 40% are personality driven.

    My personal belief is that this is a group of people who have found common cause in shared grievance and were fortunate to find an avatar similarly afflicted. Note that Trump himself plays the victim in many of his speeches and tweets. His base easily identifies with that, which makes him one of them. Will this behavior continue after Trump? In some form, certainly. Will grievance be able to be leveraged effectively in the way Trump did? History says no. Demagoguery is not transferable.

    Regardless, it is important to remember that these believers will be with us after election day.
    And here is where the crystal ball gets cloudy.

    Should he win…well, let’s not go there. I need to sleep tonight.
    Should he lose by a small margin, he will bleat for the rest of his days how he was robbed. This will be the view of his followers. More grievance, and the 40% will stay intact.

    Should he lose by a large / huge / ginormous amount…he will be seen as weak, a loser. And since a many of his followers see themselves as him, and they won’t be able to view themselves as weak losers, some of the 40% should peel away. Where to? Who knows.

    It should be noted that as the coronavirus is getting worse, impacting states that voted for Trump by large margins, even his base support is beginning to weaken. People can see with their own eyes that their avatar is incompetent. And they won’t let themselves identify with that.

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  8. josephurban says:

    The Trump presidency was the natural evolution of the GOP. Ronald Reagan said that “government is the problem”. An anarchist. The GOP finally found a candidate who was openly racist, sexist, and authoritarian. Don;t kid yourself. Trump did not “change ” the GOP. He captured what the GOP has become over the last 40 years. Unless the GOP is destroyed by the voting public it will continue down the road of authoritarianism.

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  9. Arthur Ahrens says:

    If you would like to see Republicans who regret their vote for Trump:
    https://rvat.org/

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  10. Arthur Ahrens says:

    I just came across this quote while doing research about…something else…

    “Such is the inherent danger of strongly identitarian ideologies, particularly when the people in question do not have a durable, self-aware identity themselves and a certain moral culpability to match.”

    Seems to at least partially describe the 40%….

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  11. whungerford says:

    I see a chance, when Trump leaves the stage, that the GOP will quickly forget him, will be less a nativist party, and return to being the stupid party, the party of the rich, the anti-worker anti-woman party, the party of police and prisons, the social darwinist party, the go slow on civil rights party, and perhaps all of these.

    Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.” — Jill Lepore, July 13, 2020:

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/20/the-invention-of-the-police

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  12. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Whungerford — I respectfully disagree. Trump owns the party, and his ideas will persist. Tom Cotton, DeSantis, Abbott are all parroting Trump ideas as they position for a presidential run in 2024. There will be many others. The non-Trumpers have left the Party.

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  13. Arthur Ahrens says:

    The silver lining of the Trump presidency:
    https://www.cnn.com/ “What a Trump loss could look like” Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst 7/18/2020
    “A number of young and diverse voters are already moving to solidly conservative states and it’s conceivable that an urban exodus that results from the pandemic could accelerate these trends. More importantly, President Trump and the blistering, smashmouth partisanship that constantly flows from the White House have forced Americans to confront the GOP’s ugly transformation since the 1980s. Trump’s botched response to the pandemic and his attempts to pander to extremists through backlash politics have forced a difficult conversation about the future of the Republican Party.”

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  14. josephurban says:

    Trump is not an accident. He is the natural evolution of the Reagan Revolution. The GOP has been heading down this road for years….. https://josephurban.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/the-reagan-babies/

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  15. whungerford says:

    I don’t agree that the GOP has moved in any consistent direction for decades. It is a party of opportunists. Committed to neutrality, it nevertheless embraced Ike, NATO, and the United Nations. It embraced Nixon. It went with a B movie actor, a powerless Texas Governor, and finally a performance artist. Trump will be as quickly forgotten as Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, or John McCain. What will come next is likely a Democratic Administration which will be challenged by someone–perhaps Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, but not likely by Tom Cotton or Gov. DeSantis.

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  16. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Whungerford, I strongly disagree.

    When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, he is said to have told an aide, “We (Democrats) have lost the South for a generation.”

    Nixon utilized the Southern Strategy, a Republican Party electoral strategy designed to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to racism against African Americans. The Southern Strategy successfully contributed to the political realignment of many white, conservative voters in the South who had traditionally supported the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party. It also helped to push the Republican Party much more to the right.

    As part of his 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan made an appearance at the Neshoba County Fair where he gave a speech on August 3, 1980. The fairgrounds were 7 miles from Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town associated with the murders of civil rights activists Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in 1964. His speech prominently mentioned ‘States Rights’ , an archetypal dog-whistle statement. To most people, it sounds like a statement on constitutional law. Yet to the residents of Nashoba County, where the speech was held, it is a clear call-back to what many still viewed as an illegitimate federal imposition: the civil rights agenda. Desegregation was fought bitterly throughout the South, and even drove the government to institute martial law in some areas.

    Reagan used other dog-whistles, notoriously ‘…strapping young buck…’ The epithet “buck” has long been used to conjure the threatening image of a physically powerful black man often one who defies white authority and who lusts for white women. It was clear to his followers where he stood on Civil Rights.

    I would have to say that the Republican Party has been a racist party for 5 decades, moving consistently in that direction. As Mr. Urban states, the GOP has been heading down this road for years. Trump harnessed it.

    Now as far as Trump being quickly forgotten…we are currently in the midst of a culture war arguing over the Civil War and monuments to traitors. The war ended in 1865!!! Yet people today OVER 150 YEARS LATER are violently opposed to removing these statues. The confederate battle flag is venerated. I often see bumper stickers and license plates containing that loathesome icon. Some things persist. As Trump,Trumpism and Trumpers will. All now in the big tent that used to be the GOP.

    Consider this: there are no longer any moderates in the Republican Party who might return it to pre-Trump. They’ve either been drummed out or left voluntarily as they saw the true Republican Party values. There will be no return to the GOP of Nixon/Reagan/Bush, since there is no one left to steer it there. That Republican Party is as gone as the Whigs, KnowNothings and Federalists. Sure it has the name, but it has none of the ideology of Reagan’s party. It is TRUMP.

    If the GOP gets thrashed, as I hope they will, they will be as disorganized for years as the Republicans were after Goldwater and the Democrats after McGovern. But Trumpism will remain a potent force for many.

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  17. whungerford says:

    Arthur, I think the “Trump Party” will go the way of the Tea Party–here today and gone tomorrow. The Gop will be back with another standard bearer, Ted Cruz or Ivanka perhaps.

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  18. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Whungerford, I would be interested in hearing the reasons for your very strong belief.

    But let’s chat about the Tea Party.

    You are right, the Tea Party is no more. What of its legacy? By using a take no prisoners methodology, it forced the Republican Party to veer strongly rightward. It ignited a revival of the politics of outrage and mistrust in government, breathing new life into the populist passions that continue to threaten the stability of both political parties today, years after the Tea Party died. Even if the Tea Party’s ideas are dead, its attitude lives on in the GOP.

    So it will be with Trumpism. Its legacy of white supremacy, nationalism, populism, xenophobia, anti science, etc, etc., will live on in the GOP for years. For the foreseeable future, the GOP standard bearer will be a Trumper,

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  19. garymccaslin says:

    The white, racist Trump lovers have indeed always been and will remain a part of our country’s population. The problem is that from the first day of his campaign and continuing to the present moment, Donald Trump has given permission with his consistent use of language, from the nation’s highest office, for Americans to use any of an unending string of racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, ignorant, anti-science and just plain rude comments in regular public discourse. President Obama never used such language and few Presidents have ever been so consistently derogatory in their remarks to the American people. Our country’s image has changed since Trump came into office and we will need a huge dose of civility when he is on the street again.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Well said. Thank you.

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  21. garymccaslin says:

    This is precisely the kind of behavior Trump enables. There will be no progress when colleagues exist in such a caustic environment.
    https://god.dailydot.com/gop-congressman-accosts-aoc/

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  22. Arthur ahrens says:

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