Monday, March 14, 2016

Could Trump Really Ever Be President?


Democrats keep saying that Trump can't win the general election. I hope he won’t but I don’t think it’s a slam dunk.

In fact I think I think that this terrible man with zero self control who despises the poor, tramples over anybody in his path, misrepresents his wealth, trashes women, quotes Mussolini, does not denounce the KKK, stirs paranoia, racism and hatred, embraces conspiracy theories, lies pathologically and has positive support from one foreign leader—Vladimir Putin—actually has quite a good chance of being America’s Next President.

I wonder what Hitler looked like to the masses when he was on the rise and before he gained absolute power. Possibly not that dissimilar to Trump at the moment.

Apart from giving racists and bigots permission to voice their hatred he gave ordinary people permission to voice their frustration and they’re the ones he cleverly manipulated and who ended up handing him his power on a plate. But how many of them would have supported him if they had known the trajectory he was on? Probably not so many. The signs were there but they didn’t want to look. And they were carried on the wave of his peculiar kind of personal power. Look how that ended, for Jews, for the world. And, let's not forget, for Germany.

Trump is telling his supporters to raise their right hand in salute to him. He has a vitriolic hatred for poor people, is a pathological liar and a misogynist, encourages racism and bigotry, whips up anger, promotes violence, calls for curtailing freedom of the press, permits and even encourages the beating up of protesters, is running on an anti-Muslim platform if you can call what he's doing a platform. Now he's anti-Islam. It’s beyond believable.

No, beyond believable is that he had brought a bunch of his Trump Wine and Trump Water and Trump Steaks to one of his rallies. He made a big deal about the steaks. But Trump Steaks doesn’t exist as a business anymore and those steaks were from Bush Brothers’ Provision Company. Oh the irony.

How can a single thinking adult in the world support him? I decided to write to all the delegates who have endorsed him so far and beg them to see the reality and think long and hard about what they’re doing. Wiki has a page on Trump's delegates.

I started with Jeff Sessions, US Senator from Alabama. From his photo on Wiki he looks like a sensible guy. Then I read a little.

Ah. On February 28 this year he endorsed Trump. On March 3 Trump picked him as chairman of his National Security Advisory Committee.

And not such a sensible guy after all. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was born in Selma in 1946. He doesn’t appear to have been much moved by Civil Rights activities. He referred to the NAACP and the ACLU as communist-inspired and un-American because “they forced civil rights down the throats of people”. He also called African-American Assistant US Attorney Thomas Figures “boy” and said “be careful what you say to white folks.”

He said once that he thought the Klan was okay until he found out they smoked pot. He was joking of course. The Klan is something to joke about?

He was a big Bush legislation supporter, including for the 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages. He’s against same-sex marriage and opposed the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act. He also voted against adding violent acts based on sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate-crimes law. 

He’s anti-immigration reform. And he voted for expanded construction of a Southern border fence. Of course he did.  

I guess I won’t be writing to Jeff Sessions. Not much point. Moving along, the next guy on Wiki’s alphabetical list was former US Senator Scott Brown. 

He looks like a nice guy too. I looked him up on Google images. Oh. Very nice guy. Once a model, he posed nude for a centerfold. Not surprising, given that body. His story is pretty moving, though. He had a difficult childhood. His parents divorced when he was a year old and his mother lived on welfare, then he was abused by his stepfathers and a camp counselor who threatened to kill him if he told anybody. He got into politics and not everything he did was bad. A moderate Republican, he was the first GOP Senator to support a federal ban on assault weapons after Sandy Hook..

I could write to him, I thought. I looked for more about him and found an article on abcnews.go.com.
He said “I know all of the candidates and I respect the hell out of each and every one of them” and that he endorses Trump because “I know he’ll surround himself with people who want to do it for the flag. But, no disrespect to any of the other candidates because I truly love them. Chris and Marco? I love them like brothers from another mother.”

Cross Scott Brown off the list. Two down and four hundred odd to go… Maybe it was a bad idea. But I tell you what’s a good idea, and that is to read Trump: An American Presidency by seasoned journalist Steve Majerus-Collins.

“A fictional oral history of the administration of President Donald Trump. The book examines what might really happen if Trump were to come out on top in November. Would he build his wall? Defeat ISIS? Make America great again or destroy it? It's a quick read but one that offers some perspective on a candidate like none before.”

The introduction is amusing and I thought great, I’m in for a riotous read. I was. But it was one of those books where your blood runs cold while you’re laughing because the picture the author paints should just be absolutely fantastical but it isn’t; it’s absolutely and horribly possible.

This gem of a book is only 99c. Buy it because you're worth it! Trump: An American Presidency. I hope not. For the sake of America. For the sake of the world.