Recently, the United States inaugurated a new president. You know the one, the non-politician, narcissist that wants to have everything his own way, even though he isn’t the only citizen here. The one who, in 1991, pretended to be someone else so he could act as his own publicist. Then, acting as his own publicist, he went on to brag about his sexual exploits, (whether real or imagined) so people could hear about how great he is, (in his own mind) and be impressed.
Yes, that was a long time ago, and I’m sure he has learned some lessons since then, but it does lend some insight into how the man’s mind works.
Since the advent of Twitter, there’s no need to pretend to be his own publicist, he has become it. There is no longer the need to call a reporter to publicize any story he wants to put out there. He just puts it out there, whether true or imagined. Isn’t technology wonderful?
As a private citizen, he was just one of the voices in the crowd, so when he carped about Obama’s birth certificate, and denied his citizenship, it was just rhetoric. Blatant and divisive, yes, but still just his opinion. He waited until after the 2016 election was over to admit that he believed Obama was, in fact, an American citizen. Some people may have grown tired of his (very public) complaints about Obama, and others may have been inspired by it. But his relentless comments brought him the attention he so desired.
But now he has become the president of the United States of America, and his opinion is more than just rhetoric, it is becoming policy. During the campaign, he suggested that the Russians should hack Hillary to find out what she was hiding. He may have thought that it would help him if someone else was responsible for bringing her “crookedness” to light. He probably understood when he said that, that it would inspire hackers to go for it, and that was what he wanted. But now, as president, he doesn’t like to look like he was asking hackers for their help. He doesn’t want to be responsible for inciting hackers to break internet protocols. But his comments are on tape and on TV, how can he back track?
He wants to be viewed as an innocent. He wants to get the credit for the good that happens, but not the negative. When he hosted the president of Panama at the White House, one of his opening comments was, “The Panama Canal is doing quite well. I think we did a good job building it, right?”
The Panama Canal project was started by the French in 1881 and finished by the US in 1914, (about 33 years before Trump was born). But since it was something positive, Trump sought to take credit for it as the president.
The U.S. continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for handover to Panama. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, in 1999 the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government and is now managed and operated by the government-owned Panama Canal Authority. Credit to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal
Maybe Trump was trying to point out how good the US has been to Panama, but that begs more questions. Was he taking credit for building the Panama Canal or was he trying to remind the president of Panama that he should be grateful to the US?
Was he trying to change the subject of the national news that day? At the time, it had just come to light that the 110 billion dollar arms deal Trump said he had made with Saudi Arabia, was neither a done deal nor his own accomplishment?
There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. The above excerpt is from the Brookings Institute, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/06/05/the-110-billion-arms-deal-to-saudi-arabia-is-fake-news/
Where is he leading this nation? Are we headed to the same place he has lead several of his businesses, bankruptcy court?
He has admitted in the past that he pretended to be a publicist, and called it “a good time at Marla’s expense.” He admitted recently that he has no tapes of the conversations he had with Comey, and said his Tweet stating, “Comey better hope there are no tapes” was intended to keep Comey honest. Some people are now questioning whether it was intended to shut Comey up or manipulate what Comey might say. Personally, I wonder if he is saying he has no tapes because having them signals another intent.
The citizens of this nation are woke and paying attention. Anyone can be taken in by a con-artist, but eventually the con will unravel, and the con man will be exposed. Woe be to the con-artist who tries to take 325 million people at the same time.
This is a great nation, founded on great principles, but with an inexperienced captain at the helm, I fear we are headed for treacherous waters. Let’s hope it doesn’t look like the Titanic when the time comes to man the life boats. We ARE all in this together.