It may seem foolhardy to keep writing blog posts about 45 i.e. our 45th “President.” But to me it is important not to leave it all to the press. In a democratic country, just as every vote counts, so should every voice. There cannot be too many analyses of this man and his verbiage and how he is the consummate chameleon, projecting to his so-called base–the meth-head cockroaches who come out of the hills and in from shacks in the desert to swell the crowd.
For whatever reason I seem to be the lone blogger among my Facebook friends–all 800 of them– peers who run the gamut from poet-intellectuals at the forefront of American arts and letters, to a number of Sicilian writers/thinkers for whom I have the upmost respect for tenacity in word and deed against the Mafiosi who have dwindled to the vestigal tail of the country, to a plethora of canine “fanciers”, serious people with a depth of passion for the Golden Retriever all over the world. .
I mainly want to weigh in on Trump’s performance tonight before however many people were gathered in the auditorium in Phoenix and correct a few things. There was not a small crowd of protesters at this rally; there were thousands. Quoting himself tonight, Trump engaged in multiple sins of omission; he has never taken back his false equivalency re the Virginia tragedies, of those protesting the Alt-Right’s disgusting demonstration around the monument to Robert E. Lee, i.e. torch-bearing, sieg heiling and KKK-hood wearing fools well-aware of their impact upon those who oppose what they say and who they are and who have no place anywhere near the academy, which espouses the free exchange of ideas and the honing of the intellect in civility. Few, it must be noted, are speaking openly about Antifa, who showed up in Charlottesville to defend peaceful protesters, clad in black and wearing face masks, espousing sterm und drang, turning right wing mass ire to their direction.
Trump is a master liar and a charlatan. He has contempt for truth and for a media devoted to it. He presents “alternative facts,” wearing delusion as readily as changing ties, alleging that he said what he didn’t say and not manifesting any remorse for the multiplicity of the things he has said.
In this fake President, who struggles to seem and be anything close to presidential, is a damaged, sick man who gets off on backlash to the extent that he daily invites it.
The most dangerous thing about him is that he is a master of disguise, being unto his crazy base who they want him to be, the day after he seemed “presidential” to Republicans when he spoke to issues regarding Afghanistan and our sixteen-year long war there.
He buffaloed a lot of people with his electoral victory amounting to under 100,000 actual votes he called a landslide. What in fact does it say about him that he wanted a military parade at the inauguration, that one of his first actions was to institute a cruel and unnecessary travel ban, that he obsesses on erecting a border wall against “Mexican criminals,” ,seeming more xenophobic than protectionist in closing down sanctuary cities, determining that the 3 million margin in the popular vote of Hillary Clinton was a massive case of voter fraud–that he demanded a national voter registry to include people’s voting histories and social security cards, that he lifted the ban on sale of assault rifles and other guns to the mentally ill, basically putting high-powered war-grade weapons back in the hands of 2nd amendment wack-jobs but especially, that he periodically gins up rage and hate at his rallies, to the extent that people like David Duke assert that the Alt Right is “taking our country back.” Further, that he denies climate change and took the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, ordered “transexuals out of military service and has, enthroned somewhere with his smart phone, engaged in daily foolhardy tweeting never getting it that push-back and feedback all reveal that someone utterly unstable and out of control carries the case with the red button in it, ever more deeply indicating that he should do us all a favor and resign.
Trump has demonstrated a complete inability to see his own part in generating negative press. That he has inflamed and infuriated North Korea, putting millions of people in harm’s way. One minute he’s against nation-building and the next, sending more troops into Kabul. No wonder we all have whiplash.
Every clear-minded, literate person is in anguish over the hegemony and power grabs of this faux president who seems to have put a spell on the Republican Congress, who only needs to invoke Clause IV of the 25th Amendment to set in motion a series of events that will humanely send this man out of office. But Trump is a man far gone, going down, to whom only a handful now keep handing a life preserver. Even his own Chief of Staff, a General, can’t stop him from dancing on a cliff’s edge above deep and roiling waters.
We must let him drown.