92. Trump’s “Strategy”

13 Feb

Looking at the themes of his speeches and tweets, it is clear that his main political goal is to increase his power and solidify his legitimacy as President. If he can accomplish these goals then he wins, gets the adoration he needs, and all those who have ridiculed him have lost.

At first, I thought his childish behaviors and mistakes/lies were the product of a jaded or sleep-deprived mind. This may still be true, but now I see the possibility of a strategy. Here are the major points that would suggest a strategy  (a “method to his madness”).

1. Use vengeance to suppress critics. Fear is the common thread in almost all of his methods. Most people are afraid to speak out against him for fear that he will ruin their careers.  I am sure that many reporters and politicians would like to call him a liar, but the fear of vengeance prevents them from doing so. But recently, he seems to be discovering that methods of intimidation that worked in his businesses, cannot be applied to relations with other countries and their leaders. Trump as a developer can find many companies to supply steel and marble for his buildings, but as President he must learn to deal with the one and only China, Russia, EU, and one large NATO organization. To me, it is amazing that he did not understand this before starting his run for presidency.

2. Describe our current U.S. condition as dreadful (“carnage” is his word) so that he can be the hero and fix all the problems. If everything is good, then there will be little room for improvements. He incorrectly quotes various statistics to prove that we are in dire straits. He implies that all Black people are living in “war zones” and are failing — an insult to a large number that have achieved great success.

3. As President, make some “token” actions to satisfy his base supporters. Examples are the 800 Carrier Co employees not sent to Mexico, and his “travel ban” to improve security. Neither of these amount to anything significant. Trump cannot arrange bribes for all of the corporations that will partially operate abroad. And banning travel to the U.S. for a few mostly-Muslim countries is not only ineffective, but borders on unconstitutional. To stop terrorists you really need to beef up vetting procedures for travel from all countries and for all those people under investigation — if the current methods are insufficient. The fact is that since 911, there is an extremely small number of foreign visitors that have engaged in terrorism in the USA, suggesting the current vetting is pretty effective.

4. Another strategy is to accuse the other side of offenses that he himself has been committing. That does tend to nullify some of his critics. One example is when he stated that Hillary C. only sees people as voters. He is clearly guilty of that viewpoint, and she isn’t.

5. Other Trump methods, such as suppression of the press, may be  designed and part of a strategy.  However, much of his recent work only suggests a lack of relevant experience.  For example, his cabinet appointments are questionable, in direct conflict with campaign promises, and often inappropriate for the agencies that they will lead. There are many major mistakes that are well documented in my blogs and in major newspapers.

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