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97. Trump’s Extreme Hypocrisy

25 Feb

Trump loves to dramatize his speech, like we need “extreme vetting”. He said that he was going to “win so much, you’re going to be sick and tired of winning.”

I just heard Trump complain at CPAC, about the news media using anonymous sources. Frankly, I laughed out loud. During his adamant “birther” period, on numerous occasions he referred to unnamed sources searching records in Hawaii about to prove that Barack Obama is not a citizen. This pattern of stating unsupported “facts” (aka alt-facts) has been repeated numerous times.

In fact, I would confidently venture to say that Trump himself referred more times to unknown sources (or did not name a source) than any other president. Here are a few examples:

Trump said that Hillary won the popular vote (by a margin of almost three million) because of illegal voting.  In fact, “all the illegal votes were for her!”  Does he think that all of us are incredibly stupid, or is this stated just for his hardcore fans?

The crowd for inauguration was much larger for Trump than for Obama.  No proof for this assertion was provided, but plenty of photographic evidence was provided for the opposite.

He stated that he won more electoral college votes than previous presidents — false. No sources for this were named, and after questioning, admitted his error.

We gained nothing from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the money paid could have been used for infrastructure work. He failed to say that the money paid was actually Iran’s money that was confiscated and could not have been used by us.

There are many other types of extreme hypocrisy. A really good example is Wall Street abuses. Trump complained on numerous occasions about Hillary’s relationship with such companies as Goldman Sachs Group. He said that Clinton is “nothing more than a Wall Street puppet.” But after his election, he named former Goldman President, Gary Cohn to head his National Economic Council. Former Goldman partner Steven Mnuchin was chosen Secretary of Treasury. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon once worked for Goldman Sachs. Trump is also working on reducing safeguards aimed at avoiding investment company failures. After pledging to fight Wall Street he has been doing everything to support them. His promises to help the working man are shameless lies.

After talking so much about Clinton corruption, the following has just been reported. The Republican chairmen of two intelligence committees have admitted that a member of the White House staff approached them. They were asked to tell reporters that no illegal contacts of the W.H. with Russians were discovered.  And at this time,  the committee work was not even finished.

There also is evidence that a report on the “Travel Ban” countries was tampered with. The original report (leaked to press) stated that the seven banned countries posed no particular threat. Country of immigration origin is not a good predictor of terrorist activity. The final report was altered to say the opposite.   See this website:  http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog   for supporting details for this paragraph and the one above.

All of which brings to mind my greatest worry — that Trump will not only fail in many ways, but he will re-write history so that the Democrats are blamed for the failures. He actually blamed Hillary for the “Birther” movement!

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.