I enjoy a good storyteller, a person who can tell a tall tale.
I just don’t want one for my president if he can’t tell the difference between a tall tale and the truth.
I realized that when Tracy & I stopped to gas up along Interstate 75 here in Florida. Trump was on the screen hanging from the ceiling and I was half-listening, as it was hard to avoid as I paid for gas, and I realized I really, really disliked him. At a visceral level, he is just hard to stomach.
And I was curious as to why I was having that reaction. The more I thought about it, I came to understand I have absolutely no confidence in anything that comes out of his mouth. None of it. He has managed to out-politician the politicians.
He comes out on any side of any issue that will satisfy who ever it is he is talking to. This will become more of a problem as he is forced to talk to all of us, but so far, he has not been held accountable in any real way for anything he has said.
His actions are racist, but when he claims to be “the least racist” person around, that’s what his followers choose to believe. What he does doesn’t seem to matter. It is text-book racist to claim he would not receive a fair trial because an American judge from Indiana named O’Malley, with parents from Ireland, was hearing an case involving a Trump business, and Trump had said he planned to create unpopular trade deals with Ireland if president. Trump is saying the judge wouldn't act objectively and judge the business case on its merits, because of his race. It doesn’t really matter that in the actual case in point the judge is Mexican rather than Irish. The racism is the same. If all defendants in America were allowed to have judges disqualified from hearing cases based on defendants political opinions about their country of origin, there could hardly be a case heard.
He said he would deport 11 million illegal immigrants in the US, most specifically Mexican, but in fairness (although it seems unlikely the Donald would be interested in fairness) it should include Russians, Ukrainians, French, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Germans, and the dozens of other countries from where illegal immigrants come. At the same time, he claims to want smaller government. Those two positions are mutually exclusive, as it would take a massive army of agents to find 11 million people who don't want to be found, conduct raids, and then move them to a whole new system of prisons to hold the detainees. It would take fleets of trucks and boats to transport them and an expansion of existing bureaucracy to oversee the operation at a huge cost to American taxpayers. But nobody calls him to account for any of it.
It doesn’t seem to matter to his true believers. They don’t want actual, real information, they just want to believe.
He’s going to build a wall between us and them, and have them pay for it. He can’t do that. He might start a trade war to try and bend Mexico to his will; he might withhold foreign aid; he might stomp and frown and call his billionaire buddies, but Mexico will not pay for a wall, and if a wall is built, it will be with money supplied by US taxpayers. And Trump will deny we supplied the money, but that’s where it will come from.
He said Dwight Eisenhower did the same thing with 1.5 million Mexicans back in the 50s. Check it out on Snopes.com or Politifact. It wasn’t a pretty picture, and it wasn’t 1.5 million, but it was basically deporting workers that we had invited in during WWII to help out with jobs we couldn’t fill as servicemen were shipped overseas.
He says he “loves women,” and if that means treating them as subservient useful pawns, then I guess he does.
He claims Hillary Clinton has avoided any mention of her faith, ““Now, she’s been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there’s no—there’s nothing out there,” yet it’s well-known she’s a Methodist and has never hidden that fact. But Trump is remarkably tight-lipped about his own faith. But that’s OK for his true believers…he can attack his opponent without having to qualify his own beliefs. Classic Trump.
He talks about “getting tough” in the international arena, getting tough with ISIS, but he doesn’t have to really clarify what that means. His true believers just believe he will “get tough.” And that seems to be all they care about foreign policy.
On September 11, 2002, Trump told Howard Stern he was in favor of the invasion of Iraq; later on he was against it. Yet he can get away with accusing Hillary Clinton of the same thing, and make it seem like his position was somehow more correct.
Trump accuses Clinton of being a "world class liar," and his disciples stomp and cheer, yet Trump makes Clinton look like a piker.
As the Donald said at a campaign rally in Sioux Center, Iowa in January. “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."
It is truly disturbing to know that that is factually true.