George Clooney is a self-made man whereas Donald Trump is a guy born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth and a gold toilet under his a$$. Trump calls Clooney a member of the “Hollywood Elite” thereby bad, whereas Trump, to the manor born, is somehow good. Don’t ask me to explain the conundrum but I don’t have to, because Clooney nails it.
Trump could never do what Clooney has done. Not any of it. Trump is a person of limited ability, who was born to great wealth and who manipulated said wealth and position into becoming a cultural side show. He had a show on TV for fourteen years wherein he played a billionaire. But people bought it, like people bought John Wayne playing a cowboy or a war hero. Wayne was the first to say he was nothing like his characters.
But Trump, on the other hand, having no character, went ahead and adopted his onscreen persona and to great effect. He did manage to finesse his way into the White House and now he’s trying to do it again. But the difference between 2016 and 2024 is that in 2016, it didn’t matter. Trump was planning on losing and then he and Steve Bannon were going to launch Trump TV and torment Hillary Clinton for the next four years.
But it didn’t work out that way. The sad part for Trump is that he might have gotten away with his crookedness in New York and other places, because the Manhattan D.A. and a lot of other people didn’t want to bring charges against him back in the day. He was the guy who contributed to the Police League, all that.
But being president and running again, all that changed. The level of scrutiny changed. A private citizen with shady business dealings is one thing, a sitting or former president who is running again, is a different kettle of fish.
And Trump is now learning that, to his dismay. Fred Trump is probably twirling in his grave these nights, because Donald has screwed it all up. As Fred, Sr. undoubtedly feared that he would.
But Trump still has control of the small-donations GOP spigot, to get him through. Let’s see if it works. At the rate his lawyers are getting sanctioned, censured and disbarred, he may be representing himself in propria persona next.