This is the newest ricochet around the blogosphere that’s going to come back and hit Donald Trump between the eyes.
Pres Trump on a tear on Fox. He says Black Lives Matter is a “Marxist group” & that it’s wrong for the group to have gained “respectability.” He is bashing athletes for kneeling during the anthem.
“If I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election. OK? And that’s OK with me,” he says.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 5, 2020
A few observations:
- When something gets under his thin skin, he bristles with “that’s OK”
- There’s a pattern here of him talking about losing the election. First it was, “Joe Biden’s going to be your next president because nobody loves me, maybe.” Then it went to “nobody likes me,” and now it’s “If I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election.”
Trump doesn’t grok the earth shattering, culture changing events of the past several months, because he doesn’t live in the real world. He’s a media personality. He’s never been anything else. He manipulated the tabloids in New York, “wrote” his books, and created a fable about himself, because he’s too stupid and lazy to achieve anything of substance. So anything that he was ever going to achieve had to be based on image and manipulation of perception. If Reagan was the Great Communicator, Trump is the Great Manipulator. He’s all show. No substance, form only — and the real killer is that he thinks that’s okay. All that is important is that you believe he’s a billionaire, not that he really is one. And now, events are completely out of his control and he’s trying to save his image.
The comment about Black Lives Matter being Marxist is the campaign’s pivot under the new campaign manager, Bill Stepien. The campaign stopped airing ads for a week to do a reset, because demonizing Joe Biden wasn’t working. The fact that Uncle Joe is not Hillary finally got through, apparently. So now the Trump message is the impending takeover by the radical left. With colossal irony and projection which is beyond description, Donald Trump is running for reelection on the premise that America is at the crossroads and only voting for him will prevent socialist, Marxist, communist — pick your buzzword, the base doesn’t know what any of them mean, anyhow — takeover. Now, interestingly, precisely the inverse is true. If this clown would win reelection, that would be the death knell of the democratic way of life, not to mention the end of America’s place as a world leader. We’ve lost a tremendous amount of face in the eyes of the world already and only making Trump a one term president is going to fix that, plain and simple. So, paradoxically, Donald Trump is right. We do stand at the turning point. This election is about America or an ism, banana republic form of government that is frightening to contemplate. He does see the choice as fundamental, he just has it backwards, as usual.
In all events, angry Trump, burn it down Trump, insult comic Trump is not doing so well in the polls and apparently he can’t get any farther than “people don’t like me” and saying that it’s “okay” to lose. Apparently that’s what’s left, when somebody is a hollow shell of insecurities, powered by malignant narcissism. Politico:
In her new book, “Too Much and Never Enough,” Mary Trump… Asked how she thought Trump might be processing the sudden limits of his once formidable political powers, she said, “He’s not processing any of it.”
She added, “He’s deflecting, he’s projecting, he’s denying. And I think one of his favorite things to do in such circumstances is to blame and distract. So, you know, it’s everybody else’s fault and everything needs to be called into question and delegitimized so that he doesn’t actually stop winning, you know what I mean? So it’s not that he’s going to lose the election, it’s that he’s not going to be able to be allowed to win it.”
I don’t know what would “allow” the man to win it. I guess we would have to roll back the events of 2020, the virus, George Floyd, the protests, all of it. America is not the same nation it was on New Year’s Day and the last one to comprehend that is the guy sitting in the Oval Office. That would be truly incredible if we were talking about anybody other than Trump.
Another thing Trump predicted on Fox News this morning is that the virus “will go away, like things go away.” That makes seven months in a row that Trump has predicted that the virus will go away and it has not, it’s only gotten worse.
TRUMP TODAY: "This thing's going away. It will go away like things go away."
JULY: "It's going to disappear."
JUNE: “It’s going away.”
MAY: "This virus is going to disappear."
APRIL: "It is going away."
MARCH: “It'll go away."
FEBRUARY: "It miraculously goes away."
— Daniel Wessel (@da_wessel) August 5, 2020
This is the biggest psychological tell of all. Trump keeps saying the virus will go away because he needs it to go away. He can’t deal with it and doesn’t want to. He just wants it to stop existing. And he has spectacularly botched the response to it. 157,000 people dead and counting. We have 25% of the world’s cases and we’re only 4.2% of the world’s population — but Trump would have you believe we’re “winning” because he can’t process reality, because he’s spent his life living in a money-insulated bubble. That’s why he’s useless.
The tragedy of this is that the man is no kind of a leader and didn’t think he had to be. He thought he would just play a leader on TV. And the GOP gave him the green light. That’s the tragedy. And for that, the GOP needs to be held accountable along with Trump.
November 3 can’t come fast enough.