US President Trump must have seen for decades, all the lying politicians were doing and thought: I can do that much better. And he was right. As long as he could keep pretending that he was rich and successful, he didn’t care if he was called a liar or even seemed a liar. Even while most grownups don’t believe in Santa anymore, they still like the guy.
When he promised to take down the swamp in Washington, few of the common folks knew that he was the swamp. Swamp meant: corrupt politicians who are only interested in the egos and bank accounts of themselves and the super-rich. The difference was that Trump didn’t need to be bought — he was already part of the class that owns the US.
When he jokingly said that rich Jews were not going to support him because he doesn’t need their money, he wasn’t joking. He was trying to explain that he doesn’t need to be bought — he’s already “in.”
The manager and mafia boss he was didn’t know anything. He wasn’t a Republican nor a Democrat. He wasn’t religious and not even an Atheist. He has no loyalty “issue” — only a commitment to himself and “his” people.
He didn’t know politics, he bragged. (You sent your son to a psychiatrist for bed-wetting — did it help? Sure! He’s not ashamed of it anymore.) No idea about defense or economics. (The moneys he pushed around he got from his father and he never made a penny himself. Losing money and going bankrupt is much more profitable.) No clue about science and no clue about social relationships. (He’s not a White supremacist because he couldn’t care less about any philosophy about certain people. His coarse prejudices were enough to work with.) He is too smart and easily bored to read or listen (beyond entertainment — TV). He’d wing it. And he did.
He’s like the storyteller. You know it’s made up but you still listen. Like the magician. You know he fools you but how? Professional politicians would try to hide they’re lying — Trump doesn’t care. It’s the art of the deal.
Where did he go wrong? As a bully, he likes bullies. And the rest needs to fold when he says so. And so he messed up all relationships except with Jews who go 2000 years of training being a poodle to the powers that be.
This all went fine with as highlight an enormous “trickle down” tax cut for the super-rich that created an extra debt that will take workers decades to pay back. But his Waterloo came when he started a trade war with China.
The financial world order became a total mess, the US economy (a measure of how much the rich are making) started caving and reelection became questionable. This was a sign for the super-rich that Trump needed to go. He had been their useful idiot but now had become their unhelpful moron. He even could cause a socialist to be elected as his successor — perish the thought! Their enfant terrible, investment banker Anthony Scaramucci, has spoken. It’s time to retire Trump. It’s time for a calmer conservative, like the VP. To Make America Great Again.
The super-rich will be grateful for years to come for all the money gained but he’s fired. All the reasons that they’ll mention (he’s crazy, he broke the law, he’s indecent) were known before he got elected. They’re now used as pretexts. Trump was elected by deceit. He’ll be sacked the way he came.
I am saddened to add that the reportedly most honest of Democratic contenders, Bernie Sanders, was less than upfront when speaking to a large gathering of Muslims in the US. He did mention his passion against discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and — to applause — that he’s a proud son of Jewish immigrants. But precisely at that gathering, sadly, he omitted stating the need to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Instead, he envisions the US to “broker a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” NB: “peace process,” not “peace”! Strangely, he talked about containing abuse in China and Saudi Arabia but not Iran, Iraq (deploring that the US started the war that took down Saddam Hussein), and Russia. So much for political integrity in the opposition against Donald Trump.
On second thought, I think I may be mistaken in what I just wrote. Bernie would in front of any audience call for the fight against sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and leave out anti-Semitism. In any meeting he would say “safety for Israel is very important to me but.” At any forum he’d object against bothering the world’s greatest bully, Iran. Maybe I shouldn’t blame him more for his lack of solidarity with Israel than any leftwing Gentile.