Watergate Scandal reporter Bob Woodward’s recorded interviews with Trump reveal that the president is not bothered by stupidity, vanity, incompetence, racism, etc. Rather, all his public weirdness is a well-calculated strategy to stay in charge. Cold calculated strategy.
When a scandal breaks, Trump has a number of proven strategies:
A. Start a new scandal to drown out the noise from the previous one.
B. Accuse the accusers of doing worse things and being hypocrites.
C. Divide public sentiment and then speak out against the polarization.
He’s not bragging to get the glamor. It’s to look good to the voters.
A. Make sure everyone is either accusatory or defensive about Racism.
B. The angrier reporters and commentators the better.
C. Then promise Law and Order and Unity.
He’s not a racist. But just he knows using it may give him the election.
A. Make the super-rich happy.
B. Lie to the rest that the economy/jobs have never been as good.
C. Say that his opposition is after the workers’ savings and healthcare.
Almost everyone lies about money so this one is easy.
4. International Relations
A. Look for anything that turns heads, good or bad. Take credit anyway.
B. Deny science. Deny you denied it. Deny the facts.
C. When in doubt, lie.
Put everyone on the wrong foot. Claim victory whenever anyone wavers.
A. Be brazen, mean, crass, outrageous. Do/say things no one dares. Gloat.
B. Incense decent assistants. Fire them to only have yes-(wo)men left.
C. Say the opposite of the truth/what you just said. Call critics nitpickers.
Let small powerless people (voters) vicariously enjoy your power.
Trump proves the goodness of the American People
Let’s end on a positive note.
The fact that a master con artist can fool roughly half the American nation for four years in a row shows how naive it is. They’re good people who do not suspect others of being completely wicked, callous, and heartless.
And there is more good on its way. Slowly, Americans are finding out how much they have been conned. It’s a costly lesson but at least, this education will prevent this from ever happening again.
Not only will the US public not elect such a con artist again for generations to come. Also new additions to the Constitution limiting the power of the president will ensure that this scandal will remain history.
It is even possible that the US will adopt a norm for in politics that frowns on all deceit. You’re caught lying, you’re done as politician. Don’t say that’s impossible. I saw it working for decades when I lived in the Netherlands.