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Trump – he sure can dish it out, but… January 13, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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I’ve been wondering whether all the stuff about Trump this last few weeks is going to hinder him. Not so much in the application of his programme, but rather in the perception of him. No one, not even he, likes to be regarded as a fool or a dupe or a patsy, but at the very least there’s a sense that his responses – not least this week in relation to intelligence – have been over the top. Richard Wolff in the Guardian made an interesting point that for a man who has been perceived as a master of communications his actual meetings with the press have been near catastrophic.

What is most ironic is that he is – to some degree – hoist by his own petard. Why are dossiers less credible than his pronouncements on Clinton or Obama over the last decade? Why should the idea of ties with the Russians be more unbelievable than birtherism? He is the one who has brought people into the theatre of the absurd. For him now to be complaining when others use similar approaches against him suggests no self-reflectivity at all.

Frankly the more salacious accusations are irrelevant – and given the lack of proof they aren’t worth referencing. But the broader picture is one that – at the least – requires a better response than he has given so far, and worse in a sense his response has been illuminating in regard to what he is like when under pressure.

What’s strangest of all is that he simply didn’t attempt to rise above it.

Instead he has waded in. Again, the point was made previously that he has little seeming public restraint. He is – as was mentioned earlier in the week, literally unable to let it go. And here we have another example. One can almost see the red mist descending.

But politically this may hurt and hurt badly. Already there are strong indications that his popularity was remarkably low, even as President elect.

He was voted in as the most unpopular president-elect in modern history and got slightly less unpopular in the weeks that followed, as the goodwill flowed. Even then, though, he clearly remained the most unpopular president-elect in modern history. Again, that was the honeymoon.

And now?

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that Trump has reverted to his pre-election standing, with Americans having major concerns about his temperament and the direction in which his presidency will lead the country. Trump’s continued controversies seem to have put him right back where he was before he won the election.

There’s a raft of bad polling for him. And then…

And then it gets worse. Toward the bottom, Quinnipiac asked respondents whether they thought Trump’s behavior since the election made them feel better or worse about him. Although “better” won out in late November, 36 percent to 14 percent who said they felt worse, that showing has been flipped. Today, 28 percent say they feel worse about Trump since Election Day; just 23 percent feel better.
And clearly people still aren’t enamored of Trump’s social-media habits and fight-picking; by a 2-to-1 margin (64 percent to 32 percent), they think he should give up his personal Twitter account as president – bigger than the 59-to-35 margin in November.

In other words many of the things that define his public persona are poison to the US electorate. He has no comfort zone, no five or ten or fifteen percent of the polls above and beyond his core support to sustain him through the next week, month, year. His Presidency is already before he has been President for a single day defined, and in such a way that it is near impossible to see how he could claw back ground, let alone win the hearts and minds necessary to leave a positive legacy. One has to wonder what all this means for the future. Is it just me or is there an odd air of contingency about all this?

The full poll is available here.

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1. roddy - January 13, 2017

I honestly don’t believe he will last 6 months.He’s such a flawed character,he’ll probably find himself in front of a court over something or other.

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6/5against - January 13, 2017

I so want to agree with that scenario but there are a lot of obstacles to that, or any other plausible way he can be unseated:
1. It will take a lot longer than that for any court action to come to a head, probably longer than 4 years.
2. Even impeachment won’t unseat him – Clinton survived impeachment
3. If the republicans in congress turn against him en masse, I can’t see him resigning. Though that could certainly blunt many of his policies, how would he react. What forces would he unleash?
4. Even if he goes, what we get instead is Pence.

Most of us here are used to living in jurisdictions governed by people we didn’t vote for. But for such an odious character – pushing odious politics – to be elected, and to be in such a powerful position with respect to congress and the supreme court is surely unprecedented. A part of me still believes – like Roddy – that this just can’t happen. But I cannot see any path away from it at present.

Is there anything comparable to this is modern (post-war) times?

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Starkadder - January 13, 2017

Not the ruler of a nation, but some of the nastier “provincial” leaders spring to mind (think Queensland under
Joh Bjelke-Petersen- a hotbed of racism, police brutality and corruption).

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WorldbyStorm - January 13, 2017

I’m just thinking that for all his faults, and they were many, Charles Haughey was a million miles away from Trump.

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2. FergusD - January 13, 2017

But maybe many Americans don’t care what the media think about him. Maybe all this stuff just boosts the idea that his a “rebel” and an “outsider” amongst some who voted for him, and they like that.

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3. CL - January 13, 2017

Being dragged before the courts doesn’t bother Trump. He recently paid $25 million to settle a law suit for fraud brought by New York state and by those who signed on for his phony university.

Trump’s mentor was the notorious Roy Cohn a lawyer who boasted that he never opened a law book after graduating from law school.
“I don’t need to know the law” said Cohn, ” if i know the judge”

Always attack, never concede is the approach.

” Mr. Cohn’s reputation was well established. He had been Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Red-baiting consigliere. He had helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair for spying and elect Richard M. Nixon president….
Mr. Cohn’s influence on Mr. Trump is unmistakable. Mr. Trump’s wrecking ball of a presidential bid — the gleeful smearing of his opponents, the embracing of bluster as brand — has been a Roy Cohn number on a grand scale..

““I hear Roy in the things he says quite clearly,” said Peter Fraser, who as Mr. Cohn’s lover for the last two years of his life spent a great deal of time with Mr. Trump. “That bravado, and if you say it aggressively and loudly enough, it’s the truth — that’s the way Roy used to operate to a degree, and Donald was certainly his apprentice.”

“if you say it aggressively and loudly enough, it’s the truth”-

Next week Trump becomes President and has the power to create Truth.

“Ignorance is Strength”

In the Trump regime the Ministry of Truth is run by Trump himself.

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4. Jim Monaghan - January 14, 2017

I regret to say he will survive and indeed prosper. Things that go wrong can be blamed on the usual suspects or indeed new ones. He is already in train to deliver an end of Obamacare, grist for the Tea Party.
Even a part of the Left are saying give him a chance, eg the abysmal pro Serb Diana Johnston.
Down the line, an return to trade wars. And weakening of what ever inadequate rules govern international commerce. Think TTIP was awful, then wait for what is coming.http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article4783 The cynic in me is amused at those who figure we can get brilliant deals outside the EU.
Castro once remarked that Kennedy was an intelligent opponent as distinct to some others. ( or something like that). But here we have an excitable, shoot first (with mouth or worse) and ask questions later. So expect the unexpected. Expect even less thought of consequences on international adventures than say the awful George W. Bush.
Yes, I am depressed and , alas, with reason.

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CL - January 14, 2017

In his latest tweet Trump attacks Congressman John Lewis, stalwart of the Civil Rights struggle, and survivor of police violence on the Edmund Pettus bridge, Selma, Alabama,1965.

Lewis is all talk and no action said Trump.

:This is Martin Luther King weekend.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-john-lewis-congressman-ciivl-rights-martin-luther-king-day-a7527286.html

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5. CL - January 14, 2017

‘”The new administration will be represented in Davos by Anthony Scaramucci, a flamboyant hedge-fund investor who is part of Trump’s transition team.”
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-leader-meets-davos-elite-voters-revolt-054655251.html

“President-elect Donald Trump won’t send a representative to the annual gathering of the world’s economic elite next week in Davos, which is taking place just days before his inauguration.

A senior member of Trump’s transition team said the president-elect thought it would betray his populist-fueled movement to have a presence at the gathering in the Swiss Alps.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-13/trump-team-shunning-davos-gathering-of-world-s-economic-elite

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