by Brad Nelson 4/4/16
One of the premises I had regarding Donald Trump in the early going was that of “a diamond in the rough.” Going into this election season, I knew very little about the man. I don’t read People magazine, I don’t watch MS-NBC, and I’ve never watched The Apprentice. In fact, I don’t watch any “reality” shows. First off, they are not reality. Second, they are stupid. And it’s frankly creepy and just a bit immoral to sit around getting your jollies out of watching other people fail.
But I figured that Trump was an accomplished man. He’d built some casinos. He had a beautiful wife (wives). He had a gazillion dollars. Etc. You don’t tend to achieve these things unless you have something going for you.
What he was saying early on the campaign trail could simply have been the result of being a bit unpolished in the nitty gritty of economics, foreign policy, the Constitution, etc. But because he was talking frank about a few non-PC topics, we assumed the nitty-gritty would follow. Surely, given time, he would get up to speed for it was always thought that Trump surrounded himself with the best counselors and would eventually tackle the problem, issue lots of solid policy statements, and get beyond his “bad boy” persona and get to the beef.
But Trump is reminiscent of a Seinfeld episode wherein Newman had dated a pretty girl who was now dating Jerry. When Jerry learns of her prior connection to Newman, he’s concerned that he could date a girl who would have liked Newman. Particularly odd was that it was Newman who broke it off:
Jerry: But why, did HE, Newman, stop seeing her?
Elaine: Perhaps there’s more to him than meets the eye.
Jerry: No, there’s less.
And now that we’ve seen Trump say idiotic things on every subject under the sun, I am justified in saying, “No, there’s less.” There is less to Trump than I ever supposed there could be. And I don’t know why there is so much magical thinking going on in regards to his supporters thinking there is something more.
No. There’s less.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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