Some people don't want to believe it, but it's true: Donald Trump has a reasonable chance of being elected the next president of the United States. According to conventional political analysis, a presidential candidate charged with a single felony count would have little chance of winning a primary or general election. Presidential campaigns have been derailed for far less serious matters. Biden's 1988 presidential campaign came to a crashing halt when it was discovered he
Some years ago, the leader of the band I was in at the time, one of our vocalists and myself had interviewed an accountant at my suggestiuon, in order to make sure we had our taxes squared away.
I walked away from the ingterview mightily impressed but the band leader didn't like him. When asked why at the subsequent band meeting, he replied "he has no personality." To which I replied, "we want an accountant, not a entertainer!!!" and the meeting collapsed into laughter.
That sort of mindset is more dangerous than funny nowadays. Too many folken wish to be entertained by those we choose to govern, consequences be damned!
Trump represents the “ugly American” and man oh man there are too many of them.
OMG, my head just exploded. I hate that wrestling stuff and reality tv, and so many people love it, it has wrecked brains. Really creepy, but fair comparison to that McMahon weirdo. I also agree that the orange guy can win again, say bye bye to the republic. Dems better get their act together and put it on steroids at this point. Obviously, the indictments are tfg's campaign--which are working. What was left of my head just re-exploded.
Well, that certainly explains a lot about the people who vote for 45.
Ya know, I’m beginning to think this Trump person may not be such a good guy after all….
This post is a helpful framing of the mentality behind Trump’s supporters, but still only a framing. Four separate indictments in four independent fact scenarios, hard to keep track of the sexual assault allegations, not to mention a moral constitution that fully exposes the US to being sold out to world leaders that would want to harm it.
The key question is buried in there: what to do about the material harm he causes? Trump has been on the scene for many years and we don’t have an answer yet.
I said back in 2015 that the Republican campaign was a cage match. Never understood why no one thought ill will on Trump being in the WWE Hall of Fame and up til this article, no media talked about it that I know if. McMahon wife was in Trump's cabinet FGS. Trump has been running a political wrestling event for years.
My kids watched WWE for years. Many folks believe pro wrestling is "real." That's why McMahon is very wealthy.
Stone Coal Trump opened up a can of whoop a$$ on Democracy. Now we have not only Trump being re-elected to wring our hands over, but to fear Tubbyville's holding up military promotions will ensure Trump appointees at the head levels of our military. You know traditionally those types in the Banana Republic's military that lead coups and support regimes.
The when large portions of a culture experience anti-structure, loss of social standing, and marginality the culture enters a liminal state of consciousness that the Trickster can operate in. People become susceptible to the paranormal. Believing that vaccines will usurp our will, that violence is peaceful protest, that pandemic precautions are evil. People are disenchanted with too much rationality. The Trickster offers enchantment but delivers only glamour.
Bigfoot, Satan, UAPs, 5G causes Covid-19, Anti-Christ, Qanon Satan worshiping Democrats sacrificing and eating children, ghosts, angels, It's one reason conspiracy theories are popular; they replace complexity with simplicity. Whenever you hear such an explanation for anything, you have very good reason to be skeptical. When social reality is perceived as a trick the Trickster thrives.
Please contextualize polling data in other relevant info like special elections won by Dems since Trump’s betrayal of the US. Again and again since 2016 polls have proved unreliable. The horse race approach is simplistic. Thank you.
This is a sad commentary on our country. Basically half the country is too stupid to know better and they like this guy because he riles them up and says things he shouldn't say? Half our country is so stupid, they would rather be entertained by trump's antics than have a functioning president? Wow...
So, Trump dramatiszes a masculine persona based on total emptiness! How sad that he is a role model for so many boys and men--someone who doesn't read, doesn't care about children, thinks of women in terms of their Barbie assets, doesn't relate to animals or the natural kingdom, and feels a need to show venomous hostility through insults, and/or AR 15's and AK 47's. So, is that what these peope believe makes a "real man"?
What's also sad is that appreciating someone for their intelligence and wit requires some degree of those qualities at play--enjoying learning. When an education system is weak, people avoid feeling "dumb" and avoid spending hours of their youth and money they don't have (or have to go into debt for, and we know how that turns out!).
And, don't these WWE fans get bored by Trumps constant repetition of lies and grievances? How is that entertaining?
The fact that so many people put being entertained as a priority for what to look for in a political candidate is not a healthy sign for democracy. But if this is a reality (based on various factors, including a mediocre education system on average plus reality tv's dumbing down of America), DEMS must meet this reality with offering qualified, honest candidates who are also entertaining.
WWE crossed with the National Enquirer+ Roy Cohn+ Putin= trumps brand
Combining the strategy of repeating a lie, making out as big as possible, with entertainment. Autocratic aspiring leaders in history used these strategies, except they did not have the technology we have today.
A very interesting op ed. I'll give you another allegory.
Professional wrestling used to employ "Jobbers". These were experienced professionals who were very good at their craft and would help the stars improve at theirs. They were the guys who would get "beat down" on the Saturday morning studio TV shows, but we would never see them in the arena shows. Paradoxically, it was the jobbers who helped develop the stars and taught techniques that the stars use in the ring against them. Those Saturday morning beat downs were actually lessons and practices.
Today, there are no more jobbers. In one of the world's most physically and mentally demanding professions, every wrestler must have an enduringly popular schtick or they are thrown out. Wrestling skills are optional.
This is the Trump world. Facade is more important than skill.
Polls are a terrible way to guess election results. Remember the RED WAVE threats?
So sick of all news being framed around this sociopathic con man- the excuse always given? — he is leading in the polls. What if the polls are all wrong, as I suspect they are? L T