Friday, September 09, 2016
Donald Trump: When Madness Becomes Normal
I always knew that the sleazy Con clown Donald Trump was spectacularly unfit to be the President of the United States.
How could he not be when he's a crass demagogue, a bigot, a misogynist, a rabid climate change denier, and an abysmally ignorant Con man who makes it up as he goes along?
But it wasn't until I watched him perform at NBC's Comander-in-Chief Forum the other night, that I finally realized how dangerous he could be if he ever occupied the White House.
For it was madness.
It was as Matthew Yglesias writes, beyond shocking.
What Donald Trump said at Wednesday night’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on the aircraft carrier was shocking. He specifically defended Vladimir Putin as superior to Barack Obama, suggested women serving in the military should expect to be raped, hinted at a political purge of the officer corps, blatantly lied about his own past statements on Iraq and Libya, and called on the American military to commit war crimes.
It was shocking, but we are not shocked.
And what makes it beyond shocking is because we are now in the nightmare zone where madness sounds normal.
For Trump's claim that he has a secret plan to destroy ISIS, and that if his generals don't agree he'll fire them, sounds to me like he doesn't understand the proper relationship between the President and the military.
Or he's channelling Hitler...
The guy whose speeches he used to keep on his bedside table, according to one of his many wives.
His bromance with Vladimir Putin, is exceeding the limits of hero worship...
And starting to border on treason.
As well as giving us a very good idea of what kind of powerful leader or dictator Trump would like to be.
And of course this is a bad joke:
MATT LAUER: But what have you done in your life that prepares you to send our men and women into harm's way?
DONALD TRUMP: I think the main thing is I have great judgment. I heard Hillary Clinton say I was not against the war in Iraq. I was totally against the war in Iraq. You can look at Esquire magazine from 2004. You can look at before that. And I was against the war in Iraq; I said it's going to totally destabilize the Middle East, which it has. It's been a disastrous war. And perhaps almost as bad was the way Barack Obama got out. That was a disaster.
As well as a Big Lie.
This is not true. Trump supported the invasion of Iraq, and then in 2006 he pushed for an immediate pullout from Iraq. According to Trump, the thing that makes him qualified to run American national security policy is his good judgment, and his key examples of that good judgment are made up.
And what makes all of this even more disturbing, is that while Trump is spewing garbage and lying in plain sight.
It has generally been my experience that when people pepper their speech with the phrase “believe me,” they are not to be believed. The default position among people of honor — the silent agreement between speaker and listener — is one of truth and trust.
But Donald Trump is not a person of honor. Presidents lie. Politicians lie. People lie. But Trump lies with a ferocious abandon.
More Americans trust him than they do Hillary Clinton, and for that the media is largely to blame.
For treating Trump like he was just a normal candidate, instead of a dangerous demagogue disconnected from reality...
This is not an honest man. This is not a trustworthy man. The fact that people believe he’s honest is a result of a failed media that aims its sincerest critique at Clinton’s deficiencies with the truth, but applies an entertainment standard to Trump that corrects falsehoods but doesn’t castigate him for them.
There is no reasonable explanation or salable excuse for the media’s behavior this presidential cycle. History will look back at this period and it will not be kind to the Fourth Estate. We will all have to one day ask ourselves, “Where was I on Trump and the truth?” Far too many of us will be found wanting.
And yes, as Tony Schwartz the ghostwriter of Trump's book The Art of the Deal, and a man who knows him well, wrote yesterday:
It is time to imagine what might happen if Trump should becomes President.
It is time to imagine Trump's America.
I still think Trump is going to lose, but when madness becomes normal anything can happen.
So the media must do its job, and expose all his lies.
And for the sake of us all, make sure that dangerous maniac is defeated...