Trumped

Reality TV Star as US President

As writer Doris Kearns Goodwin would say, “this is no ordinary time.”

Folks will talk for months about how Clinton lost but the Washington Post had an extraordinary explanation as to why.

“Of the nearly 700 counties that twice sent Obama to the White House, a stunning one-third flipped to support Trump.

Trump also won 194 of the 207 counties that voted for Obama either in 2008 or 2012.”

In effect they would comfortably vote for a black man, often twice, but not a woman, or at least not that woman.

Perhaps they saw something very compelling in Trump the person.

That would make the flip even more odd as where personality is concerned, Trump is the anti-Obama in every way.

And, voters expressed the notion that governing experience is not necessary to be president.

The flip is especially odd where key positions are concerned though it deserves to be emphasized that over time Trump has been on all sides of social, economic and foreign policy issues.

Trump was richly and paternally begotten and yet has been embraced by those who see themselves as regular Joes’ cheated out of their share of American prosperity; he inherited his.

It’s an acknowledged fact that Trump as a business operator regularly fails to pay sub-contractors and workers and has a hair trigger where suing is concerned.

Stiffing and suing the “little guy” is the proven mark of a bully.

Bullies (Andrew Jackson) make cantankerous presidents.

Trump has repeatedly walked away from his colossal business failures managing to enrich himself fantastically through bankruptcy proceedings and loss-taking.

Can a US president fail but deflect not just responsibility but also the tangible effect of that failure?

Is there a bankruptcy court for presidential failures?

If religious piety requires reflection than Trump is the least pious person around as he admits his disdain for personal reflection, a dangerous trait for any president to embrace.

Self reflection is the path to personal wisdom unless, of course, you see yourself as perfectly wise, the likely circumstance of a confirmed narcissist.

All we really know about Trump the president today is what we don’t know and that is everything.

Trump is a clever chameleon with a whole new group of stockholders.

His new company, aka the United States of America, thrives on stability, cooperation and an ever burgeoning sense of liberality.

The concept of three branches of government is about to take on heightened meaning and importance.

39 Comments

  • Patricia says:

    And still now tax show,let’s see how many trump supporters join the army

  • IslaFire says:

    Maybe Kim K or Bruce Jenner can run for President in 2020.

    The notion that an “outsider” will shake up DC and expose the corruption of our government is a fallacy. I suspect he will not make it 4 years. His attention span is not that long. He will resign and Pence will be our President.

    • scot T says:

      Actually congratulations to Trump…he won fare and square no arguments…the pipo who voted him saw in him the capabilities of leading America…all Trump has to do is come out of his self fantasies and face real life…

  • Alan says:

    this. “Trump was richly and paternally begotten and yet has been embraced by those who see themselves as regular Joes’ cheated out of their share of American prosperity; he inherited his.”

  • Johnny says:

    The people got tired of the liberal media’s slanted reporting (CNN, Washington Post, NBC, CBS and Fox 5) that has tried to promote one candidate over the other by bias, inaccurate and deceptive reporting. The American people saw through all the political scandal and many failed policies and voted as such. The reward now is a new leadership initiated by the “Silent Majority”. Trump is in, Hillary is out. Truthfulness, corruption and integrity came up consistently in this election and thus eliminated 1 candidate. Lets move forward……. glad she finally got the courage to came out and thank her supporters..

  • David B. says:

    About 90 years ago, H.L. Mencken nailed it:

    “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

  • Rhackett says:

    Mencken also said;

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

  • RHackett says:

    Johnny,

    Trump didn’t get the support of any silent majority.

    He is losing by over a million votes in the popular vote and still counting.

  • Johnny says:

    RHackett,
    The election was lost fair and square by Hillary because America stood up and voted! Until they change the election rules, popular vote doesn’t determine the presidency. Seems like a certain population can’t face defeat. The losing candidate couldn’t even face her supporters after the election results were announced. Weakness at its best. And now as reported by our mainstream media, the majority of “the people” crying at these demonstrations didn’t event take the time to vote. Nice reflection of the mentality of the protesters. Bottom line, the election was won by the candidate that America chose….those (popular vote) that can’t accept this, need to find a safe space and get over it!

  • RHackett says:

    Johnny, you stated:

    “The reward now is a new leadership initiated by the “Silent Majority”.”

    He was not elected by a vote of the “silent majority.” He will be elected by a MAJORITY of the electoral college. That is a big difference.

    The GOP has now lost the popular vote in six of the last seven elections. It’s only a matter of time before the numbers make them insignificant.

    The GOP has the White House and congressional majorities.

    The last time a GOP with no experience in either elected office or military command had the same party majority in Congress was Herbert Hoover. His claim to fame was that he was good in business. You may want to read up on how it ended. Hint; not well. Especially for the working class.

  • Johnny says:

    RHackett,
    You have some valid points. I’m aware of the differences between the Electoral College and popular vote. Maybe I should have phrased it “silent Electoral Majority” because the outcome was totally unexpected by almost all. Popular vs electoral vote also requires different campaign strategies, thus Trump may have elected to spend more time in places like California and the traditionally Blue States vs crushing the “Blue Wall” – Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Trump campaigned for the electoral vote and nailed it. By all silent and uncalculated indications, if he had gone after the popular vote he would have nailed that too.
    As you know, it would take three fourths or 38 States (270 electoral votes) to change the current voting process, which isn’t likely to happen. Our forefathers wanted the voice of all states heard big and small, thus we’ve had this process for the last 2 centuries. This has been an ongoing argument.
    Either way, the Democrats totally misunderstood and underestimated the Electoral College and got spanked. The unfairness of the media was no help. Obama even stated in a recent interview the importance of the ground game and said he spent several visits in a single state before he was elected, maybe referring to Mrs. Clinton’s failed campaign strategy. I believe that more people were silent in this election, preferring not to disclose whom they were voting for. Not sure why, maybe the fear of backlash. Polls can be misleading and may have given some of the unsuspecting a false sense of security. Either way, responsible thinking voters were not accounted for and lost in the mix. This created a surprise ending to the election. Some now are incapable of accepting this.
    We’ll see how it goes. Most people I know both Democrat and Republican, have voiced confidence that our newly elected president will work hard and succeed. The distorting media doesn’t necessarily agree with this. Change is sometimes painful and unpleasant. Some politicians just can’t take defeat, even resorting to desperate measures to convince themselves that others are to blame. It’s just very possible, Mr. Trump will surprise the non-believers and unify America.
    Herbert Hoover? A lots changes since then …
    In the words of Deepak Chopra – “All great changes are preceded by chaos”…… He may be on to something. Maybe the last eight years of political chaos influenced the voters in this recent election.

    • Eric Lamar says:

      J-

      Thanks for taking the time to write.

      You closed with, “Maybe the last eight years of political chaos influenced the voters in this recent election.”

      The Republicans created the fact or appearance of chaos through their complete non-cooperation with the President.

      Trump is the result.

      Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Johnny says:

    Thanks Eric, By the way, awesome Blog…..Happy Thanksgiving to you also. Stay safe.

    JD

  • Rhackett says:

    “We’ll see how it goes. Most people I know both Democrat and Republican, have voiced confidence that our newly elected president will work hard and succeed.”

    Those individuals have no clue. He is already laying the groundwork to be one of the most blatantly corrupt presidents. Using his position to enrich himself and his idiot kids.

    Coupled with the fact he is surrounding himself with the same individuals (or type of) who are itching to get the U.S. into another war.

    That causes me more concern given the failures of the GOP and Middle East foreign policy.

  • Johnny says:

    “Those individuals have no clue. He is already laying the groundwork to be one of the most blatantly corrupt presidents. Using his position to enrich himself and his idiot kids.”

    Who has no clue? You mean like the Clintons using the Clinton Foundation to get themselves rich and pay for their “idiot” kid’s wedding? Wonder what else is in the shadows. Imagine the money the Clintons could have amassed if Hillary was elected! And enrich himself? President Elect Trump’s taking a pay cut for this job. He needs no more money.

    Another war! As a reminder, Trump voiced his opposition to the war in Iraq. Did Hillary? You may want to read up on it. By re-building our great Military that has been neglected the past eight years, this new leadership will do more to prevent war than create it!

  • Rhackett says:

    Clinton lost. Your comment is a deflection away from Trump.

    Hillary had to vote on a war that was later found to be presented to both her and her colleagues in the Senate with less than complete information. The GOP majority in the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a report about the pre-war intelligence presented to them by the White House with the following remark;

    “Most of the major key judgments in the Intelligence Community’s October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), Iraq’s Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction, either overstated, or were not supported by, the underlying intelligence reporting. A series of failures, particularly in analytic trade craft, led to the mischaracterization of the intelligence.”

    Your comments about the military are not supported by facts. The U.S. spends as much on its military as the next seven nations combined. Over a half a trillion dollars a year.

    If our military is weak it isn’t for lack of resources. It’s priorities on how those resources should be spent. The documented waste in the DoD is legendary. Yet there is never any interest in addressing that part of the budget equation. Just give them more money. Only a fool believes our military is underfunded.

    I will be very curious to see how Trump plans to boost military spending and enact his infrastructure policy without a debt. Something conservatives have been whining about for eight years under Obama. Given the fiscal realities of the federal budget it is literally an impossibility.

  • Rhackett says:

    BTW Johnny, this is a list of things Trump has backpedaled on since he has won:

    1. Not hiring Washington insiders.
    2. Building a wall and making Mexico pay for it.
    3. Repealing Obamacare
    4. Scrapping the Iran Nuclear Treaty
    5. The Muslim Ban
    6. Prosecuting Hillary
    7. Deporting 11 million immigrants
    8. Restoring the coal industry

    Remind us what issue was so important that you supported him.

  • Johnny says:

    Come now…..the time is yet young. We shall see..

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny says;

    “Come now…..the time is yet young. We shall see..”

    Which is code for, “I have no clue.”

  • Johnny says:

    RHackett:
    “Come now…..the time is yet young. We shall see. ”Which is code for, “I have no clue.”

    Clue: Didn’t I just see the Dow go above 19,000 for the first time?

    Important issues: Create jobs, Veteran Affairs, fix health care, improve race relations, boost the economy, stop killing cops, secure the border, confront terror, control trade, Foreign Policy…..

    100 days isn’t up yet ….. Show me an elected president that hasn’t made adjustments in the first 100 days…… Pardon Hillary? Shows good faith and allows him to focus on the job…..doesn’t mean she won’t get prosecuted. Wonder what else will show up? Healthcare? He said all along he was in favor of keeping 26 year olds and not denying healthcare for someone with a pre-existing condition. Dump the rest. Deporting illegal felons? Who doesn’t agree with that? The rest is on-going. What’s the hurry…CNN needs to lie about a story?

    Remind us what issue was so important that you supported Hillary …

    Remember, she front peddled on these:

    Deception
    Lied under oath
    Cheated in debates
    Clinton Foundation scandal
    Email Scandal
    Benghazi scandal
    Failed Foreign Policy
    Fired from House Judiciary Committee for incompetence and lying
    It continues….

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny wrote:

    “Clue: Didn’t I just see the Dow go above 19,000 for the first time?”

    Thanks Obama. Pretty remarkable given the effort put forth to obstruct him by the opposition. While Trumpettes (as they are now being called) would like to take credit, the fact is he hasn’t taken office yet. Even more remarkable considering the Dow was less than 8,000 the day Obama was sworn in and falling. Idiot conservatives were calling it Obama’s economy that day. Now of course they don’t call it that. Because it would make them look sillier than they do now.

    The point is that Trump ran on a platform of all the things he is backpedaling on. People voted for him based upon those promises. Had he ran on the positions he is taking now he would have probably lost during the primaries. Do keep supporting this person who has preyed upon your gullibility.

    He hasn’t been sworn in yet. At some point in time you will realize you were conned from the start. Or maybe not.

    The scandals you cite have been investigated ad nauseum. Please post the number of indictments, trials, or convictions that have resulted from the expenditures of millions of tax dollars. Let me help you……ZERO!!

    Your claim of a failed foreign policy (assuming you are referring to the Middle East) is hysterically funny. Please cite the Middle East foreign policy successes overseen by GOP presidents in the last 50 years. Don’t waste your time researching. There aren’t any.

    This is fun……your turn.

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny, one other thing.

    When the Bush Administration wanted nothing to do with helping the first responders at Ground Zero, it was Sen. Clinton that led the charge to get the feds involved and provide resources. That much is well known amongst those of us who don’t spend all day watching Fox News in and out of the station.

  • Johnny says:

    Sorry Bobby, Throwing the bullshit flag on that last one……when the AG meets with slick Willie…and the FBI fails to do their job……c’mon on man…That corruption is old news and the reason she lost miserably….and “in and out of the station”? What’s that mean….maybe that you were at some failed campus outreach opportunity program to even notice????

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny wrote:

    “Sorry Bobby, Throwing the bullshit flag on that last one……when the AG meets with slick Willie…and the FBI fails to do their job……c’mon on man…That corruption is old news and the reason she lost miserably….and “in and out of the station”? What’s that mean….maybe that you were at some failed campus outreach opportunity program to even notice????”

    And how many indictments, trials, and convictions have occurred because of claims of corruption……ZERO!!

    If you don’t know what I mean by “in and out of the station” you must not be a firefighter.

  • Johnny says:

    Nope Bobby, I’m not a firefighter… and I know you’re not either.

    Why do you slam our firefighters? “All day watching Fox News in and out of the station” Did one dance with your wife or significant other? Stop by a station. Bet they’ll even let you sit in a fire truck. Surely you don’t think our first responders are un-American….do you Bobby?

    “Claims of corruption” ……. What a joke. Evidently that’s not what the voters thought. People get away with committing crimes every day. She couldn’t even grant a press conference the last months of the election for fear of being asked a question that required a truthful answer.

    I keep hearing Obama was obstructed by Republicans …… what BS. Bad ideas and programs get shot down. Come up with something good….like Obamacare. Oh wait, didn’t Bill say “it’s the craziest thing ever”…… and that’s the man’s legacy!

    But Trump’s not gonna have to worry about that now is he Bobby? Oh wait, the voters strike again. Now a Republican Congress. No worries here.

    A better example of obstruction is what Trump faced daily with the corrupt media. But he just jammed it back in their pie holes, and now they are complaining about access.

    Anyway, with this …

    Happy Thanksgiving…. Bobby

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny wrote:

    “Nope Bobby, I’m not a firefighter… and I know you’re not either.”

    Wrongomungo. Been one for 25 years.

    I work with a crew that watches Fox News all day long at the station. All of them have told me they only watch Fox News as their only news source.

    The rest of your post is nonsense. I didn’t disrespect anyone.

    The voters have indeed spoken. That doesn’t mean their beliefs are accurate or truthful.

    Obama was indeed obstructed by the GOP.

    The stated number one goal of GOP leaders wasn’t national security. It wasn’t helping the poor. It wasn’t helping the uninsured. It wasn’t energy independence. It wasn’t peace. It wasn’t the middle class. It wasn’t the environment. It wasn’t curbing terrorism. It wasn’t health care. It wasn’t education. It wasn’t the homeless. It wasn’t infrastructure. It wasn’t illegal immigration.

    The number one goal was to make Obama a one-term President.

    They failed at that, too.

    They used the filibuster rule at an unprecedented level to the point where Sen. McConnell even filibustered his own legislation to slow down any movement in the Senate.

    They have had majorities in both houses for some time and claim the country is headed in the wrong direction. Yet they have submitted nothing that would help that.

    Yet suckers keep buying their BS.

  • Johnny says:

    Nope, don’t believe you are ……

  • Rhackett says:

    Don’t care what you believe. It doesn’t change the truth.

    Nor does it change the con man that was just elected.

  • Johnny says:

    “I work with a crew that watches Fox News all day long at the station. All of them have told me they only watch Fox News as their only news source.” Yea right … …smart if they do but ……..that’s 2 Bullshit Flags, Bobby……..your nose is growing like Hillary’s.

    The stated number one goal of GOP leaders wasn’t national security. It wasn’t helping the poor. It wasn’t helping the uninsured. It wasn’t energy independence. It wasn’t peace. It wasn’t the middle class. It wasn’t the environment. It wasn’t curbing terrorism. It wasn’t health care. It wasn’t education. It wasn’t the homeless. It wasn’t infrastructure. It wasn’t illegal immigration.

    And it surely wasn’t Obama’s goal either ……

    Happy Thanksgiving again ….Bobby

  • Rhackett says:

    How do you know? You’ve been to every firehouse in the U.S.? So call it what you want. Doesn’t make it less true.

    All of them were Obama’s goals.

    The GOP could have fixed any of those at any time given their majorities but chose not to do anything.

    Especially combatting terrorism. Conservative idiots couldn’t even bring themselves to saying, “good job” when he ordered the raid that killed Bin Laden. You might remember him. His planning killed 343 FDNY brothers on 9/11. Instead idiot conservatives accused him of taking all the credit. Which wasn’t true.

    While they claim to love America, conservatives have shown repeatedly they really hate America.

  • Johnny says:

    Bobby, one other thing

    You never did tell us why you voted for Hillary……

  • Johnny says:

    343 FDNY brothers! Be careful what you say my friend when you are not a firefighter.

  • Johnny says:

    Oh Bobby, Bobby Bobby……

    “While they claim to love America, conservatives have shown repeatedly they really hate America”.

    Really…who’s burning the American flag, removing the flag at universities, burning cars, breaking windows…..liberal flunkies who can’t get over the election…..Can’t even demonstrate peacefully, only riot!

    I believe this is a display of who hates America….c’mon Bobby……

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny says:

    “Bobby, one other thing

    You never did tell us why you voted for Hillary……”

    She was by far the better qualifed. Thanks for the softball.

    Johnny says:

    “343 FDNY brothers! Be careful what you say my friend when you are not a firefighter.”

    Why should I be careful? You claim I’m not a firefighter. Based on what exactly? Your own delusion.

    Johnny says:

    “Oh Bobby, Bobby Bobby……”

    That’s what your wife likes to say to me.

    “Really…who’s burning the American flag, removing the flag at universities, burning cars, breaking windows…..liberal flunkies who can’t get over the election…..Can’t even demonstrate peacefully, only riot!”

    Who supported the candidate that disrespected a POW and stated that veterans with PTSD are weak? That would be you.

    “I believe this is a display of who hates America….c’mon Bobby……”

    Protests are as American as apple pie. You may want to read up on the American Revolution. It wasn’t peaceful.

  • Johnny says:

    Riots are not protests Bobby…and I guess….No Clue why you voted for Hillary….

    Bobby, here it is, number 3 Bullshit Flag ….. they’re adding up….

    “ I didn’t disrespect anyone”. How about your posting “I read somewhere that one of Trump’s significant groups of support is white males without a college degree? Sounds like the fire service.”

    What’s that all about? Trying to degrade the fire service is what it’s about….And calling the fire service a group of uneducated white males without degrees…where do you fit in here FF Rhackett….sounds like you need to complete your GED, enroll in community college and try to obtain an AA in Political Science…

    25 year firefighter? BS. You’re a fraud.

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny says;

    “Riots are not protests Bobby…and I guess….No Clue why you voted for Hillary….”

    Depends on who you are and the issue. I explained my rationale for supporting Hillary. You don’t like it. I don’t care. She had far more experience with government and how to get things done. This is important given her years in the Senate when she was in the minority party. The GOP has not put forth one policy in the last 30 years that has benefitted the middle class MORE than the corporate interests or 1%.

    Johnny says;

    “Bobby, here it is, number 3 Bullshit Flag ….. they’re adding up….

    “ I didn’t disrespect anyone”. How about your posting “I read somewhere that one of Trump’s significant groups of support is white males without a college degree? Sounds like the fire service.””

    That is true. The majority of the fire service are white males without four year degrees? Prove me wrong.

    Here is a link detailing support for each candidate amongst different groups. You should be okay with this since there are pictures.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/clinton-trump-race-narrows-doorstep-debates-poll/story?id=42313593

    Johnny says;

    “What’s that all about? Trying to degrade the fire service is what it’s about….And calling the fire service a group of uneducated white males without degrees…where do you fit in here FF Rhackett….sounds like you need to complete your GED, enroll in community college and try to obtain an AA in Political Science…”

    See above response. More importantly it sounds like you need a basic course in critical thinking that extends beyond what you are spoonfed by Fox News.

    Johnny says;

    “25 year firefighter? BS. You’re a fraud.”

    Based on what? Your uninformed opinion? Flail away Johnny. I’ve probably fought more fire than you have seen on TV.

  • Johnny says:

    “She had far more experience with government and how to get things done.”

    Bull Shit Flag #4. What has she done? Can you list 5 things accomplished? (Don’t include Benghazi or criminal experience). I thought so, “no clue”.

    “More importantly it sounds like you need a basic course in critical thinking that extends beyond what you are spoonfed by Fox News.” You just said you and your buddies watch Fox all day at the station. You’re the one that can’t even defend your candidate.

    And you believe riots, burning cars, looting buildings, throwing rocks, are accepted forms of demonstrating….as you say ““Depends on who you are and the issue “ You are a true moron and idiot….Do you endorse that in your “foundation”?

    I don’t watch TV but I can guarantee I’ve seen more fire than you lied about.

    Great conversing with you! Wow, you scored 4 Bullshit flags and got caught in a lie…. And couldn’t even defend your girl……and endorsing riots.

    Bobby …. You are a true liberal, an old man, and a blithering idiot!

    Done with this blog and dealing with your sorry ass …..

    Chow!

    Oh, Happy Thanksgiving Bobby!

  • Rhackett says:

    Johnny says:

    “Bull Shit Flag #4. What has she done? Can you list 5 things accomplished? (Don’t include Benghazi or criminal experience). I thought so, “no clue”.”

    Easy:

    1. Hillary Clinton was the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee and made veterans a main focus. She introduced the Heroes at Home Act in 2006 and 2007 to help family members care for those with Traumatic Brain Injury. She also worked to increase the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000, and cosponsored the Support for Injured Servicemembers Act to extend benefits provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

    2. Hillary also worked across the aisle to keep the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station open during a time when the Pentagon was shuttering bases, which saved 800 jobs in upstate New York.

    3. Hillary Clinton, as a U.S. Senator, worked with Republicans to expand health care for National Guard members and reservists.

    4. Hillary wrote a law as Senator providing grants to state and local governments to pay for respite care services for family caregivers, which allows expanded funding for temporary breaks for caregivers of sick or disabled people.

    5. One of Hillary’s Senate bills to distribute flu vaccines more efficiently inspired provisions of a law promoting the production and stockpiling of vaccines to improve our response to public health emergencies.

    This was as senator. Secretary of State would require a ton more bandwidth.

    Thanks for the softball. You should know that one should not ask a question unless you already know the answer.

    Johnny says:

    “You just said you and your buddies watch Fox all day at the station. You’re the one that can’t even defend your candidate.”

    See above response. Fox News is on in the dayroom all day long.

    Johnny says:

    “And you believe riots, burning cars, looting buildings, throwing rocks, are accepted forms of demonstrating….as you say.”

    I never said I accepted them. I said they were a form of protest. READING….it’s FUNdamental.

    Johnny says:

    “You are a true moron and idiot….Do you endorse that in your “foundation”?”

    This statement makes no sense since I do not oversee a foundation.

    Johnny says:

    “I don’t watch TV but I can guarantee I’ve seen more fire than you lied about.”

    Two lies for the price of one. Well done. You are a modest man with much to be modest about.

    Johnny says:

    “Great conversing with you! Wow, you scored 4 Bullshit flags and got caught in a lie…. And couldn’t even defend your girl……and endorsing riots. ”

    Except you continue to prove you are clueless and can’t read basic English.

    Johnny says:

    “Bobby …. You are a true liberal, an old man, and a blithering idiot!”

    Johnny…..You are a true conservative, an old man, and blithering idiot.

    Johnny says:

    “Done with this blog and dealing with your sorry ass …..

    Chow!”

    It’s always fun to know when someone realizes they are beaten.

    BTW Johnny, my name isn’t Bobby.

    You made an assumption. Something done by the less than bright.

  • Rhackett says:

    Here you go Johnny. 15 flip flops in 15 days. Only a moron Trump supporter doesn’t realize they have been conned.

    On President Obama

    During the campaign Trump called Obama the worst president in history and the founder of ISIS, among other things. Now he has “great respect” for him and looks forward to his counsel.

    On Protesters

    In overnight tweets Trump went from maligning protesters as “professionals” “incited by the media,” to loving their “passion for our great country.”

    On ObamaCare

    There were few more highly charged demands for Trump than his call to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Now he is cozying up to many of the provisions that define the program. For instance, mandating coverage for people with preexisting conditions and allowing children to remain on their parents’ policies.

    On The Border Wall

    Trump was unyielding in his insistence that an actual wall be constructed along the Southern border (paid for by Mexico). Then on 60 Minutes he conceded that he would be satisfied with a plain old fence.

    On Gay Marriage

    Before the election Trump told Fox News he would appoint judges who would reverse the recent decisions on marriage equality. After the election he told CBS that the matter was settled law and he was “fine with it.”

    On Hillary Clinton

    Who can forget Trump’s assertion that he would appoint a special prosecutor to go after Clinton and throw her in jail? Or his rallies where he led the crowd in chants to “Lock her up?” Now he’s telling the New York Times that he doesn’t want to hurt the Clintons. “I really don’t,” he said. “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.”

    On Immigrants

    Prior to election day Trump was adamant that all 11 million undocumented residents would be rounded up and deported. Post election day he is saying that his deportation force will only target a couple of million criminals (who are already being targeted by Obama’s DOJ).

    On Fighting ISIS

    Trump once demeaned the military and famously claimed that he knew more about ISIS than the generals. More recently he has changed his tune to tribute saying “We have some great generals.” Although he later reversed that as well, saying that they aren’t getting the job done.

    On Nuclear Proliferation

    This isn’t so much a reversal as it is an outright lie. During the campaign Trump advocated for countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia to defend themselves with their own nukes. After taking heat for that foolishness, he tried to pretend he never said it.

    On The Electoral College

    In another flip-flop-flip, Trump denounced the Electoral College as a “disaster.” Then praised it as “genius.” Then went back to saying that he was “never a fan of the electoral college.”

    On Trump University

    Trump steadfastly refused to settle with his former students who said they were victims of fraud. Until after the election when he settled for more than $25 million.

    On Climate Change

    Here is something that Trump once called a hoax created by China. And in any event it wasn’t caused by anything humans have done. Now he says that “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something.” You have to admire his articulate analysis of the science.

    On The Paris Climate Agreement

    In the same vein, last May Trump declared that he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. But last Tuesday he told the New York Times that “I have an open mind to it.”

    On Torture

    Trump has long held that torture was an effective tool for fighting terror and that he supported waterboarding and even tactics that were “much stronger.” But he is backpedaling on that position after having met with General Mattis, a candidate for Secretary of Defense who opposes such measures.

    On The New York Times

    Along with many other media outlets, Trump castigated the Times as liars who were bent on destroying him. He rarely said their name without attaching the prefix “failing.” But in his meeting with them Tuesday he called them “a world jewel” for whom he has “great respect.”

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