Mr. Trump Just Doesn’t Get It

Some of the hard-core Trump supporters think of the 45th president as a Rubik’s Cube: a 3D puzzle which has 43 to the 18th power the nine colored squares can be arranged. And the solution only requires you to learn six tricks.

45 is actually more like a snake oil salesman, a rainmaker, a P.T. Barnum, a John Mabray, a Milli Vanilli.

Consider his tweet this weekend: “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.” For many Trumpters, reporting this tweet — which actually happened, isn’t a manufactured story and in which any negativity is inherent because of what was said — is simply another example of the left wing media out to drive the president and his family from office.

An objective, rational, unemotional assessment of this tweet reinforces two perspectives: 1. the 45th’s campaign was never about you or the Carrier factory workers in Ohio or the coal miners in West Virginia or the people who want a wall and immigrants banned and 2. the 45th president has no concept about America, its founding and history, and how government works.

Point 1, if you’re still reading. There were a number of analysts after November 8 last year who suggested that Trump wanted to win the presidency, not be president (Headline, Washington Monthly, December 2016). Why did he run? Ego. Someone said he couldn’t win. He was bored. He thought it would be good for international business.

There’s only one person who knows and that means we’ll never know.

Assume that this proposition is correct. That means he never had a clue about how to or never intended to fulfill the promises being made. After all, he’d won. “Of course I’ll respect you in the morning. I’ve never done anything like this before. And, yes, I’ll leave my wife for you.”

How have all of the promises before you “slept” with the president in the voting booth have worked out? It’s not he Democratic Congressional obstructionists. Fact: both houses of Congress are controlled by whom?

Point 2, if you’re already responding to this post and not reading further. The 45th President’s weekend Tweet: “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.” Between the lines, read, “I carried you into Congress on my back, so your JOB is to serve and protect me, be loyal to me and make me look good.” Not to represent the American people whom, according to the Constitution, you represent and to whom you owe loyalty.

Or AG Sessions, who the president said, “. . . takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.” Unfair to 45. But according to the Constitution, is the attorney general the president’s counsel or is s/he the attorney general of the UNITED STATES, of, for and by the people?

Or former FBI director, James Comey, who wouldn’t swear loyalty to the president. According to law, for whom does the FBI director work, why does the position have a 10-year, two-presidential-term span and to whom does s/he report?

In Trump’s mind, he won a BUSINESS which he owns and can run and demand fealty from those under him, and the customers be damned. “Customers.” That’s us, the American voters. Including those whose votes wasn’t the majority in the popular vote, but provided a majority in the electoral college.

He doesn’t say to Congress, “You’re not protecting the American voters who carried you over the line on their backs.” Or “the attorney general did the right thing because, after all, he represents you, the American voter, not the president.” Or “the FBI doesn’t report to the president by law for a reason and shouldn’t be interfered with. He stays.”

That’s not in he DNA of a snake oil salesman, a rainmaker, a P.T. Barnum, a John Mabray, a Milli Vanilli. Or the 45th president.

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