If you care at all about the president’s level of competence, you’d be interested in Trump’s recent interview with the Associated Press. There are serious problems with Trump’s level of understanding on many issues. The biggest problem is that he seems to be overwhelmed by this responsibility. In a more recent interview, he spoke of how he expected this job to be easier than business. Apparently, it’s not. There are still many Trumpists who will support him NO MATTER WHAT he does, but the rest of us need to keep watching closely.
AP: Can I ask you, over your first 100 days — you’re not quite there yet — how do you feel like the office has changed you?
TRUMP: Well the one thing I would say — and I say this to people — I never realized how big it was. Everything’s so (unintelligible) like, you know the orders are so massive. I was talking to —
AP: You mean the responsibility of it, or do you mean —
TRUMP: Number One, there’s great responsibility. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I’m saying to myself, “You know, this is more than just like, 79 (sic) missiles. This is death that’s involved,” because people could have been killed. This is risk that’s involved, because if the missile goes off and goes in a city or goes in a civilian area — you know, the boats were hundreds of miles away — and if this missile goes off and lands in the middle of a town or a hamlet …. every decision is much harder than you’d normally make. (unintelligible) … This is involving death and life and so many things. … So it’s far more responsibility. (unintelligible) ….The financial cost of everything is so massive, every agency. This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world. The second-largest company in the world is the Defense Department. The third-largest company in the world is Social Security. The fourth-largest — you know, you go down the list.
TRUMP. It’s massive. And every agency is, like, bigger than any company. So you know, I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility. You know, the human life that’s involved in some of the decisions.
Oh, so Trump has discovered the “bigness” of the federal government. Trumpists who were so impressed by his business profile: are you surprised? Maybe not, because it probably didn’t matter in the first place. Are you concerned that he says the DOD is huge, and he’s just putting more money into it, while bringing us deeper into Syria? Maybe not, because it probably didn’t matter in the first place. If you are among the large amount of Trump voters who claim you made the right decision, how much longer will you hold off until you admit you were fooled?
AP: You’ve talked a little bit about the way that you’ve brought some business skills into the office. Is there anything from your business background that just doesn’t translate into the presidency, that just simply is not applicable to this job?
TRUMP: Well in business, you don’t necessarily need heart, whereas here, almost everything affects people. So if you’re talking about health care — you have health care in business but you’re trying to just negotiate a good price on health care, et cetera, et cetera. You’re providing health. This is (unintelligible). Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart.
AP: What’s that switch been like for you?
TRUMP: In fact, in business you’re actually better off without it.
AP: What’s making that switch been like for you?
TRUMP: You have to love people. And if you love people, such a big responsibility. (unintelligible) You can take any single thing, including even taxes. I mean we’re going to be doing major tax reform. Here’s part of your story, it’s going to be a big (unintelligible). Everybody’s saying, “Oh, he’s delaying.” I’m not delaying anything. I’ll tell you the other thing is (unintelligible). I used to get great press. I get the worst press. I get such dishonest reporting with the media. That’s another thing that really has — I’ve never had anything like it before. It happened during the primaries, and I said, you know, when I won, I said, “Well the one thing good is now I’ll get good press.” And it got worse. (unintelligible) So that was one thing that a little bit of a surprise to me. I thought the press would become better, and it actually, in my opinion, got more nasty.
This guy becomes such a crybaby when it comes to the media. When will Trumpists finally force him to actually show any proof that the entire media is against him? Without mainstream media constantly giving him air time for being ridiculous, he wouldn’t have even made it here.
But the most troubling thing about this, is the blatant disregard this person has for other people. Having “heart” is something that is a strategy for this guy, rather than a reason for serving. Trump voters might like the idea that he conducts business with a purposeful disregard for humanity, but regular people tend to think there should be a balance.
Trumpists: when will you get it? To be a Trumpist still today, you are declaring indifference about a pretty distinctive list of issues.
- He wastes tons of money on vacation and golfing, after fooling you into believing he was going to spend more time working than Obama.
- He calls the media everyone’s enemy, while relying on horrible sources like InfoWars for current events.
- He said he was the “best at the military,” yet Americans are dying in botched missions and you don’t care.
- He was supposed to drain the swamp and hire great advisors, but he nominated the completely worthless Betsy DeVos to the cabinet because she donated a ton of money. He also hired a bunch of Goldman Sachs people for key positions, but you don’t care.
- He was supposed to replace ObamaCare immediately, and still hasn’t gotten anything accomplished. He actually said “who knew healthcare was so complicated,” revealing himself to be a buffoon, but you don’t care.
- He was against getting more involved in Syria. We see what happened, based on false intel.
- He said Mexico was going to pay for a wall. Now it might not happen at all, and if it does we’re paying for it.
- He was supposed to instantly re-negotiate NAFTA… still waiting.
- Tax returns?… still waiting.
- He was going to have the best cabinet, but Mike Flynn is going down in flames and he doesn’t even remember him. Like Wikileaks, which he used to love.
If every single claim above is a lie, then please tell me about all of the promises that have been accomplished. The travel ban? The half-assed travel ban that keeps getting struck down? If you seriously think the country is better off, just because someone has made you feel comfortable in your ignorance, you aren’t making anything great anytime soon.
The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.
I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.