Figuring out Donald Trump is like trying to put a puzzle together without having all the pieces. Every now and then, something fits; and suddenly an image emerges. These pieces may indicate how Trump wants to govern. The question is, will the president who spent so much time on the campaign trail talking about his poll numbers allow them to influence the way he governs?
Trump’s deal with Carrier to save about 1,000 Indiana jobs from moving to Mexico is one piece of the Trump puzzle. The corporate elitists he’s filling his cabinet with is another. The “Thank You Tour” that immediately followed the Carrier deal is yet another, and perhaps the most telling. This man has an ego that needs constant, positive feeding and it could be used against him.
The detail-free Trump that stomped across the campaign trail did actually have a plan in mind. However, being the skilled salesman he is, explaining it honestly to a base of “poorly educated” voters might have handed Hillary Clinton the White House.
Behind the rhetoric, Trump is more of a Wall Street whore than Hillary Clinton could ever be because she respected nuanced boundaries, and Trump has spent a lifetime pissing on them. Hillary Clinton pointed this out on the campaign trail, but the message didn’t sink into voters’ minds.
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Eugene Robinson describes the details of Trump’s real agenda in the Washington Post.
The Carrier deal is just the latest piece of evidence suggesting that Trump’s populist rhetoric about championing the working stiff and cracking down on greedy globalist corporations was all a bunch of hooey. His administration is shaping up to be a government of, by and for corporate America.
His nominee for treasury secretary is Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund tycoon. His nominee for commerce secretary is Wilbur Ross, a billionaire industrialist. His pick to serve as Ross’s deputy is Todd Ricketts, the son of a billionaire and the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. His choice as education secretary is Betsy DeVos, the billionaire daughter-in-law of the co-founder of Amway.
Trump’s actions, so far, are the manifestation of the biggest complaint voters had about an establishment candidate like Clinton. But Hillary would never have handed the US government over to corporate lobbyists as blatantly as Trump has. She knows better. Trump doesn’t care.
Perhaps, the biggest mistake we can make about the Trump presidency is to think that he doesn’t have a clue about what he’s doing. Underestimating his cunning ignores the fact that this man has been thinking about running for president for nearly 30 years. That also means he’s had plenty of time to form a plan; one he executed with shocking precision in 2016.
If Americans want a window into what to expect from the Trump administration, it might be found in what he didn’t say on the campaign trail added to who he has appointed to fill his cabinet. It’s safe to say that, based on that, Trump plans to make America great for Donald Trump. And that’s about it. But we are still dealing with a narcissistic wildcard whose behavior often looks like a combination of bi-polar disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. Considering that, he just might be more susceptible to governing by poll numbers than conviction, or lack thereof.
There are a lot worried people right now, wondering if America can survive a Trump presidency. The short answer is probably, yes. However, that’s the wrong question to ask. The right question is: how much different will America and the world be when Donald Trump leaves office?
Every American president has left his mark on the nation and the world. Some have made millions of lives better, others not so much. Right now, we don’t know where Trump will land on that scale, even if it’s currently tilting hard right.
Trump may be able to tweet-away complaints from protesters in the streets; but can he tweet away low approval ratings — because even “poorly educated” voters know when they’re being screwed? Perhaps there is hope after all.
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