Add another name to the list of iconic movements in American History. To the Abolitionist Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Youth Movement, the Feminist movement, and even the Tea Party Movement… add The Smart Movement, surely thought up by Trump in that big, smart brain of his. (Please do not confuse this with NC Governor Pat McCrory’s admonishing his coastal citizens to flee a hurricane several years back. “I just want to also say to everyone, stay safe. I’ve mentioned this before to citizens, don’t put your stupid hat on,” he said.)
Trump: “We want to be smart again. We’re not smart anymore, folks,” he said. “We don’t win anymore but we’re not smart anymore. So we call it the smart movement, and that’s what I want to have.”
The perfect metaphorical relationship between Winner Donald and his #1 Indiana Winner Endorser-Buddy Bobby Knight should be lost on no one. Mutual admiration abounds as the candidate brutally assaults opponents, the country and the world with the same bullying, misogynistic attitude that Coach Knight used on his way to 3 NCAA titles at Indiana. NY Times-4/27/88: “Asked by Connie Chung, the NBC News correspondent conducting the interview, how he handled stress, the Indiana men’s basketball coach said, ”I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” He changed his mind by 2014, telling college basketball to fight off the rapist: When speaking in regard to the NBA’s age minimum rule and the subsequent one-and-done nature of big-time college basketball, Knight said, “It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball in my opinion.”
Upping the Full Macho component to an even higher level of crazy, Knight wants us to know there’s no reason to have the nuclear button available if you’re never going to press it. And he wants you to be reassured that he was standing right next to the guy who’s ready to do it.
“We gotta talk about this presidential crap just for a moment here,” Knight said Thursday at an Evansville, Indiana, rally.
“You older folks remember this. Your mothers, fathers have taught you this. I’ll tell you who they said wasn’t presidential. I don’t even know what the hell ‘presidential’ means, but they told him he wasn’t presidential. And that guy they told all these people that wanted to say, ‘You’re not presidential,’ that guy was Harry Truman. Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944, saved, saved millions of American lives. And that’s what Harry Truman did and he became one of the three great presidents of the United States. And here’s a man who would do the same thing because he’s going to become one of the four great presidents of the United States.”
So, America, if Trump is assaulting you, just sit back and enjoy it. Resistance is futile and will just make things worse. No biting, screaming, or mace, please.
Even though I realize that fact-checking is an irrelevancy these days, forgive me for pointing out out that self-proclaimed Student of History Robert Montgomery Knight, aka “The General,” incorrectly said the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in 1944. The two were used in August of 1945. I apologize to anyone offended by my correction.
I am a Trump Tax Truther. I will explain why later.
Up until the moment of this writing, there has been nothing on the Republican side to derail the blind obedience of primary voters willing to support Donald Trump, buying his braggadocious, scattershot combination of policy-free, nationalistic, populist, racist, personality-driven, misogynistic ego-tripping drivel…. all under the umbrella of sticking it to the man.More than 65% of his electoral fans say, that so far, there is literally nothing, possibly including murder, that he could do or say that would shake their support for him. Not surprising for a guy who has been building brand loyalty to his image and name for close to 40 years. Britt Whitmire, on our podcast the other day, zeroed in on an analogy that is so frighteningly on target that it hurts: That Trump has inhabited the mind space in politics right now that the most obnoxious, violent, money-flashing, arrogant rappers have for many years…. except with a totally different audience. It works like this–the rappers (Trump) are, at least publicly, off-the-charts confident, and really, really rich (supposedly) and display that wealth in the most ostentatious ways, with planes and boats and buildings and trophy wives/girlfriends. For the rappers, this translates into musical popularity and sales. For Trump, it translates into vote for me and my success will somehow reflect on and rub off on to you and your life and country will be better.
One of the greatest ad slogans was for Air Jordan shoes from Nike. “Be Like Mike.” It’s a fairly safe bet that even the most out-to-lunch fool you could find never really thought changing sneakers would enable him to play as well as Michael Jordan. Trump has been able to ride this never-before-seen (in politics) Al Pacino/Scarface persona beyond the standard party guardrails by gaining trust and getting people to believe (100% falsely, I believe) that he is so far superior than anything they’ve ever experienced in politics… that the details don’t matter. What’s not to like in a guy who never, never, never loses and promises you nothing but wins, wins, wins? Beam Me To The Polls, Scotty! More from Zach Blumenfeld in a piece called: DonYe: How Trump and Kanye are Alike, and How They’re Critically Different—
The comparison seems too easy to make. Donald Trump. Kanye West. Two narcissistic egomaniacs. Both wildly overestimate their influence, both say things that no decent person would ever think of saying, and both find themselves constantly embroiled in controversy, with passionate defenders battling the legions of harsh critics… Yet there’s a crucial distinction to make when comparing the egos of Donald Trump and Kanye West, one that gives the latter far more redemptive quality: Kanye knows and admits that he is fallible. Trump does not.
I wanted to make sure that the growing demand for Trump to release his income tax returns is not out of the ordinary for presidential candidates. If it was, he could claim he’s being unfairly picked on because he’s the richest guy to ever run for president (allegedly) and is self-funding. Fortunately, there is something called The Tax History Project. You can look at the returns of every president going back to Nixon. Harry Truman made his available and so did FDR. Both of them released their taxes for many years before they were president and Truman kept putting out his 1040’s all the way until he died in 1972!
So, it’s official…. Trump is stonewalling putting out his income tax returns. Surely this will be 100% excused, forgiven, and alibied by his fans, as are all of his other excesses, rhetorical, actual, political, and human. He will strike back at previous rich guy/victim Mitt Romney for Paying It Forward and gossiping that there’s a “bombshell” in there.
But the real question is why? This is the one issue that cannot be papered back into the corner, especially with anyone not 100% sold on the guy. When you’ve been touting your overwhelming business success, your wealth, your not being beholden to anyone because of that wealth, you gotta show the world your tax returns and how much you’ve been making and how much you’ve been paying what percentage you’re paying. You know that. We so want to believe everything you ever say about anything…. but just this one, little detail would really seal the deal. If you keep blocking, we’ll have to believe you either are not nearly as rich as you say you are, you pay little or nothing in income taxes way below the rate of the average person, just like Mitt Romney (15%) …. which may be legal but is indefensibly immoral. Here’s a clue, when he said he pays: “as little as possible because it’s an expense and it’s not one I’m happy paying because frankly the United States government wastes a lot of money.” Of course, it’s also possible that his wealth is more of marketing mirage than any of us could have conceived as he lives off the biggest, blackest most platinumest American Express Card ever!
In the golden days of Ann Landers, if a woman wrote: Dear Ann:I am madly in love with the greatest guy in the world, “Donald.” He is so kind to me, showers me with gifts, and his kids from his previous marriages love him so much! Sometimes “Donald” is mean to other people, but I know he’s really got a good heart because he keeps telling me so and promises me a perfect future together. One thing bothers me, though. I hear through the grapevine that he is not as rich as he says he is. Ann, that’s not so important because I would love him even if he were poor. Ok, I’m lying about that, but I need to know for sure. Would it be ok to ask to see “Donald’s” tax returns for the past, oh say…. 30 years… to verify and trust to seal the deal? Signed, Tillie in Tampa. The answer would be-Ann:Tillie… you bet your bottom Peso you should ask this Revolting Romeo to show you his financial cards. A man who’s not totally honest with his finances will never be honest in his relationship with you. Bash that Bozo in the choppers if he’s not straight with you and head for the exits. Hoping he’ll change after the wedding is the worst idea I can think of. They never change. Wake up and smell the Starbucks, sister.
One thing’s for certain. If Trump thought he had anything to gain by releasing his tax returns so he could brag and shove them down the collective throat of America and his critics, he surely would. He obviously has something to lose, so he hasn’t. Earlier this week he said he hasn’t put the returns out there because they’re “extremely complex.” Right. You people, especially you uneducated people (another never-before-explicitly-targeted group of Americans until Trump called them out)… you dummies have been saved from mass confusion by Trump doing you the favor of not putting out his tax returns. Add 3 more points to his polls. But as for me, I am a Trump Income Tax Truther, and proud of it!
And Jimmy must be listening to the Brad and Britt Podcast!