Ad Wizard Who Took Apart Crazy Barry G. in ’64 Perfectly Nails The Pathology of Trump’s Brain Disease: ASDD

 

The most psychologically unqualified, arrogant, dangerous person to ever get close to the White House was at it again on Sunday. He just HAD to make his appearance at the Rolling Thunder Rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial all about him, with a token malapropian nothingness salute to the event, “It’s our day, and we have to be very proud of it and we are very proud of it.” Huh? What? He then bragged about himself, called reporters Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 4.30.41 PM“lowlifes,” and thanked the great coach Bobby Knight for his endorsement. Shocked and understandably disappointed that his mere presence didn’t equate to an August, ’63 Martin Luther King-sized event, he then proceeded, of course, to lie about the actual size of the crowd. “No matter where I go, there’s bikers,” said Mr. Trump.

Best Description of Trump comes from a guy named Lloyd Wright. Lloyd was one of the advertising guys involved in LBJ’s 1964 crushing of Barry Goldwater, who they painted as crazy and dangerous. Via Politico:

“My opinion is that Trump is suffering from what I call “Attention-Seeking Deficit Disorder.” ASDD ….He doesn’t want to serve. He doesn’t want to be president; he wants the attention that accompanies the campaign. And now, I think he’s rather afraid that he might win. [Laughs] I don’t think he knows what he’s going to do as president.
I never had that same view about Goldwater. While we felt strongly that he was not adequately concerned about nuclear proliferation, he had some solid views — views I respected, and which would have enabled him to be an effective president.”

Trump’s daughter Ivanka recently reassured us that daddy is “not a groper” of women.  His wife Melania guarantees he’s “not Hitler.” But he may simply just be worse than Barry Goldwater.  A somewhat different take from Watergate’s John Dean:

Don’t Compare Trump’s Presidential Campaign to Barry Goldwater’s

Barry Goldwater entered public service to make government better. He served the State of Arizona, and the nation, in the United States Senate for thirty years with great distinction. He was one of the most popular members of the Senate, respected and admired by all his colleagues. Donald Trump has spent his life serving Donald Trump. His pursuit of the presidency is not to make America great rather it is like everything in his life—it’s all about Donald Trump. Just as there are no similarities between Trump and Goldwater, as men, there are no similarities between the 1964 and 2016 Republican presidential campaigns. Only fools and the uninformed are comparing them.

Rest well, and enjoy 2 minutes of Memorial Day Megalomania in Washington.

Trump Followers Swoon And Salute As Godwin’s Law Is Officially Declared Dead

Way back in 1990, as Al Gore was still a United States Senator singlehandedly perfecting the internet, attorney Mike Godwin had already noticed a trend which he addressed with an informal rule, which became known as Godwin’s Law: “as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfieted the argument.”  I’ve been ignoring the law for many months, and over the weekend Donald Trump dropped any pretense that his campaign is not for the Presidency of the United States, but for Chancellor of The American Homeland, by asking demanding his followers take the pledge and salute him.  Bustle.com: 

Trump asked his supporters to raise their right hands and take a loyalty pledge, to promise that they’d come out to vote for him in the Florida primary “no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever… [to] vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for president!”

Trump flubbed the line in a pretty bad way, because the Florida primary isn’t on March 12th, it’s on March 15th. But he and his crowd also failed one of the most crucial, fundamental tests of political optics out there: try not to look like a whole room of people flashing the Nazi salute.

Screen shot 2016-03-06 at 8.10.47 AM     Any mainstream reticence to go there has vanished.  Saturday Night Live’s March 5th episode had several different references to Trump/Hitler, noted below by the NY Daily News:

‘Racists for Trump’ Ad Parodies The Donald’s Support on ‘Saturday Night Live

Trump spent much of the previous week unsuccessfully trying to convince us that he truly “disavows” white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.  As the months roll on, however, it becomes obvious to anyone not lobotomized by his charm that Trump really has a form of Political Tourette’s, eventually spilling his vile truth wrapped inside the bravado. For some reason, the Anti-Defamation League took offense at his comparing the Klan to Jewish charitable organizations.

“I don’t like to disavow groups if I don’t know who they are,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” I mean, you could have Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in groups.”

The Forward reported:  The ADL slammed Trump’s comparison of Jewish groups to white power groups, noting that they refer to blacks as ‘mud people’ and brand Jews as ‘Satanic.’ “It is obscene to even mention a Jewish organization in the same breath as these white supremacist groups,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL. “Mr. Trump needs to acknowledge that the rhetoric of these hate groups is appalling and does not belong in any political discussion.”

The idea that “American Exceptionalism” really exists is based, at least in part, on our now-apparently-arrogant assumption that what happened in Nazi Germany could never happen here.  Our Constitution and our traditions and our diversity…. the melting pot…. were formal and informal safeguards.  Or so we’ve thought.  Remember all the crap about Obama… stoked from the top by the likes of Donald Trump… paranoid garbage that went way past his birth certificate?… “WARNING: Obama Opens First Concentration Camp in US — Plans to Detain Conservatives.”   Drivel that was so outrageous that it had to be debunked by Debunker-In-Chief Snopes:

Alpha Fail: No, the “first” FEMA camp hasn’t opened in Wilcox, Arizona, so that conservatives can be detained and re-educated there.

No doubt about it, the finger has been pointed at the wrong guy for the last 8 years, hasn’t it?  Louis CK issued the sternest warning of all in a weekend message, summarized here by Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast:

In his weekly email blast to fans, CK compared Trump to Hitler, calling him an “insane bigot” and “dangerous” while calling upon conservatives to not vote for Trump, but instead cast their vote someone more moderate, like John Kasich. And if you think CK is a typical left-wing Hollywood-type, he attempted to put that notion to bed as well, writing, “I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance.”

And Louis CK brilliantly references his personal dealing with Trump decades ago during the Trump’s Castle/Marla Maples era…..

At Trump’s Castle, Louis says he ran into Trump and his then-mistress Marla Maples, with whom the tycoon was carrying on a stealthy affair while married (with three children) to Ivana Trump. “Then, I’m in an elevator and Trump got on with Marla Maples at the time, and everyone was like, ‘Oh, there they are!’ They got really excited, like, ‘Oh my god! There’s Trump and the woman he’s f—–g illicitly,’” joked Louis. “And they got on the elevator and Trump looked miserable. I was on the elevator alone with him, just by chance, and he just looked miserable. He looked so unhappy. All that money, I realized that he has all these billions of dollars, but he’s fuckin’ miserable because he needs $100 billion to look in the mirror and not want to kill himself. He needs that.”

Springtime for Hitler as “Mein Kampf” to be rereleased as “The Art of the Blitzkrieg”

I doubt the timing would ever be right for this 1925/26 not-so-feelgood best seller to reappear in Germany. The AP describes it this way:

“Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” — or “My Struggle” — after he was jailed following the failed 1923 coup attempt known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Millions of copies were printed after the Nazis took power in 1933.  The rambling tome set out Hitler’s ultranationalist, anti-Semitic and anti-communist ideology for his National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazi party, airing the idea of a war of conquest in eastern Europe.”Screen shot 2015-12-28 at 11.02.01 AM

 

 

From a simple legal standpoint, the copyright law in Germany that allowed Bavaria to keep the book off the market for exactly 70 years after the author’s death expires beginning in 2016.  Hitler committed suicide April 30, 1945.

Supposedly all the right things are being done to assure this printing does not somehow become an inspiration manual or instruction guide for 21st century ultranationalists, religious zealots, or, as I will show tremendous courage in saying, radical Islamic terrorists.  Only a few thousand copies will be made.

AP: “The book should not be underestimated as a historical source and also as a key to understanding the history of National Socialism,” the director of the Munich institute, Andreas Wirsching, said ahead of the new edition’s mid-January publication. Among serious historians in Germany, you won’t find one who is against a commented edition and hasn’t been calling for one for years,” said Sven Felix Kellerhoff, a journalist with the daily Die Welt and a historian who has written about “Mein Kampf” himself. “That goes from conservatives to the left.”

This new print edition will have hundreds of extra pages of explanation and rebuttal of Hitler, from The Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.  All proceeds go to charity.  “Mein Kampf” has been available in the rest of the world all these years, so you would think that technically this isn’t such a big deal.  I think it is.

While I hate to relate everything to Trump, he has shown that at this moment, a well-delivered, angry, blame everyone else/ultra-nationalist, let’s take back our country campaign of hate is fully capable of tapping into a segment of United States voters.  So far, fully immune from fact-checkers who are easily dismissed, not to be believed members of “the enemy,” … the parallels of Trump’s appeal have gotten my attention.  I don’t know about you.  Let’s bring another guy into the mix, just for fun, via the Washington Post:

Perhaps nobody understands Donald Trump better than the guy who has played him on TV for the better part of a decade. Stephen Colbert isn’t afraid to acknowledge that he is hardly the first to compare Trump’s real-life persona to Colbert’s former arch-conservative Comedy Central character. But Colbert’s analysis of Trump is savvy even beyond that. “I’m not the first person to say this, but I completely agree that he’s my old character with $10 billion,” the former host of “The Colbert Report” and current host of the “Late Show” told CBS’s “Face the Nation” in an interview airing Sunday 12/27.Screen shot 2015-12-28 at 11.04.15 AM

 

Germany has an immigration problem that makes ours look like nothing.  Far-right anti-immigration sentiment there and in much of Europe dwarfs our own.  So, does the physical reappearance of the “Mein Kampf” in Germany really mean anything?  I can only speculate that in an internet, soundbite, out-of-context world that did not exist in 1925, the worst of the worst of this book will get at least a bit of new attention.  From who? The thousand-page refutation and explanation and fact-check is more likely than not to be ignored and scoffed at by those who again will use its vile themes for the unspeakable horrors of today.

 

update…Trump (misses) By a Hair! (Not Quite) Time Person of the Year…. Loses to German Chancellor (Not Hitler)

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Time Magazine had better get it right when they announce their “Person of the Year” for 2015.  Remember the criteria… the thing, person, or whatever that “for better or for worse…has done the most to influence the events of the year.”  “We have somebody from TIME magazine here,” Donald Trump blabbed to a crowd of supporters in Birmingham, Alabama November 23rd. “You know I was on the cover recently. Now they’re here again, so I assume they’re considering me for man of the year. I say there’s no way they give it to me. They can’t. Because, mentally, they can’t. They just can’t. They can’t do it. Even if I deserve it, they can’t do it.”  That statement, of course, leaves room for Trump to attack Time as a money losing, dying, left-wing dinosaur that didn’t have the courage to pick the right guy.  Just in case America’s winner loses.

*********Update 12/9…. Donald lost… he lost HUGE…. to that German woman and the ISIS guy.  But, with uncharacteristic class and good humor, Trump took it well. “I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany”

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Hitler’s best days were ahead of him in 1938, (as are Trump’s, of course) when Time honored him as Man of the Year.  Commie Joe Stalin got the nod in ’39.  The Ayatollah Khomeini grabbed hostages and Man of the Year in 1979.  In a Seinfeldian Circle of (Potential) Coincidental Script Closure, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Time’s Man of the Year in 1999, has graciously offered Donald Trump, possible 2015 Man of the Year, the opportunity to be shot off into space, presumably forever!  The UK Guardian reports it like this: Washington Post owner offers to put Republican presidential hopeful on his Blue Origin rocket in response to Twitter tirade. Donald had attacked Bezos, his Washington Post, and Amazon as “tax scams,” claiming Amazon makes no money and is a big fraud and just uses the newspaper as a tax deduction.  But Trump, of all people, should respect that (even though it’s not true) because Bezos is worth at least 10 times Trump’s alleged $5 billion net worth.  So, we wait for Time’s announcement, following Donald’s pledge to be Ethnic/Religious Cleanser-in-Chief.  And you thought that building a wall down on the Mexico border was a bold, fresh idea to keep us safe.  Take a back seat, Jose!  And congrats to ACLU Man of the Year Dick Cheney for being fake offended on behalf of Muslims along with Ted Cruz, who will tell the class the real difference between Trump and his own policy of just letting in Christian-style refugees.Screen shot 2015-12-08 at 10.22.09 AMDon’t forget to have some fun with this quiz.  Click and play, courtesy of The Telegraph:

WHO SAID IT: DONALD TRUMP OR ADOLF HITLER?

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