My Job Is To Make Sure Trump Is a One-Term President

I fully realize Trump’s use of extremely simple language “we’re gonna win,” “Mexico/China/Everyone is ripping us off,” mixed with his insufferable bragging about himself, his alleged wealth, his unmatched negotiating skills (he’s never, EVER been outwitted), and his nonstop schoolyard victories over all enemies… from the media to his opponents Screen shot 2016-02-19 at 5.21.25 PMand now to the Pope…is working wonderfully for him. I believe the only thing worse than politics as usual is politics as Trump–Conman of Conmen.

The only thing worse than Trump reading a statement (he does it rarely and only when it’s on a subject that demands The Thoughtfulness of a Poet… as in his prepared words on Muslim-banning back in December and this past week attacking the Pope, who, of course, viciously attacked first)… the only thing WORSE is every other moment he’s speaking. Trump’s inability to say things that really make sense on rudimentary examination baffle those of us not in his corner; we can’t believe others are so dumb. But we’ll find out soon if Screen shot 2016-02-20 at 3.11.35 PMthat holds, or if this know-nothing but slick-talking New Yawk proprietor of the Art of the Spiel runs out of ethanol, which, naturally, he became a new, big fan of back in Iowa.

A bully for punching the disabled reporter, the Univision guy who is kicked out of the rally in addition to protesters who are tossed….Trump just remembered this past week how to count again. He decided ahead of the South Carolina primary to attack anything with a billion or more of anything attached to it: Pope Francis of 1.4 billion Catholics, Pope Tim Cook of the Church of Apple—millions of customers & over a billion devices sold, and finally….McDonald’s–I remember as a kid when they finally changed the signs to “billions sold.”

Since Trump is never held down and tortured into admitting he’s a no-nothing, pandering liar… it was great to see him shown here Thursday, by his own mouth, what a fake he is…. via CNN:

Anderson Cooper: “I understand that you’re a big fast food guy as well, that you actually bring fast food to your plane sometimes. When you roll up at McDonald’s, what does Donald Trump order?”
Donald Trump: “The Fish Delight sometimes. [laughter from audience] The Big Macs are great, the Quarter Pounders with cheese.”

Sorry, but before anyone talks of “litmus tests” for Supreme Court nominees…. I’ve got one for presidential nominees: if you call a Screen shot 2016-02-20 at 3.14.26 PMMcDonald’s Filet-o-Fish a “Fish Delight,” you’re fired! YOU are the one whose citizenship I question. What part of the brain did those words come spilling out of? The “two Corinthians” part, I gather.

Failed Artists FOR $800, Alex. He was an authoritarian liar who lied his way into power. Joe.. “Who was Trump?” No. Judy.. “Who was Hitler?” Correct. Trump can’t paint.

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A group of 14 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Adolf Hitler went under the hammer at the Weilder auction house in Nuremberg in June, collectively fetching €400,000 ($450,000).

The most expensive work, which fetched €100,000, went to a buyer from China. The painting is of King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which is now a popular tourist attraction. A floral still life sold for €73,000.— from ARTNET News.


We’re so far into unchartered territory on this lying thing regarding Trump that it seems a good time to pause and look at how we got here and how there are now millions of Americans who don’t even pretend to care that a guy they’d vote for for president is so knowingly dishonest and cynical in pursuit of the office… far beyond what we’ve ever seen before.  That’s not saying that politicians don’t lie and didn’t before Trump appeared.  Nixon famously lied about Watergate… Screen shot 2015-12-02 at 9.03.52 AMand paid the price.  As a candidate, he lied about having a “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War. Upon election, he escalated the war.  Bill Clinton lied about having “sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” He was impeached.




Nixon and Clinton were lying about what they themselves had done or said they would do as president and all these years later there’s not much to argue about the history of Nixon and Vietnam and Clinton and Monica.  They were not lying about provable, uncontested, settled historical facts.  But as Jeet Heer writes this week in the New Republic in a piece called, Donald Trump is Not a Liar (he’s something worse, a BS artist) that goes well beyond the insanity over the 100% false claims of “thousands of Muslims” in the streets of New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks, for we are in a post-truth world where Trump’s statements can’t be fact-checked, and we have to simply accept the workings of his self-proclaimed “world’s greatest memory.” In effect, Trump wants to take us to a land where subjectivity is all, where reality is simply what he says. A similar gambit to destroy the possibility of objective historical knowledge can be seen in a controversy over a Civil War memorial plaque at a Trump golf course in Sterling, Virginia. The plaque reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ” When informed by The New York Times that historians called the plaque a fiction because there is no record of a battle fought on that spot, Trump petulantly responded: “How would they know that?… Were they there?” Again, what’s disturbing here is an attack on the hard-won scholarship that tries to sift through the evidence of the past to accurately record history. In Trump’s BS universe, history is whatever is convenient for him to say.

That so many Americans have decided that this is where they have decided to draw the line against their own party, the fact-based media…. the “establishment,” to follow and swallow the narcissistic insanity of the ultimate establishment real estate power broker in New York, Donald Trump…. is most disturbing of all.  Steve Schmidt, ex-John McCain strategeryist and initial supporter of Sarah Palin for VP (he quickly turned on the idea of her and realized his bad judgement) said this week that Trump gets to get away with his lying (now increasingly being actually called lying, instead of “disagreeing on the facts” or other soft-peddled garbage) because “the blacks” got away with the Ferguson, Missouri Big Lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which was never really said by the victim.  So Trump is the Angry White Man’s Revenge for that?  Way to show ’em, gang!

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We’ve all had those moments where you come to realize everything you thought was true was false.  Mary Ann really was hotter than Ginger.  People who put ketchup on hot dogs are not evil.  The water in the toilet does not swirl in the other direction in Australia.  But Donald Trump lies, cheats at golf, cannot be trusted, and will eventually bump up against the gold ceiling of support, which today seems very deep but can’t widen much.  I think.  I hope.

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Alzheimer’s patient Trump embarassingly remembering things that weren’t real…. and forgetting things that were…



Don’t give him your vote.  Extend to him your pity.  These episodes of public embarrassment for such an accomplished man make it all that much harder watch The Unraveling.  The misstatements of fact (to call them lies is so mean and judgemental and assumes motive… how dare we go there?) are so unfortunate and difficult to fathom.   Maybe Mr. Trump experienced “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”-style treatment years ago, where documented, public events and relationships were wiped from his mind, such as his obvious, multi-meeting, many-interview relationship with current NYT/former NYDN reporter Serge Kovaleski.  All the more sad since Mr. Trump has publicly claimed he has the World’s Greatest Memory.




Kovaleski had the temerity to challenge Trump’s delusions about “seeing” thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the downing of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.  Doubling down on his original delusion and using Kovaleski’s byline about “a number of people allegedly celebrating the attacks” as his “proof,” Trump now forgets he ever met or possibly knew Kovaleski and had no intention of mocking the man’s congenital condition called arthrogryposis that limits the movements of the joints, even though he clearly knew him and he did make fun of him.  Part of Mr. Trump’s attack, seen below, demands that Serge Kovaleski stop “using his disability to grandstand.”  Mr. Trump, of course, at this point cannot be held responsible for anything he says…. and this should be good for another 3 or 4 points among sympathetic Republican primary voters who have family members who’ve suffered from Alzheimer’s.  No political correctness anymore, baby!  I’ll bet Trump was the kind of guy who used to fume at the tv each Labor Day as “Jerry’s Kids” used their “disabilities to grandstand.”