Is it not obvious what Donald Trump wants? He understands now that he stands a likelihood of losing. He tells Chris Wallace “fake polls,” but he understands. And you can virtually feel the conviction increasing inside him: If I’m going down, I’m taking the nation down with me.
He desires cops confrontations with protesters. And he does not desire them in Portland. I mean, it’s fine. However Portland is the equivalent of that town in Connecticut where they do summer season stock in some old musical. Trump desires fights in New york city. He wishes to play Broadway!
I make certain that a few of you, even some of you who do not particularly like him, think I’m being unjust. That he could not be that malicious. That perhaps Tuesday’s presser and his recommendation of masks, however equivocal, suggests that he can be serious, is capable of change. If this is you, I have one concern for you: When, given that he rolled down that escalator 5 years ago, has Trump pleasantly amazed you or impressed you as having risen to a celebration?
The response is never. There have been rare events when some TV pundits decided he looked “presidential,” by which they actually implied that they were expressing their awe at the reality that he handled to read a script for a change without heaping schoolyard abuse on people he hates. Those couple of episodes just show how embarrassingly low the bar for “presidential” has actually become.
No– he’s been in this manner since 2015, he’s been this way his entire adult life, he’s been in this manner given that he was 3. He requires for everything to be about him, and he needs to divide the rest of the world into winners who like Trump and losers who hate him. And he wishes to cause pain on the losers.
Think of the people he admires. Putin. Xi. Kim. Erdogan. Al-Sisi. What do you believe he likes about them? Their ties? Their tastes in opera? No– he likes that they are hooligans. They’re strong. They mean business. They understand how to handle the hippies. Or the Uighurs, as the case might be.
Really, it’s worth taking a short detour here down the Uighur road, because it brings us inside Trump’s brain in a way that works to bear in mind in between now and November. China has set up a network of reeducation camps for the Muslim Uighur population. The regime in essence counts them as traitorous, or a minimum of assumed disloyal, because of their ethnicity and faith Almost a million individuals are believed to be apprehended there– without charges or trial.
The Commerce Department did take some procedures versus China over this in October2019 Remember what John Bolton composed in his book In late 2018, Trump asked assistants why sanctions were being thought about, and in a later conference with Xi, Bolton recounted, Trump, as usual undermining his own administration’s official policy, “said that Xi needs to go ahead with building the camps, which Trump believed was exactly the best thing to do.”
Exactly the right thing to do. Contemplate a president of the United States uttering that sentence to a dictator of “Communist China,” which right-wingers would certainly be highlighting if a Democratic president had said such a thing, about the internment of people on the basis of their spiritual faith.
Naturally Trump believed that was a grand concept. He ‘d love to be able to do it himself. He can’t, at least now, in this very first term. Who knows about a possible 2nd term, when he ‘d believe he ‘d been given a mandate to do absolutely anything he desired. For now he can’t pull a Xi and put protesters in camps.
So he’ll do the next finest thing from his perspective. He’ll produce a situation where the violence escalates. Where– or two he thinks– it’s the Chinese bulk versus the abhored Uighur minority, and he’s the leader of the Chinese, and he places Joe Biden as the leader of the Uighurs. Which’s how he believes he may be able to win.
I believe he’s wrong, and I think he’s incorrect due to the fact that in a nutshell the United States of America is not individuals’s Republic of China, and public opinion still matters here, and popular opinion is growing increasingly more against him each week.
Sure, some dreadful, lawless occasion could turn public opinion back in his instructions. It’s more likely that it will fail. That’s good, due to the fact that it means Biden would win. But it’s bad, due to the fact that it’s scary to think about what Trump would carry out in the closing weeks of an election he covertly figured he was going to lose.
He will encourage violence. Do not roll your eyes. He already did it, a number of times in 2016, when he encouraged his crowds to throttle the occasional protester. This time, he’ll ramp that approximately scale. He’s not efficient in better behavior.
He already hates half the country he took an oath to safeguard and serve. Always has. When he decides that half has actually become an insurmountable majority that he can’t win back, look out. He’ll burn the entire home down.