PREFORMANCE ART PRESIDENT

Trump Adlibs His Way Through Everything

There are times when I feel like I am watching our president drift into a mental condition, the early onset of an ailment. We should remember the signs of someone heading into Alzheimer’s: changes in mood and personality, decreased or poor judgment, confusion with time or place, difficulty completing familiar tasks. Hey, this is not a diagnosis. It’s just a question.

Donald Trump tends to repeat himself as if he is following a well-rehearsed script, but then turns on a dime and jumps into his extemporaneous and unhinged reality character. Improv can be a blast, but when the fate of the nation is cast aside for a good line or a guffaw, then we are in trouble. Like a performance artist, Trump must get a laugh or reaction, but deep down inside he needs to be loved. Most performers have the same desire.

Little Hand of our Leader

After being urged on by his Fox News and friends, the Donald came out last weekend tweeting his heart and soul to please his base and satisfy the immoral TV hosts who are manipulating this unstable human in the White House. Quite frankly, I am sick of hearing about his fucking base. I am not in the base, but a taxpayer living in my country. I should be part of his focus.

The important thing to remember is that our Great Orange Leader is doing exactly what he pledged on the campaign trail. And there are two questions the American electorate need to ask when a politician makes promises. One, Is the proposal good for America and, two, what would happen in the aftermath? When Bernie Sanders proposed free college for everyone, it wasn’t hard for the neoconservatives and right wing talk radio hosts to reveal the cost and the socialist nature of his proposal.

When Trump was on the trail, he was fast to attack China, saying that China was raping us. Strange how important the word “rape” is to Donald Trump. But when he finally met the leader of the largest economy in the world, he kowtowed like a teenaged girl. Trump said that Xi Jinping is “a very special man” and bragged about the “great chemistry” he had with the communist leader. He congratulated Xi on his newly found authority to be the Chinese leader for life. Trump went so far to say, “I don’t blame China. Who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit.” But that didn’t change Trump’s base belief that the country needs to be punished.

This week, Trump fell into the arms of protectionism and threw the first salvo in his trade beefs with China by warning of tariffs on steel and aluminum. The actor adlibbed a line that pleased himself and sent the markets around the world slumping into suspicion and fear. The Donald said that trade wars are good and then clarified that with “We’ve already lost the trade war.” He cast the blame on everyone who was in power before him.

China was ready and as they countered the tariff threats Trump felt the need to say that we will do more. China said $3B, we said $50B. Then they said $50B back at you, and Trump released a $100B intimidation last night. What looks like a tit-for-tat tariff trick has been called a negotiation ploy by Trump’s new economic adviser, Larry Kudlow.

The seriousness of $100 billion of additional tariffs against China prompted this reaction from Chinese trade officials, “We will immediately fight back with a major response. We feel America is very arrogant. They have taken a wrong action. The result is that they will hurt themselves.”  

Some have reported they even used the word “war,” as in TRADE WAR. That is what Trump wants. Even though he denies it, he wants to be the war president. And these unrehearsed remarks and reckless policy statements cause problems in the Republican party. Trump acts on ideas without the consideration of how they might affect working Americans. It is another indication that he is truly unfit to lead.

Here is just a sample of reactions from the heartland politicians in his own party: Ben Sasse, [R] Nebraska: “Hopefully the President is just blowing off steam again but, if he’s even half-serious, this is nuts! China is guilty of many things, but the President has no actual plan to win right now. He’s threatening to light American agriculture on fire. Let’s absolutely take on Chinese bad behavior, but with a plan that punishes them instead of us. This is the dumbest way to do this.”

Republican Senator of Iowa, Joni Ernst, said, “Just because you’re slapping tariffs on steel doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be repercussions in other areas. We export a lot of our soy beans to China, and we know that China is a bad actor. But there is a delicate balance out there, and we need to have thorough negotiations. We haven’t gone through that process.”

Trump also said he would hire a Minister of Agriculture to draw up a plan “to protect our farmers and agricultural interests,” but he provided no details. WTF? Are we in a communist country? Doesn’t the idiot know that since Abraham Lincoln we’ve had the U.S. Department of Agriculture which is tasked with those duties? The current Secretary of Agriculture is former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. He’s your man Donald. Get him involved. You don’t need to appoint a “minister!” This is not a religious thing. It’s our food supply and you should let your people do their jobs.

While Scott Pruitt upstages the orange actor of the Oval Office, Trump wraps the protectionism blanket around his shoulders and hunkers down for a long cold summer of trade wars and volatility in the markets. During an interview (4-6-2018) on the Bernie and Sid in the Morning show on the New York radio station 77 WABC, Trump said, “I’m not saying there’s not gonna be any pain.”

He admitted that the initial reaction from markets is likely to be negative and that investors “could lose a little bit.” China can inflict more pain on America, than we can on them. We have too much debt for this over-acting. Trump should be careful that Chinese banks don’t call in all the loans.

The old actor’s makeup is running, and his sad, dark personality shows that his deal making is more machismo than masterful maneuver or proper policy. When he cannot defend his ideas with intellect, he lies. When he is confronted about his distortions of the truth, he finds someone to say he’s right. He’s not a president that means anything to thinking people of the United States of America. Trump is a fake president.

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