THE AUDACITY OF IGNORANCE

Politically Motivated Mask Wearing

Donald John Trump doesn’t want to be President, he wants to be Roger Ailes. Donald Trump doesn’t want to be the “leader of the free world,” he would rather be Mark Burnett. The Donald would much rather be doing a daily TV show, which is why he is always prepared by wearing his orange makeup should a television gig be suddenly offered. Just in case you don’t remember, Roger Ailes is the late CEO of Fox News network who was forced out over dozens of sexual harassment charges. Mark Burnett is a British TV producer who gave us the reality shows, Survivor and The Apprentice. Just yesterday, when Trump announced that the COVID-19 Task Force would resume daily television briefings, he had to brag about the big ratings for those events. WHAT?

That came on the same day this substantially rotund fat storage container tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask saying that he’s been told people who wear masks are patriots. He capped the tweet with this announcement, “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Every time Trump makes what I call a “snowflake” claim, I always ask how can he possibly declare himself to be the most anything? By the way, I use “snowflake” to debunk the claim that every snowflake is unique. Since we cannot capture and photograph every snowflake, the assertion can never be proven. Trump cannot prove anything he says because most of his vocal output is pure bullshit.

I must admit, my mind has been forever changed after reading the brilliant observations in Mary L. Trump’s book. No longer will I give Trump credit for anything he says or does. Billions of dollars of broadcast airtime are wasted by talking about him every week but, sadly, his malfeasance and criminal activities are still not known and understood by all Americans.

Trump’s joy of putting down people and his vindictive and mean personality were exploited by Mark Burnett during The Apprentice show. The truth is, Burnett’s consistent scripting and brilliant editing made Trump look like a competent decision maker and businessman. What the book points out, and what we’ve seen and experienced with Trump’s inability to focus and move quickly, has deeply wounded America.

What Trump most envied about Ailes was his amazing power to shape opinions. After all, this was the guy who controlled everything and everyone at Fox News. The ratings soared and Fox News’ constant anti-Obama rhetoric excited and solidified a group of Americans which Trump exploited to get elected. Trump is titillated by the idea that Roger Ailes brought his women workers into a locked office to leer at and harass them. That is precisely the job Trump wants, but if he were in the corporate world and tried those acts he would be hauled into court. He misses the point that Mr. Ailes is a “disgraced” former head of the network and shortly after he left, he died.

Those who worked on The Apprentice show know that Mark Burnett has tons of outtakes on his hard drives. If they were to be released to the public, they would damage Trump just as much as the Access Hollywood video. NBC/Universal do not own this content, Burnett does. Maybe he has a fantasy to use Donald Trump as talent on a future show or perhaps Trump will start his very own news network after he leaves the White House so that his kids have something to do. Who knows?

Sure, America could use a daily virus task force briefing, but if they become more opportunities for long-winded, unfocused political tirades by Trump, who cares?  We don’t want or need that! What angers me most is the way his puppet governors in red states watch and imitate him and his routines. They are helping to spread COVID-19 by their bad policies while spreading a great amount of another virus, vitriol-2020.

Trump damaged America with his denial, inconsistency, poor language skills and inability to convince anyone he knows how to fight a pandemic. He says something then locks his mind on it, not because it’s a good idea but merely because it’s his idea. He wants to decrease or eliminate payroll taxes, which would cut off funding for Social Security. Why would you want to take away a payroll tax when there is so much unemployment? Once again, he’s talking without thinking.

He brags about taking the Montreal test, which helps medical professional gauge the scourge of Parkinson’s, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. It’s not what he says it is. The test, which you can take yourself RIGHT HERE, has nothing to do with intelligence. Once again, Trump says we have the lowest mortality with the COVID-19 cases, when we don’t. We are 7th in the world, and he won’t even admit he’s wrong even after he’s been shown the facts.

In the well-written conspiracy show on CNN last night, Fareed Zakaria revealed the many conspiracy theories Trump has embraced over the years. The show itself was not a theory, just facts about Trump’s known machinations against truth. He complains constantly about the “deep state,” that was baked into his brain by his father who was, at least, a Nazi and KKK sympathizer. The idea that repeating a lie makes it true is the logic of the ignorant.

Trump didn’t want to wear a mask for the same reason he doesn’t go out in public without wearing a mask of orange-hued foundation from Swiss brand Bronx Colors. What does he think he gains by lathering that putrid orange makeup on his face each day? Has he ever asked his wife if she thinks it looks good? The people around him  consistently protect him from criticism, meaning he will never know how badly he appears to everyone, except Stevie Wonder.

Trump said he wouldn’t wear a mask because it would make him look ridiculous. That was his word, not mine. Now that he’s wearing one proves two things. One, his words mean nothing and two, he’s only doing it now to help his poll numbers. If he were an intelligent person he would have sat down in the beginning of the crisis and gotten the best advice on how to fight this attack and lay out a plan. All he does in meetings is talk, and when others talk he doesn’t listen. With all due respect to Richard Nixon, Trump is the worse president ever. The Nixon mention was irony.

I wanted to make a mask with boldly printed words PRO-LIFE… and in smaller print underneath (mine). After some thought I decided against the plan rather than getting spat upon by some COSTCO shopper. We have systemic ignorance in America, and the head dunce Donald will lead some of the lemmings off the cliff. Don’t listen to him.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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