JIM CREES: ‘I’m, like, a really smart person.’
I really am sorry to be writing more about Donald Trump - the billionaire businessman who has somehow magically managed to convince HUGE numbers of the American people he is just one of the guys - one of them.
He is so far distanced from being “one of them” it’s amazing.
But then ... recently I mentioned to an acquaintance I considered Trump “a buffoon.” (I do.) He responded with, “Yes, but look where he is and look where you are.”
Sigh. How true.
So... folks are ever so excited by Trump. “He’s gonna shake things up.”
But for whatever reason, whenever Trump opens his mouth I am carried back to my days on the playground at Stellwagen Elementary in Detroit.
He’s little more than a playground bully who has managed to insult, belittle and diminish just about everyone who has come in contact with him - friend and foe alike!
On Jeb Bush, Trump has commented, “He just got contact lenses and rid of the glasses. He wants to look cool, but it’s far too late,” and “He’s a total embarrassment to himself and his family,” and “He’s the bottom. I’m the top.”
On Ben Carson - “He never created a job in his lifetime ...well, maybe a nurse.”
On Rand Paul - “Reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functional brain.”
On Rick Perry - “Needs a new pair of glasses.”
On Marco Rubio - “Once a choker, always a choker,” and “Mr. Meltdown.”
On actor Samuel L. Jackson - “Not athletic,” and “Does too many TV commercials ...boring.”
On columnist Charles Krauthammer - “Highly over-rated,” and “Clown,” and “Dopey.”
On Sen. John McCain - “Has done nothing,” “Has failed miserably,” “Let us down.”
On any number of other people, places and things “dopey,” “boring,” “very boring,” “really boring,” “ugly,” “looks odd,” “phony,” “a joke,” “a real dope,” “clueless,” “dumb,” “low life,” and on ...and on ...and on ...
And then ...
Trump recently decided Gov. John Kasich’s style of eating on the campaign trail was disgusting. The Trump rival was on the campaign trail and chowing down on typical campaign trail fare which apparently affected Trump’s genteel sensibilities.
“I have never seen a human being eat in such disgusting fashion,” Trump said to a gathering in Warwick, RI.
“Now, you look at Kasich... Did you see him? He has the news conference all the time when he’s eating. I am always telling my young son, Baron. I am always with my kids I say, children, small little bites small. This guy takes a pancake, and he’s shoving it in his mouth. It’s disgusting.
“Do you want that for your president? I don’t think so.”
See. This is the deal.
Trump has a tough time dealing with people, including his rivals, on an intellectual level, so he first brings them down to his level by belittling and bullying them.
“I’m the best ...” “I’m the smartest ...” “I can get the deal done ...”
Ummmmmmmmmm ... not really.
But his fans love it. All Trump needs to do is call Cruz a poo-poo face, and he wins the argument. Call Hillary a booger butt and he is king.
The astonishing thing is how quickly he can slag off his own team when it seemingly fits him.
Just recently Trump referred to the Republican Party as “a total mess,” “stupid,” “suicidal,” “BAD!” and accused the Republican leadership as “hollowing out our military.” Then he whined the GOP is “getting ready to treat me unfairly.”
But folks are gaga over the Trump “movement.”
Trump doesn’t actually say anything, he just says stuff ‘cause “I know words, I have the best words. I have the best ...”
And he does! He has words his fans understand even if they don’t actually mean anything, such as “We’re gonna build that wall ...”
No. He won’t. But people think he will... er...might... um... could possibly... ah...won’t.
Trump says he has plans and policies developed largely by consulting with himself. “I’m speaking with myself, No. 1, because I have a very good brain,” Trump said. “And I’ve said a lot of things.”
Trump’s economic “policy” has been trashed by just about everyone (and I’m not writing about Democrats!)
“There is a good reason many people are upset and angry, because for many it’s been a very rough decade,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics and an adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “But if Trump’s policies were enacted it would be some form of disaster for the economy... you would be looking at a depression.
“It would not help the people he is talking to, they would be the first to go down.”
And folks keep supporting this guy.
Well, he says, “I’m, like, a really smart person.”
I guess he is, and his supporters are really smart people as well (who have no idea how badly they’re being played.)