On Saturday, Donald Trump brought back up that old gem, where Joe Biden basically said that back in his high school days, he’d have beaten Trump up. Of course, Trump mischaracterized the statement as an actual challenge, and since then has basically suggested that if they were to fight, he would wipe the floor with Biden…which is hilarious. I know Trump likes to tout himself as some kind of natural athlete, but the guy is physically a mess. We’ve all seen what his diet consists of. Also, Donald Trump is a pampered child who has never faced a day of actual adversity in his life. The idea of him, now, as an old man, is some kind of ass kicker is hilarious to me. I mean, both of them are old men, and I can’t imagine anyone would come out of that fight feeling great, but honestly, I think Trump would be worse off than Biden if they decided to resort to fisticuffs. Trump’s bravado and braggadocio is always funny, but hearing him talk about fighting makes him sound like one of those kids who after 1 karate class suggests he could handle black belts. So goofy.
Trump is angrily calling out yet another fascist regime with Nuclear capabilities and threatening them with hellfire. This week it was an angry all caps tweet telling Iran not threaten the US or else! One wonders if that’s part of his plan when dealing in these situations. I mean, this fire and brimstone approach was how he started with North Korea, and look how that turned out! And by that, I mean how Trump wants you to think it turned out, because he wants you to think it was an unqualified victory as opposed to the total mess that more accurately reflects reality. Who knows, with any luck, 6 months from now, Trump will be calling Rouhani a total sweetheart and assuring us all that their increase in weapons production does not mean he screwed up negotiations!
The frustrating thing about Donald Trump’s base at this point is that there is literally nothing he can do or say that they won’t either try to explain away or rationalize about why it’s not so bad. Trump’s base is now pro-Putin, where even 3 years ago, such an idea would have been disgusting to them. Trump gets to be racist, screw over our farmers and factories, roll back regulations to protect the environment and people, and any negative reaction to that gets relegated to liberals overreacting or misunderstanding the issue and fake news. The deep level of entrenchment is worrying and makes you wonder how they found themselves there. How much of it is out of spite? Are those of us who wholesale condemned those who voted for Trump in the first place responsible for this behavior? Even in part? I don’t know the answer, but it certainly makes me think about what it takes to put someone in that place. Could it happen on the opposite side of the spectrum somewhere down the line?
Friday really should have been a slam dunk day for Trump and co. He got to welcome home 3 freed prisoners from North Korea, and for even the most disliked of Presidents, and event like that is a banner day. You shake some hands, say welcome home, and the evening’s headline is at the very least positive, if not glowing. But Trump’s people have to defy expectation. They can’t have a normal day. So instead, his staff has to leak that a random staffer at the White House was being glib about the health of John McCain. Again, we are reminded that Trump hires the best people.