Donald Trump kicked off his official campaign to retain the presidency in 2020 with a big rally in Florida. But as we all know, he’s been campaigning almost from day one of his first term. Golfing, Tweeting, watching cable TV and holding campaign rallies are mostly what Trump has done while in office, especially since he doesn’t read intelligence reports and doesn’t have the attention span needed to sit through briefings.
Trump’s rally last night was, frankly, insane. If you want to see the living incarnation of the word Demagogue, just watch the rally footage. Trump lies and spins and exaggerates with impunity. And his resentments and sense of grievance are off the charts. He spent a large portion of the rally complaining about all the groups and individuals who are trying to hurt him–about the unfairness of it all. His rhetoric has become so extreme that it’s starting to feel alarming. Anyone not a member of is cult is now described as a dangerous, treasonous, fanatical “enemy of the people.” Immigrants don’t scare me, but Trump’s cult of followers do. It’s a horrifying reality that they go along with the nasty, vengeful, belittling, sadistic, dishonest garbage that flows out of Trump’s mouth on a constant basis. Trump has become the enemy of the truth and the enemy of civility.
Many of us know that Trump has been a lying sleaze-ball for decades, but it’s hard to keep track of the details of Trump’s sordid story, and harder still to understand why so little of his history of business failure has been publicly discussed. Jonathan Greenberg recently published an excellent expose in the Washington Post of Trump’s life-long project to create a false image and suppress the truth of his failures. Here’s an excerpt:
Trump had waged a relentless, vindictive campaign to build his own myth by suppressing the facts: Between the collapse of his empire in 1991 and the issuance of more than $1 billion in Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts stock and junk bonds by 1996, he’d compromised the truth-telling capacity of Forbes magazine, the Wall Street Journal, TV broadcasters, Arthur Andersen and casino analysts on Wall Street. By the time Trump resigned in 2009 as chairman of the public company he founded, he had paid himself an estimated $82 million in personal compensation, while the company’s stocks and bonds had become nearly worthless.
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It’s hard to fathom how any American can approve of Trump’s vulgar, malicious, preening, dishonest rhetoric at his rallies. And Trump’s un-presidential behavior is only going to get worse as he fights against bad polls, scandals and myriad investigations on the way to the 2020 election. We have to do whatever we can to cut through his B.S. and support the Democratic party, both to flip the presidency and to flip the Senate.
Keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”