IN TRUMP WE TRUST

And we thought the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series was historic.

trump-coinIn a massive FU to the ruling class that bailed out Wall Street then sold out Main Street, the American people elected boorish billionaire and reality TV star Donald J. Trump as its 45th president yesterday.  It was a stunning rebuke not only to his Democratic challenger and status quo candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, but to the current President Barack Obama, and the Republican Party hierarchy as well.

Not since Old Hickory, Andy Jackson, rode into Washington from Nashville in 1829 has such a pure populist insurgent been handed the reins of power by the American electorate. But even Jackson had a record of military and political service. Trump is the first man elected to the nation’s highest office as a complete novice, with no military or political experience of any kind in his CV.

Never once ahead in the polls in the election run up, Trump’s shocking victory and Clinton’s perilous fall announced to the world that a powerful anti-establishment, anti-elite, anti-immigrant movement had arrayed itself behind the Trump banner.  And while this movement is coming FROM the people, it is also true that it is not really OF the people, as Trump is no more one of the people than Mitt Romney was. Never has been, never will be.

But in the absence of an acceptable choice from the Dems, Trump wielded his “Make America Great Again” slogan like a conjurer’s stone until even true blue states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin succumbed to the fever dream offered by the New York real estate tycoon.

And it didn’t matter that Trump has never once experienced the kind of difficulties that led millions of people to throw in with him. He was no American Lech Walesa, the electrician who co-founded Poland’s Solidarity Movement and led a workers’ strike in the shipyards of Gdansk in 1981 that began the dismantling of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.

But in the absence of a person who comes directly from the ranks of the disenfranchised, Donald Trump’s populist message and bombastic braggadocio was seized upon as the imperfect vessel to hold the frustrations and hopes of this country’s under-served, and non-represented.

A pillage and burn message and Trump’s bare knuckles style were enough to KO the 16 other candidates he faced in the Republican King-of-the-Ring primary, and then to coalesce much more than the far-right WWE ‘merican (sic) base in the general election.

As the campaign extended no insult or error, no lack of couth, knowledge, or accusation of sexual predation could derail him. Truly, Trump had become the Teflon Don. The voter’s message was crystal clear: It was too late for that kind of truth. Being unqualified was no longer a disqualifier. The break between the ruling class and the ruled had turned as toxic as the water in Flint, Michigan. This was a Braveheart moment; faces had been painted and voting handles seized.

With the American middle class hollowed out,  and jobs racing offshore like a rip tide, a “pox on both their houses, I don’t care what the cost is” mentality was reached. “I’ll take the ride with Captain Don,” they said, “even knowing it will be wild, and not all will come through it unscathed. But we’ll do it just the same just to get away from this old rotted mooring of business-as-usual.”

You could hear a reflexive “So what” attitude being mounted in response to the 2005 Access Hollywood video of Trump crudely objectifying women. And it’s not because his supporters dismiss that kind of behavior or approve of it. They have wives and mothers, daughters and sisters. They know he’s an a-hole. But they had come too far, and after finally hearing in his voice an echo of their own, he was THIS close to being in a position to attempt what they have been saying needs to be done for years, which is throw the bums out.

They were not going to back away from him even if a 100 women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior. And they were determined to stand even more firmly, because the political insiders and mainstream media pulled out all the stops trying to protect their own candidate who, in her own way, was severely compromised as well, and promised nothing but more of the same. The Wikileaks speech notes from her paid talks to the Wall Street bankers showed as much.

So if not Trump to lead this expedition now – when they were so close to the summit – when would their next political Sherpa come around? In that sense, the movement had come too far, and they couldn’t, wouldn’t stop regardless of the gutter-mouth traits of their champion.

Yes, he is someone to attend closely. Yes, he will require minding and even create some held-nose moments. But they had made up their minds. There was no four years ahead, and there is no bottom. Only now, and now we push.  Trump Today! Hillary never!  He of the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan, if you can wrap your head around that.

But remember what Trump supporter Newt Gingrich said of his main man: “there’s a big Donald Trump and a little Donald Trump, and the little Donald Trump is pathetic and makes no sense.”

Well, today there’s a third Donald Trump. Just call him Mr. President-elect, and caveat emptor to us all.  Forward into the unknown.

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9 thoughts on “IN TRUMP WE TRUST

  1. Toni: There was an acceptable Democratic candidate: Bernie Sanders, who aroused as much passion, belief and hope in his followers as Trump aroused bigotry, anger and hatred in his. Trump got one thing right: the system is rigged. The DNC and Hillary Clinton herself are to blame for this nightmare. She has believed most of her adult life that she was entitled to be president. New flash Ms. Clinton: no one is entitled to anything in this life. Your ego and arrogance (even after losing to Obama in ’08 she was determined to try again, and was shocked when Bernie did so well; she had a big fireworks display planned for last night in NYC, was already working on her transition team) has no doubt changed this country forever, and not for the better. I don’t know how our country survives this debacle.

  2. Funny that Clinton will win the popular vote. So in a way, Trump & Claudia are right, the system is rigged. Only five times in US history has the winner of the popular vote not been elected (unfortunately it’s been 2 out of the last 5). This non-democractic outcome (due to electoral politics should trouble everyone).

    Add to that Obama’s unparalleled popularity, the overwhelming number of Americans (including a significant segment of those who supported Trump) who believe that Trump is not competent and you have a confusing mess to sort out.

  3. …astute analysis. It’s hard to take a good , long, honest look in the mirror. Those who find Trump repugnant; nenertheless bear some responsibility for his emergence. Some, was mrerely inevitible. We , who find ourselves agrieved must seriously relect on the “correct” response. How we respond to all this will say a great deal about us. Are we as virtuous as we often assume; or, are we hypocites and high handed moralists who claim we are the moral beacon. ( Disagree and you are an idiot , insensitve, or immoral). Never a better time to pray the better angles or our nature be allowed to show themselves. Give me a day or two to absorb the shock…I’ll try and seek the high road. Good words, Toni..

  4. I think that I finally began to fall asleep at 4:30 a.m. I had sent out several messages to Facebook and Twitter that the Son of Satan, Anti-Christ, and destroyer of the world has emerged. 58 million people truly believe that this presidency will have a change in their lives. Perhaps it will. As one female comedian pointed out, “If Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, he will be the last one in Office”. Crazy is just to simple of a word to define it all.

  5. We just dodged an almost certain WW3 with Russia had war proponent Hillary won. Just look at her public statements on Syria, Ukraine and Iran, and her 30 year political record. Trump seems isolationist, by comparison.

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