The insufferable disgust of Donald Trump
Posted August 5, 2016on:
A good Friday to you Widdershins!
Donald J. Trump is, without a doubt, the type of individual who believes all publicity is good publicity. But is that really the case when it comes to Presidential politics and primaries? If Trump really believes that, his salesman background has overruled everything else in him and thanks but no thanks – I’m not buying.
Fareed Zakaria referred to Trump the other day as something a little bit coarser than a “salesman”. This was not the normal take or thoughts I’ve heard previously from Zakaria. He is not usually the type for an individual, personal attack. However, this time things are different. We are talking about the candidate of one of our major parties for President of the United States, i.e. the leader of the free world. And this man acts as if he is pitching condos in one of his buildings. I have news for Donald J.; Presidentin’ is serious business.
As Zakaria said in this WaPo piece:
Harry Frankfurt, an eminent moral philosopher and former professor at Princeton, wrote a brilliant essay in 1986 called “On Bullshit.” (Frankfurt himself wrote about Trump in this vein, as have Jeet Heer and Eldar Sarajlic.) In the essay, Frankfurt distinguishes crucially between lies and B.S.: “Telling a lie is an act with a sharp focus. It is designed to insert a particular falsehood at a specific point. . . . In order to invent a lie at all, [the teller of a lie] must think he knows what is true.”
Zakaria quotes Frankfurt further here:
…someone engaging in B.S., Frankfurt says, “is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all . . . except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says.” Frankfurt writes that the B.S.-er’s “focus is panoramic rather than particular” and that he has “more spacious opportunities for improvisation, color, and imaginative play. This is less a matter of craft than of art. Hence the familiar notion of the ‘bullshit artist.’ ”
It’s an interesting piece and you should check it when you have time.
Eugene Robinson, whom I have a great deal of respect for (and love to hear speak) has some advice and warnings to the Republicans: “Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit.”
This week, Republicans, your calls for Trump to tone it down shifted into panic mode. Apparently you thought it was a bad idea for him to attack a Gold Star mother who lost her Army captain son in Iraq, then clumsily contrive to keep the story alive for nearly a week. You thought Trump’s pointed refusal to endorse Ryan and McCain in their primaries, even though both are supporting him, might not be the best way to foster party unity. You thought perhaps that while there are many things a candidate might say at a rally to win friends and influence people, “Get the baby out of here” is not one.
Robinson goes further in his essay and says:
Your response is to hope against hope that someone will persuade Trump to feign rectitude for the next three months… You know full well how out of control and unbalanced he is; you just wish he’d do a better job of conning voters into thinking he can be trusted with the nuclear codes. Shame on you, Republicans, for encouraging such a dangerous ruse.
Again, a great piece you should check out when you have the chance.
And look here at who decided to get all big and brave since #socklessdeadintern wasn’t around today.
Without the overbearing Scarborough there to dominate discourse, Brzezinski spoke more than usual, offering scathing opinions about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Really Mika? All of that just because schmoe wasn’t around? Does that mean you have been subservient to schmoe all this time? Does it mean those soft, “comfy” interview that you both conducted with Trump did not reflect your true feelings at that time? Puhleeze.
And finally, who knew that Mel Brooks was able to catalog Donald Trump in film, so many years ago?
This is an open thread to take wherever you wish to go with it.
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