Trumpism. What exactly is it?
Trumpism is a style of con. It is mostly just about his style of misdirection, dissembling and distracting from what is REALLY going on behind the scenes. It’s about muddying the waters so that truth is confused to the point of fatigue. Take any story line, any quote, any tweet, any statement, any alternative fact and the point of it is really just to confuse the reader/watcher/thinker. It is the stuff of the classic con. The important thing for Trump is NOT if his story is regarded as true or false, it is just just that you/they/us are focused on it. In fact, that is likely part of the reason for the orange skin tone and the crazy hair job.
The important thing is that we’re watching him and and we’re talking about him because the president wants us focusing on him. Even when he is talking nonsense means we’re not talking about more important things. Magicians employ the same tricks: beautiful assistants, bait and switch, sleight of hand, misdirection. By October, look for smoke and mirrors.
He’s good at it. In fact, he is masterful. He may actually be smart! He is ignorant as hell. He is totally mentally screwed up. But his mastery of the tools of the trade he is in is something akin to fascinating – like a constant, real-time train-wreck.
But he is NOT alone in this. Just as the magician needs a beautiful assistant, a fancy stage and a gullible audience, so does Trump. In his case, he has many many assistants from the shapely Ivanka, Hope Hicks, etc. to the Fox Network, from the Michael Cohens and Flynns to the Lindsay Grahams and the Mitch McTurtles. His audience? That’s the surprising part. The audience is the mainstream media. They are the gullible dupes.
“Isn’t the audience the ‘Merican people?”
Yes and No. Firstly, most ‘Mericans don’t think critically or freely – they are ‘partisan’. Secondly, many, many, many do not follow the news or politics in any kind of detail – just the headlines or the talking heads. Thirdly, as stated before, they are easily fatigued. Hell, most of us are fatigued by this too-long-running burlesque show. My guess is that some of my readers have already stopped reading this blog. “Dave is on about Trump again. I’ll play video games instead.”
The main audience is the media. He plays to the media and they, like the guests at the Hotel California, can check out anytime they want but they can never leave. The media cannot leave because they are addicted/enslaved. Some call it ’employed’. They are obliged to find a story even where there is none. They have a hole to fill and Trump fills it with BS. He’s a ‘story-pusher’ feeding the habit of ‘gossip’.
There is more, much more…..so much….but I just wrote the intro….forgive me. I have been distilling what Sean Illing wrote so much better in VOX. Read it for yourself: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/5/16/21258788/obamagate-trump-flynn-bannon-flood-the-zone