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June 07, 2016
Well?

Am I the only one who looks at Trippy Trump's behavior and realizes that he's desperately trying not to get elected?

It's possible that no one's more surprised and alarmed than he is to find himself where he stands today.

He's been "running" for the nomination for years and people have always understood that he was just a very bad joke wrapped in a giant ego. This year, for whatever reason, the media loved him and covered his every move, granting him a legitimacy that nothing in his so-called platform or history deserved. So, you know, maybe no so much with him having self-awareness.

Part of me is smirking--having lived through the meltdown and re-emergence of the Democratic Party, I'm not sorry that the Repubs are getting their turn in the stocks. (The Dems moved toward the middle when they reconstituted themselves. Here's hoping the Repubs do the same.)

But mostly, since politics and politicians have become so much more crazy in the last fifteen or twenty years, I'm fighting the urge to send apology notes to everyone else in the world, promising them we're not as crazy as we look at the moment and that we will, eventually, get our shit back together.

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P.S. Our system works people. But it only works if we all vote.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:36 PM


Comments

There's been a lot of discussion on twitter about whether Trump was really a Clinton supporter, or trying to get out from under his Trump U lawsuits, really. The 'trying to lose' thing sounds like a great movie, but I have the same reaction to that that I have to the "ulterior motive" theories: I don't think he has the character or stamina for a Long Con. He's shown us too much of himself for too long, and as Maya Angelou said, "When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at June 8, 2016 08:34 AM

I don't think he was trying to pull a Long Con. I think he was as surprised as anyone when he started getting traction this time out.

And now, I think he's just hanging on, desperately, saying whatever comes to mind (as he always has), and riding his ego.

He's tapped into that vein of frustration felt by a lot of people in this country who don't understand "what went wrong" and who want a magic bullet solution. These are the people who are willing to believe that all our problems are caused by Someone Else and who think that shoving all the Someone Elses out the door and locking it after them will somehow, magically produce a different reality.

That's long been my annoyance with the modern Right, you know. Their determination to believe that reality is what they want it to be, instead of what it is. It started with Reagan and has been a feature of the Republican Party's platforms ever since.

Posted by: Anne at June 8, 2016 10:39 AM

You are very much not the only person who's been thinking this. I've suspected it for some time. He's the epitome of the internet troll, why wouldn't he be trolling the country?

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at June 8, 2016 07:24 PM