Donald Trump for dummies

The only way to really understand Donald Trump is to think of him as a Frankenstein creation.

That is Trump the Political Phenomenon. Not necessarily Trump the Person.

He is crude, mean, and lewd. So offensive that we can turn to members of his own party to describe his faults. Senator Lindsey Graham called him a “race baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot”.

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said, “Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark”.

Congressman Bob Dold won’t support him because he’s denigrated war heroes.

Barbara Bush, the wife of one president and the mother of another, said, “I mean, unbelievable. I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly, it’s terrible.”
God’s gift to US comedians

At the start, The Donald, with the world’s most bizarre comb-over and his orange tinted complexion, his bragging, boasting and bloviating, appeared to be the greatest gift God had ever given to America’s comedians. Who would actually support such a clown?

Then he blasted through his primary opponents. Why did people support him? After the first debate against Hillary Clinton, the New York Times described him, quite accurately, as “a vacuous bully”, with “nothing truthful to offer…” who “has lied compulsively since he entered the race”.

So how is it possible that he could actually be elected president of the United States?

We return to the good Dr Frankenstein. To create his creature he scavenged parts from other bodies. When each of those parts were still attached to the body they came from they looked ordinary and normal.

Even more so when those bodies were properly garbed in a suit and tie, wearing shoes and socks. But when sewed, bolted, and glued together to make this new creature, they were suddenly seen as bizarre and threatening.

So it is with Trump, the Political Phenomenon. He’s taken the most vital body parts of being a Republican, and stuck them on himself.

On an ordinary living Republican, dressed in standard slogans and the prevailing platitudes, the parts would have seemed familiar and ordinary. But when Trump lurched manically to centre stage, the parts suddenly appeared grotesque, gigantic and threatening.

Let us look first at his racism and xenophobia.

Liars telling lies for their own advantage makes sense. What is strange is the desire of listeners to prefer lies.