I will miss Donald Trump.
In my working years, I always liked to begin each day with a bit of humour: beginning with the daily newspaper cartoon “Herman”, penned by Jim Unger; followed by the morning radio patter of Frosty Forst on CKNW … complete with an bonus chuckle when he would include my name in his shtick! 🙂
After they retired, there was a very long gap in my morning smile … until along came Donald Trump.
As candidate and then as US President, Trump daily made me chuckle, laugh, guffaw … when newscasts reported his overnight Tweeted stupidity, moronic statements, erratic decisions and actions and real or imagined wounds, accusations.
Trump was a joke.
True, a dangerous one, who disrespected the US Constitution, destroyed America’s alliances, abandoned signed treaties, cozied up to dictators and murderers, insulted his own citizens, outright lied thousands of times, associated with and surrounded himself with several people who committed crimes and ended up in prison and, in the end, Reump caused the deaths of thousands of Americans with his delays/incompetence in dealing with Covid.
No one is laughing now.
But those who think “Trumpism” will be gone too once he leaves office are quite wrong.
Even in defeat, Trump attracted more than 73.7 million votes: almost 11 million MORE than the 62.9 million who voted for him in 2016!
Many of those who stayed or joined with Trump this time, despite whatever they thought of him personally, agreed with much of his thought, ideas, policies.
President-elect Joe Biden captured 79.8 million votes, the largest number of votes ever cast for a US Presidential candidate. And won the election in a landslide.
However, I don’t believe Biden’s success was as much a substantial endorsement or support for the Democrats’ philosophy, proposals, agenda and ideology as some like to think.
Sure, some voted that way … but I postulate it was as much a personal rejection and repudiation of Trump himself by middle of the road and independent Americans : repulsed by his embarrassing antics, his moral failings, his pathological lies, his moronic ignorance, his racism, and his laughable, predictable, boring hyperbole.
In the end too many voters just got embarrassed, tired of Trump.
But NOT his policies.
I believe most Americans approve the way Trump stood up to the “world”: China on trade; NATO on spending; environmental agreements they believe unfairly targeted the USA; European and Japanese tariffs on US goods; NAFTA; the costs and presence of US troops in foreign conflicts; the Iran nuclear treaty; anti-American sentiments so often expressed by Palestinians, while they accepted billions in US aid; backed his Mid-East peace achievements with the UAE and Bahrain and his strong support for Israel; and, agreed with him about the World Health Organization’s weak, deferential response to China’s handling of Covid.
In a campaign based on domestic and foreign policies and the economy … Trump would have beaten Biden!
And yet, despite such massive support, Trump lost … fair and square.
Trump made himself a huge PERSONAL target, by being an ignoramus, such a frequent and obvious liar, and a conceited narcissist.
In the end, he defeated himself!
Now he exits like the punch line of a bad joke.
His closing words will probably sound like those of a has-been bitter comedian closing out a failing act, with only his most fervent fans still applauding.
And leaving me wondering: where will I now get my morning laugh???
Happy US Thanksgiving to my American family, friends and readers.
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