We Are Not All Stupid

Donald Trump operates on the theory that he is always the smartest guy in the room. The only time that is true is when he is alone. He treats the American public like we are a bunch of morons and I’m getting sick of it. I have a feeling I’m not alone in that thought and a lot of other are far from fooled by him. Let’s explore.

His taxes obviously hide something(s) that he doesn’t want revealed – at least not until after the election. Back during the Mueller probe he was asked if Mueller getting into his finances would cross a line. He replied in the affirmative. That’s like a police officer who suspects you may be carrying drugs asking permission to search your vehicle and you say, “Sure, just don’t look in the glovebox.” Now the police officer knows where the contraband is secreted.

This week the Washington Post broke another story of a coronavirus contract that was pulled because it is under investigation. It seems it was issued sans bidding and the price the government was paying Phillips for 42,000 ventilators was inordinately high, to the tune of $500 million. In both cases Trump Economic Advisor Peter Navarro was heavily involved in the transaction. There are a lot of dots to be connected there and they don’t outline a pretty picture for taxpayers. It takes a lot of cash to satisfy the greed of an organized criminal enterprise – this goes beyond simple incompetence. I suggest one of the reasons we have the worst response to the pandemic of any similar country is greed. It’s challenging to come up with a quick solution if you add the criteria of pocketing money from every deal.

During a recent Fox News interview/softball game, Trump bought into another right wing myth. He told Laura Ingraham (who was lobbing the softballs for Fox) that a recent commercial flight was almost totally a bunch of thugs (Trump’s word) in black uniforms heading to an American city and they had Antifa America tattoos. Even Ingraham (hardly a great journalist) couldn’t let that one pass unchallenged. When she pressed Trump for details he told her he’d tell her someday and that it was currently under investigation. In defense of Trump at least they weren’t little green men from another planet on a space ship.

On his visit to Kenosha he made a few staged street appearances with owners (and in at least one case the former owner) of businesses destroyed during the looting and vandalism that used the demonstrations as a cover. He followed that up with an even more staged “panel discussion” attended by 23 people. 21 of who were white. The two Blacks were obvious window dressing and when a reporter asked one of them a question Trump interrupted to answer it. When the reporter asked that the person to whom he addressed the question be allowed to answer it Trump moved on to another reporter. However Trump was unable to make time to meet with the victim’s family or visit Jacob Blake in the hospital. It was the unwarranted police shooting of Blake that was the catalyst for the demonstrations in the first place.

Trump “justified” Blake’s shooting (seven times in the back at point blank range) as the police officer choking; like a golfer missing a short putt. I’ve missed a few short putts in my life. I wasn’t happy with myself as the ball failed to find the bottom of the cup. I’ve never shot someone in the back seven times but I still find it impossible to equate the two!

Michael S. Schmidt’s new book, Donald Trump V. The United States, came out Tuesday. I bought it that morning and have yet to finish it as of this writing (Wednesday morning). In it Schmidt reveals some facts behind Trump’s mysterious visit to Walter Reed on a Saturday earlier this year. Tuesday Trump sent a tweet that he had never has a series of mini strokes, in fact not even one. Here is the interesting thing: Based on reporting (I haven’t gotten that far into the book yet) Schmidt never mentioned mini strokes. Could this be another “glove box moment”?

Mr. Trump, please stop insulting my intelligence and that of the majority of Americans. Some of us didn’t attend rich kid high schools for the incorrigible and we actually paid attention in class. Some of us actually took our own SATs and got into college (which our daddies didn’t pay for) on our own merit. In those schools we paid attention and learned a few things. This malarkey may work with the part of your base that was academically underprivileged or is challenged when it comes to reading comprehension and critical thinking, but it doesn’t work on the rest of us. We are not all stupid.

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