Trump in Nine Lines

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Image by Mike Licht. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,
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People think coarseness means emotional honesty.1
People think emotional honesty means factual accuracy.2
People think being rude means being right.3

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(Source: Gage Skidmore CC)

People think right comes from loud.4
People think loud means strong.5
People think being a leader means being a bully.6

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People think bullies make good protectors7
People think good protectors should be aggressors8
People want an abusive father for president.9

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 1. “I don’t care what his actual positions are. I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
(“Mark Cuban summarized Donald Trump’s appeal in just 43 words”, The Washington Post)

 2. “Perhaps the most striking comment of the day was (Trump’s) recounting of the Sept. 11 attacks as he talked about the security landscape since the Paris massacre: “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.””
(“Donald Trump Calls for Surveillance of ‘Certain Mosques’ and a Syrian Refugee Database”, NYTimes)

3. “He says what he means, whether people like it or not,” said J.P. Forshee of Trenton, Georgia. “Trump is his own man. Not got anybody telling him what to do.”
(“Trump backers hate “political correctness.” That’s why gaffes don’t hurt him.”, Vox)
“Interestingly, a lot of Trump’s political act seems lifted from bully-wrestlers. A clear influence is “Ravishing” Rick Rude, an Eighties champ whose shtick was to insult the audience.”
(“How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable”, Rolling Stone)

4. “Humility won’t help you get ahead, according to a study which found that loud and opinionated people are taken more seriously even when they are wrong.” (“Being loud ‘more important than being right'”, The Telegraph) Though this study pertained to Twitter, one could easily extrapolate such an assertion onto Trump.

5. Indeed, for Trump, Twitter seems like a natural home away from home: “…Mr. Trump has mastered Twitter in a way no candidate for president ever has, unleashing and redefining its power as a tool of political promotion, distraction, score-settling and attack — and turning a 140-character task that other candidates farm out to young staff members into a centerpiece of his campaign.” (“Pithy, Mean and Powerful: How Donald Trump Mastered Twitter for 2016”, New York Times)

6. “A liberal defender of Trump, former CNN host Piers Morgan, agrees: “He’s a smart, cunning, alert showman who knows what it takes to win.””(“Trump the Teenage Bully”, National Review)

7. Well, at least he does. (“Trump Strong: The GOP front-runner’s first ad wants to scare you into thinking he is the only one who can keep you safe.”, Slate)

“He will make you safe. He will give you health care. He will give you jobs. He will build a wall. Protecting you is his prime directive.”
(“Donald Trump: The Protector”, Atlantic)

“”When people are insecure, they’d rather have somebody who is strong and wrong than someone who’s weak and right,” (Bill) Clinton said (when asked for an explanation for those who did not understand why Bush and the Republicans had picked up congressional seats after the 2002 election).” (“‘Strong and Wrong vs. Weak and Right'”, Real Clear Politics)

8. “When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.(“Trump on ISIS: ‘You have to take out their families’”, MSNBC)

9. (“The rise of American authoritarianism”, Vox)

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