You’ll have to excuse me if I seem a bit nervous. It isn’t often that you get to peek into the mind of the President of the United States, much less if you’re a gonzo reporter stuck between meth-fueled trailer parks and corporate-owned towns. I’m about as far away from D.C. as one can get, and if I even took two sniffs of the air around Mar-a-Largo I’d surely be thrown in a van and carted off to the nearest CIA torture site.
But just because Donald Trump won’t explain the inner darkness of his mind to me doesn’t mean he hasn’t to others, and in fact he did just that with Playboy Magazine in a 1990 interview brought to my attention by a brave livestreamer named Heather.
This was back when things were different you see, and Trump was just some asshole with alot of money. We hadn’t yet torn Yugoslavia to pieces for our own private gain; the little people who made up the class furtively swarming from shopping mall to gas station were gleefully unaware to the world and the damage they’d caused. Trump spoke in the interview then as man with ideas but with no interest in being elected, free to state exactly how we felt on a host of issues both mundane and political. The interview then is a time capsule, a glimpse into a mind now in control of the world’s largest military.
It is an unnerving glimpse to say the least.
Consider his thoughts on how the State and the police should deal with criminals:
“…I hate seeing this country go to hell. We’re laughed at by the rest of the world. In order to bring law and order back into our cities, we need the death penalty and authority given back to the police…
…Nobody can make the argument that the death penalty isn’t a deterrent. Either it will be brought back swiftly or our society will rot away. It is rotting away.”
His opinion about protesters, dissidents, and how they should be handled:
“…What you will see there soon is a revolution; the signs are all there with the demonstrations and picketing. Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.
You mean firm hand as in China?
“When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world-“
Why is Gorbachev not firm enough?
“I predict he will be overthrown, because he has shown extraordinary weakness. Suddenly, for the first time ever, there are coal-miner strikes and brush fires everywhere–which will all ultimately lead to a violent revolution…his giving an inch is going to end up costing him and all his friends what they most cherish–their jobs.“
Or his weird willingness to wage nuclear war;
“I’ve always thought about the issue of nuclear war; it’s a very important element in my thought process. It’s the ultimate, the ultimate catastrophe, the biggest problem this world has, and nobody’s focusing on the nuts and bolts of it. It’s a little like sickness. People don’t believe they’re going to get sick until they do. Nobody wants to talk about it. I believe the greatest of all stupidities is people’s believing it will never happen, because everybody knows how destructive it will be, so nobody uses weapons. What bullshit.“
The bomb Harry Truman dropped on Hiroshima was a toy next to today’s. We have thousands of weapons pointed at us and nobody even knows if they’re going to go in the right direction. They’ve never really been tested. These jerks in charge don’t know how to paint a wall, and we’re relying on them to shoot nuclear missiles to Moscow. What happens if they don’t go there? What happens if our computer systems aren’t working? Nobody knows if this equipment works, and I’ve seen numerous reports lately stating that the probability is they don’t work. It’s a total mess.
And how would President Trump handle it?
“He would believe very strongly in extreme military strength…“
Sitting at my desk, clutching the rum bottle and nervously shaking as I pour another drink, I’m at a loss for words as to what cruel twists of fate might lay ahead for a continent ruled by an admirer of the Tienanmen Square massacre. The interview makes it clear Trump’s now notorious policies been on his mind for quite sometime; before it may have been idle chatter but now we know it to be the inner character of a man at the reins of an Empire. Both Germany and Japan have used the interview as material for understanding the President, a testament to its importance.
What lay ahead of us? Would it matter? The people had spoken, and if tomorrow the troops began knocking on doors who would stop them? What had the people chosen, were they even aware?
Even now as I stare out the window the night sky is filled with smoke. Concealed vision, veiled possibility on a national holiday. An ambulance zooms by, a dying man with both his legs still at the crash site that would surely put an end to him.
Does he know he’ll soon die?
Do the American people know what they’ve chosen?
We haven’t yet seen the full force of Trump’s vision, the same plan he held in 1990, though with inauguration protesters staring down 80 years and the national press unable to film press conferences it is my opinion that we soon will.
Like sirens in the night, I can only retreat into the darkness. Waiting for the inevitable.
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