By Jason Taylor
Donald Trump seems to be approaching the presidency like a game. It’s concerning because, as the leader of the free world, his actions have grave consequences the likes of which he probably cannot imagine. Trump clearly has no idea what he’s doing or what he’s talking about. Heads of state are probably wondering how seriously to take him.
I don’t know what to think anymore — that Trump is simply a shallow narcissist — or that something even more frightening is going on — and he a moronic, narcissist puppet whose actions are being directed for nefarious purposes. Bannon recently was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter. He said — “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing”.
This past Wednesday, Scottie Nell Hughes, a Trump campaign spokesperson, and a paid CNN employee, gave an interview on the Diane Rehm show and said about Trump’s claim of millions of fraudulent votes: “There’s no such thing as facts. What matters now is not whether his fraud claim is true. No, what matters is who believes it”. Kellyanne Conway has parroted those same exact words many times — and echoed them at the Harvard meeting between Hillary’s campaign personnel and Trump’s this past week.
Let me put this in terms that may be easier to digest for Trump’s supporters:
While Trump’s history of failed ventures and bilking contractors and customers raise serious questions about his business acumen, you can be sure that the Trump Organization would never be so foolish as to hire someone with no relevant experience as a C-suite executive, let alone CEO. Likewise, no hospital would ever hire an oncologist or heart surgeon who had never attended medical school or gone through the requisite internships, fellowships, and licensure.
That’s because placing such responsibilities in the hands of someone so unqualified would lead to disaster.
Yet, that is exactly what Trump’s supporters have done, only they’ve imposed their stupid and reckless hiring decision on the country and the world.
I say this with all seriousness. By the time Trump takes office he will have created so much world chaos and so many ethical if not legal infractions because of his blatant conflicts of interest that the Democrats should start impeachment proceedings Jan 21. Who knows some Republicans may be so scared to death they may not even block the motion.
I honestly think we have a 50/50 chance of worldwide armed conflict if not all out nuclear war sometime in 2017 if this literal lunatic stays in power.
China, and Russia: You can now assume that the US president has absolutely no idea what he’s doing, is emotionally unstable, and will go back on anything he tells you he is going to do. You should carry on your business as if the U.S. is no longer a reliable or rational player in world affairs. Seek solutions to problems that do not involve the U.S. being at the table. Find other ways to gain or exercise influence than through working with us. Plan for contingencies for when the U.S. does unpredictable things that affect geopolitical boundaries, world markets, etc.
Accept the reality that after a few years of Trump, the U.S. will not longer enjoy the influence it has around the world now, and plan for that future. This is what a lot of American voters wanted because they think it will enhance their “greatness.” It won’t, but you need to move on without us as a major power now.