This Should’ve Been The End Of trump. (And This. And This…)
“We know trump’s a racist pig,” began a recent tweet by writer/entrepreneur Jay Schiffman. He continued, “But for any other politician, wouldn’t racist tweets saying ‘go back to your countries’ be the end of a political career? Jews: go back to Israel! Indians: back to India! Irish: back to Ireland! It’s sick, un-American & should be the end of trump.”
“…should be the end of trump.”
Yes, it should be.
Yet, so many other times it should’ve been the end of trump. Like:
- “When Mexico sends its people they’re not sending their best… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
- “I like people who weren’t captured”
- “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters”
- “blood coming out of her… wherever…”
- “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me”
- “taco bowls,” and “I love Hispanics!”
- “grab ’em by the pussy”
- “The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them (the Central Park Five) is outrageous.”
- “Look at her… I don’t think so”
And these are just a scant few of the things he said during the months leading up to his November 2016 election. This doesn’t take into account the eighteen women who came forward — eighteen, just between April-October 2016, a span of only six months — accusing trump of sexual misconduct. It doesn’t account for the nepotism on display from day one, and the many conflicts of interest created by trump’s refusal early on to divest from his businesses.
Why wasn’t it the end of donald trump before he even made it to the campaign stage?
Why wasn’t any of this enough?
I know that most Americans weren’t really paying attention to him in the 1980s when he was at his prime — I shudder to say “prime,” but then again, donald trump’s “prime” consisted of being a smarmy wannabe mogul known for his giant caterpillar eyebrows, awkward body movements, and wicked white man’s overbite on the dance floor (see video below) — but from 2011 on, did people just fall asleep? Was no one around to hear his crazy birtherism conspiracy theory? That alone should’ve ended his presidential hopes.
The birtherism myth became a public spectacle around 2011–12, arriving arm in arm with the whole trump circus sideshow, and the crazy claims of Obama’s origins only grew more ridiculous over time. But trump’s initial comment sparking this wildfire came on Feb. 10, 2011, during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, when trump said this of President Obama:
“Our current president came out of nowhere. Came out of nowhere. In fact, I’ll go a step further: The people that went to school with him, they never saw him, they don’t know who he is. It’s crazy.”
Ironically, trump was describing himself to a T here — employing one of the basic, primal defense mechanisms he’s been using for as long as he’s been a public figure — by means of psychological projection. Projection is a common defense mechanism that involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings ourselves.
It’s no secret that donald uses all kinds of unhealthy coping mechanisms; psychological projection is just one of them. But the extent to which he uses projection is astounding — something easily unearthed when you begin doing any basic searching into donald’s past.
As I covered in a separate piece, “Yes, trump Really Is An Imbecile,” everything he said about Obama “coming from nowhere,” not doing well in school, not remembered by any classmates, etc., was not true of Obama, but of himself:
Most of his own classmates hardly remember him, but those who do remember him as someone who skipped classes, never served in any type of leadership roles, was “loath to really study much,” would come to study groups unprepared and did not “seem to care about being prepared.” They remember that Trump was barely seen around campus on weekends, remained uninvolved in most campus activities and his picture was even absent from the yearbook.
By accusing others of things we’re guilty of, and especially, something so specific (yet nutty sounding) as “Obama’s classmates never saw him, they don’t know who he is…” you can rest assured that psychological projection is happening.
In his attempts to drag down America’s first black president, trump was projecting in order to cope with his own feelings which he couldn’t come to terms with. I’d be willing to bet it has to do with a subconscious self-loathing, or some deep-seated feelings of inadequacy.
He does this all the time. Blames others of what he’s actually guilty of. Projects all of his specific, epic failures onto someone else, likely, someone he’s painfully jealous of.
Certainly, we all have our own unhealthy coping mechanisms to contend with, but most of us also have good, virtuous parts that help make up for — or at least offset — the bad, unhealthy behaviors. Not only does donald seem to lack any virtues, he also may be the only person we ever know in this lifetime who uses every single unhealthy coping mechanism known to man, and still gets to be installed as President.
So many times should’ve been the end of trump. Like the fact that he tells, on average, 8.3 lies per day. Or, dear God, any of the atrocities spelled out within the 448 pages of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. (Have you read it yet?? You must.) Volume I outlines the entire calculated attack by Russia on our democracy, and Volume II outlines the embarrassingly bad behavior of donald trump as POTUS, along with at least ten episodes that plainly amount to obstruction of justice, which Mueller identified as happening during trump’s presidency.
The more recent and flagrantly racist remarks trump made towards Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib should be unequivocally condemned by all Americans. Like every preceeding egregious act he’s committed, this should’ve been the end of trump. Let’s make sure that 2020 is, at least, the end of his presidency.