By MJ Vara
My take: Trump's performance last night:
When someone is both "evil" (yes, still using that very loaded term as metaphor, but it's on the cusp of being full-on applicable to this administration) and incompetent, their schemes will show...people will see though them because of their inability to put on a poker face; they are thin-skinned, undisciplined, impulsive and Narcissistic.
This has been the "saving grace" with Trump for those of us opposing him --- he is un-refreshingly candid, stupidly showing us his cards (refreshingly so for his supporters, many who are simply "born suckers" and others who share his awful goals but are not savvy enough to hide their own glee).
Trump during his speech to Congress
So, what happened last night is what many of his advisors have been trying to incalcucate in him (in fact, many of them have been leaking stories, as they cannot talk to Trump directly and need to engage in a round-about manner to give him feedback --- most of the leakers are trying to be helpful to Trump): use subterfuge, hide your agenda, keep cool, don't let them see you sweat --- act "presidential," but don't pivot or even moderate your position...just fake it.
Don't buy it folks!
If this is a "new Trump" what's new is simply that he and his henchmen have decided to stop wearing their power trip and glee on their sleeve, and go underground. It is the ultimate fake news! I do not know if Trump can even fake it for long. If he does succeed in this, his numbers will go up among a slice of the population that was disappointed, but ever-willing to "give him a chance."
Have you ever been conned? by a lover, a merchant, a financial offer? Ouch, right?!
Remember: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." How about that other old one: "There's a sucker born every minute."
We should remember Lincoln's words: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
And remember this classic from Mr. Trump himself, before he became a so-called president? This captures Trump's internal dialogue last night (finally, he was able to keep it internal! what big boy he is!): "Stay on point, Donald...stay on point."
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