aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

On Donald Trump

I suppose if Hillary Clinton had won the Presidency in 2016, I would be as deeply and regularly outraged as my progressive friends are since the election of Donald Trump. On the other hand, I frequently doubt my ability to paint a political opponent – even one as noxious as Hillary Clinton – in quite the stark colors that progressives reserve for Trump.

Trump is a hot mess and not really up to the job, I know. But I kind of see him as King Ralph, the character played by John Goodman in the movie: an entertainer who becomes, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, King of England. No matter how he tries, King Ralph never fits in; nevertheless, he tries his best to do the job while he has it. Trump lacks King Ralph’s humility and likability, but down below all the bluster there are some things to appreciate: it is plain that he loves his country; he sometimes shows a genuineness and a welcome to ordinary people that shows up the faux concern of many politicians; and he’s trying to do the job right (even if that eludes him much of the time). Not only that, but he has the bizarre idea that elected officials are supposed to try to keep promises made to the electorate (crazy, I know). And though his antics seem like they ought to endanger the country at any time, we are in fact living pretty well, the economy is humming, and we are peace around the world. Trump has had something to do with that.

He is not a bigot, a White Supremacist, or any of that other nonsense. Nor, despite all his rhetoric, has he broken all the rules; to take an obvious example, he and his administration cooperated thoroughly with the Mueller investigation, despite his obvious desire to end it. He is exhausting and unconventional, but we’ll survive his presidency. Considering how deeply deluded the Democrats are in what they think they should offer as an alternative (both in policy and in candidates), we may be surviving his presidency for another four years.

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