Trump’s trump card to detract from his impeachment and mental instability

 
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31 December 2019 10:24
 

Q:  What is Trump’s trump card played to detract from his impeachment and mental instability?

A:  Start killing ‘enemies of the people’ as Commander in Chief..

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-strikes-on-iran-backed-militia-in-iraq-syria-killed-25/2019/12/30/5185ae2a-2ae9-11ea-bffe-020c88b3f120_story.html

“The U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the Iraqi leader about a half-hour before the strikes to tell him of U.S. intentions to hit bases of the Kataeb Hezbollah militia, Abdul-Mahdi’s office said in a statement Sunday night, adding that the premier urged him to call off the plan.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-maximum-pressure-policy-iran-fail-a9196066.html

 

 

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well THAT would be a classic narcissist move.

 
 
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icehorse - 31 December 2019 04:45 PM

well THAT would be a classic narcissist move.

In your opinion, would Trump’s base of 63 million Americans who voted for him in 2016 approve if he ordered the FBI to close the New York Times?  Would they approve if he had a prominent editor of the liberal media arrested on charges of sedition?  Would the Republican-controlled Senate support executive orders like that just as they presently support his bribing foreign governments to support his re-election in 2020?

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-press-in-the-third-reich

 

 
 
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icehorse - 31 December 2019 04:45 PM

well THAT would be a classic narcissist move.

In your opinion, would Trump’s base of 63 million Americans who voted for him in 2016 approve if he ordered the FBI to close the New York Times?  Would they approve if he had a prominent editor of the liberal media arrested on charges of sedition?  Would the Republican-controlled Senate support executive orders like that just as they presently support his bribing foreign governments to support his re-election in 2020?

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-press-in-the-third-reich

Well there are at least two roles in this dance: the narcissist and the people he sways. And then in this case there is the 3rd role - the politician who might or might not actually be swayed, but who chooses to support the narcissist for their personal political gain.

In general, the narcissists’ ability to sway is shockingly good.

 
 
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unsmoked - 01 January 2020 10:26 AM
icehorse - 31 December 2019 04:45 PM

well THAT would be a classic narcissist move.

In your opinion, would Trump’s base of 63 million Americans who voted for him in 2016 approve if he ordered the FBI to close the New York Times?  Would they approve if he had a prominent editor of the liberal media arrested on charges of sedition?  Would the Republican-controlled Senate support executive orders like that just as they presently support his bribing foreign governments to support his re-election in 2020?

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-press-in-the-third-reich

 

This is the real horror. And the 2020 ballots will reveal its true scope. Trump has contradicted much of the classic conservative platform. Both in terms of personal behavior and policy. He SEEMS to have swayed a lot of people into taking positions that they would have opposed just a few short years ago. And certainly would have opposed if suggested by a different leader. If he really has coerced half this nation into abandoning their core values… the threat of that really can’t be over estimated.

 
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Brick Bungalow - 01 January 2020 10:31 PM
unsmoked - 01 January 2020 10:26 AM
icehorse - 31 December 2019 04:45 PM

well THAT would be a classic narcissist move.

In your opinion, would Trump’s base of 63 million Americans who voted for him in 2016 approve if he ordered the FBI to close the New York Times?  Would they approve if he had a prominent editor of the liberal media arrested on charges of sedition?  Would the Republican-controlled Senate support executive orders like that just as they presently support his bribing foreign governments to support his re-election in 2020?

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-press-in-the-third-reich

 

This is the real horror. And the 2020 ballots will reveal its true scope. Trump has contradicted much of the classic conservative platform. Both in terms of personal behavior and policy. He SEEMS to have swayed a lot of people into taking positions that they would have opposed just a few short years ago. And certainly would have opposed if suggested by a different leader. If he really has coerced half this nation into abandoning their core values… the threat of that really can’t be over estimated.

My sense is that those swayed either never had a solid set of core values to begin with, or that they were stripped away years ago. This is an important aspect of the problem.

 
 
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icehorse - 02 January 2020 08:14 AM
Brick Bungalow - 01 January 2020 10:31 PM
unsmoked - 01 January 2020 10:26 AM
icehorse - 31 December 2019 04:45 PM

well THAT would be a classic narcissist move.

In your opinion, would Trump’s base of 63 million Americans who voted for him in 2016 approve if he ordered the FBI to close the New York Times?  Would they approve if he had a prominent editor of the liberal media arrested on charges of sedition?  Would the Republican-controlled Senate support executive orders like that just as they presently support his bribing foreign governments to support his re-election in 2020?

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-press-in-the-third-reich

 

This is the real horror. And the 2020 ballots will reveal its true scope. Trump has contradicted much of the classic conservative platform. Both in terms of personal behavior and policy. He SEEMS to have swayed a lot of people into taking positions that they would have opposed just a few short years ago. And certainly would have opposed if suggested by a different leader. If he really has coerced half this nation into abandoning their core values… the threat of that really can’t be over estimated.

My sense is that those swayed either never had a solid set of core values to begin with, or that they were stripped away years ago. This is an important aspect of the problem.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-intellectualism_in_American_Life

Trump has knowingly tapped into anti-intellectualism in America.  At rallies across the country he plays to this audience as China gleefully rubs its hands.

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unsmoked - 31 December 2019 10:24 AM

Q:  What is Trump’s trump card played to detract from his impeachment and mental instability?

A:  Start killing ‘enemies of the people’ as Commander in Chief..

quote:

“A number of President Donald Trump’s old tweets that claimed his predecessor Barack Obama would bomb Iran to boost his polling numbers are going viral again after a U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top general.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-says-trump-carried-out-strike-iranian-commander-without-authorization-n1109831

Washington Post article in October 2019:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/17/no-trump-probably-wont-start-war-distract-his-difficulties-heres-what-hell-do-instead/

“But Trump supporters appreciate his reputation for being unpredictable and his bold pronouncements as much as actual results. His base expects him to “shoot from the hip” and values the resulting chaos. That may well encourage more of the same.

As the temperature of the impeachment inquiry and the 2020 election heats up, Trump is likely to play even more to his base, doubling down on his erratic foreign policy behavior.”

 

 

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January 4, 2020.  War is not what it used to be.  Submarines and $13 billion dollar aircraft carriers have been replaced by $500 drones from the hobby shops, retrofitted by farmers to kill feral hogs.  The U.S. Secret Service is now faced with the nearly impossible task of protecting Trump and those around him.  If Trump and Pence were traveling together and suffered the same fate as General Soleimani and his entourage, would Nancy Pelosi become president?

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/military/us-military-evaluates-antidrone-tech 

War is not what it used to be.  Lights out and computers down for NY City?  https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/09/many-u-s-weapons-systems-are-vulnerable-to-cyberattack/

Defense and intelligence officials have for years warned about the potentially catastrophic effects such digital manipulation could have in the event of war. An attacker with such access to U.S. military systems could conceivably alter what U.S. sailors aboard a warship are seeing on their radar screens. They could manipulate computer systems to cause navigational errors or make enemy ships disappear from sensors.

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[ Edited: 06 January 2020 11:14 by unsmoked]