From David Frum:

Here’s the part of the 2016 story that will be hardest to explain after it’s all over: Trump did not deceive anyone. Unlike, say, Sarah Palin in 2008, Trump appeared before the electorate in his own clothes, speaking his own words. When he issued a promise, he instantly contradicted it. If you chose to accept the promise anyway, you did so with abundant notice of its worthlessness. For all the times Trump said believe me and trust me in his salesman patter, he communicated constantly and in every medium that there was only thing you could believe and trust: If you voted for Donald Trump, you’d get Donald Trump, in all his Trumpery and Trumpiness.

The television networks that promoted Trump; the primary voters who elevated him; the politicians who eventually surrendered to him; the intellectuals who argued for him, and the donors who, however grudgingly, wrote checks to him—all of them knew, by the time they made their decisions, that Trump lied all the time, about everything. They knew that Trump was ignorant, and coarse, and boastful, and cruel. They knew he habitually sympathized with dictators and kleptocrats—and that his instinct when confronted with criticism of himself was to attack, vilify, and suppress. They knew his disrespect for women, the disabled, and ethnic and religious minorities. They knew that he wished to unravel NATO and other U.S.-led alliances, and that he speculated aloud about partial default on American financial obligations. None of that dissuaded or deterred them.

They all know Trump would be an alarmingly bad president. So why do they support him? Today someone suggested, “It’s white people’s O.J. verdict.”

Speaking of O.J. The documentary “O.J. Made In America” is phenomenal. I’m not talking about the miniseries that garnered Emmy awards recently. I mean this one. It is a riveting piece of documentary filmmaking, and highly relevant to current events.

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Comments
  1. Newt Gingrich: “Donald Trump will pass the test of being adequately competent & will get a big boost in acceptability.”

    Adequately competent. That’s what the GOP aims for anymore.

  2. meursault1942 says:

    Sure, they know. His ardent fans like him because he hates the same people they hate (non-whites, Muslims, etc.). Republicans now back him because, well, he’s the Republican nominee. It is kind of funny to watch conservatives vomit up excuses for how they totally didn’t create Donald Trump with their “belief is truer than fact” outlook and “let’s run the country like a business!” idiocy, nosirree bob, it’s just this thing that happened. Somehow.

    But hey, how about that debate last night? Sad times for the Trumpets. Ol’ Donnie seems to think that “my insane birtherism was totally a gift to you, black people–YOU’RE WELCOME!” is a great bit of spin. He admitted that he doesn’t pay taxes and doesn’t pay people who work for him, and he thinks those are the sorts of ideas we need in the White House. Hell, he even managed to piss off his 4chan/8chan base with the crack about the “400-pound hacker,” which they took rather personally.

    He was clearly very rattled for most of the night (him desperately squawking, “Where’d you get that?” when Clinton brought up Alicia Machado was pretty amazing–that really, really got under his skin, as evidenced by him taking it from bad to worse today), he lied incessantly (which everybody fully expected), and he looked to all the world like a doped-up loser who’s completely out of his depth. Which he is (well, OK, the doped-up part is as yet unconfirmed). Many people are saying it, believe me, it’s all over the place, I have a hotel there, it’s terrible, my son has a computer, call Sean Hannity.

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