“The truth is that Trump is a conman – a confidence trickster in the purest form. Remember, the real trick of the conman is not just tricking and embezzling people with fast talk, it is selling people their own ideals, dreams and passions.”
How could Trump surround himself with so many disloyal people? How could he be so ineffectual? by Chris B
SAY what you will about the brazen invasion of the US capital by irate MAGA-philes – but you have to admire the outrageous audacity of the participants, not to mention the sheer entertainment of it all. Chutzpah would probably be a more accurate term – in the blatantly scripted, Hollywood-hype sense of the word.
But it must be acknowledged that the gripes of so-called ‘red America’ are all too real. They’re anger is justified – despite the self-defeating naivety of their actions – having been betrayed continuously by successive administrations over many decades.
Despite their strong ethics, solid productivity and servile patriotism that helped make American great in a long dead distant past, middle American has been sold out, silenced and now left to rot. It’s not only whole towns and communities that have been gutted and fleeced, an entire way of life is in its final death throes.
That’s what those confederate flags are meant to symbolize, and that why Trump’s MAGA mirage has resonated so intoxicatingly. And so the loyal dupes answered Trump’s call to descend on the nation’s capital in the misguided belief they were there to defend their country against a coven of treacherous Satan worshipping child killers who had rigged the election and stolen the presidency. The god-fearing, decent folk of America’s heartland are embarrassingly gullible and were easy targets for a master conman like Trump.
In a cruel parody of ‘patriot pride’, the rapturous cavalcade of revolting Trump loyalists casually wormed its colourful way through the nation’s most secure real estate with the ease – and apparent official cooperation of gay pride rally.
Let there be no doubt that this was clearly more carnival than insurrection, though they were apparently unaware the joke was on them.
The frenzy of colour and quixotic ideologies was strangely evocative of the long lost Grateful Dead cavalcade, an irony not likely recognized by this altogether ‘other’ America whose death is equally assured.
The tragedy they’ve suffered is all the greater for the astonishing speed of the decay, with thriving, socially, religiously and morally secure communities decimated in a single generation. But as much as their betrayal and suffering is real, Donald Trump is sure as can be, not ‘their president’.
He’s just the latest bankster-backed, silver-tongued East Coast establishment liberal whose to swindle them. And he scammed his loyal followers in the most disgracefully cynical fashion imaginable.
The real Donald Trump is everything these people hate. The truth is that Trump is a conman – a confidence trickster is the purest form. Remember, the real trick of the conman is not just tricking and embezzling people with fast talk, it is selling people their own ideals, dreams and passions. It is identifying the target’s greatest hopes, fears, aspirations or laments. then painting themselves as like minded and, more importantly, able to deliver on making those dreams come true – or vanquishing even the most fearsome of threats.
A conman makes his targets’ lives great again. This is why conmen are able to scam even the most astute, switched on of people – because he targets their greatest dreams. So when we hear Trump promising to make America great again, we are not listening to a man who shares the pain, the sense of loss and betrayal of his ‘supporters’. He doesn’t share their social conservatism, humility, religiosity and small town decency, nor their proud Southern traditions and peaceful world view.
What people see in Trump is not Trump at all. It’s a mirror. A carefully crafted camouflage facade mimicking the mannerisms, opinions and aspirations of his targets, the long-suffering conservative ‘middle America. But all of America – a much of the world – was conned.
The Republicans, Tea Party, Q Anon etc. humiliatingly so, But then, Trump’s been conning people all his life and he’s made fools of even the most cautious and cynical of people. After all, Trump learned from the master of con, Roy Cohn, with some extra sparkled and polish thrown in by Roger Stone (credit to Steve Bannon who filled Trump in on the conspiracy realm that would form the back story to his presidency, and the Koch brothers for providing the hard right policy settings essential to giving Trump some semblance of Republican intellectual legitimacy).
But the biggest shout out must surely go to Sheldon Adelson, whose flood of money and vision made the whole Trump illusion possible.Take a bow Sheldon.