It is all about The Donald

Yesterday, the former president was giving a speech during which he again lambasted thirteen Republican representatives who voted in favor of the infrastructure bill. One of those thirteen, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York was in the audience. According to news reports, she was visibly shaken, as she probably knows what it means for the former president to rile up his base.

I called her for a second time this week, on top of my call to thank her for her vote and political courage. I also wanted to thank her for putting America’s interests ahead of those in her own party or at least those of a vocal and fervent base. The second call was to reiterate her courage and ask her to hang in there. We need more people to vote for what they believe is in her constituents better interests and not fewer.

Here is what I also told her. The former president forgets he campaigned in 2016 to pass an infrastructure bill. This is one of the few things I agreed with him on. So, did Democrats and folks like Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders welcomed discussion on infrastructure. Yet, the former president chose to try and take people’s healthcare access away first and foremost. Over four years, nothing on infrastructure happened after making a campaign promise..

Now that he lost the election because he got fewer votes overall and in key states, he is targeting anyone in his party who, in his mind, is helping the opposition. This in middle school behavior, saying I am not going to like you, because you like him. He is siccing his fervent base on them and some use vile threats against this group. Those targeted know this and still voted like they did. Now, why would they do this?

But, back to the infrastructure bill which will be signed Monday. Most Americans want the bill to happen. In fact, the Senate had nineteen Republican votes on top of the thirteen Republican representatives who voted in favor of the bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted for it saying this week it is a “godsend” to the people of the state of Kentucky. Mind you, he did not see this is a pretty good bill for his constituents. He said it is a “godsend.” I will take that as an endorsement.

This former president is reacting like he usually does through the lens of an enormous and fragile ego. How does this bill’s passing affect me? Using a line that can be used with any narcissist, but applies here – it is all about the The Donald. America’s and Americans’ interests are always secondary to that of The Donald’s. That is why extorting other countries for gain and “burning it all down” as his niece said he would to overturn the election are so easy for him to consider and do.

And, for those who believe I am all wet, consider these two things. Why would a person in a leadership position have rallies in February, 2020 when admitting to Bob Woodward on February 7, 2020 that he knew of the dangers of COVID-19. He had several rallies of his most loyal followers, lambasting COVID-19 as a Democratic hoax (that would go on to kill 750,000 Americans), and without letting his most ardent followers know they may be in danger. If that were not enough, he had a big party at the White House later in the year, where about a half-dozen folks caught COVID-19, which may have been where he contracted it.

Why does he do these things? It is an easy answer – the adulation. Full stop. It is all about The Donald. And, Representative Malliotakis and the 31 other Republicans who voted for the infrstructure bill (not just twelve others), thank you for your service to our country.

17 thoughts on “It is all about The Donald

  1. Note to Readers: Here is the latest poll on the infrastructure bill passing as reported by Tommy Christopher of Media-ite.

    “According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday, Americans overwhelmingly support the bill. Respondents were asked “As you may know, the U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan bill to improve America’s infrastructure. Do you support or oppose this infrastructure bill?”

    Overall, 54 percent said they either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the bill, versus 31 percent who said they “strongly oppose ” or “somewhat oppose” the bill — a 23-point margin.

    Among independent voters, the split was close to the overall number, with 53 percent support versus 28 percent opposed. But even among voters who disapprove of Biden, a not-too-shabby 31 percent said they support the bill.”

  2. I watched “Convergence” on Netflix last night. It’s a documentary about COVID from the perspective of many countries. The American viewpoint is from a doctor in Miami – very telling, especially the harm that Trump’s leadership has done.

    • VJ, I have not seen that, but the conclusion is not a surprise. His followers like to point out a couple of good things he did, but his lack of leadership from the outset put us on bad path along with his rather consistent naysaying and other nonsense. Even today, people rationalize his abysmal handling. He put more Americans at risk because of his failure to lead. Keith

  3. You said it all. Old Mitch might be trying to pave the ground for running again but I sure hope he doesn’t make it again. He has lived off the fat of Kentuckians way too long. And if I remember correctly, I took that poll. So many of them lately I wonder what the heck is going on and if what we say is ever used; this gives me hope. Not a lot of hope, but more than I had last year.

    • Angie, agreed on all counts. McConnell has long been the poster child for what is wrong in DC. He has always played both sides against the middle. Seeing that he is more comfortable speaking out against the former president reveals a lot in his calculus. Keith

  4. Thanks Keith for this. While the US has its eye off of the ball and focuses on its navel, other competing power leaders actually strengthen their hold on leadership with real changes to their governmental apparatus.

  5. Note to Readers: It is sad to see that the thirteen Republican reps who voted for the infrastructure bill are getting more and more death threats. This is all due to blind fealty to a former president who truly is undeserving of such. The above poll in favor of the infrastructure bill is telling, but would be even more favorable if the MAGA fans would stop listening and watching sycophants of the former president. But, what do I know? I just think people who know they are going to be vilified that still do the right thing deserve kudos for political courage, a term I would not use to define a wanna-be king named Trump.

  6. I must admit to being at times puzzled as to why folk in the political arena worry about Trump’s comments. True he has gathered a ‘vox populi’ about him, solely based on his decades of media prostitution, but this is all smoke and mirror and as with those who have gone before him (McCarthy, Ross Perot etc) could soon be blown away. One yawn and an idle looking at their phone while listening to him or hearing what he has said would be an effective response.
    Attacking his fragility as a politician is the best tactic.
    Maybe American politicians need to consider the British Play Book, remember how Nigel Farage was once a force? The Conservative Party dismantled UKIP and its woebegone successors and now he hacks on a living on YouTube.
    Perhaps we are far more subtly vicious over here?

    • Roger, your are dead on accurate. The best way to handle a narcissist is to ignore them. I recall the former president wandering the room after a G-20 dinner. No one wanted him at their table and all had made previous arrangements to socialize. This is the night where he wound up at a salivating Putin’s table without an interpreter or someone who could rein Trump in.

      Farage and Trump are peas in pod. Both are blowhards not equipped with a lot of facts. Seeing the movie about Brexit with Benedict Cumberbatch, they implied that neither Farage or Boris Johnson were welcome at the Brexit planning table. I found that to be very telling. They both were seen as cheerleaders, not leaders.


      • G20 and he was with the professionals, hardened ones too. Folk like FDR, Truman and all the way onto Reagan would have chewed him up and spat him out without even looking away from the editorial comments in say The Washington Post.
        As for Johnson he has opportunists labelled right through him. If it meant him keeping his cosy seat in Number 10 he would adopt Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and claim he had invented them.

      • Roger, to your point, arrogance does not make you competent, it just fools you into thinking you are. As for Johnson, the Texans would say “he is all hat and no cattle.” Keith

  7. Note to Readers: Here is the gist of an interview with Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Jake Tapper of CNN today:

    “Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), one of a handful of Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial, said that the former president is an ‘enormous political loser’ who ‘lied to us’ and ‘led us into a ditch’ on Jan. 6.

    Appearing on State of the Union, Gonzalez told host Jake Tapper on Sunday, ‘The cold hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on Jan. 6. The former president lied to us. He lied to every one of us and in doing so he cost [Republicans] the House, the Senate and the White House.’”

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