From the selection, the election to the detection – how time has trudged. Since November 8, 2016 to present, from the studios of Fox News and CNN to the barstools of the local watering hole amateur psychoanalysis has become America’s favourite pastime. There have been dozens of theories in circulation all geared at answering one question: What is wrong with President Donald Trump? Now it is my firmly held belief that such a question misses the point.
What’s wrong with Donald Trump should be appropriately phrased— What’s wrong with US (us)?
Some inquire if Trump is crazy, others wonder if he is engaged in some deep strategy invisible to mere mortals, while others cannot stop talking. 63 million people voted for this, and make no mistake they knew what they were getting and getting into. From the outset it was obvious that Trump was a not-ready-for- prime -time candidate but he was chosen anyway. We need to come to grips with the reason why. It certainly was not economic anxiety. In May a study co-sponsored by the Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute reported that people who were worried about their jobs voted for Hillary Clinton. People who dislike Mexicans and Muslims, oppose same sex marriage, are mortally offended at a White House occupied by a Black man with a Muslim sounding middle name voted for Trump. That is the reality.
For all that he has not achieved, the President elect has lived up to his signature promise, as clearly America is getting greater by the day. He has indisputably taught Americans to live in a state of perpetual chaos and continual crisis. Daily the White House commands horrified attention as a mansion on fire, or a wrecked Lamborghini. Some of his other promises are also faring well.
The disclosure that the Trump campaign in the person of Donald Trump Jr. did in fact conspire with a hostile foreign power to sway the 2016 election was just another state of routine calamity. Over a million times, it has been said that Donald Trump is a Twitter- obsessed, lying, manifestly incompetent semi-adult. Nevertheless he is the president of the United States because 63 million people preferred that to facing inevitable change. So it is silly to ask ——what’s wrong with him. It’s time we grappled with a far more important question -What in the world is wrong with us?
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