Every news headline Yesterday, was about how glorious Trump’s speech was on Tuesday night. I was mortified to hear people speaking about Trump with such prestigious adjectives as “optimistic”, “winning” and “presidential”. But then, a mere few hours later, revelations came out that accuse his Attorney General of perjury. Just like that, his glory is snatched right from his fat and orange hands.
Even his harshest critics, like CNN analyst Van Jones, could not stop praising the speech. He said, “But that was one of the most extraordinary moments we have ever seen in American politics…period.”
The moment that Van Jones was referring to, was when Donald Trump acknowledged the widow of a fallen soldier. Even that moment was tainted with scandal, considering that fallen soldier’s father has insinuated that his son is dead because of Trump’s ill planned strategies.
In fact, his speech sort of reminded me of the speeches he gave to his packed rallies during his campaign. Back then, he said exactly what each crowd wanted to hear. As a result, he became president.
Before we raise our hands in salute, and welcome a Trump presidency, let us remember that Trump is a salesman. According to his ex-wife, Trump’s greatest political mentor is a book written by Adolf Hitler. The book is about writing very persuasive speeches.
He knows what to say and who to say it to. He promised the unemployed coal miners that he will make industries power through coal and not natural gas. He promised the unemployed factory workers that he will make all the illegals vanish, and they’ll get their jobs back.
Such promises are nothing more than blatant lies. A lie is useless, if no one believes it. Trump’s lies only worked on desolation row, where sorrow is rampant. Trump fed off of the vulnerability of despair. During the election, his supporters, aptly nicknamed ‘Trumpkins’, were so desperate for hope, they were willing to take a huge gamble on Trump.
Again, his speech sounded golden. Heaps of praise have been dumped on Trump’s doorstep since he gave the speech. Astonishingly though, these political analysts are ignoring the lies in the speech. For example, last night Trump said,
“My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make child-care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.”
His budget cuts aim to achieve the opposite effect. Hours before Trump’s speech, he laid out his plans to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget 24 percent, eliminating programs on global warming, funding activists and some research.Trump’s budget also eliminates different grant programs that are designed to prevent violence against women. PolitcalHaze article
Thus, Trump can say how important women’s health and a clean environment is to him, but one of the first things he did as president was to get rid of government programs that protected such issues.
Trump said that America has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East. He questioned what such an astronomical amount could have done for our country. Except, the amount, according to the Defense Department, so far is $1.7 trillion.
Trump declared that immigration cost US taxpayers “billions of dollars a year.” Though, the report he took that cherry picked fact from actually says that immigration “has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth.”
Trump said a staggering “94 million Americans are out of the labor force”. What he didn’t say in his speech, is that 88.5 million of that number, are either retired, students or stay-at-home parents, who said that they don’t want a job. WTSP article
Trump said this, during his speech,
“Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.”
However, many of these announcements were made before Trump saddled his throne. Print a lie on page one. Tomorrow, there might by a correction on page ten. There was no truth to any of his achievements. Except that by saying them, he appeared praise-worthy. And he got his praise.
Remember the malicious reaction to all of Obama’s speeches!? Imagine if Obama included as many lies in his speech! I don’t think it would go down half as swimmingly as Trump’s speech did. Then again, imagine if Obama was the defendant of a class action fraud suit, or if his wife copied Hillary’s speech word for word!
If Trump is able to win over his most ardent critics with a speech brimming with lies, I think that says a lot more about his critics than it does himself.
Now that his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, will be convicted on perjury trials, that fleeting mood of praise will be gone before it started. To everyone who put aside their disgust for one night, and said, ‘Wow, Donald, that was a helluva speech. Great job!’ Never let your guard down like that again. You must feel stupid this morning.
Also published on Medium.