It’s hard to read a liar, except to say that more likely than not, he or she is lying.
That means it is open season on speculating about the Trump presidency, and we are not shy about doing so.
- It is hard to tell if Trump is a pathological liar or that he just doesn’t care, much less care about the difference between a lie and the truth. Either way, two of the most powerful men on Earth are now at least facile liars, although we posit that Vladimir Putin is of the pathological kind. And, how will either of them know if the other is lying about their relationship, real or imagined?
One of the many oddities of the Trump transition was how little, if any, he pushed back against his staff or his nominees who disagreed with something he said or tweeted. It’s as if he doesn’t care, that he wasn’t being serious in the first place, doesn’t remember or just didn’t understand there was a difference. That raises a lot of questions?
- What will Trump’s role be as president? How active will he be? Will he let his advisors and cabinet officers and other schedule C employees carry on without him, setting and carrying out policy as they see fit?
- Does that mean he will take part in his own (choke) presidency only when it means he can play celebrity in front of a crowd of admirers? That would leave his advisors and cabinet officers an inordinate amount of power to act on their own, many of which already have indicated they will, as he, play fast and loose with political ethics. And, not the least to worry about, Steve Bannon as his alt-right chief counselor, who also plays fast and loose with the truth, will have will have tremendous power by default.
- What will the oval office look like during his reign? Will there be the same garish golf-leaf furniture and trimmings that we’ve seen in his Trump Tower digs? Are well-educated and highly sophisticated foreign leaders going to upchuck when they see his poor taste in just about everything?
- Is Trump going to be as brutish as he has hinted, that he will do nothing, perhaps even attempt to do harm, to those who did not support him and vote for him?
- What will happen when those who did find out he was just telling them what he perceived they wanted to hear and had no intention, much less care, carrying through with his lavish promises. Already, it seems, his “day one” promises would not be delivered before Monday, he apparently believing that presidents take weekends off. Perhaps he intends to do just that, again leaving the government in the hands of his staff and cabinet.
Then there will be the quality of his pontifications. Our unindicted co-conspirator here, Veritas, sent us this message after President Obama’s farewell address, a memorable one that will be remembered by historians:
“Can you imagine, in your wildest dreams, The Idiot, our president-elect, giving a speech anywhere approaching the grace, the intellect, the power of President Obama’s speech tonight? It is to weep, as I did, hearing his words of hope of pride of inclusiveness of sheer absolute Americanism.”
Sad! So sad!