OK. I understand why Congressional Republicans running for office won’t criticize Trump. They run the risk of getting kicked off the gravy train: a hefty salary, better health insurance than most of us can afford, a fat pension, a luxury lifestyle paid for by wealthy donors, and absolutely no accountability to have to DO anything. If, God forbid, they were voted out of office, they might actually have to work for a living (unless they got hired as million-dollar-a-year lobbyists).
But I don’t understand why my Republican friends, who are decent, well-educated people, continue to support a president who is an incorrigible, pathological liar and narcissistic egomaniac.
Set aside the factual whoppers: more people attended his inauguration than the inauguration of any other president; the Trump Tower has 68 stories (it really has 58); the U.S. has the highest tax rate in the world; the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years; The Art of the Deal is the best-selling business book in history; the number of illegal immigrants in the United States is 34 million; thousands and thousands of people were cheering in Jersey City, N.J. as the World Trade Center collapsed; the unemployment rate may be as high as 42 percent; Trump University received an “A” rating from the Better Business bureau… the list goes on and on.
Clearly he believes his own lies. As he described them in The Art of the Deal, they are just “truthful hyperbole.” But how can someone create sane public and foreign policy if he has so little awareness of factual reality (or history, for that matter)?
But most frightening, Trump’s self-image, based on his own statements, is bizarrely out of touch with reality. Rex Tillerson is right. Trump IS a moron. Just check the quotes, from his recorded speeches and tweets on the right. Do you really think this guy is sane?
On November 7 we need to vote for elected representatives with the courage and wisdom to say “No!” to the most dangerously toxic president we’ve ever elected.