JOHN F. HARRIS over at Politico does a piece on ex-President and NYC Real Estate hustler ….
Trump has always been a salesman and someone who embellishes the ‘truth’….
Harris focuses on the Big Guy’s run with knocking the ‘phoniness’ of politics….
‘The Donald’ was above all of that…
He was a ‘successful’ Real Estate guy….
One of things that Trump has to deal with these days is that his efforts to hid all of his bull shit went out the window as soon as he became the American President…
During his time in office the media and investigators began to peel back the skins of Trump’s onion…
It has not been pretty….
Donald J. Trump is a serial liar….
Prosocutors in New York are all 0ver his real estate business and one of them is now saying that the guy should be indicted for his fraudulent actions…
But Harris focuses on the Trump political actions….
Trump has always been a ‘one man band’….
In doing his hostile takeover of the Republican Party?
He used brutal lying attacks to get over….
He attacked EVERYTHING that was NOT about ‘him’ was attacked until people got in line with him….
But he’s the problem…
Harris points out that Trump’s lying being uncovered, has come back to haunt him…
As he keepws crying over losing his second election to Joe Biden…
His conquered Republican lawmakers are beginning to wander away from his orbit….
They have seen thru the Big Guy’s phoniness ….
Trump’s personality and history gave him special ability to make the phoniness indictment. Journalists and biographers have yet to find a chapter in Trump’s 75 years when he might be described as honest in the conventional sense of that word — someone who tells the truth and follows the rules because it is the right thing to do, even when it is disadvantageous to do so.
But just because Trump is someone who is comfortable lying — anyone paying attention has known that since the 1980s — he was not at the outset of his political career defined by artifice. His grandiose self-conception, his vanity, his gleeful satyriasis — these are common traits in politicians, but most would try to hide them from view. Trump put them proudly on display. On the few occasions he was ever scolded into an apology — such as his notorious comments about how women like to be grabbed by famous people — he backtracked quickly. Whatever else you could say about Trump, he was not a phony.
That history comes to mind this week, as Trump rescinded his previous endorsement of the hapless Rep. Mo Brooks, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Brooks’ problem was that he said something that was most likely 100 percent sincere: He believes it is time for Republicans to “put that behind you” and move on from questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, already dismayed by Brooks’ weak standing in polls, denounced him for the decision to go “woke” and not join Trump in insisting that the 2020 election was stolen.
The move put an especially bright light on a trend years in the making: Trump has moved from being the beneficiary of America’s instinctual suspicion that most politicians are phonies who don’t really believe a thing they say, to being the enforcer against politicians who are insufficiently phony in professing blind devotion to him….
One suspects that Trump himself does not realize how far he has drifted from the original source of his appeal as someone who is not connected to a reigning power structure and may lie and even cheat but does not traffic in the usual political B.S. Now Trump is trying to create his own power structure. And, even if one accepts that in his self-delusion Trump really does believe the election was somehow rigged against him, he also says lots of other things that he self-evidently doesn’t believe….
My POLITICO colleagues Tara Palmeri and Alex Isenstadt have both done work highlighting some cracks in that foundation, as revealed by Trump’s clumsy efforts to play boss in his party.
Palmeri described how competing family members, political retainers and wealthy contributors are trying to use their access to Trump to gain endorsements for candidates to whom they have personal ties. The implication was that Trump has been manipulated into dubious endorsements that will expose that his ability to swing elections for supporters or punish opponents is actually more limited than he claims….
In a statement, Trump called the conservative congressman “woke” and cited comments made by Brooks at a rally in Cullman last August, where Brooks echoed Trump’s false claims but told the crowd to “put that behind you” and look ahead to future elections…