Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

My God, He’s Running As Donald Trump

We warned you this would happen, that this day would come. All the ballyhooed predictions of the Trump pivot, that we’re just waiting for him to get “on message” and stop such childish tactics as Twitter rants and outrageous bursts of verbal diarrhea have come to naught.

A septuagenarian who has lived 45 years by being ever more outrageous, attacking those who dare criticize him, and getting away with it is not about to change now.

Thankfully, there’s only 90 days left. But for those 90 days, you who have devoted yourselves to Trump now own him–or more accurately, he owns you.

The Washington Post reported on Trump’s CNBC interview (click to watch) Thursday morning. About Republicans who refuse to support him, Trump said:

TRUMP: …These are the people that represented us. They know they’re not working for me. I don’t want these people. These people did a terrible job. And they know they’re not getting jobs from me so they’ll go to the other side.

QUICK: But if you look at the polls —

TRUMP: Whatever happens, happens. I’m giving it straight. I don’t know that it will work because I’m a non-political person and I’m proud of that. But I’m giving it straight.

Trump crowed about the fact he hasn’t spent anything on advertising. He’s proud of it. He paints anyone who won’t support him as working for Hillary. What’s even stranger here is that Hillary is open to using Republicans in her administration, to the great chagrin of her progressive base and Sanders supporters.

On calling President Obama the “founder of ISIS,” Trump refused to back off, as is his normal response. In a very real sense, Obama (and Clinton) in their support of the so-called “Arab spring” bear some responsibility for the rise of ISIS. Obama’s tacit ignorance of their popularity and methods may be the biggest blunder of his presidency. But that doesn’t make him a “founder” in any sense, except in Trump’s mind.

But who cares? Trump doesn’t. For him, it’s que sera sera.

TRUMP: Is there something wrong with saying that? Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?

WAPNER: I’m wondering how you think that’s going to play in some battleground states.

TRUMP: I don’t know. Whatever it is it is. Look, all I do is tell the truth. I’m a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth. If at the end of 90 days I fall in short because I’m somewhat politically correct even though I’m supposed to be the smart one and even though I’m supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it’s okay. I go back to a very good way of life. It’s not what I’m looking to do. I think we’re going to have a victory, but we’ll see.

There it is. You get what you get. Trump is running as Donald Trump, just like Jonah Goldberg wrote about Hillary. There’s no redefining or reintroducing Hillary, because she is what she is. And what she is will attract liberals, party hacks, and even some RINOs and anti-Trumpist Republicans.

The problem with fringe Trump supporters–outside his conspiracy-theory-loving, paranoid, low-information voter core–is that their entire argument is based on Trump becoming something he isn’t. He’s supposed to become presidential, because “believe me.”

These Trump supporters have all been had, because he’s never going to be presidential, even if he ever becomes president (and there’s still plenty of time for events to make that a real possibility). So instead of recognizing the con, they blame everyone who didn’t fall for it.

The argument, sadly, now becomes that it is a moral imperative to vote for Trump, regardless of who and what he is, because he conned so many who cannot admit they’ve fallen for a grift. They took the bait, believing a man who utters “believe me” more times than a drunk wife-beater tells her “I’m sorry, baby,” and means it with the same intent.

On November 9, we will wake up to a nightmare of four years of Hillary Clinton, who will claim a national mandate, possibly winning 40 or more states in a tremendous landslide. Donald Trump will “go back to a very good way of life.”

Trump supporters have been played as suckers, marks and chumps. Like all of Trump’s scams, they bought the cardboard cutout, hoping to meet the real thing, only to find out that there’s no difference at all.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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