Everyone I talk to, political types and non-political patriots either begin or end their argument for Donald Trump by saying “Trump can’t be controlled by the establishment.”
Bull crap. Of course Trump can be controlled, as much as a narcissistic sociopath can be controlled.
Every serious background piece ever written about Trump, where the author spent significant time with him, notes that Trump is easily swayed by the “last person he talked to.” In fact, the formula for controlling Trump is very simple.
Flatter him. Tell him how great he is. Then offer to do some great thing using his name where he will make no-risk money. Then be fiercely loyal and defend Trump’s lies and con jobs to others. Then when he trusts you, be the last person he talks to on any given topic.
This is how mental midgets like Corey Lewandowski effectively controlled Trump for almost a year, overruling even Ivanka and Eric, his children. Once you have Trump’s ear, flattery will get you everywhere.
Vladimir Putin has a PhD in international law with a focus on energy policy. Putin can buy and sell Trump with the money in his left front trouser pocket. A KGB agent, Putin can play Trump like a maestro plays a Stradivarius. Trump is so far out of his league against the Russians and Chinese that America cannot possibly win.
Trump has “won” by buying political favors and politicians, by lying to bankers and regulators and by cutting deals with entertainers and media. Of course anyone who buys others is himself for sale.
The orange-tinted sociopath is immune to principled attacks or logical policy arguments. He’s totally open to being bought, but not necessarily with money. It’s actually very easy to buy Trump. Just feed his insatiable ego.
If you think Trump as a reality star and candidate is hungry for being worshipped, if he wins (he likely won’t) he will be more easily controlled than any president in history. But those who control him won’t care about regular Americans.
All the pageantry and worship from those who say Trump is beyond controlling will just feed Trump’s need for more. And when those worshippers are laid off and prices skyrocket, Trump will make a great show of pointing out enemies. But really those enemies will own him, lock, stock and ego.
Such as it is with cult leaders with no principles. They always disappoint and they sell out their followers for a vat of Kool Aid.