Trump, Act Three

Trump is about to enter his third act, where the hero overcomes impossible odds to win. Of course, this is the fantasy movie script Trump is producing. Whether reality comports to his movie version is a very dubious bet.

My kids and I like to watch movies and I point out where the acts begin and end. For example, in “Frozen,” I am pretty sure the first act ends when Queen Elsa sings “Let It Go” and the ice palace doors slam (“The cold never bothered me anyway”). The second act ends when Elsa is knocked out by the falling chandelier, with a snap cut to black. In the third act, the real villain is exposed, the plot twists, Elsa escapes, and we bolt to the climax.

Trump, act one, I believe ended in at the New Hampshire primary. We saw the characters developed, The Donald triumphant, rebounding from defeat in Iowa. We saw him defy the system by skipping a debate.

Act two began with Trump’s buzz saw through the south, taking out every opponent except Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Act two carried us all the way through the convention, to right now. We are now at the snap cut to black, the curtain draw, the crisis point.

Begin act three. The Olympics end, and politics takes center stage once again. The campaign never totally left, as Chris Cillizza reported, from his vacation–even there Trump intruded. The fight now turns to working-class states like Pennsylvania. Boring Hillary brought Crazy Uncle Joe Biden to stump for her. He called Trump “dangerous” and “un-American.”

“He’s even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the violentest dictators of the 21st century,” Biden said. “He woulda loved Stalin.

Biden said that Trump could not be trusted with the nuclear codes (after saying that the man holding the nuclear codes was actually in the room in case something happened to the president in Biden needed them.)

“He is not qualified to know the code, he can’t be trusted,” Biden said. Biden then brought up his late son former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden who served in Iraq.

“I was proud my son Beau served for a year in Iraq,” Biden said. “I must tell you had Donald Trump been president I would have thrown my body in front of him…to keep him from going if the judgment was based on Trump’s decision.”

In just a few sentences, Biden hit Trump on trust, Russia, nuclear holocaust, Iraq, and Gold Star families. These are the issues we can expect the Democrats to pound, over and over again, to make Trump look like the boogeyman. (Trump isn’t a boogeyman, he’s more a booger-eater.)

Biden didn’t mention Trump’s taxes. The “release your taxes” issue doesn’t have legs. Yes, it’s probably the most damaging possible ammunition against Team Orange Bozo, but Trump is not going to release them. And there’s very little public outrage about that, so the Democrats might try to have the media push it–but there’s just no shelf life. Trump knows this, by the way.

It’s really all about which candidate can make the other one look scarier, which I admit is a tall order.

Trump cannot get any lower than he is, and I believe he’s daring the GOP to abandon him. I hope it happens, for the sake of the party, but Trump really intends to go this alone. It’s how the movie is supposed to end.

Here’s his plot outline, what Trump will focus on for his final act:

  • Hillary is corrupt. She rigs everything she touches. The DNC is corrupt because of her. Look at what happened to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • The media is in Hillary’s pocket. They are corrupt. They want to rig the general election. Don’t believe them.
  • The polls are corrupt. They are skewed because they are paid for by the corrupt media. Don’t believe them.
  • Politicians in general are crooks, liars, thieves. Don’t trust them.
  • Liberals will turn this country into a lawless, borderless, broke country beholden to our European masters and China.
  • Liberals will allow ISIS to thrive and continue attacking us.
  • Hillary is a sick, crazy old woman who has no way to stop any of this.
  • Hillary sold out to all the corrupt special interests who will call the shots.
  • “Believe me.”

The most powerful weapon Trump has is the truth–all of his points have a large element of truth, except the last one. We cannot believe Trump, because he’s following his movie script, not reality. He will say anything to have people believe him.

The power of Trump’s act three is that it’s totally based on the truth. Google “Trump I am a truth teller.” He’s been saying this for months.

When a CNBC host suggested that such rhetoric might not play well in battleground states, Trump insisted that his commitment to the truth took precedence over political expediency.

“Whatever it is, it is,” Trump said of the effect his comments might have on undecided voters. “I’m a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth. And if at the end of 90 days, I’ve fallen short … it’s OK.”

This is the final act. Trump will tell the truth and expect people to believe him. He expects to come roaring back in the polls as external events and Clinton’s statements bolster his case. He expects to, at the last possible moment, win.

The problem with this is the same problem I’ve always had with Trump. Once he wins, he no longer cares. He says he will represent the United States, that in the past he’s only fought for Donald, but now it’s different. It won’t be. If Trump wins, he will be a burning pit of disaster for the country.

But to Cheeto Jesus, it’s never been about America, it’s always been about winning. Welcome to Trump, Act Three. Get me a box of Raisinettes and some Twizzlers, please, because I’m headed to the bathroom.

P.S. If the media really wants to hurt Trump, they should do what I suggested a few weeks ago, and shun him. Denying Trump media attention will completely short-circuit his entire plan. Of course, it has a cost: ratings. People won’t watch Hillary, and unless there’s other news to fill 24 hours, America will have to go back to sitcoms. CNN might not last the 90 days and shareholders will complain. But a media shun would make it impossible for Trump to come back, period.


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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