Opinion | Why Donald J. Trump Continues to “Win”

The latest poll indicates that President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating has improved over the last few months. Why? Booming economy aside, as much as I hate to say it, Trump makes politics fun, at least for his voters.

Trump is a salesperson who handily exploits the innate behaviour of human beings—the propensity towards laziness. We have Siri’s voice helping us with our math, our directions, our memory,  and we now have Trump doing likewise.

Trump inoculates himself and others from the truth by simplifying complex issues, changing the narrative, and of late, simply lies outright, knowing often people will believe things that are repeated loudly and strenuously enough. In other words people are too lazy to “not” believe his rants or his tweets. Trump is his own downloadable voting app. His administration manufactures and disseminates self-interest conspiracy theories waging a counter-truth campaign against mainstream news, and Trump’s base loves it. Trump who has positioned himself as the champion of the everyday person, is lauded by his fans anytime he challenges the norms regardless of outcome. He brands issues and assigns flamboyant names like “Fake News” “Witch Hunt” “Spygate” repeating them until they become part of the everyday parlance, in his attempt to dismantle any credibility of the ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia et al. The latest news, as reflected in the polls suggest the strategy is working.

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Opinion | The Drowning Man

The blood in the hallways of Santa Fe High School is no doubt as crimson as the reality of the present administration. This is not hyperbole, but fact. America is beyond arms reach, arguably ideologically isolated from ally countries by Trump’s leadership. Trump the candidate had promised to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, a promise he unceremoniously fulfilled earlier this month, in doing so destabilized the area and ejected the United States from being considered a fair broker in any negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

While on the campaign trail Trump also promised to increase veterans’ health care. A promise largely unfulfilled. And what about his presidential promise of the war against opioids? It’s been almost seven months since he declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency with no measurable action or gains, instead Mr. Trump prefers to declare war against the media that reports his blunders, the U.S. Post Office, and the world in general. Top of his list remains the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to indict those connected to Trump. Some already pleading guilty. Continue reading “Opinion | The Drowning Man”

Opinion | Sex, Lies, and Giuliani

The Washington Post has tracked Trump’s lies, now in the thousands.  It is evident Trump knew about the payments to Stormy Daniels, and this is how we know.

Over the last week, Mr. Trump’s new attorney, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has engaged in a “storm” of interviews in regard to the Stormy Daniels matter. He has now publicly admitted that Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney, was in charge of handling matters such as Stormy Daniels and whoever else came calling.

Cohen’s indictment seems inevitable, suggesting that he would rather “make a deal” with authorities than do prison time. What does Mueller want that only Cohen may be able to provide? The answer is obvious—Trump and the location of where the proverbial bodies are hidden.

Last month while speaking with reporters on Air Force One, Trump denied any knowledge of payments to Stormy Daniels, providing an emphatic, unequivocal denial. But the president’s denial is logistically impossible if one asks the obvious question—how did Cohen know whom to pay?

Presumably, if Ms. Daniels had approached Trump, Trump must have then directed Mr. Cohen to strike a deal.

In the alternative, if Mr. Trump had confided in Mr. Cohen explaining there was a list of persons whom Trump wanted to “keep quiet”, then Mr. Trump would need to first identify these people for the purposes of Cohen securing their silence.

Either way, it appears Trump was needed in order to steer Daniels and Cohen in each other’s direction. No other explanation makes sense. Ironic that Trump should become the matchmaker in what many believe is his own demise.

Only one question remains. In light of the at least thirteen women who have come forth with allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump, why pay “hush” money to Ms. Daniels?  That becomes the $130,000 question that no interviewer has asked.

 

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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.

Opinion | Trump’s Women

The morning after Stephanie Clifford, AKA Stormy Daniels the “stripper porn star” appeared on 60 Minutes giving rise to their highest rating in ten years, a group of women, steadfast Trump supporters shared their own views with CNN on who Americans should believe. These women have vowed to stand by their president.

In spite of Trump’s usual rhetoric ranging from NFL players kneeling to Amazon needing to be reigned in, it is the Stormy Daniels debacle that has given way to the president’s first seemingly self-imposed vow of silence, not having tweeted a single character in regard to the allegations of infidelity that took place over a decade ago. At the time, Trump was already into his third marriage and a new father. Infidelity is not so much the issue, even if we ignore the moral implications, but where the president’s exposure is buried is in the allegation that he tried to buy Daniels’ silence for $130,000 just days before the 2016 election. This act may be tantamount to an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign. Political repercussions abound.

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Recap of Articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

 

Recap of articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

Opinion | Demolition Man: the Smash-Up Derby of Trump’s presidency

 

Crash bang smash ‘em up, put ‘em back again.

Smash bang crack ‘em up, its crash up time my friend!”

There is a game from my childhood called Smash-Up Derby. It was the only gift Santa did not bring me…until now. The game’s concept was simple—two toy cars get smashed together again and again. You could send them rocketing into walls, tables, and chairs—as their doors and engine hoods blew off on impact, only for you to snap them back together for the next round. The commercial’s jingle — “Bang, crash, smash ‘em up!… Smash-Up Derby is fun!” is the same song echoing through the White House as Donald Trump continues to bang, crash, smash ‘em up with everyone from world leaders to his own Secretary of State. It’s “crash up derby time” for Trump. Continue reading “Opinion | Demolition Man: the Smash-Up Derby of Trump’s presidency”

Opinion | Where is Heather Heyer?

It’s moving too fast. Things are getting lost, shuffled to the bottom of the deck. The media has adopted a “hit and run” approach to events and people like Heather Heyer have become the victim, both figuratively and literally. In August, a white supremacist drove his car through a crowd protesting against hate. Sadly, Heather Heyer, only 32 years old became the victim of the very thing she opposed.

So often the big things, the life-changing moments become buried in the covfefe of a president who thrives on obfuscation and celebrity. These are drugs to him, on the level of opioids, the coverage of which has also been lost to obscurity, but one tragedy at a time. Continue reading “Opinion | Where is Heather Heyer?”

Trump’s “Mad Dog” Antics Earn Him Timeout in the Pound or the Lady Vanishes

WARNING: This article will intentionally misdirect you.

If you’re like most people, over the last week you’ve been looking at the wrong thing. Thinking the wrong thoughts, tuning into the wrong programs. Democrats have shouted for Trump’s impeachment or at very least his resignation. Even Republicans have leveled criticism at their leader. If this has been the object of your attention, again, with due respect, you’ve been looking at the wrong thing. Rather like the intentional misnaming of this article, Trump’s actions are simply misdirection. Continue reading “Trump’s “Mad Dog” Antics Earn Him Timeout in the Pound or the Lady Vanishes”

Why Now?

April 4, 2017 Photo of the day. Photo Credit Benjamin Applebaum

Over 2000 years ago Plato asked what turned out to be the most prophetic question in modern politics. Philosophy majors will remember Plato’s allegory of the cave. “What if you believed that the shadows you saw on the walls of the cave was reality, when in fact it was not?” This of course was the premise of 1999’s film, the Matrix, where our hero is given a choice—take the blue pill and live in the ignorance of the “make-believe” world around him, or choose the red pill to see the world as it really is. In light of the current administration which pill would you take?

Trump once boasted that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and “shoot somebody” and not lose any votes, to which his voters applauded. On June 21, during Mr. Trump’s most recent campaign style rally, the president defended his reasons for having almost committed the moral equivalent. Again the crowd applauded. Continue reading “Why Now?”

Donald Trump: a Blunt Instrument in the Operating Theatre of Politics

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Where most Western leaders approach situations with a certain amount of foresight, President Donald J. Trump barges in, no different than the Wall Street Bull of recent interest in the press. The political stage is Trump’s china shop.

Trump’s approach does not influence people, nor make him friends, but to Trump supporters—it’s gold. What continues to drive Trump’s roughshod approach to problem solving and why do Trump supporters continue to cling to the proverbial wall he has built around all reason? Continue reading “Donald Trump: a Blunt Instrument in the Operating Theatre of Politics”