Trump In His Own Words
If you want to know who he really is, all you have to do is listen to the things he says.
When it comes to the current Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump, one has to accept that no one knows him as well as he does himself. He tells you not to listen to so-called “fake news,” not to believe anything the “mainstream media” says, and is sure that everyone else is telling all of the lies. After the recent events in Charlottesville, he blamed his inability to immediately admonish and distance himself from White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis by saying, “...before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.”
I agree. Let’s compile all of the things we know about #45. And the best way to do that is simply to look at the words that have come out of his mouth.
With aplomb and gusto, here is how the man has presented himself over the years in books, speeches, tweets, etc. It’s hard to know if he still believes everything he has said before, as he is a brazen opportunist, but really, it’s the best we have to go on.
“Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.”—Twitter, 7/19/12 1
“Always know that you can be topped and you can be toppled over.”—Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life 2
“I realize that I set the example.”—Trump: In His Own Words: The Quotations of Donald Trump 3
“Unite to win. Divide to conquer.”—Portable Trump! 4
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts.”—The Art of the Deal5
“I love the poorly educated.”—Campaign event, 2/23/16 6
“I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”—Radio appearance, 4/14/11 7
“The worst things in history have happened when people stop thinking for themselves, especially when they allow themselves to be influenced by negative people. That’s what gives rise to dictators. Avoid that error at all costs. Stop it first on a personal level, and you will have contributed to world sanity as well as your own.”—Real Estate 1018
“The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”—Good Morning America, March 2011 9
“It really doesn’t matter what they (the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”—Esquire, May 1991 10
“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”—Reuters interview, 4/27/17 11
With that, we can make at least a cursory examination of his personal character. He values greed, money, physical beauty, narcissism, exaggeration, lies, ignorance, and easy work. This doesn’t sound like someone very electable, and not someone who should be in any sort of leadership position, yet here we are.
There is no question in my mind that Trump will never read this, much less reply to such a thing, but if he did, I’m sure he would label me a loser with a low I.Q. whose existence is an insult to America herself. He’s always going to think what he wants to think.
If I’m putting it bluntly though, I have done my best as an American for forty years now, working tirelessly in every full and part-time job I have ever held. I have paid my taxes and come from a small line of military servicemen, including a grandfather who won medals as a tail gunner in World War II fighting against the Nazis before returning to the States to roof houses. I have a college degree and a willingness to see the best in people, no matter their race, creed, or religion. I have no qualms about drawing a line between those with violent beliefs and those who morally oppose them. I am just smart enough to know how dumb I really am, and it’s too bad that Trump doesn’t have the same intuition.
This President is not the one to unite this country, nor is he someone who should have been elected in the first place. Time will tell if he gets to serve out his term or leaves in disgrace. No matter what, I am proud to proclaim, with my God-given right to free expression, that this bigoted, selfish, ineloquent imitation of a human being is not my President. He does not speak for me and he does not speak for most of us.
Here’s hoping for good riddance, sooner rather than later.
1. “Mr. President, Jesus Christ on line 1 for you.”
2. Someone needs to stitch this into a pillow for the Oval Office.
3. Do you? Do you really?
4. Doing a fine job so far!
5. Yes, it does. Especially when you make promises to people that you know you will not keep.
6. This is one of two times I have absolutely believed him.
8. I’m looking at you, Trump voters.
9. You and I have very different ideas of beauty.
10. With as much as he talks about the media these days, it apparently really matters what they write. Your move, Melania!
11. This would be the other time I have completely believed him.