Governing by gaslighting

Governing by gaslighting

Grand Moff Cheetoface took to his Twitter to lambaste the cost of Boeing's new Air Force 1.

Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!

With predictable results, Boeing's stock took a nose dive.

During the campaign, I made the sardonic joke that Trump was going to pummel us into submission with a string of audacious statements. I wasn't far off. It's exactly what he's doing.

His goal is to not allow any one narrative to take hold. He offers up something outrageous every news cycle—or sometimes two or three times in a day—to keep the media and citizenry unbalanced. He doesn't care that this throws everything into chaos: by doing so, he asserts his control, where everyone dances to his tune. It also drowns out any more important bad news, like his tussle with China, or the recounts. It's not just governing by gaslighting, but governing by shiny objects.

The one thing at which Trump is good is being a carnival barker. He knows which buttons to push, which acts to put on, to get the desired result. He will not only be the most corrupt president this country has ever had, but the most demagogic. The reports that he kept Mein Kampf by his bedside are easier to believe observing how he's run his transition for the past month. He is all about keeping his enemies off-kilter, allowing him to exert dominance.

He himself is not Hitler: He has neither the charisma nor brutal intelligence. However, the people with which he surrounds himself can bend him to whatever path they want. As a man with no core beliefs, he's open to the most recent flatterer. Today he'll say Boeing is making too much money. Tomorrow, after a call from Boeing's CEO, he'll say it's all that's good about America. He will swing whichever way he needs to to keep control. He'll say whatever he needs to say to make sure he's the only topic of conversation. For a narcissist, the Presidency is the ultimate drug. He'll be freebasing adulation and attention for the next four years. 

Meanwhile, the Republic will fracture. As Spandan wrote last night, California is already sending warning shots across Trump's bow. Where California leads, other blue states will follow, further widening the chasm between them and red states. And that's just fine for Trump. He has no special love for this country. We're just another failing corporation from which he can suck revenue. Once he's done, he'll cast off the carcass without a second thought. Congratulations, you 80,000 voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan: You voted to cut all our throats. 


UPDATE: It seems that Trump's tweet about Boeing was engendered because of criticism from Boeing's CEO over Trump's trade policies:

Economic terrorism against a company which criticizes you is more for Putin's Russia than for the United States. But, when you owe your election to Putin's hackers, I guess you take the entire package.



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