Trump’s Predictable Shtick

Peter Beinart, writing for the Atlantic, has an excellent piece outlining Trump’s entirely predictable shtick whenever things are not going his way:

Trump invents a crisis. Then he actually creates one. Then he folds in the negotiations. Then he declares victory. Then what?

The question is whether, when Trump declares victory, he’s merely pretending to have won, or actually believes it. As bad as it would be for a president to deliberately and repeatedly lie to the public, it might be worse for a president to deliberately and repeatedly lie to himself. If Trump wakes up one morning and realizes that, despite the USMCA, American manufacturers are still relocating to Mexico, he might tear up the agreement and provoke a new trade war. The more Trump is forced to admit that his border wall isn’t actually being built, the more likely he is to declare a national emergency, thus creating a legal and even constitutional crisis.

Preventing the cycle from starting all over again might require allowing Trump to maintain his delusions of grandeur. It’s like dealing with small children: It’s safer to let them think they’ve won than endure the temper tantrum that will ensue if they realize they’ve lost. As dangerous as Trump is when he lies, he might be even more dangerous when forced to temporarily admit the truth.”

This article was posted just before Trump actually declared a national emergency in a power grab to find money for his silly wall to defend against the non-existent crisis on the border. Now we have a constitutional crisis.

You’d think Trump’s core supporters would get tired of the predictable Trump script. But looking at reality TV, which follows the same basic format every week, I guess not. Some people are easily entertained.

The rest of America most decidedly is not.

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