I have a suspicion, and it lingers in the back of my head. Do you agree that if Donald Trump loses, he will be the sorest loser in American history? Is Trump such a sociopath that perhaps America would be better off if Trump won the election because he’d no doubt be a #whinylittlebitch (courtesy of Bill Maher) if Hillary beat him?
Trump has run his presidential campaign like a monster truck barreling down the middle of the road, playing chicken with every other candidate. He called them names and emasculated them with extemporaneous abandon, and lied about everything that seemed to momentarily inconvenience him. He said stupid things, offensive things and reprehensible things, but at double the speed limit.
And it worked. The entire field of Republican candidates swerved out of the way, and Trump lifted his truck’s suspension even higher with the Party of Lincoln’s now-ironic presidential nomination. Trumpism is hyper-masculinity; self-destructive machoism.
Consider the recent Maureen Dowd interview with Trump, and its cornucopia of warning signs that Trump will not accept anything less than victory in November.
This is what he had to say on Michael Bloomberg:
“A guy who didn’t have the guts to run for president. Little Michael. He doesn’t know anything about me. But he never had the guts to run. He probably wished he did but he didn’t. He spent millions of dollars on polling but he was missing one thing: guts. Little Michael.”
It doesn’t matter to Trump that Bloomberg was a successful mayor of New York City for 12 consecutive years, or that Bloomberg has had a more successful business career. Trump is ahead of him in the race for the Presidency—even if Bloomberg didn’t run—and he attempts to emasculate Bloomberg with the nickname “little.”
On President Obama:
“In many ways, I like Obama. It’s hard to define. There’s something about him I do like. I’m embarrassed to admit it. I give him a lot of credit. It’s very unique and very hard to do and I give him tremendous credit. He became a two-term president of the United States. He’s got some quality going.”
Trump has smeared President Obama throughout his entire campaign, as well as during his Birther Movement campaign feint in 2012. His campaign’s theme, “Make America Great Again,” is a direct rhetorical repudiation of the last eight Obama years. But the only thing Trump can consciously pinpoint about Obama that he respects is Obama’s election winning streak. Which makes Trump forget, however briefly, his “crippled America” talking points.
On Khizr Khan:
“I’d like to hear his wife say something.”
It’s the perfect way to deflect Khan’s effective criticism: religio-ethnically stereotyping him. Deflection is the textbook Trump move, and it can often be seen deployed variously throughout the debates and interviews in which Trump participates. This quote is truly a testament to Trump’s detestable, ultra-competitive character, as he has no sympathy for the Khan family’s sacrifice for America as long as the Khans are not singing his praises. The media is doing a service to America’s soul by criticizing Trump’s sociopathy on this one.
On Bernie Sanders:
“I think he wanted to go home and go to sleep. I’d like to hear his wife say something.”
It appears Trump really liked that line. Another attempt to emasculate, this time with ageism.
On Hillary Clinton:
“I’m feeling she’s not going to get in. I have a strong feeling about it. I don’t think she has what it takes. I watched her last night. It was hard to watch. I was falling asleep. It beats Sominex every time. She could barely beat Bernie. The system is rigged. It’s a terrible thing.”
If Trump beats Hillary it will be because of sheer force of will. Trump doesn’t want to lose more than Hillary wants to win. And his white-male political base swoons over Trump’s zealotry in the invented 1950s Vs. 2010s culture war they are fighting in their heads. He is a clan leader.
America is getting more multicultural—no matter how angry that makes some feel—so what matters is how the white majority reacts to plurality status. Trump’s political vision is a renewed American apartheid: no Muslims, no Mexicans, policed blacks, and a muzzled freedom of expression for everyone else. Trump has eschewed neoconservatism for a new foreign policy, pariahism. The Republican Party has been so busy brainlessly calling President Obama “divisive” that the GOP still has not noticed Trump’s divide-and-conquer dictator schtick…we’ll all seen this documentary before.
As the self-proclaimed “law & order candidate” Trump has branded himself as a pavlovian bludgeon of blind faith power. Make America Great Again. How? He’ll do what he has to do.
But how does one convince a mob that their country has become a hellhole and they can tell who is responsible for it simply by looking at them, and lose graciously? Perhaps a clue lies in Trump’s habit of claiming everything is rigged. He’s not going to be a good sport about it.
Bonus interview quote, on his tax returns:
“I will release my tax returns after the audit.”
Even the most committed Trump supporter in America has to interpret this as an obvious lie.