TRUMP SYNDROME …

I swore I would never pull the lever for Donald Trump for all the veiled reasons Meryl Streep laid out for us …in her seven thousandth acceptance speech …where she sets us straight on a few things. Thanks Meryl. Please send me some tips on what to have for breakfast …I need your opinion on my everything in my life. Anyway …

I have a special needs daughter and I work with veterans. Mr Trump disparaged both of those groups during his campaign. And it kind of took my breath away.

I kept wondering why people stayed with him. But I watched …and listened. I had discussions and tried to steer clear of arguments. I took it all in. And by the time he won, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.

I’m still not telling anyone who I voted for (or if I even voted at all). But Mr Trump’s victory still intrigues me. HE still intrigues me. And the fact that a legend in her field would dedicate her lifetime achievement award to commenting on HIM, rather than creating her own historical, timeless moment …is intriguing to me.

Personally, nobody gets to live in my head cheaply enough to wreck my lifetime achievement award speech. But clearly, he’s STILL making great real estate deals.

I believe I was the FIRST blogger to assert that I think the man has a personality disorder or some sort of special need (maybe even on the Autism spectrum). But guess what? He’s about to be the president, now. And there’s a reason for it.

Over the holidays, I was in contact with some unlikely Trump voters, who you would never guess were on his side.

I spoke with several minorities as well as (God forbid) entertainment folk, who all either secretly voted for the man or completely get why he won (even if they didn’t vote for him), and would prefer no one know it. The irony is they don’t want anyone to know it for the EXACT reasons Trump opposers are scared out of their minds right now. They are afraid of being discriminated against and yelled at and lectured to and made fun of and even harmed, physically. The wrath of the tolerant is often too much to bear when things don’t go their way. As we saw last night, it always shows up at Hollywood award shows. And sometimes the darkest side of it shows up on Face Book live …but I digress.

In all the unlikely Trump voter cases I just cited, nothing about Hillary Clinton’s hacked or leaked emails made the difference to them. It wasn’t about her alleged corruption. It wasn’t about her being shrill (that’s not alleged …that’s for real). It wasn’t about her owning a vagina. It wasn’t about style points or pant suits or the Democrat machine not messaging to them correctly.

It also wasn’t about Donald Trump’s crazy uncle routine. None of the people I mentioned, crossed over for Trump because they wanted to see minorities silenced or the clock set back a hundred years or any of those well-worn cliches. In fact, most of them voted for Trump IN SPITE of having to roll their eyes at his tweets and public statements every other day. In every case I’ve mentioned, it came down to a couple of things: reversing current policy and getting rid of the status quo.

All the people I know who secretly voted for Trump did so with trepidation. None of them want to have to own the crazy tweets at 2 am. ALL of them wish he would stop yelling at SNL. And they all pretty much know he’s probably a world-class jerk they would not want to have dinner with.

But you can’t go 8 years without cracking 3% GDP and not have people feel it. You can’t have an unsafe America and it not shake people to their core. You can’t have a culture spinning into chaos without people reaching for something to steady them. People know subconsciously that this – America – is the last stop. If THIS ship goes down …there’s no place left to go. And people are feeling the starboard bow dip …at the very least, they’re hearing the ice berg scrape the hull.

And so, unlikely groups of people went to the polls and gave this unlikely guy a chance. And if you’re in the arts and don’t understand why …then you’re too insulated.

Everything Ms Streep said in her speech was correct on its face. But she never has to juggle utility bills and isn’t stressed about her health insurance rates going beyond her ability to own a policy. She’s not worried about going to a mall and getting capped by some self-radicalized maniac.

But the rest of America is in enough crisis – enough real crisis – to have turned to a guy they would’ve never considered in different times. If you want to measure presidential legacies, look no further than the arms into which they drove the country. Want to know how we felt about Nixon? Look at Carter. Want a sense of what we needed after Carter? Look at Reagan. And if you’re trying to reconcile the legacy of Barack Obama …I give you Donald Trump.

So, the 45th person to take a shot at this will take the oath in a little more than a week. And we will all move on into uncharted waters with him …whether we like it or not. And we’re probably going to have to endure speech after speech by celebrities who are pretty immune to the day-to-day struggles of middle Americans …for at least the next four years. Then we’re going to have to watch our president tweet something sophomoric back at them and call geniuses in their field “overrated” and never allow himself to be the bigger man.

Yep …THIS is where we are.

Having said all that, believe it or not, I have an odd feeling we will be strangely fine. I’m a big believer in the American system and the American people. We’ve survived a lot of crazy in our two-hundred and forty-one years. And Donald Trump, for all his faults (which are legion), does manage brands pretty well.

Now, his brand is the United States of America. I’m curious to see how he manages it. My hunch is it won’t be unlike how Howard Hughes managed a multi-billion dollar empire from a chair in a movie theater, completely nude and stacking and re-stacking Kleenex boxes. Still …

My diverse and multi-dimensional friends are curious about this as well. They found themselves voting for someone they didn’t really like …to hopefully restore a country they love.

So far, his pre-oath actions have been a mixed bag for me. Some of it I have found to be brilliant. Some of it has been very non-presidential. Some of it has been downright disturbing. Most of it has been unconventional. But ALL of it has been interesting. And we’re just getting started.

I may be the only person in America (or the world) who doesn’t have passionate feelings one way or another about the upcoming presidency (my feelings for the MAN, not withstanding). Mainly, because I don’t really know what Donald Trump is. He’s DEFINITELY not a conservative. But he’s not really a liberal. He’s not an actual Republican. But he’s not an actual Democrat.

As a person, he’s a petri dish of contradictions and “issues.”

But if you’re looking at him through any of those lenses, you’re missing the point of what’s actually happening right now. What is happening right now is something we’ve only seen in the movies Meryl Streep says are better than MMA or the NFL (clearly, she hasn’t seen enough of either). The 3-minute, elevator pitch is the perfect “high concept” for Hollywood: “What would happen if an eccentric billionaire/global real-estate tycoon, who had NEVER held any public office (local or state), ran for president of the United States …and won?”

Well, we’re are all about to find out …together. And all the speeches in Hollywood aren’t going to change it.

R

Oh …and PS – He’s not Hitler. Neither was Obama. Neither was Bush. Shut up.

137 thoughts on “TRUMP SYNDROME …

  1. Thanks for your insightful, sensitive thoughts about the people who elected Trump. It’s horrific that they might be made to feel afraid that they voted for Trump … grace and peace to them. I’ll take this opportunity to apologize for whenever I contribute to their fear.
    However, it felt like you were being insensitive to those exact same deep fears from people of the other political side when you ended your piece by saying “Shut up.” Could Streep be dedicating real estate in her head, and award show comment time, to Trump because of those same deep fears? You even referenced how you know that people on both sides are really afraid!
    I’m also curious if you have ever personally had to suffer as a result of living close enough to someone with a personality disorder. That type of existence might be more terrifying than what you imagine. I directly ask you: please consider researching even more about persons who struggle with a personality disorder.
    And no, Trump is not Hitler, but Trump (unfortunately) did just get mentioned by the international Human Rights Watch in their annual report — “The Dangerous Rise of Populism” by Kenneth Roth. This is just one (small?) example of some really scary stuff out there to be mindful about as we deal with the Trump presidency.
    Yes, the USA has survived a lot of crazy, but perhaps we’ll only survive going forward with lots and lots of listening on both political sides. To grossly over-simplify what can happen when someone with a personality disorder is in charge, people can get outrageously mad at each other over how to handle the issues, then entire groups/systems/structures can unravel and disintegrate. If we don’t love and respect each other (no matter what), then I’m not at all sure that this nation will emerge unscathed.
    I’m really scared, and no, I won’t shut up. I’m glad you won’t either.

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    • Hi Sally, I am one of the people who voted for Trump and I am happy today that I did,
      I am replying to you so you can re-read when he said Shut Up, he was telling us that Trump, Obama nor Bush was
      Hitler…….so shut up…..that’s to all of us

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    • Repeatedly called a deaf actress “retarded” and sexually harassed her on the set of The Apprentice

      Told two 14-year-old girls, “Wow! Just think—in a couple of years, I’ll be dating you.”

      Suggested a reporter who accused him of sexual assault wasn’t attractive enough to assault

      Falsely claimed Bill Clinton “had to pay an $850,000 fine” to Paula Jones after she accused him of sexual assault

      Falsely claimed he won “every poll” after the second presidential debate

      Falsely claimed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency endorsed him

      Falsely claimed the Iran nuclear deal made Iran rich

      Falsely claimed the U.S. economy is experiencing its slowest growth since 1929
      Lies 

      Falsely claimed his opponent was “seen laughing on two occasions” at a 12-year-old rape victim

      Posted a tweet urging voters to “check out [a critic’s] sex tape,” then denied it during a debate

      Said he would force the military to commit war crimes  /see video

      Said about women, “You have to treat ’em like shit” See video

      Proposed to create a database system to track Muslims in the U.S

      Said a U.S.-born judge couldn’t be impartial because of his “Mexican heritage” 

      Advocated assassinating terrorists’ families 

      Advocated waterboarding as punishment even if it doesn’t help gain information, because “they deserve it anyway”

      Said women should be punished for having abortions  See video

      Urged supporters to beat up protesters at his rallies 

      Made fun of a reporter’s physical disability  See video

      Promised to deport U.S. citizens whose parents immigrated illegally, in violation of the 14th Amendment

      Advocated shutting down mosques 

      Called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. 
        
      Described global warming as a hoax perpetrated by “the Chinese” for competitive reasons

      Responded to the murder of 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub with “Appreciate the congrats for being right on Islamic terrorism”   

      Suggested the U.S. should reduce its debts by partially defaulting on them

      Fraternizes with avowed white supremacists on Twitter

      Called Mexican immigrants rapists 

      Endorsed torture 

      Refused to sell any of his more than 500 businesses, creating unprecedented conflicts of interest

      Disparaged Sen. John McCain’s military service because he was captured by the North Vietnamese 

      Defended FDR’s internment of Japanese Americans 

      Refused to release his tax returns during the campaign

      Retweeted bogus crime statistics that wildly inflated the rate at which blacks kill whites

      Suggested that supporters who attacked a homeless Hispanic man were “very passionate” and “love their country” 

      Blamed sexual assault in the military on “put[ting] men and women together”

      Repeatedly suggested that President Obama might be a Muslim

      Referred to Tiananmen Square demonstrations as a riot and said the Chinese government’s response “shows you the power of strength”

      Claimed he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks 

      Doesn’t know how many articles are in the Constitution

      Called an attorney who requested a break to pump breast milk “disgusting” 

      Doesn’t pay his bills

      Proposed to change libel laws to make it easier to sue media organizations

      Praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un  See video

      Barred reporters from campaign events for unfavorable coverage 

      Described Fox debate moderator Megyn Kelly as having “blood coming out of her wherever” 

      Said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose voters” 

      Questioned President Obama’s American citizenship, bringing the “birther” campaign into the mainstream 

      Named and threatened former students who criticized Trump University

      Bragged about the size of his penis during a primary debate 

      Didn’t immediately disavow an endorsement from KKK leader David Duke

      Claimed he’s donated $1 million to veterans’ groups, although none received any money until reporters began investigating

      Didn’t know the meaning of the term “Brexit” less than a month before the U.K. referendum on leaving the EU

      Posted a link to Facebook promoting the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration actively supported al-Qaida in Iraq

      Founded Trump University, which a salesman called “a fraudulent scheme [that] preyed upon the elderly and uneducated”

      Said, “It doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”

      Advocated plundering oil from Iraq, Libya, and other oil-rich countries invaded by the U.S., in violation of the Geneva Conventions

      Named himself as his primary consultant on foreign policy 

      Refused to take care of his children, saying that husbands who change diapers are “acting like the wife”

      Refused to rule out using nuclear weapons against ISIS

      Claimed he’s donated $102 million to charity, although journalists have been unable to find evidence of any substantial donations 

      Said of Carly Fiorina, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

      Approvingly repeated a tall tale about a U.S. commander ordering the execution of Muslim insurgents with bullets dipped in pig’s blood

      Refused to condemn anti-Semitic attacks on journalists

      Paid campaign money to family members and his own businesses

      Advocated withholding free public education from insufficiently studious kids

      Told a female contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees”

      Suggested that he might refuse to serve as president if elected 

      Speculated about his 1-year-old daughter’s future breasts 

      Said, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her” 

      Proposed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants

      Hired a suspicious number of advisers who have done work on behalf of Vladimir Putin

      Has repeatedly done business with figures linked to organized crime

      Claimed that American Muslims knew about the Orlando nightclub shooter and San Bernardino terrorists before the attacks 

      Didn’t understand the phrase “nuclear triad” during a primary debate 

      Pointed out a black supporter and said, “Oh, look at my African American over here” 

      Kept a collection of Adolf Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed (google it).

      Said that “maybe” his employees should feel they have to return quickly from maternity leave or risk being replaced 

      Suggested the U.S. won’t come to NATO allies’ military aid

      Proposed to compel Mexico to pay for a border wall

      Praised Saddam Hussein for being good at killing terrorists 

      Called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five teenagers later exonerated of rape and assault

      Threatened Amazon as payback for negative coverage in the Washington Post 

      Praised the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU because a falling pound would be good for his Scottish golf course

      Suggested that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy  See video

      Tweeted an image that originated on a white-supremacist account containing a star of David over a background of money 

      Read out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s personal phone number in a campaign speech 

      Quoted in a 1991 book as telling a colleague that “laziness is a trait in blacks”

      Subjected his then-wife Ivana to what she described in a deposition as rape, although she later said she didn’t mean the word literally

      Said that the U.S. military should withdraw from Japan and South Korea and allow those countries to defend themselves with nuclear weapons

      Called for the construction of a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent immigration  See video

      Tweeted: “Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

      Has been a plaintiff in at least 1,900 lawsuits and a defendant in 1,450 more

      Suggested that Bill and Hillary Clinton conspired to murder aide Vince Foster

      Believes the world would be “100 percent” better if Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi were still in power

      Reportedly asked national security advisers why the U.S. can’t use nuclear weapons

      Directed a female employee not to take lunch orders when visitors came to Trump Tower because he found her insufficiently attractive

      Publicly shamed a Miss Universe winner for gaining weight 

      Told his security team to confiscate protesters’ coats and “throw them out into the cold”  See video

      Repeatedly claimed, falsely, to have opposed the Iraq war 

      Sold Trump University and Trump Institute courses that relied on plagiarized materials

      Included the head of the white nationalist American Freedom Party on a list of California delegates

      Compared his “sacrifices” as a businessman with those of parents whose son was killed in war  See video

      Earned millions from failing casinos by shifting the debt burden to investors

      Filed for corporate bankruptcy four times

      Claimed there’s “no real assimilation” of “second- and third-generation” families from the Middle East

      Tried to set up an investment partnership with Muammar Qaddafi

      Argued that the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub could have been prevented if patrons had been armed 

      Claimed, falsely, that President Obama “issued a statement for Kwanzaa but failed to issue one for Christmas”

      Has insulted 239 candidates, journalists, organizations, countries, sitting politicians, and celebrities on Twitter

      Wished for a housing-market crash

      Took out advertisements alleging that the “Mohawk Indian record of criminal activity is well documented” to fight competition for his casino business

      Used contributions to the Trump Foundation to buy a helmet and jersey signed by Tim Tebow for $12,000 at a charity auction

      Said, “Refugees are trying to take over our children” by telling them “how wonderful Islam is”

      Called Rosie O’Donnell a “big, fat pig” 

      Called the decision to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill “pure political correctness”

      Greeted a Miss Universe contestant with a kiss on the lips, which she called “gross” and “inappropriate”

      Said that Black Lives Matter activists are “looking for trouble”

      Proposed a 35 percent tax on Mexican-made cars and trucks, in violation of

      Proposed to abolish gun-free zones

      Defended then–campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after he physically grabbed a female reporter  See video

      Falsely claimed there have been calls for a moment of silence for Dallas shooter Micah Johnson

      Falsely claimed that Ferguson, Missouri, and Oakland, California, were “among the most dangerous [places] in the world”

      Claimed that “the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008”

      Pre-emptively questioned the legitimacy of the election  See video

      Repeatedly called a deaf actress “retarded” and sexually harassed her on the set of The Apprentice

      Proposed to have China assassinate Kim Jong-un

      Attempted to court Jewish voters with anti-Semitic stereotypes about money, influence, and dealmaking

      Threatened to “spill the beans” about an unspecified scandal concerning Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi

      Attempted to seize and bulldoze the home of an Atlantic City, New Jersey, widow under eminent domain

      Said that Hillary Clinton “got schlonged” by Obama in 2008  See video

      Tweeted “The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”

      Claimed a federal spending bill “funds ISIS”

      Pretended to be his own publicist, Disguised his voice on a radio call-in show.

      Called Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine “so smart”

      Accused Hillary Clinton of “playing the woman card”  See video

      Believes that he would “get along very well” with Vladimir Putin  See video

      According to Chris Christie, he would seek to purge Obama-era civil service hires

      Included two anti-Sharia cranks on a list of five foreign-policy advisers

      Said, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS … the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president” 

      Praised conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, telling him, “I will not let you down”

      Repeated a supporter who called Ted Cruz a pussy  See video

      Said, “I think Islam hates us”  See video

      Tried to entice Ohio Gov. John Kasich to be his vice presidential candidate by saying he’d let him control domestic and foreign policy

      Said he “can relate” to victims of racism because “even against me the system is rigged.”  See video

      Said he doesn’t “have the time” to read books

      Suggested that Gold Star mother and Muslim Ghazala Khan remained silent because she “wasn’t allowed to have anything to say”  See video

      Joked about Second Amendment advocates shooting his opponent or her judicial appointees  See video

      Kept journalists in restrictive “press pens” on the campaign trail

      Proposed to charge American allies for military defense

      Referred to 9/11 as 7-Eleven  See video

      Said Mitt Romney would have “dropped to his knees” for an endorsement  See video

      Proposed a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports

      Told two 14-year-old girls, “Wow! Just think—in a couple of years, I’ll be dating you.”

      Praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s brutal response to an attempted coup, giving “great credit to him for turning it around”

      Likened the killing of a 21-year-old woman by a drunk-driving undocumented immigrant to ritualistic child sacrifice

      Falsely claimed he “100 percent” owns “the largest winery on the East Coast”

      Claimed he saw nonexistent footage of money airlifted from the U.S. to Iran  See video

      Suggested a reporter who accused him of sexual assault wasn’t attractive enough to assault

      Said Khizr Khan “has no right to claim I have never read the Constitution”  See video

      Employed a butler who said President Obama should be “hung for treason” 

      Picked convention speakers who called for his general-election opponent to be imprisoned

      Called sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes (FOX/harassment) “totally unfounded”

      Claimed that the U.S. is being “ripped off” by its fellow members of NATO 

      Questioned Hillary Clinton’s religion 

      Said women who are sexually harassed at work should “find another career”

      Said Gold Star father Khizr Khan attacked him for being tough on terrorism

      Called Obama and Clinton the founders of ISIS  See video

      Falsely accused Clinton of rigging the general election debate schedule

      Praised an adviser who called for Clinton to be executed  See video

      His wife, Melania, plagiarized her convention speech from Michelle Obama, then campaign operatives lied about it  See video

      Questioned Ben Carson’s Seventh-day Adventism  See video

      Appeared not to know about Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea

      Posted a tweet urging voters to “check out [a critic’s] sex tape,” then denied it during a debate

      Sued a former campaign aide for $10 million for breaching a confidentiality agreement

      Characterized the theme of his administration as “America First”

      Questioned Ted Cruz’s evangelical faith  See video

      Falsely claimed his opponent was “seen laughing on two occasions” at a 12-year-old rape victim

      Proposed to deport his opponent, an American citizen

      Entrusted his health to a doctor who described his test results as “astonishingly excellent”

      Asked advisers if he could get out of picking Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate after he’d offered Pence the job

      Proposed to try U.S. citizens in Guantanamo Bay military tribunals

      Falsely claimed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency endorsed him

      Urged supporters to patrol polling places to combat “election fraud”  See video

      Falsely claimed the U.S. economy is experiencing its slowest growth since 1929

      Hired the editor of white-nationalist website Breitbart as his campaign chief

      Said he’s “starting to agree” that his opponent should be imprisoned  See video

      Responded to a murder with: “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”

      Called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails

      Falsely claimed he won “every poll” after the second presidential debate

      Doesn’t allow contributors to cancel recurring donations on his website

      Falsely claimed the Iran nuclear deal made Iran rich

      Told black voters, “You’re living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs”  See video

      Falsely claimed San Bernardino neighbors saw “bombs all over the floor” but failed to act due to political correctness

      Falsely claimed Bill Clinton “had to pay an $850,000 fine” to Paula Jones after she accused him of sexual assault

      Falsely claimed Chicago police brass told him crime could be ended if they were allowed to be “much tougher”

      Boasted of “employee childcare programs” that are really for hotel guests

      Ran a modeling agency that hired models working illegally in the U.S.

      Said he wanted to hit Democratic National Convention speakers who criticized him  See video

      Threatened to pull the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization  See video

      Would consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lifting sanctions on Russia

      Falsely claimed his opponent wants to admit 620,000 Syrian refugees

      Named the person who made up “death panels” to his economic team

      Falsely claimed his opponent’s plan would provide Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants

      Screwed over the USA Freedom Kids, a group of preteen girls who performed at Trump events

      Employed campaign operatives who scrubbed language supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression from the GOP platform

      Called his opponent “unhinged” and “unbalanced”

      Threatened to fund a super PAC campaign against his defeated GOP primary rivals if they run again  See video

      Hired a former Christie staffer implicated in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal

      Confused Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, with Tom Kean, Republican governor of New Jersey in the 1980s
      Ignorance 

      Said, “When you’re a star, [women] let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy.” see video

      Said veterans who suffer from PTSD aren’t “strong” and “can’t handle it”

      Repeatedly sexually assaulted women

      Said not paying income taxes “makes me smart”  See video

      Promised to jail his opponent if elected

      Referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy”  See video

      Said “we’re going to have to see” about whether he would accept a victory for his opponent as legitimate

      Repeatedly walked in on pageant contestants, including teenagers, while they were changing

      Continuted to insist the Central Park Five are guilty of murder, despite DNA evidence exonerating them

      Accepted $150,000 in 9/11 recovery funds to “repair” a building that wasn’t damaged in the attacks

      Said of a 10-year-old girl, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

      Called poor people “morons”

      Spent $258,000 from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits related to his businesses

      Mocked his opponent stumbling leaving a 9/11 memorial event after she was diagnosed with pneumonia  See video

      Spent $20,000 in contributions to the Trump Foundation on a 6-foot-tall painting of himself

      Illegally contributed $25,000 to the PAC of a prosecutor who was considering legal action against Trump University

      Illegally raised funds through his foundation without the proper license

      Claimed government officials are letting illegal immigrants “pour into the country so they can go and vote”

      Brought on alleged serial sexual harasser Roger Ailes as a campaign adviser

      Vowed that Iranians who provoke U.S. sailors with “gestures” will be “shot out of the water”  See video

      Claimed nearly $1 billion in business losses in a single year

      Claimed the Commission on Presidential Debates “rigged” the debates

      Took credit for giving away other people’s money

      Suggested his opponent cheated on her husband

      Repeatedly cited false unemployment statistics

      Claimed he “lost hundreds of friends” on 9/11

      Said his opponent “could actually be crazy”

      Just some of the reasons (there are many more) to move you to consider changing your mind. Go ahead, look deeper and check credibility before dismissing this list. Don’t make your decisions without knowing. The country, the planet are at stake.

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  2. I couldn’t believe it when I read your post. It was as if you were reading my mind, but much more humorously and clearly then I ever could have expressed! Don’t even think twice about those comments from some others about researching personality disorders, etc. Did those people ever consider Hilary a “battered” woman because she chose to stand by a husband that cheated and took advantage of women because of his position & some were the age of his daughter? It sad that this country has been left in such disorder and division by the last administration. I pray for a peaceful, progressive, tolerance (by all) and united America.

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  3. The thing that I find interesting is what few people have mentioned. “Make America great”…What does that mean? And, how does he intend to do that?

    I think America’s biggest issue are really trying to catch people up to how far we’ve advanced, and people are stubborn in their ways and don’t want to go. In my lifetime (not quite a half century), race relations have improved dramatically (not perfect, but greatly improved). The internet has grown crazy fast, especially with the invention of the smart phone. The LGQBTXYZ community (I’m not sure about those last letters), has become more vocal. Coming from someone who has a couple of friends who decided they are the wrong gender…That’s weird and scary territory. I still say that’s like finding out Santa Claus is really a giraffe. Innovation has automated people out of jobs, and “the Bottom Line” has let masses of people go from other jobs. It seems that major illnesses are on the rise, either because we understand them more or the environment has changed and challenged our bodies to do something about it.

    All these things and more are changing the world so fast that it is difficult for people to keep up. Look how technology has changed the media landscape (books, shows, movies, the news). It’s all changing.

    Who we should have voted for is for someone who can help people adapt and cope with a rapidly changing world. I don’t think any of our candidates were well suited for that. But, I doubt someone who is focused on un-doing the previous legacy, building walls, and bringing back defunct jobs is the answer. What this country doesn’t need is more blacksmiths and alchemists. What this country does need is more guidance and reassurance.

    His actions speak louder than his 140 character word limit.

    Sorry to take over your blog with my own rant.

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  4. I started reading this last week & got interrupted — glad to have had the time today to come back to it. So many of your thoughts resonate with me. You are not the only person in the country/world that “doesn’t have passionate feelings one way or another about the upcoming presidency (my feelings for the MAN, not withstanding). Mainly, because I don’t really know what Donald Trump is. He’s DEFINITELY not a conservative. But he’s not really a liberal. He’s not an actual Republican. But he’s not an actual Democrat.” Bingo! Although — Honestly, I can not even openly express this opinion as you have. I am a “woman” who has not stated for whom she voted and who lives & works in an uber-liberal community (that I love). I’ve already been personally in-my-face affronted by a long-time co-worker & friend, simply because I stated my personal opinion that I had issues w/ Hillary Clinton being a good role mode for my 15-year old daughter. Eye opener. A moment in time that made me cry. For real. But there was no safe room to go to so I wandered around the school I work in, for hours. No one wore a safety pin for me that day, at work, at a place that teaches tolerance and progressiveness to children. A place that I love. By I digress…… Great read — again. I’m popping the corn, sitting in the front row & paying attention because I don’t want to miss a minute of what is about to unfold on the big (REAL) screen. I’m also working from home this Friday because I actually want to WATCH this (historical) Inauguration. I will not be knitting a “pussy-hat” or wearing a fanny pack joining a million women on their marches this weekend — despite the fact that I too despise disparaging comments against women that contain the word “pussy” or any comments for that matter that demean anyone. Thanks for letting me rant. 🙂

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  5. I’m so happy this came across my Facebook feed. This is the first piece I’ve read of yours but surely won’t be my last.
    Thank you for naming, dissecting and explaining “Trump Syndrome”…an affliction I’m all to familiar with but I’m afraid to admit to or explain to loved ones who disagree with me for fear of their ridicule, animosity or disdain.
    Each of your points were spot on and articulated brilliantly…including the “shut up,” at the end which highlights the sophomoric accusation of comparing any of our Presidents to Hitler with the sophomoric response it deserves.

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  6. I was sent this by a friend, not just any friend but someone I have admired and Loved longer than she knew.She is the person that was always pleasant and kind to everyone she met,and would never have an unkind word to say about anyone. She voted for Trump, as did most of her family and as did most of the people I have worked with my whole life. At first I thought it was about the 2nd amendment, but Obama didn’t touch that,so it must have been about Health care,but he gave 20 million that. So I think its about Just doing something different ,looking for another Reagan ,someone who will Not let anyone mess with its citizens or land.We do have to many laws and regulations I feel,there are hundreds of millions of acres of land you cant even step foot in or camp . And God forbid you live in Alaska,i have a cousin and an uncle buried there..and people I Love with my whole heart….but they live on 1% of 1% of the land..The government and lower48 TELL them what they can do on THEIR state..If Oregon people told Washigton people what to do there would be fist fights in the street.I would be in the front row throwing them…Government is to big,they think we are all idiots…So to use a Steven Segal.”We will see what we will see”..He going to be our President,he will need help, I just don’t think he will be up to the Good fight

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  7. My sense of Trump is, you don’t walk east when you’re trying to get to California from NJ. Trump has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate qualities and actions that are deplorable: misogyny, bullying, sexism, racism and classism; he encourages and feeds upon the worst in our nature. America can no more find greatness in itself through hatred, verbal and physical violence and self-absorption than a tree can be made taller by cutting it down. We seem to have forgotten the qualities in humanity that truly enrich us and don’t fear enough the qualities that cause us suffering. My heart is sad for all those in our country that are unemployed, sick, frustrated and feeling disenfranchised. These realities don’t change evil (actions and language, not the man) into something more deserving of our trust.

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  8. didn’t read all the comments, so I don’t know if this has already been pointed out; Trump will be the 44th man to hold the office, Cleveland being one man, who served two non-consecutive terms, 22 and 24. “All the people I know who secretly voted for Trump”… apparently it wasn’t a secret if you know, and don’t all voters cast their ballots secretly?

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  9. Thank you Reggie for perfectly wording it. Hollywood stars don’t live in the real world. They don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck hoping and praying nothing else in your life goes wrong to make you homeless. Thanks for a very well written article, I shared it on my Facebook page.

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  10. The author is missing a big point here. Status quo isn’t about Dems or Reps or even Washington, it’s the power structure. And if anyone reading this thinks that the power structure lies solely with their elected officials they’re blind. Big money is where the power structure exists and all we have to do is look at the people Trump is pulling into his cabinet to see that the real status quo will still be firmly in place. This will be the the wealthiest cabinet ever assembled in our history.

    If all people really wanted to do was upend the status quo they would’ve elected Bernie. Yes, Bernie has been in Washington for years, but if you look at his voting record and really listened to what he’s been trying to do, you’d see time after time where he’s been the champion of the people and the antithesis of the power structure we’ve had in place for decades. He’s been an independent for most of his political career, choosing to go with the Democrats over the Republicans because he aligns with them way more than he does with the Republicans.

    But so many people much like the author think the gov’t can be run like Hughes Aircraft, as if running the country was simply like running a big corporation. At some level it may look like that. You have a CEO, a board of directors, various sub-organizations and a legal department. But the goal of a business is to make a profit. The goal of the government is to serve and protect its people within the confines of our Constitution. I’d be willing to bet Trump has never even read the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights.

    We as a country are not out to win at all costs. We’re not out to screw the world to simply get the best deal possible for the US of A. If that were true, Trump would be my man. No. I want someone who shares my values to represent me and my country in all matters of state, not someone I have to hold my nose for while I select his name at the ballot box.

    Businesses don’t care if other businesses go upside down. In fact, it’s just easy to swallow them up if they do and simply reap the benefits. Big fish swallowing up the little fish. That’s not the way the political world works. We need each other. We do best when all are doing well. A businessman (and I use that term loosely) like Trump has his own business in mind. His own board of directors to answer to. As long as we win the deal, who cares about the fallout on the other side? I don’t see that playing well to the outside world.

    Lastly, for those of you complaining about the Hollywood-types giving Hollywood speeches, did you forget you elected Ronald Reagan?

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  11. Saw this on the Facebook page of a friend. Not sure why I am giving you any attention and know this is not wise. But, I have refrained from commenting on the election or participants for exactly the reason that your column make me shudder. A well written eloquent use of the language in an “ah shucks” manner is insiduous and damaging. Passing yourself off as a thoughtful and unbiased viewer is vicious. Mocking those you fear and stroking those you manage is unsightly. To suggest “interesting” is a reason to elect a President is akin to suggesting a car accident as common viewing. Make no mistake that your reasoning is less valid as to why folks voted for Trump than all of the kings horses and all of the kings men who could not put humptydumpty back together again. Don’t be surprised by the carnage and harm we are about to endure and the chaos of insanity. You will be just like the Bush minions who blamed everything but the man for the flaws and damage he exhibited and caused. Obama and the next curator of the cure will suffer because of the stench and decay you and those like you caused and created with your indifference to the obvious and your self centered drive to turn a blind eye to reality for a marriage of “interesting.” Enjoy the Hell hole you so much wanted.

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  12. HI Regie,
    You certainly know how to get a rise out of people. I agree with you that Trump is an unknown quantity in terms of what he will do in the presidency in spite of what we do know about him. He is pompous, loves himself, lewd, brutish and crude, has a fragile ego, and is narcissistic, although I wouldn’t have the temerity to diagnose him clinically as so many have done. In spite of his failures personally, I think he will be a great leader. I don’t think that personal failings of his character predict how he will govern in terms of policy. He has the right instinct re. being unapologetic and valiant in terms of protecting Americans’ security and right to prosperity. He is a compassionate man and knows that it is more right to worry about victims that to protect the rights of perpetrators. He is not a demagogue nor unhinged, no matter what it looks like when he tweets. That is what should matter, not what he is Briggs’ personality test shows.

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