Trump Speak

By Dr David Laing Dawson

The collection of laughable, inane, grossly inaccurate, and stupid things that Donald Trump says grows by the week. They have become the fodder of late night talk shows and the target of journalists’ disdain. Satirists don’t have to satirize; they merely repeat what he says.

On the internet one can also find several collections of odd, funny, nonsensical things that came out of George W. Bush’s mouth. George occasionally mangled syntax; he created the odd neologism, mixing two words to make a third; he put his adjectives in the wrong place; he stumbled over language and grammar. One could make the case that he is a little dyslexic, or simply not gifted in the spoken language department.

He was on the Ellen DeGeneres show recently and he said, “…I’m going to use a big word now – symbiotic…” Ellen said, “Wow, four syllables..” The audience laughed, George smiled. And I rather liked him for a moment.

These days the journalists, the pundits, the comedians, the talk show hosts, pounce on the words of Donald J. Trump and point out their inanity, their inaccuracies, their wrongheadedness, and their untruthfulness. But beyond what he says and tweets, a true revelation of the depth of trouble we are in can be found in the way he says what he says. That is, not so much in the simple meaning to be found in his tweets and statements but the meaning hidden in the structure and form of his sentences (or lack thereof).

Whatever the subject, the reference point is himself. Whatever the subject, no matter the population actually affected, how it affects Donald is supreme. Whatever the subject, his words imply that he is supreme; they always imply that he is supreme.

Below is a list of things Donald J. Trump has tweeted or said. Let me point out what is happening in the first two. These two statements followed briefings by experts on the two subjects at hand. In them Trump indirectly admits that perhaps he didn’t fully understand the complex subject before, but then he quickly points out that “nobody” does. He has to say this to retain the fiction in his own mind that he is brilliant, superior, supreme, that he knows all there is to know, and all that anybody can know.

This is a very dangerous level of narcissism.

“It’s an unbelievably complex subject, nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” (Health Care Policy)

“It’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know.” (climate change)

“I know words; I have the best words.”

“I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me –and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border”

“I’ve never had any trouble in bed, but if I’d had affairs with half the starlets and female athletes the newspapers linked me with, I’d have no time to breathe.”

“I love the poorly educated.”

“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

“I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.”

“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”

“Cher is somewhat of a loser. She’s lonely. She’s unhappy. She’s very miserable. And her sound-enhanced and computer-enhanced music doesn’t do it for me.”

When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China, in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time.”

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

“Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.”

“I dealt with Qaddafi. I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn’t let him use the land.”

“Number one, I have great respect for women. I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women”

These quotes (and much of what he says and writes in tweets) boldly display:

  1. An appalling lack of understanding of issues/technologies/events/history/the world…
  2. An appalling lack of awareness of his own shortcomings and deficits.
  3. An appalling (and child-like) lack of awareness of a world beyond himself.

He could do great damage to the world within four years if he stays energetic, active, engaged, provocative and disruptive.

But clearly he has a short attention span and he doesn’t particularly like to read, work, study, or listen. So while he is watching cable news, golfing and dining at Mar a Lago, some contemporary Rasputins (Bannon for one) will be able to do great damage to the world.

We are about to find out just how solid and resilient and principled American Democracy really is.

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Trump Speak

  1. Note he says MY WOMEN are more b……. . Ownership ????? let’s hope he stops cutting his toe nails or that someone tosses a banana skin in his path. Airforce 1 should be grounded immediately .

    Of course the most scary thing is that Ivanka now has full security clearance and can sit at the table with the Joint Chiefs .

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  2. An excellent article as always, Dr. Dawson.

    If I may make some points from the point of view of a Canadian citizen who has been raised in four different cultures.

    Although, President Trump is clearly not a member of Western intelligentsia, he is representative of a set of core beliefs and principles that have been part of the American reality since before its inception. Like every nation state around the world, democracy or not, America was built on the violation of immigrants, slaves, First Nations, and all those who stood in the way of conquest or colonization.
    But, like few other modern nation, the US has taken centuries to build a myth of primacy, democracy, and equality. And, it is an important mythology for the world. Because even though it is utterly false, it gives the “other” (poor, marginalized, and brutalized peoples throughout the world) something to aspire to – becoming an American. The reality of America IS President Donald Trump. An increase of 35% in hate crimes in 2016. Close to 50% of the popular vote in the election for President Trump a man who embraced racists, thugs, extremists, and ultra-right wing groups and either demonized or ignored the “other”. The increase of white supremacist militias and groups which will go unchecked since President Trump has ended the specialised FBI and other squads who have followed and stopped many more terrorist attacks by these groups than any other nationality, culture, or religion on US soil.

    This is hypocrisy not limited to America.

    The Saudi royal family and middle-east elites have not only plundered but spent trillions of national assets in less than 60 years. These groups have financed Al Qaeda, Wahhabism, and ISIS. They are responsible for 9-11. And, yet although the US Civil Courts have approved the lawsuits of 9-11 families against the Saudi government, President Reagan, President Bush, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, and President Trump all have appeased and supported this regime. After President GW Bush was found to have falsely prosecuted the Iraq war that killed and maimed millions, decimated the entire region, and gave rise to ISIS, the Saudi King presented him with a fist sized diamond. Furthermore, the Saudi Royals have made moves to link their power to Islam itself. The home of Prophet Muhammad was bulldozed to make space for a 5 star luxury hotel for the elite overlooking Ka’ba. The Saudi royals have systematically erased the mention of the followers of the Prophet and replaced those names with their own. Would anyone have tolerated, a hotel built over the Tomb of Christ, Buddha, or the Wailing Wall in Israel? No, never. With a fraction of the wealth that the elites in the Middle East have spent on cars, mansions, jewelry, gambling, and prostitutes, while enforcing a deluded Sharia law on everyone else, they could have easily fed, educated, and advanced everyone in the region and perhaps the world.

    And, even Israel does not have clean hands,”(In his memoirs)…the Israeli journalist Hirsh Goodman described how he returned home from the Six Day War in June 1967 to hear the country’s founding father and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, speak on the radio. “Israel, he said, better rid itself of the territories and their Arab population as soon as possible,” recalled Goodman. “If it did not Israel would soon become an apartheid state.” And this past week, the UN report that was authored by Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, and Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, sheds a harsh light on the reality of the Jewish State. As any other negative review of Israel, the report has been attacked as Anti-Semitic by the President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu. However, all those academics and NGO members who have read the report state that it clearly delineates government policies, incidents, speech, practices, and misconduct which has led to a state that purports to be the only democracy in the region being is in reality no less corrupt or criminal than any other nation in the middle east.

    Even in Myanmar, the Buddhist Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is refusing to stop military violence against 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims. The Noble laureate and self-described pacifist has stayed silent while Buddhist religious and government leaders have used language against the Rohingya that is reminiscent of white-supremacist movements in the US and the Islamists in the Middle East. The Rohingya have been witnessed being raped, mutilated, and murdered by soldiers who have filmed their own atrocities on men, women, and children.

    Save a handful of nations, the world has and always will be built by empires that are based on the violation of lesser powerful peoples, states, and movements.

    It is clear that regardless of faith, politics, or economic identity, humanity is all the same.

    In the end, mankind will never change, and so we will always have the weak and the strong.

    Each generation says, “Never again” in youth and accepts the reality as unchangeable in age.

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    1. Sober thoughts MFM.
      After theFirst World War, ” Never again was heard,
      It was repeated after Hitler..and here we go again….

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    2. Dear MFM,
      You paint a bleak picture of mankind with impressive evidence and erudition. Our biological evolution may be done, over, leaving us with many of the predilections and instincts of our hominid ancestors. Survival of the fittest as a destiny is now a very destructive and nihilistic path. Darwin could not have imagined nuclear weapons and a population so large with appetite so capacious that we would alter the climate of the earth.
      But the great apes, chimpanzees, and our own species have other instincts as well, social instincts, sharing, protecting, empathy, a little altruism now and then, an ability, some times, to see beyond our own comfort. They are just not quite as strong as those others.
      Our hope lies in our acknowledging all this and then, during those rare moments of good leadership and insight, installing laws and rules of governance that prevent excesses, that promote equality and a sense of tribe that includes all mankind.

      David

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