After a year of seeing Donald Trump in action, plus his tweets and actions over the last couple of days, it should be fun to speculate what his New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 might be. Not that Trump ever kept a resolution he made, but let’s give it a try.
Resolution #1 – Piss of two-thirds of the American people at one time.
That takes a special talent, but Trump managed to pull it off in his New Year’s Eve tweet.
As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year. 2018 will be a great year for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
With most of the polls showing his approval ratings in the low to mid 30s, the “enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media” comprise around 2/3rds of American voters. Despite his claims to the contrary, Trump has NOT signed more legislation in his first year than any other president. Historically, he has signed the LEAST number of bills in his first year since the days of Harry S. Truman, and he didn’t even have a full year in office.
Resolution #2 – Piss off American allies who have nuclear weapons.
Trump began 2018 by sending out a tweet threatening Pakistan, one of our allies, and a nation with nuclear capability.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
Granted, our relations with that country have been rocky, but one would think the way to improve them would not be to say we are cutting off financial aid to them. Perhaps our U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale can smooth over the ruffled waters. At least this is one of the few countries where we have an Ambassador.
Resolution #3 – Piss off the rest of the world, except for Guatemala.
Even before the recent vote by the General Assembly of the United Nations condemning the U.S. proposed move of our embassy to Jerusalem, both Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said they would be “taking names” of those countries who voted against us. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly overwhelming passed a non-binding resolution condemning Trump’s decision to relocated the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The vote was 128 in favor, nine opposed, and 25 abstentions. Trump response?
“Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
He was, of course, referring to his threat to withhold foreign aid to any sovereign nation that supported the resolution. He might want to read Dale Carnegie’s classic “How To Win Friends and Influence People” but that would be assuming he actually can read.
Resolution #4 – Help defeat Republican candidates for office.
Based on his track record in 2017, his prospects for getting more Republicans elected in 2018 look grim. He endorsed Ed Gillespie for governor of Virginia. He sent out tweets and robo calls supporting his candidacy. But after Gillespie lost the election, Trump threw him under the bus:
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Next came the Alabama Senate race. First, Trump endorsed the interim Senator Luther Strange, who lost to Judge Roy Moore. Then Trump endorsed Roy Moore. Who lost to a DEMOCRAT! Doug Jones – the first Democrat elected in that state since 1992. But once again, Trumpian logic explains it – somehow.
Remember, the Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional races this year. In Senate, I said Roy M would lose in Alabama and supported Big Luther Strange – and Roy lost. Virginia candidate was not a “Trumper,” and he lost. Good Republican candidates will win BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
Actually, the Republicans are 5-1 in Congressional races this year, but let’s not let something like facts get in the way of a good, convoluted tweet. Is it any wonder the Democrats are fielding far more candidates in 2018 than in previous years? They are giddy with the prospect of a “blue wave” or even a “blue tsunami” in 2018.
Resolution #5 – Play more golf.
Yes, you were probably surprised at not seeing this as Resolution #1. But business before pleasure. You may recall Trump’s tweet sent out on Christmas Day
I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
On December 26th, Trump played golf.
On December 27th, Trump played golf.
On December 28th, Trump played golf.
On December 29th, Trump played golf.
On December 30th, Trump played golf.
On December 31st, Trump played golf and gave a New Year’s Eve party to guests paying him for the privilege of attending.
But never fear, Trump tweeted the following on New Year’s Day
Will be leaving Florida for Washington (D.C.) today at 4:00 P.M. Much work to be done, but it will be a great New Year!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
That still gives him time to get in a round of golf before he leaves.
Resolution #6 – Give up Twitter
Ha! Got you on that one. In fact, Trump plans to continue to tweet, despite the fact that many of his own supporters wish he would stop.
I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
This from the man who has used social media, especially Twitter, to criticize every political action in the previous 8 years. And yes, there is a tweet from Trump contradicting himself for every occasion.
2018 will prove if these New Year’s resolutions come true or not. In any case, it’s going to be another bumpy ride.