In 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Buchwald offered a satirical excuse list for those having “difficult times…defending the Nixon administration.” Due to the article’s syndication, Buchwald’s article can be found under several titles to include “Handy excuses for Nixon backers” and a most awesome alternative label of “Oh Yeah! What About Chappaquiddick?”
Flash forward to 2018, Buchwald’s article can indeed be easily modified to fit the narrative of today’s Trump defenders. However, yours truly has no interest to watch a history repeat nor a desire to rip off Buchwald’s astute observations.
From personal experience, foolish arguments with Trump supporters may be fun–but it is counter-productive. Plus, absurd disputes may alienate the neutral or uninformed observer. Thus, for real progress, all anti-Trump folks must rise above and work toward productive gains.
As the legendary Mark Twain famously declared, “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” Although a great quote, Twain has an even better, more applicable to modern-day politics, saying:
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
Therefore, this article will aim to disarm a few nonsensical Trump supporter excuses that are blatant bunk. The intention is not to encourage arguing with these bunk excuses, just the opposite, but to encourage zero credence to the following silly justifications:
One: Trump’s Presidency is not Partisan Politics
Nobody is more anti-Trump than me, believe me. However, my anti-position has nothing to do with partisanship, politics, nor a refusal to give Trump “a chance.”
In full disclosure, yours truly has no idea what Trump’s political agenda actually is–but neither does he. Observation reveals that Trump says things, such as the best words, and seemingly makes promises that he has little to no intention of keeping.
In my view, it appears the GOP Congress continues to push their agenda while President Trump is trying to “win.” The President assures us that “nobody knows more about” something or another than he does. However, nothing during his Presidency seems to indicate that he is a policy expert–on anything. In the past year, experience has shown this position towards Trump is widely shared with not just liberals but also many moderates, conservatives, and independents.
Two: If not politics, then why fiercely anti-Trump?
In my mind, the answer is obvious. Not only has President Trump not shown anything to suggest that he’s remotely qualified for office, but he also has demonstrated no class, no respect, and a general lack of dignity of the Presidential office.
Personally, the President needs not be the smartest person, nor the sweetest person. My view is a dumber than average President might be acceptable–if they were nice. Furthermore, a mean POTUS would be acceptable–if they were intelligently effective. One or the other might be workable, but Trump has shown to be the worst of both. President Trump is the dumb guy that is also mean–not acceptable.
Three: President Trump is not a politician!
At this point, WRONG! Trump is the President of the United States. He has been engaged in the political arena since 2015. The continued lower standards for Trump are not acceptable. Regardless of his temperament, job performance, tweets, or insults, Donald J. Trump is the U.S. President. As such, he should be held to the same basic standard of all previous POTUS’–no less, no more–the same.
Moreover, the “he read a teleprompter for an hour and did not crap his pants or on anyone while doing so” makes Trump Presidential jibe is absurd.
Four: That is “Fake” News.
The term “fake” news seems to be an excuse to dismiss real news that someone wishes merely to ignore or not believe. #Alternativefacts universe aside, what one may hope or want to be right–does not matter in the real world.
Additionally, the term is merely incorrect as there is no “fake” news. In the simplest form, there is news, lies, and propaganda. The news is based on factual reports or evidence, and due to human involvement, sometimes legitimate mistakes are made–it happens. However, if someone intentionally deceives or makes up their reports knowing the information is fabricated–those are called lies. As for propaganda, that is a process of distorting information in such a way as to manipulate. Examples of propaganda would include the endless use of Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?” as proof that she did not care about those killed in Benghazi.
As all can read, in context, Senator Ron Johnson says to Clinton:
“No, again, we were misled that there were supposedly protests and that something sprang out of that — an assault sprang out of that — and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact, and the American people could have known that within days and they didn’t know that.”
And Hillary Clinton’s real and full answer was:
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.”
Eight selected words out of an over one hundred word response is a willful intent to deceive others to rail against, in this case, Hillary Clinton. The practice of propaganda manipulation is both easy and efficient.
NOTE: To test if someone is using propaganda (intentional or not) a good test is to ask for the full quote (for context purposes). If the information provider does not know the complete answer, the information is likely propaganda.
Five: Trump is not an <insert here>
Who knows what is actually inside of President Trump’s heart?
However, the video does not lie. Those claiming Trump is a not a racist, sexist, not unqualified or a wannabe dictator–the onus ultimately belongs to him (and those choosing to support him) to prove such assertions. Again, the video evidence is substantial to sustain the preceding claims. No need to bore or overkill with all the video evidence, instead here is a cringe-worthy Today show recap: Donald Trump’s first year as president: See the memorable moments.
Six: But what about…
No, Hillary Clinton is not President. This blame Hillary, Obama, or everyone else but Trump excuse is, frankly speaking, silly.
Besides, the “blame the Democrats for not producing a better candidate” is, at best, escapism. Let no one forget, Hillary Clinton managed to receive nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. But what about…all the illegal voters? But what about all…not counting California? All weak and fact-free excuses.
In truth, Donald Trump being elected President falls smack on the Electoral College and the Republican Party. After all, Trump did receive over 5.5 million more popular votes than the second place GOP primary candidate. Also of note (for the Hillary stole the election from Bernie crowd), Clinton gained just under 4 million more votes than Senator Bernie Sanders.
Seven: No “collusion.”
Perhaps, most of the mainstream media (MSM) are trying too hard not to appear against President Trump as many do not challenge the “no collusion” Trump claim.
In reality–total collusion. “I know it, you know it, everybody knows it.”
Multiple records of mounting evidence prove that members of the Trump campaign worked with Russia to ensure Hillary Clinton was not elected. Within itself, that is collusion.
Furthermore, Trump’s original narrative has changed from “no contact” and “no businesses” with Russia to the more oft now used “collusion is not illegal.” That is true, collusion is not illegal, but the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Plus, it is not the collusion, it is the conspiracy that team Trump has to worry about. In this regard, who knows what Robert Mueller will find? However, Trump and his minions’ constant attacks against along with the lingering threat of firing Mueller raises more questions as to what Trump might be afraid of.
Additionally, how is Representative Devin Nunes still around? Who knows what Nunes’ motivation is, but he has been nothing but deceptively pro-active in trying to undermine the Russia investigation, but why?
Of course, there are many other criticisms, and false Trump defenses go on, on, and on. As a reminder, 2018 should be a year of less unproductive and pointless debates with a greater focus on functional results. The 2018 mid-terms are another day closer, the only way to truly defeat Trump is at the voting polls.