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How Trump has Screwed Himself Since his Inauguration: May 18, 2017

A few months ago, I wrote a brief post about how the establishment would try to depose trump via a procedural coup. While I had initially planned to write a couple more posts in that series, the speed of unfolding events made me put that series on the back-burner. Well.. in the last few days, we have seen the first serious attempts to depose Trump via some combination of investigation committee and legal maneuvers. While it is too early to say where this series of interconnected clusterfucks will lead, one thing is for sure- this won’t be the last attempt by the establishment to depose Trump via less-than-democratic tactics.

To be clear, I have never been a supporter of Trump. However, I was able to accurately predict his victories in the republican primaries and 2016 presidential election many months before both events occurred. You might also remember about a subsequent series of posts which predicted that his administration would rapidly degenerate into some combination of dysfunction and towing the establishment republican line thus slowly destroying whatever popular support he had when he was elected in early Nov 2016.

As you also know, I am of the opinion that Trump’s connection with Russia is similar to the Clinton’s connection to China or the Bush family connection to Saudi Arabia. In other words, Trump is just another corrupt transnational plutocrat who will return favors to those who have funded his business ventures.. basically garden variety legalized political corruption. It is also telling that democrats have seized on such a banal issue to go after Trump when they could have done far better by opposing his various policies from a left-wing populist angle, but that is a subject best left for a subsequent post.

Coming back to the central theme of this post, let us talk about how Trump has screwed himself since his inauguration in late Jan 2017. Some of you might think that firing Comey was his biggest mistake. Others might think that Trump using Twitter after assuming office was his biggest mistake. Well.. I think otherwise. See, the biggest and most consequential mistakes Trump has made since his inauguration have nothing to do with single issues. To put it another way, his biggest and worst mistakes are systemic in nature.

1] Trump hired many establishment republicans and #nevertrump republicans in his administration.

A large part of Trump’s current problems can be traced to his decision to fill the ranks of his administration with establishment republicans including many #nevertrump types. People like Betsy Devos, Nikki Haley, H. R. McMaster and a host of ex- GoldmanSachs types and their underlings were never going to be loyal to Trump. If anything, most of them should be expected to actively undermine his presidency. And yet he hired them.. Frankly, hiring willing democrats would have been a safer option.

2] Trump also hired people who are despised by people other than his hardcore supporters.

Hiring highly unlikable people like Jeff Sessions, David Clarke and more than a few other law-and-order types was one of the other bad hiring decisions made by his administration. While such people might play to his shrinking core constituency, they have cost a lot of support from other groups who were previously ambivalent about his administration. The reality is that many who did not vote for HRC were quite OK with democratic policies and campaign promises. In other words, hiring people who really like persecuting women, blacks and hispanics is not a good branding decision.

3] Trump has been unable to give up on the MSM.

The relationship between Trump and the MSM is usually seen as one in which both parties hate each other. However, for most of Trump’s life, that was not the case. Indeed, the MSM (in all its forms) loved to cover Trump- often in a fairly positive light until he won the republican ticket. However since the late summer of 2016, the MSM has done nothing but attack Trump- often using made up “news”. While Trump has been able to counter that by, inadvertently, embracing alternative internet based news outlets- he has never been able to give up on the MSM. Consequently he is still trying to please what he still thinks is the “respectable” MSM.

4] Trump has hitched his wagon with unpopular causes promoted by republican establishment.

Trump has wasted too much of his political capital by promoting republican attempts to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something even more shittier, if you can imagine such a thing. As many of you know, Obamacare (previously known as Romneycare) was always a pretty shitty neoliberal attempt to solidify their grip on healthcare in USA. It was, however, an improvement over whatever existed prior to its passing in 2010. Repealing Obamacare, without replacing it something superior like single payer healthcare, therefore runs the risk of pissing of a lot of Trump voters- especially the non-traditional republican types who helped him win supposedly ‘blue’ and ‘purple’ states in 2016.

5] Trump has tried to become a boiler-plate republican.

One of the major reasons behind Trump’s victory in the republican primary and presidential election was his willingness to question traditional republican establishment positions such as “free” trade agreements, overseas military engagements and social conservatism. However he has flip-flopped on all those issues since he was elected. While voters expect politicians to break most (if not all) of their campaign promises, they expect them do so after pretending to try fulfilling them. Trump has simply acted as if he never campaigned on those positions in the first place. While pulling off such a reverse can work if your political future is secure, that is not the case for Trump. He needs continued popular support if he wants to complete his 4 year term in office.

In summary, Trump has been successful at making a series of mistakes whose combination is very likely to doom his presidency. Hiring back-stabbers and wildly unpopular assholes, attempting to make nice with MSM and screwing over the voters whose support led to his victory is not helpful when you want to win against an establishment campaign to get rid of you. Then again, the ability to think strategically was never his strong point.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. webej
    May 19, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Trump will not do most of what he promised (wall, tax reform, infrastructure spending, disengage internationally, healthcare). After the mid-terms he will not be able to get anything done and his presidency will end in disaster. I do not think he will be impeached successfully, but I do think he will resort to waging war, as do all presidents who need a much higher handicap to keep playing the game.
    Trump is canny in many ways, but he is also a big dufus that does not understand the intricacies of most things and is certainly not a reader. Everything is turning out to be orders of magnitude more difficult than he anticipated. He thought it would suffice not to be a pussy.

    Waging war will be very unpredictable and likely disastrous. Astute commentaters (like Paul Craig Roberts) predicted long before the election that he would get into trouble because the just does not have the connections and advisers to pilot the ship of state to where he wants it to go.

  2. May 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I had a figure that buck-dancing David Clarke piece of shit was going to be part of the 45 administration. That lame house negro is feeling as if he struck gold. What’s funny is, this is also during a time when his ass is being held under investigation for intended deaths in his Milwaukee jail. In other news, impeachment is on the table.

  3. Yusef
    May 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    After Comey was fired I was sure the best course of action for Trump’s enemies would be to determine the true reason for the firing. Obviously it wasn’t the reasons Trump and his crew have stated to the public. (With the exception of Trump strangely admitting it had to do with the Russian-connection investigation.) Instead, what do they do? They make a big stink over the supposedly significant revelation of Trump having asked Comey not to go after M. Flynn. “He’s a nice guy,” Trump may have said. Then making the serious charge against Trump this constituted obstruction of justice. NO WAY! The detractors made a mountain out of a molehill while there almost certainly is a mountain someplace near, not to difficult to discover. They aren’t this stupid. My guess is there is a can of worms that can’t be opened without it tainting the whole lot of them.

    Thus Trump will likely survive yet another potentially devastating mistake.

  4. May 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    You are WRONG! ….it’s all, “4d chess” 😀

    • Saor
      May 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Because there isn´t anyone else in high places who is wise to the game…

      • Saor
        May 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm

        who isn´t wise to the game.

  5. A.B. Prosper
    May 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Trump has a lot of supporters, It would be interesting in the Chinese curse sense if he was deposed and than forcefully reinstated by military loyalists and his followers.

    We are overdo for the kind of shenanigans which are common in most other 3rd world countries.

    That said no reason not to use Sessions or Clarke or even Bannon since there is no candidate Trump can pick that would please his detractors anyway and there really is no middle and almost no one with principles

    .Trumps foes Left and Right remind me of the enemies in ID4 , the only way he can please them is to die so they can continue with the corruption

    Trump being a hotelier and entertainer wants to make people happy and he can’t. Needs to learn that and needs to be thinking martial law if he cares which he probably only does a little not going home.

    In any case, there were no good candidates last year so why not Trump since he stalls the inevitable collapse and/or civil war for a few years.

    It may well prove to be the same thing next election since the DNC is full of crazy and the RNC has started to fall apart as well since its two factions (nationalist/globalists) are incompatible and the nationalists are thinking civil war is the only good outcome

  6. hoipolloi
    May 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    From reading this blog for a while I updated my thinking on a lot of things; that the Western democracies are not working. People are restive and can’t be manipulated at will by invoking religion, racism etc. It is better to accept the fact that the this is a systemic failure showing and not the fault of Trump. He is doing what he can do. To enrich himself and his family and fully engorge on his ego like any Mogul would do. I ask this question, who other candidate would have behaved differently? Certainly not the Billary pair in the White house. Or any other candidate in the primaries. Anderson? That is an unknown. I watch the Indian democracy work from afar. The state there would do every thing except help the needy.

    The deepstate has surfaced in America and would not let people’s will to prevail. When the educated class increasingly realize the system is stacked not just against them but against 99%, are they going to act?

    • P Ray
      May 21, 2017 at 3:03 am

      The “educated class” is kind of dopey since their vast majority have repeatedly ignored the way in which the working class gets screwed, with the thinking “it won’t happen to me, and those people just got unlucky, I’ll put my head down and be a good drone and riches are certain to turn up”.

      And all because they are worried about “respectability, shame and a way to stay continuously employed, but especially by people who are ruthless, deceptive and irresponsible”.

  7. May 21, 2017 at 11:28 am

    on a slightly different tangent, you might find this interesting…

    http://www.businessinsider.com/low-unemployment-wage-increases-gig-economy-2017-5

    • Yusef
      May 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      The important caveat of the study was the admission actual unemployment rates are much higher. (Full employment lower than five percent; the author supplied 11% as his estimate.) We’re nowhere near “full employment” if unemployment were accurately measured and honestly reported.As long as actual unemployment is so far above 5%, there’s no “vital link” broken– the theory of the link holds.

      I also thought it strange the authors failed to apply critical thinking to the inflation figures. It probably isn’t true that many people feel like they’ve got more money in their pockets because the reported rate is low. I’d go so far as to call that silly. First, the reported numbers leave out too many items important to peoples’ lives, too many things they still have to shell out for and this affects their budget. Secondly, inflation is inflation. Sure 3% or whatever is much lower than 10% or whatever, but as long as the number is higher than wage growth, and it certainly is, inflation is eating away purchasing power.

  8. Libertarians are subhumans
    May 21, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I wanted to ask you why you haven’t written anything about Alexandre Bissonnette,the subhuman that shot up a canadian mosque,he’s basically the canadian breivik.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_City_mosque_shooting

    Who is crazier- a soldier taking orders to kill people in a country that has not attacked his own country or a mass shooter in some western country?

  9. Libertarians are subhumans
    May 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Here’s another idea for an article:what will happen when technological progress will eliminate all the manual labour jobs?

    Most social conservatives are dumb fucks from dirt poor family where the women stay at home doing nothing and the men work some shitty construction/physical job and even the social conservatives that work as engineers or doctors usually come right out of these kind of families.

    What will happen to social conservatives when technological progress and the economy will make it so that really dumb people can’t find employement?
    Traditionalism,one of their ideological pillars is already disappearing,by the way my cousin is one of such men,he married a very poor russian woman,several years older than him,likely because she really wanted to come live in my country,the funny thing is that he married her even though he knew she had three really dumb brothers,like mental condition dumb.

    Anyway,going back to the main topic,what will happen to the really dumb conservative proles?
    Personally i’d raccomand some for of government subsidized wellfare assistence or public sector job to help them but to right wing/libertarian retards like them these things are the worst evil possible.
    Then again the few right wingers i know are very prone to whining and double standards so maybe when the time comes they will start advocating for some kind of tax payer funded welfare programs for the “deserving poor”.

    • P Ray
      May 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Slavery is still the gold standard for productivity.
      In the Philippines, those tasty and cheap Dole bananas are harvested by workers under threat of death if they complain.

      stuff.co.nz/business/world/82862438/banana-republic-the-ugly-story-behind-new-zealands-most-popular-fruit

      Robots will never be cheaper than slavery. But for the “conservatives” of white countries, it’s OK as long as the slaves are non-white it seems.

      Dole has been on their forced labour kick for many decades. But of course, as an “ally of America”, their practices can’t be criticised.

      • Libertarians are subhumans
        May 23, 2017 at 1:20 am

        That might be true for things related to agriculture,but anything in the manufacturing sector will be automated for lower costs and higher efficency than what you’d get with human workers.

      • hoipolloi
        May 23, 2017 at 7:15 am

        Automation has been happening and most of the places where it can be done has already happened. Like in the auto assembly and bank tellers. How much more automation can happen there now? Automation has its own limitations and costs. Humans too are cheap, self sustaining robots. Driverless cars and trucks are a wet dream at this stage.

    • May 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      …. technological progress will eliminate all the manual labour jobs …

      WRONG. Technological progress does not lead to unemployment. Otherwise the Amish would ALL be unemployed.

      • P Ray
        May 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        Amish don’t use technology unless absolutely necessary though
        AND
        want to be self-sufficient.

        So for them that doesn’t actually tie in to “Technological progress does not lead to unemployment.”

        Possibly because they recognised early on that divorcing people from labour results in a community that is fractured but whole (to an observer that only considers overt violence the sign of a broken community).

      • May 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm

        “Amish don’t use technology unless absolutely necessary though”

        That was my whole point!!! If technological progress led to unemployment, the Amish would all be unemployed, because they are less productive than companies which do use technology.

      • P Ray
        May 25, 2017 at 4:53 am

        If technological progress led to unemployment, the Amish would all be unemployed, because they are less productive than companies which do use technology.

        A company is an association that exists to return profit to shareholders, whatever it takes.
        You could say companies don’t use technology because they like to, they use it so that the CEO can keep their jobs.

        CEO answers to a board of directors.

        And remember, talking about productivity …
        “growth for its own sake is the ideology of the cancer cell”.

    • P Ray
      May 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      @Libertarians are subhuman:
      but that therein lies the problem. You are presenting a solution to the problem that is in fact a bigger problem!

      The big question is: what will people re-skill to, that:

      a) won’t be automated/roboticised etc.
      b) won’t be offshored for cheaper to another country
      c) even if you find a skill that nails a and b; a job that has at least a 5-year shelf life (because whats the point of paying time and money for another 1-4 years of re-skilling, only to move into a job that has a 2 or 3 year shelf life?)

      Sadly this throws up so many problems including:

      1) Not nearly enough jobs to go around. Everytime a job task gets automated or offshored-for-cheaper; think of it like musical chairs where one less chair gets pulled out but the same amount of players are playing the game..

      2) 6-figure jobs are the ones corporations are most eager to automate/offshore because they cost them the most (lose the most profit). By this logic, mostly only low-paid jobs will remain (that cant be offshored or automated). Think: local hairdresser and mechanic. Getting those big bucks just got a whole lot harder…

      And with what will be higher unemployment theres less money in the economy, meaning, a $30 valued haircut might only fetch $15, and a mechanic’s $300 labor cost might only fetch $200 etc.

  10. May 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Trump is in over his head and if you observe his facial expressions and mannerisms that occurred immediately after the election, especially during his approach to the podium to accept his election, you will notice he seemed very concerned, as if he was thinking “oh shit what do I do now?” He almost looked like he was sick that he won. I may have been seeing something that wasn’t there, but I doubt it.

  11. Libertarians are superhumans
    June 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Hahahahahahahahaha……

  12. Libertarians are superhumans
    June 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

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