As I am typing the words to this article, tens of millions of liberal Americans are fretting about the coming reality of a Donald Trump Presidency. Their distress has been witnessed across the nation in diverse and sometimes downright bizarre ways: on the campuses of Ivy League schools we were treated to the peculiar sights of students — too upset to take their exams — hosting cry-ins in protest to the November elections, on the streets of Seattle “protesters felt justified in ransacking parked vehicles.
The aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections has even ushered in a new fad in fashion — a simple safetypin clipped to an individual’s shirt to signify that they are a “safe” person to whom one could express their feelings.
In contrast, conservative America couldn’t be happier. Their guy has been elected and soon he’ll be taking office and finally someone is about to drain that freak’n swamp we’ve been reading about for decades. Yay.
Unfortunately for conservatives, given the way Trump’s first fourteen day’s as the President-Elect have gone, Redstate America may soon be forced to accept the reality that they’ve been had.
Far from being the crazy, uncontrolled loud mouth, President-Elect Trump has shown his hand in the opening weeks of his transition and he’s provided a major revelation to anyone who has the guts to accept it — he’s been a great actor over the past few years. His outlandish outbursts may have been the calculated works of a genious who forever changed American politics as opposed to the juvenile tirade of an uncontrolled narcissist we mistook them to be.
Within minutes of becoming the President-Elect, America got to see a new Donald Trump, one who called President Barack Obama “a very good man”.
There’s an old saying that goes like this, “he who laughs last, laughs the hardest” and I’m afraid that the group that will get the last laugh out of a Trump Presidency just might be the folks walking out of a cry-in with safety pins attached to their shirts.
In just fourteen days, Donald Trump has already reversed course on several of the key pillars of his campaign… and the man hasn’t even taken office yet.
“Crooked Hillary”: Lock Her Up
For me, the most memorable debate exchange of the 2016 Presidential Election – and boy were there some doozies – went like this:
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country.” – Hillary Clinton
“Because you’d be in jail.” – Donald Trump
Love it or hate it, Trump’s response was timely and apparently effective enough to earn him the big chair in the Oval Office.
Yet, less than two full weeks following his election, the billionaire who hosted the Clintons at his wedding has seemingly fully reversed himself in regards to locking ole “crooked Hillary” up.
In an interview with members of the media Tuesday, Trump stated, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t…. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”
Trump said he now wants to “move forward” from the subject of Hillary’s emails, making it clear “that he would not seek to pursue an investigation himself nor make it a priority after he assumes office.”
Trump is an extraordinarily gifted salesman, the kind my dad would say “could sell ice cream to an Eskimo”, but the problem with salesmen is this — no matter how skilled they are, once you’ve made the purchase, even the slickest of words can’t turn a lemon into Cadillac.
With Trump announcing to members of the media that he is now open to the notion of maintaining various international climate agreements signed by President Obama, stating, “I’m looking at it very closely… I have an open mind to it,” the swamp may not become as dry as some were hoping.
The interesting thing about getting sold a lemon, however, is that it typically takes the buyer a long time to come to grips with the fact that he’s been “taken for a ride” and often it takes an even greater amount of time for the individual to reach a place where he is willing to share this realization with those around him. In the meantime, stay on the lookout for those red hats.
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