Well…..let’s propose an alternative narrative. :-)
- Winning the US Presidential election is the hardest thing in the world to do. Been done by only 45 people over the last 230 years.
- Trump’s been thinking about running for president since the 90’s. There’s video of him talking about it.
- He surely didn’t take the advice of anyone on how to do it; he did it his way. Obviously.
- Somehow, from a gilded penthouse high above Manhattan, next to Tiffany’s mainstore, no less, this billionaire businessman figured out how to put his thumb on the economic pulse of middle America; plus, he figured out the solutions these people wanted to hear about, and gave them to them. (Bernie Sanders, OTOH, also got his thumb on that pulse, but because of his ideology, offered them free stuff and $15 an hour rather than a good paying job. So, he didn’t get over.
- Then, despite all the personal flaws you quite accurately list above (and there are more you didn’t list…..he won.
Alternative Narrative: Genius comes in different forms, some measurable, others unmeasurable. Trump, the broken human that he is, has one of the unmeasurable forms of genius. There is reason for optimism, as his ability to read and measure the needs of the people, if channeled into policy, could result in a much more dynamic nation* and an economic climate which again is the envy of the world.
And if you look at the bets the “smart money” people are putting on the economy in the casino known as the stock exchange…..a lot of smart people seem to agree with my alternative narrative.
We have become accustomed to liking our president, or at least thinking that liking him has something to do with his job performance. But, rationally, there’s no reason why a total asshole can’t be successful as president. Lord knows there are enough total assholes who are great CEOs of corporations.
*I’ve added sixty nations to my travels over the last decade. I have bemoaned on more than one occasion that the only US city that could match the innovation and energy of the growing Asian cities was….regrettably….Las Vegas. Sad commentary.