It is sad, truly sad that so many gets suckered in by a con artist like this. The sad truth is so many folks are so self-absorbed that when someone tells them what they want to hear, well…………. William Jacobson explains
I fully appreciate that support for Trump has become a cult of personality.
Nothing can sway those who refuse to see that Trump is conning them. He doesn’t respect you. He doesn’t like you. He is manipulating you to get what he wants.
It’s all a show.
And his new convention manager (and de facto campaign manager) Paul Manafort just admitted to the con in a closed door meeting with the RNC. The Associated Press obtained a recording, and reports, Trump team tells GOP he has been ‘projecting an image’ (emphasis added):
Trump’s newly hired senior aide, Paul Manafort, made the case to Republican National Committee members that Trump has two personalities: one in private and one onstage.
“When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose,” Manafort said in a private briefing.
“You’ll start to see more depth of the person, the real person. You’ll see a real different guy,” he said.
The Associated Press obtained a recording of the closed-door exchange.
“He gets it,” Manafort said of Trump’s need to moderate his personality. “The part that he’s been playing is evolving into the part that now you’ve been expecting, but he wasn’t ready for, because he had first to complete the first phase. The negatives will come down. The image is going to change.”
The message was welcomed by some party officials but criticized by others who suggested it raised doubts about his authenticity.
“He’s trying to moderate. He’s getting better,” said Ben Carson, a Trump ally who was part of the GOP’s front-runner’s RNC outreach team.
While Trump’s top advisers were promising Republican leaders that the GOP front-runner would moderate his message, the candidate was telling voters he wasn’t ready to act presidential.
“I just don’t know if I want to do it yet,” Trump said during a raucous rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Thursday that was frequently interrupted by protesters.
“At some point, I’m going to be so presidential that you people will be so bored,” he said, predicting that the size of his crowds would dwindle if he dialed back his rhetoric.
In short he is exactly what I have been saying he is. A con man, and yes, a politician who is out for power, period! The saddest thing is that no matter what this guy does, has, done, or says, no matter how he comes down on any issue, his supporters will blindly follow him. They excuse everything their “messiah” does. Watch, they will defend this by saying Trump is a master politician, even though they said their main reason for supporting him was because he is NOT a politician.
Principles? Who needs them? Certainly not Trump sycophants. All they need are empty, cheap talking points. Give them obvious lies, and they will eat them up and ask for more. Tell them he is being “cheated” by a “rigged” political system, and they will fall in line. No matter that his claims of being cheated are demonstrably false. No matter that anyone that has even the most rudimentary grasp if our system would never believe his rhetoric. No matter that Trump has benefited greatly from that same system.
What is that old saying? Oh yes, there are none so blind as those who refuse to see. Of course, we can think the death of critical thinking for this too can’t we? Feelings matter more than wisdom, or principles now. We have gone from revering the Founders to falling for Trump?