Americans Can Trust Trump... As Long As He's Not Joking
President Donald Trump is truly a different breed of American politician. The billionaire with zero public sector experience bulled his way through the 2016 Republican presidential primaries and pulled off an amazing upset, dispatching several experienced and well-known congressional and gubernatorial rivals to claim the nomination. In November, he scored another come-from-behind win, surprising the world with an Electoral College victory despite losing the popular vote by a record margin. Throughout, he remained aggressive, provocative, and blundering… and the crowds loved it.
Trump’s unorthodox path to the White House saw him insult and belittle just about everyone aside from white, heterosexual Christian males. Heck, the real estate mogul even took a swipe at respected 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, the outspoken U.S. Senator from Arizona. Conservative voters, astoundingly, forgave Trump’s every gaffe, even the 2005 video recording of him explaining how he used his wealth and fame to, essentially, commit sexual assault.
Everyone thought that Trump would tone it down come January 20, when he was sworn in as the forty-fifth President of the United States. Many voters, undoubtedly, assumed that Trump’s braggadocio on the campaign trail was strictly for show, part of his reality TV strategy. Underneath, there had to be a wiser, more moderate leader, right? It has turned many stomachs to realize that there is no wiser, more moderate Trump. What we saw in 2016 was the real Trump.
Unfortunately, Trump’s loud buffoonery shrouds dangerous calculation. Recently, he entered unprecedented presidential territory for the umpteenth time by publicly accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping his phones prior to the 2016 election. Even Republicans were shocked, and everyone demanded that Trump present evidence of such an alarming claim. Congressional investigators wanted evidence by Monday, March 13. When Monday came, however, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained that Trump had been…joking.
Spicer went on to say that Americans can trust the president when he is not joking. As expected, Trump’s designated spokesman did not elaborate on when the president was joking, or how to tell whether or not the commander-in-chief was joking.