The Real Reason Trump Isn't Passing Any Legislation


In the short time since his inauguration, Donald Trump has made quite a bit of noise. Trump’s noise is a frequent source of outrage for the left; with every new Trump administration blunder, America’s standing in the world is diminished, and it is unclear precisely how long it will take to clean up the damage done to our country’s reputation.

Liberals are so far able to take some solace in the fact that most of Trump’s policy proposals have yet to bear fruit; this, of course, is a source of great consternation for the right. While conservatives are overjoyed to feel that they have an ally in the White House in President Trump, they are unhappy with the lack of legislative progress. In other words, neither side is particularly happy.

Every day, the mountain of Trump’s misdeeds grows just a little bit larger. These gaffes remain in the news cycle just long enough to spark a new round of outrage from the left, which in turn leads to a rallying of the troops on the right to stave off the latest round of cries for Trump’s removal from office; by the time the smoke clears from the previous battle, the next has already begun.

All the while, President Trump occupies an office for which he is alarmingly unqualified, declining to advance any meaningful legislation while watching his personal brand and his influence increase in both value and scope. Because Donald Trump is conning us.

That Trump would attempt a grift of such massive proportions should come as no surprise. Though his business ventures fail as often as they succeed, Trump certainly does not lack ambition. After all, this is a man who has purchased his own airline; developed his own line of steaks; started his own mortgage company (in 2006); and established a Trump-branded travel site (though how he expected it to be profitable is unclear, since the purpose of travel sites is for users to save money on travel, not spend more on private jets and exclusive events).

There is one common thread connecting all of Trump’s failed business ventures: they were not done in by a lack of ambition, but by a lack of vision. Trump’s entire business model consists of taking an existing product or service, slapping his name on it and marketing it as a more glamorous (and, by extension, more expensive) version of the original. Sometimes his gambit pays off; more often, it doesn’t, because while Donald Trump is phenomenal at making promises, delivering on them is an entirely different story.

Trump’s campaign was a variation on the same old routine that can be charted throughout his career. The routine begins by Trump declaring that the existing product or service (in this case, the presidency) is insufficient for the needs of the buyer (the American voter). From there, Trump stakes his claim as the perfect person to rectify this problem; not only that, he can do it better, faster, and more efficiently than anyone else. Trump is, at heart, a salesman. He doesn’t care about the details or how (or if) he’ll deliver on his word; all that matters to him is the sale. The rest is just details.

Career politicians know better than to make unachievable guarantees; there is scarcely any easier way for a politician to lose their job than by failing to follow through on their commitments. As we all know by now, however, Donald Trump is not a politician — he is a salesman. Trump can afford to make promises he knows he cannot possibly keep: there is no higher achievement than the presidency, and it’s a temporary gig; after it’s done, he’ll go back to being a rich, private citizen. What does it matter if he doesn’t deliver the goods?

Everything Donald Trump does is, ultimately, in service of his own brand, to which his ego is inextricably linked. One might argue that Trump ran for President based on a sense of duty and a love of country, but various theories have surfaced that Trump never wanted to be President, that his goal all along was simply to boost his public profile. This is all speculation, of course — outside of Trump and his family, it’s possible that nobody will ever truly know Trump’s motivation for seeking the presidency. But we cannot discount the possibility that he only ran because he viewed a presidential campaign as good for his brand. So far, he’s been right.

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