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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 06:45 AM

Border wall speech: Trump is losing the macho game of staring himself down in the mirror


Border wall speech: Trump is losing the macho game of staring himself down in the mirror
Richard Wolffe
Far from reassuring a troubled nation, Trump tried to scare the living daylights out of them
Wed 9 Jan 2019 00.08 EST
Last modified on Wed 9 Jan 2019 01.30 EST

The Oval Office is an iconic space in American political life. Televised addresses from the seat of presidential power have marked historic moments of national anxiety: JFK and the Cuban missile crisis, Ronald Reagan and the Challenger disaster, George H. W. Bush and the start of the Gulf War.

To that august list we can now add Donald Trump and the most pressing crisis facing this commander-in-chief: the disastrous damage already inflicted on his own ego by his dopey idea of a beautiful border wall.

This is a very real crisis inside one man’s cranium and it’s playing out in the living rooms of a weary nation. That crisis is called reality.


It is beyond time to recognize that foreigners have infiltrated this country’s borders, as malicious governments send us their very worst people. Unfortunately they are not crossing the southern border but rather taking flying caravans as they travel from Russia to meet with Trump’s aides in various foreign capitals. Some have even tried to melt into the heartland as card-carrying members of the National Rifle Association. If we ever needed a space force, it’s now. Failing that, the president could trust his own CIA and FBI again.

Trump goes to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to round up a posse to take on the immigrants just as some of his formerly loyal deputies start to get scared off by common sense and the looming 2020 elections.

This is no joke. In the blathering words of the great bumbler himself, this is “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” If they re-open the government and start paying people like the airport security officers, they could do no end of harm. We’re talking about Trump’s reputation here, not some trivial abstraction.

“When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country,” Trump concluded. “And that is what I will always do, so help me God.” While you’re at it, dear Lord, please help the children at the border. They’re human pawns, you know.

• Richard Wolffe is a columnist for the Guardian US

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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 08:52 AM

1. In "Trump: An American Dream" on Netflix,

They talk about how they floated a bunch of ideas to his base, and the one that got the most hits was the idea of a wall. It was easy for them to picture it--a solid structure-- and the base latched onto it.

Then he started talking about it in rallies. Huge reaction! Great applause and it hit that dopamine center in Trump's brain. He talked about it more and more and they would chant about it at every rally.

Then pretty soon that wasn't enough. So then "Mexico will pay for it!" was added to the chant. Over and over and over again, the image of the wall was called up. The wall that was going to bring so much happiness and security to the little people.

And there you have it--he and his base dug this hole and he's stuck. He can't get the wall because it is a pipe dream that originated not in reality but in a kind of manic imagining not grounded in any practical way. He also can't let it go and look like a defeated loser. All his fault thinking that just because he said something he could make it happen with enough money and influence.

The failed real estate developer has failed once more to get a project off the ground because this is reality, not a reality show.


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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:32 AM

2. Thanks for that, ginny... As much as I

loathe even looking at the guy, I may tune in.

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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:01 AM

3. I'd recommend it.

If nothing else, it shows where he came from--what he has always been. What he has become. How his background as a real estate developer and then merely a promoter and seller of his brand informs how he tries to run this country. How dishonesty is woven into his whole life. And what a warped personality he has become. Because living that way for so many years has to warp a person and especially a person with big personality flaws to begin with.

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