Trump's McCarthy Moment
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Trump has Joan of Arc Disease
When were you ever on TV? You're a loser!
The answer is, when the fascination wears off.
A psychologist recently said that movie stars and political candidates are similar. At first the public applauds (or at least notices) their antics. Then, the public grows weary, and either destroys the movie star/politician by boycotting them, or they sit back and let the movie star/politician destroy themselves (ie. Drugs, booze like Errol Flynn, or outrageous comments like Donald Trump and Joe McCarthy).
For those of you too young to remember, Joe McCarthy was a U.S. Senator who rose like a rocket in the 1950's by accusing everybody of being a communist, but then overdid it and accused the U.S. Army and by inference Dwight D. Eisenhower (The President).
"Have you no sense of decency?" Lawyer Joseph Welch, hired by the U.S. Army in defense, said to McCarthy. "You have done enough."
McCarthy's witch hunt career crashed and burned.
When will Trump say too much? It's coming. When his numbers start to slip, when the newness of him begins to fade and people start to turn away, he will make his mistake the big one, cross the line, reach that Bill Cosby moment of truth.
Here are samples of possible statements Trump might make that will lead to his demise.
- Poor people are losers, they have no money.
- I like to fire people who are not as good as me and that includes immigrants who pick my salad
- Women should be barefoot and pregnant and a man, a real man, should have an extra one for fun in the hay.
No wait a minute! Number three is an attempt at humor and we all know Donald Trump is incapable of humor. He's a one-trick pony. Anger and accusing is all he can do. You will never hear a witty or funny thing come out of his mouth.
Trump's recent flap with Senator John McCain saying McCain isn't a hero because he was captured during the Vietnam War was a case in point. Beside the hypocrisy of Trump, who personally used draft deferments to escape the war and live in comfort and ease, and who never did an idealistic thing in his life except to promote and benefit himself----there is much in common between the two men.
Both are supreme egotists. They think they're better than you. Trump has the idea that because his wallet is bigger he's better---than you. McCain thinks of himself as a man of destiny, a hero carved out of history to lead.
Both men have tempers they cannot control. Both men have the mistaken idea that being angry and pointing a finger is being manly and a decisive leader. Neither of them understands charm or humor of the kind that warmed people's hearts to John F. Kennedy.
I'm not a fan of McCain, but he does have military service in his favor and unlike Trump, he at least once in his life did something that wasn't designed to make himself richer than he was the day before.
Trump and McCain have what I call "Joan of Arc Disease," a sickness, a feeling of personal piety in which the sufferer not only fails to understand the foibles of other people, but considers themselves the only noble person, the only heroic person, the only worthy person, the only sacrificing person, better than everyone else, or as Trump likes to believe, a world of losers (they don't have money) as opposed to him.
Trump lacks the ability to reflect and ponder both morally and ideologically and McCain, well he has touches of the above. He's kind of a hybrid (half-way there).
It's the similarities of the two men that put them at logger-heads, or as they used to say in Western Movies, "There's only room enough for one of us (braggart, pompous ass-hole) in Dodge City."
Trump is trying to tell voters that his record on television ratings means he can run the country. If by some miracle he got elected, you could expect him to say these things to foreign leaders:
- To the president of Germany. "You're only a part of Old Europe. You're a loser."
- To the leader of China. "Don't give me that. You're a loser. When were you ever on TV?"
- To the leader of France. "You know why you lost World War II? You didn't make enough money to buy tanks."
I could go on and on but I'm a loser. If winning is what Trump represents, I'd rather be with all the others.
McCain will always be McCain, but my advice to Trump is, if you don't want do a Joe McCarthy, go to charm school. And write on the backboard 700 times. "Money is the not the indicator of a person's worth."
John Sammon, : John Sammon is a writer whose experience includes newspaper reporting, magazine writing, personality profiles, interviews, celebrity interviews (Clint Eastwood), historical pieces, investigative and crime. He was selected “Most Valuable Reporter” for California’s oldest continually operating newspaper, and covered the weekend crime beat for a daily newspaper in Nevada. If you beat your wife on Friday, he wrote about it and got you in deep trouble on Saturday. He covered business,... (more...)