Can’t Convince a Trumper

As members of the collective of 65,884,610 voters that voted for Hillary Clinton, we  continue to wonder how 62,979,636 voted for Donald Trump. It is clear to us that the Donald conned them into believing the lies he was telling. Our frustration is that you cannot convince his supporters of this. No amount of knowledge, common sense, or facts will dissuade their rationale for supporting him. I just don’t understand.

Then, being a Mark Twain enthusiast, I came across the meme below. This totally clarified it for me… I will no longer try to have a common sense conversation with a Trumper on this topic.

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I have no source for this meme to credit.

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Donald Trump – Liar-Elect and Master Snake-Oil Salesman

Donald Trump in his true form is a marketer, con-artist and snake-oil salesman. He will say and do anything to make a sale, especially when selling himself. We had a saying where I used to work: “How do you know when a salesman is lying?  When his lips are moving!” Add in a giant ego to the lying and you have Donald Trump.

This all became very obvious during his presidential campaign. During his rallies he refused to follow a script because he likes to just make stuff up as he goes. Once he had his supporters fired up by spewing his typical racist-based campaign rhetoric, his enormous need for adoration kicked in and the snake-oil salesman took over, spouting outrageous lies and convincing his supporters that “only he can fix this, believe me!”

The best example of his outrageous lies was when he claimed, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me!”  Really. What normal person with an ounce of common sense would believe him? None, except we are talking about Trump supporters here. They believe anything he says, regardless of how irrational, offensive and disgraceful it is.

How did this shameful behavior and lying impact him? He was rewarded with the most esteemed job in the world – President of the United States.

That’s right, he was able to convince over 60 million voters that a greedy, pussy grabbing, racist, narcissist, seventy year-old billionaire feels the pains and struggles of the common people and that only he could fix it, because he is just so rich, so smart and so dedicated to “making Trump America great again!”

The greatest CON job of all time.

His fellow Republicans and surrogates defended his lying and behavior as just campaign rhetoric and devices to get elected. Well, fast forward four weeks and guess what? Even though he is now President-Elect, nothing has changed. He is still making false statements. The latest example of this was this tweet:

won-the-popular-voteOf course this tweet created a firestorm of responses since it is a known fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 2.5 million votes.

When the President-Elect of the United States makes an accusation that millions of people voted illegally, he better be prepared to back it up with verifiable proof. Not Donald Trump. He just moves on and puts the burden on his critics to disprove his accusation and his surrogates to defend him.

And how have the Republicans and his surrogates defended him? Not by providing facts to support his accusation, but by rallying behind the extremely stupid excuse and talking point that “facts simply don’t exist anymore.”

Mike Pence (Vice President-elect): “The media and others are taking what Donald Trump says literally. His supporters don’t believe everything he says.”

Paul Ryan (Republican Speaker of the House): “It doesn’t matter to me. He won the election. Who cares what he tweeted…”

Kellyanne Conway (Trump Campaign Manager): Claimed that Trump’s habit of tweeting inaccurate and inflammatory statements and lies was indeed “presidential behavior” simply by the virtue of him being the President-Elect. That’s right, when the President-Elect lies, it doesn’t matter because he is the President-Elect.

So in defense of President-Elect Donald Trump’s pathological lying, the Republicans are trying to normalize lying.

Normalization refers to social processes through which ideas and actions come to be seen as “normal” and “natural” in everyday life. – Wikipedia

Rather than holding him accountable for being so dishonest, even to his own supporters, we all should accept his lies as truths just because he is the President-Elect.

I wonder what all the countries of this world are learning about our new President-Elect. I would tend to guess they are saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing, has a terrible temperament, is very vindictive, and not honorable because he lies about everything.

So much drama and he doesn’t even take charge for another month.

*Note: Even more lies have surfaced since I started writing this post. If I tried to keep pace with his lies I would never finish this post…

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Trump Saves 800 Carrier Jobs – Okay with 1,300 Carrier Jobs Still Going to Mexico

Forget about getting ready to take over the job of President, Donald Trump couldn’t wait to feed his ego and travel to Indiana to take credit for saving 1,000 jobs (actually 800) at Carrier from being sent to Mexico. Of course he and Mike Pence (Governor of Indiana) gave them $7 million in tax relief to keep them there, to be paid by Indiana tax payers.

Yes, that is great news for those 800 workers in Indiana.

However, what he hasn’t talked about is the 1,300 jobs that Carrier is still sending to Mexico. A major failure on his part.

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Trump Appointing Billionaires, Lobbyists, Cronies and Old Republican Retreads

During his campaign Donald Trump denounced the Washington establishment and elites that run the government. As a Washington outsider he promised to “drain the swamp” of these professional politicians and lobbyists and bring in other outsiders to solve America’s woes. As only he can do.

Now that he is President-Elect Trump, he has to fill all these critical jobs with qualified people that will be responsible for managing their specific areas of responsibility and helping him function as President.

Since Trump is a billionaire Washington outsider with no experience as an elected public servant, he does not have connections with people that are qualified to fill these critical positions. So what is he doing? He is appointing other billionaires to help fix the system  that made them billionaires. He is filling his cabinet with more lobbyists and his old political cronies and Republican retreads from years past that he has supported. Their primary qualification is that they had to be Trump supporters and willing to suck up to him.

you-elected-a-billionaireWell, so much for “draining that swamp” promise.  More broken promises to come…

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I Listened and I Watched, Now I Will Do My Part…

Perfect response to the question “what do we do now?” after Donald Trump’s election and Republican House and Senate wins.

I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.
Them. The people who voted for him.
The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.
They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know what they are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Drumpf’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s.
I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were “entirely unwilling to give.”
– Author unknown.

Trump and Republicans Do Not Deserve Our Support

After a very unconventional and offensive campaign, the 2016 election is over. Donald Trump is the President Elect and Republicans have won the majority in both the House and Senate. The Republicans and their supporters, including some media, are now saying everyone should come together to give Trump an opportunity to unite the American people and “make America great again.”

Why should congressional Democrats and Independents “come together” to support Trump and their Republican agenda? When Barrack Obama was elected President in 2008, the congressional Republicans began an unprecedented level of obstruction to the point of sabotaging his presidency and this country. For eight years they have used the filibuster a record-setting number of times to block bills and did absolutely nothing to cooperate with the President and the Democrats. This was their strategy and they made it known publicly. The needs of America, the needs of the American people, and the needs of our military veterans were snubbed just to deprive President Obama of a political victory.

Republicans have done everything to not only obstruct the President but to erase everything he has accomplished, including the unsuccessful, endless votes (60+) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) which provided healthcare insurance coverage to 22 million uninsured Americans.

The majority of American voters spoke clearly in making Barack Obama President of the United States for eight years. He won the popular vote and the Electoral College votes – twice.

The majority of American voters spoke again in this election by voting for Hillary Clinton with an estimated margin of 2 million more votes than Donald Trump, thus winning the popular vote.

However, Trump did win the Electoral College vote, thus winning the presidency and now his supporters seem to think that he has a “mandate” from the people. Wrong.

dear-conservativesShould we reward the unscrupulous and extreme partisan behavior of the Republicans over the last eight years by giving Donald Trump and these same congressional Republicans our support? Hell no!

 

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