On 9 November 2016, I wrote “10 Initial Reflections on President Donald J. Trump, for what they’re worth, by a half-awake regular citizen.” Four years later, with the election of Joseph Biden as the 46th POTUS, I thought I would revisit those initial reflections. My 2020 comments are in block quotes following the original points.
1. It was very interesting to see all of the Hilary bashing on my gun Twitter feed (@gunculture2pt0) and comparatively little pro Trump sentiments. Celebrating someone’s loss rather than someone’s win doesn’t make it feel like much of a win for the country.
Much more anti-Hilary sentiment in the country than many thought, but I grew tired of Trump’s (and others’) Hilary Derangement Syndrome over the ensuring 4 years.
2. Among those who were commenting on Trump’s win rather than Clinton’s loss, I found it funny (odd, not ha-ha) to see people thanking and praising Trump for doing things he hasn’t done yet. E.g., “Thank you for making America great again.” I can see expressions of hope, but Trump is all promises at this point.
Four years later, I don’t see America as any greater than it was in 2016. Of course, I also think that America has been struggling to form a more perfect union for a couple centuries now.
3. Olive branches and unifying language in Trump acceptance speech. He continues to surprise.
Alas, olive branches and unifying language went away quickly and permanently.
4. When he just reads the teleprompter he sounds presidential. Can he keep it up?
No, he cannot.
5. My hope is that “Trump,” the character he plays for the cameras, will become Donald J. Trump, President of the United States now. That is, that the office of the president will mold him into someone who can lead a diverse and complex society in an uncertain world.
It did not.
6. My guess is Trump is essentially a pragmatist not an ideologue, and that those who think this is some sort of ideological revolution will be disappointed.
I am a bad guesser.
7. Relating to #6, I just uncovered two books I read during my freshman year of college back in 1986-1987, both of which highlight the possibility and difficulty of leading political revolutions. (Books were: David Stockman’s “The Triumph of Politics” and Gorbachev’s “Perestroika.”)
One term president.
8. For all the “drain the swamp” and “reset” rhetoric, as is always the case, almost all incumbents in U.S. Senate and House races were re-elected. (Related: I was shocked by the number of local races on my ballot that were uncontested.)
Same as it ever was.
9. I find the gloating excessive this morning by supporters of someone who seems to have lost the popular vote. As Gil Scott Heron once said, mandate my ass.
Appears that 2020 deficit will be even greater than 2016. Looks like Trump is trying to re-boot “The Biggest Loser.”
10. I hope this means Trump will upgrade his wardrobe from those ugly, ill-fitting (Chinese-made Trump brand?) suits. If those suits are in fact custom tailored, I have just two words for his tailor: “You’re fired.”
His consistency is noteworthy, especially when he clings to that which is unflattering.