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Don’t be fooled by Trump

Don’t be fooled by Trump

Don’t be fooled by President Donald Trump who delivered a speech to the joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. To really understand Trump is to understand the expression “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

For most Americans, the first impression of Donald Trump was revealed during the presidential debates. From a deportment standpoint he showed himself to be arrogant, insulting, pugnacious, disrespectful, uncivil, slanderous, impolite, and demeaning to his fellow candidates who seemed to be genuinely taken aback by his surly manner and behavior. Most notably was his tendency to constantly interrupt.

From a personal standpoint he showed himself to be narcissistic, vain, extremely sensitive to criticism, and a proclivity to feel the need to be loved: “I’m not a bad person,” “everybody loves me.” From a social standpoint he showed himself to be xenophobic, sexist, one who mocked the disabled, and a borderline racist and bigot. From a psychological standpoint it became evident that his favorite word was “I” closely followed by the adjectives beautiful, tremendous, and wonderful. His favorite phrases seemed to be “I know more about (fill in the space) than anyone you will ever know,” “trust me,” or “I’m the least bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life.”

From a political standpoint he praised Russia, criticized our allies, characterized Mexicans as criminals, rapists, and drug dealers, and insulted Muslims by inferring they were all terrorists who should not be allowed entrance to the U.S.

From a communication standpoint, it’s clear that without a teleprompter he has trouble completing a coherent sentence, has a limited vocabulary, gesticulates too much, suggesting the need for a crash course in public speaking, and loves to show off his grandiose signature on poorly thought out executive orders. Facts or truths are seen as “fake news,” falsely reported by the press which should now be considered “the enemy.” Only Fox News is the legitimate truthful news service because of its slogan “Fair and Balanced;” this despite a University of Maryland study a couple of years ago that concluded the more people watch Fox News, the less informed they are.

I could go on and on, but why belabor the obvious. The point is that the Donald Trump who addressed the joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 is not the Donald Trump we have been watching and listening to for the last 18 months. Reading a prepared speech from a teleprompter, trying to look and sound “presidential” doesn’t and didn’t fool anybody, except perhaps, his base. The real Donald Trump is the one we saw at his inauguration, his press conference, and who vents his frustrations, distortions, and accusations by tweeting.

So don’t be fooled by Donald Trump. It really is true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression and for most Americans that impression is troublesome, worrisome and potentially disastrous.

Denny Geraghty

Denver

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