Regarding our aspiring dictator’s understanding of getting things done in Washington: the democratic process, what remains of it, quite escapes him. He issues a decree, and to his mind, a god-like utterance should be enough remake the world in his image.
Trump spent most of his adult life as mogul, a secular financial deity. But reign over his dominion relied less on business acumen than the momentum of existing fortune, hype and aggressive lawyers. The hard work was done for him; his greatest skill, then as now, is charlatanry.
That’s why his attempts to implement his agenda as president have proven a wellspring of bitter frustrations. How many rumors of destructive changes did trusted news sources promise us were incipient, only to never be mentioned again? He speaks, yet nothing happened. Upturning the status quo takes cunning and a real adeptness for The Deal – the kind the president’s never actually had to make.
Donnie Boy never learned the rules, then failed to master the game. Being an inveterate cheat, he’s renewed his push for the Senate to modify its rules. Despite an infamously short attention span, he has a preternatural drive to twist rules to his advantage. Ruth Ben-Ghiat recently made the case that asseiged from all sides, Trump is at his most dangerous. I see no reason to disagree.
(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Thirty-One)