Why Donald Trump Just Doesn’t Get It

By YeOldeScribe ~ May 9th, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

Everyone has a favorite TV show they love to watch. Most of us (our writer included) have several (and probably several more than they should). When it first came out, our writer really enjoyed watching The Apprentice. Maybe it was because he had several friends who were majoring in Business Administration or Marketing, but the show was very intriguing. Force strangers to work together as a team, and put them in real life business scenarios, and see what happens? It was the one reality TV show worth watching. It was interesting not only to see the challenges, but to see how each team dealt with and overcame them.

The least important thing about the show was the man hosting it – Donald Trump. Of course, the show was hosted in the Trump Towers, and it was always interesting to find out who got to hear “You’re Fired” from the Donald. But what made the show was the people and the challenges -  that’s the drama our writer tuned in to see.

Then season two happened. As more and more seasons of the show were aired, the program became less about the competitions and the teamwork, and it became more about the individuals. We bet you can’t name who won the first season of The Apprentice, but you all probably know who Omorosa was. More that even the competitors though, the show became centered around one individual – the Donald himself. We’re surprised the show isn’t just called “Who wants to be Donald Trump’s Apprentice” or more accurately “Why Donald Trump is better than all of you”. Of course, the celebrity version of the show soon became more popular than the original, and now there’s no educational reason to watch it anymore.

Why all this discussion about a TV show? It’s because we want to show you exactly why Donald Trump doesn’t get it. Everything he touches either becomes all about him or fails horribly (and more often than not, it’s both). This TV show is just one of many examples of his hubris. Today, we’ll be taking a look mostly at his political pride, and why it’s not good for him, politics, and America in general.

First of all, we’d like to refer you to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner videos. For those of you who haven’t seen them yet, you need to check them out. If you don’t know what the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is all about, here’s a quick rundown: The statements made by President Obama are here and the ones made by comedian Seth Meyers are here. We know the clips are long (18 for the first, 20 for the second), but trust us, they’re worth every minute to watch. Our writer has seen them three times through already. They’re that good. Also, we’re aware the Meyer’s clip skips in the middle. Rest assured, you don’t miss much, and it fixes itself eventually. But seriously, go check out the videos, and if you don’t die from laughter, come on back.

Yeah, Trump got roasted pretty bad. We’ll talk later about why he deserved it, but in case you didn’t see it (especially in the 2nd video), the Donald was none too pleased with the remarks at the dinner. He had this to say following the dinner:

“Well, I really understood what I was getting into, I didn’t know that I’d be virtually the sole focus… I don’t think the American people are having a good time with $5 gas… I was thinking to myself as they were doing this, you know, the American people are really suffering and we’re all [having fun].” Trump also said that “[Meyer’s] delivery frankly was not good,” and the Donald said that Meyers was a “stutterer”.

Let’s just go down the line and point out three reasons in this quote alone why Trump shouldn’t even be considered for the presidency. First, let’s look at Trump’s assertion that the speech was all about him. Only Donald Trump could make the argument that in a 40-minute speech where no more than five minutes was directed at him, the speech had to be all about him. Yes, more time was spent making fun of birthers, but the fact that Mr. Trump believes he’s the only birther worth talking about just proves our point even more. If anything, the speech was about Obama, but really, the speech was, is, and always will be about having a good time and lightening the mood amongst a group of people who somehow find a way not to laugh at politics for 364 days out of the year. No, Mr. Trump, the speech was not all about you, even if your over-inflated ego thought it was. Those of us in a place we at Political Progressives like to call “reality” know different.

Now let’s move onto his “woe is the American people” gambit. Really Mr. Trump? You’re going to criticize journalists and honored guest for showing up to an event that they’ve been showing up to for years? What would you have them do, turn down the invitation? And on that note, if you’re so concerned about the plight of the American people, why did you attend? Couldn’t your time and money have been better spent elsewhere? Surely if you’re really worth the billions you claim to be (Fun Fact: You’re lying), you can afford to regularly donate to charities and volunteer your time at soup kitchens. How about you donate some of your famous Trump brand steaks to them? Or how about you freely give away some of your “miracle” vitamins to third-word nations that could actually use them? The idea that you’ll be the flag bearer for the plight of the average American is appalling. Nothing about you screams average American besides the fact that you think you’re more popular, wealthy and beautiful/handsome than you really are.

Finally, we have to commend condone Trump for handing the remarks by the President and Meyers with such no class. Meyers’ speech was the best-received comedy sketch done at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that we’ve ever seen. Go YouTube some of the other attempts if you don’t believe us, but they pale in comparison to the comedic gold Meyers’ struck just a few weeks ago. Even if you’re a birther, Tea Party, Republican, NRA and KKK member, you were probably still laughing at Meyers’ jokes. Did he stumble a couple times? Sure. You try giving a 20-minute speech in front of the most influential man in the world and a room full of broadcast journalists who eat weak politicians for breakfast. Then try to make them laugh, all the while not slipping up a single time. Meyers was spot-on, and Trump’s attack on him was in poor taste while Meyers’ jokes weren’t. When all you have left is to make ad hominem attacks, you’re better off not opening your mouth at all. (And yes, we’re well aware many could consider our blog to be a series of one ad hominem attack after another. We’d like to point out the difference is we back up our claims with research, and are willing to admit when we’re wrong.)

The last thing we want to point out is actually the irony of this entire situation. The joke that drew the biggest response of the evening was when Meyers quipped “Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising since I just assumed he was running as a joke.” What’s ironic about that? The fact that it’s true. We hate to be the bearer of bad news Mr. Trump, but ever since you joined the birther movement (and arguably even before that), you’ve never been a serious contender in the eyes of most Americans. Sure, you still have some die-hard Republicans and Celebrity Apprentice fans who would support you, but Sarah Palin still has some whack-jobs who support her, too – that doesn’t make either of you legitimate candidates. On what platform will you be running, Mr. Trump? The bither movement was really the only thing you ever took a “serious” political stance on, and you’ve been proven wrong time and time again on that. What policies would you enact?  It seems like the guy currently holding the job already instituted many of the things you advocated. Tax the rich? You wanted to do it, and all Obama wants to do is to remove the exorbitant tax breaks they currently get. Pass universal health care? You advocated it, and now it’s national law. Of course, you’ve since flipped flopped on those issues, and you’ve yet to follow through on your promise and release your personal financial information like you said you were going to if Obama released his long form birth certificate. So you stand for nothing, you’re a liar and a flip flopper, you’re filthy rich and dumber than a box of rocks? Well, we take back what we said earlier – maybe you would make a perfect Republican candidate for President after all.

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