My Antipathy To “The Donald”
I was told by a friend in an e-mail last night that my politics shows through in my selection of articles for my daily free newspaper, “johnmac’s news of the day” (http://paper.li/f-1416296565). If there is, in fact, any bias in my selections, it goes well beyond politics.
I have long despised Donald Trump. In a column in yesterday’s New York Daily News, “If Hillary Clinton were a man . . .? Trying to understand the intensity of vitriol aimed at the former First Lady, senator and secretary of state” (http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/richard-cohen-hillary-clinton-man-article-1.2725607), author Richard Cohen writes “I would, to get right down to it, vote for Kim Kardashian over Donald Trump”. I won’t go that far — I would stay home in that election — or perhaps vote for Gary Johnson or Jean Stein (neither of whom I would vote for in this contested election — I moved seamlessly from Bernie to Hillary).
Given a choice of candidates for this term, I would have chosen any of the Democratic candidates (and that includes Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb) as well as Jeb Bush, Linsey Graham, and John Kasich from the Republican side. All these people strike me as honorable and, while I might disagree with them on issues, I respect them and feel that they will do their best for the country.
Trump, on the other hand, has proven during the campaign that he is a despicable human being — and I can’t believe that so many of my country fellows do not see that anyone who slanders John McCain, disabled journalists, Mexicans, Muslims, and intimates that a television journalist must be menstruating is simply a lowlife. I can’t understand how he has not be constanting asked to back up his statement that he “knows more about the Generals” — the statement is absurd on its face and he gets away with things like this.
In pushing aside questions about his lack of military service (during the Vietnam War), he has pointed out that he had experience — “I went to Military School”. To compare his time at the now-defunct New York Military Academy with service in the Armed Forces is insulting to those who served. I went to military school and served in the Army and there is a helluva difference — and I never saw combat. Where is the VFW and the American Legion in demanding apologies for these remarks the insulting remarks?
Then there is the travesty that is “Trump University”, his business dealings that resulted in bankruptcies and unpaid contractors, and his public flaunting of his infidelities (he has the nerve to attack Bill Clinton for his marital failings while never mentioning his own). This is not a good person and even the thought of him ever becoming the leader of this country should be both embarrassing to every American.
The political process has not made Trump a worse person than he was; he was always as he is today. For real insight into the early Trump, read Jane Meyer’s excellent piece in the New Yorker, ””Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All” (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all). In the article, Meyer writes of the remorse felt by Tony Schwartz, Trump’s Ghostwriter for the 1987 “Art Of The Deal”. Schwartz made Trump look like something he wasn’t — a sharp decisive businessman when in fact he was a liar with a very short attention span.
Meyer writes “Donald J. Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated. Trump, facing a crowd that had gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, laid out his qualifications, saying, “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” If that was so, Schwartz thought, then he, not Trump, should be running. Schwartz dashed off a tweet: “Many thanks Donald Trump for suggesting I run for President, based on the fact that I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ”
To be blunt, Schwartz prostituted himself for a $500,000 advance and 1/2 the royalties to make Trump appear something he wasn’t. Mayer quotes Edward Kosner, the former editor and publisher of New York, where Schwartz worked as a writer at the time, as saying “Tony created Trump. He’s Dr. Frankenstein.”
According to Meyer, Schwartz became terrified at the prospect of Trump as president and felt he must speak out. He knew that if he wrote a piece himself that he would be accused of just cashing in again on the book — so he agreed to the New Yorker interview.
Meyer quotes Schwartz as saying “I put lipstick on a pig ..I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is ..I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.” He also stated that, if he were to write a book about Trum today, he would call it “The Sociopath”.
Strong stuff — and I didn’t even know about it when I wrote the following poem, “Donald Trump” (one of the 110 poems in the “New and Collected Poems by johnmac the bard) in 2009. Although I had a long feeling that he was sleezy, this poem only deals with one aspect of him. It did, however, give me an opportunity to relieve myself of some venom.
Maybe I’m not the only person
who hates Donald Trump
In today’s New York Post,
Columnist Cindy Adams,
writing about Henry Hudson,
scribed “anyway, he sailed up
this river and; like Trump.
right away, named the thing
At the top of my hill, there is
the “Donald Trump State Park –
Indian Hill Section” and there is
NOTHING THERE —
only a closed gate.
Trump’s company had bought land
years ago, hoping to rezone down from
four acres and build condos
but the locals fought him … and
fought him … and fought him.
So finally, he gave up and gave it
to New York State with the stipulation
that it be named after him.
Big signs went up on the highway —
— bigger than the exit signs.
And he took his tax write-off and went home
But there is only a locked gate.
I wonder if he will
when he gets there.
Copyright 2009 John F. McMullen
I couldn’t stand him long before he became a politician! I certainly hope that the American public puts him under enough scrutiny to unmask him as, to use Schwartz’s word, a “Sociopath” with no experience in government, no political philosophy, and a danger to the country and the world. If not, we’re in a lot of trouble!