Donald Trump must think he is a shark with the way his mouth and/or thumbs are in near constant motion. It is like if he is not in front of a microphone, en route to a microphone, or using his tiny fingers to whimsically punch out 140 new characters, he feels like he is dying.
But alas, he is not a shark. He is actually closer to a blow-fish bred with a yam, but I digress. He doesn’t need to keep moving to stay alive and someone should tell him that in fact, moving for the sake of moving is often a mistake in the political world. Sometimes doing nothing is the best action you can take.
Trump keeps “accidentally” insulting new people because he has exhausted so many previous talking points that he must stretch for more material. He’s like a television show entering its fifth season when it never expected to make it past the pilot.
His bigger problem is that he has no articulated policies besides “build the wall” which requires roughly three words to detail.
“What are we gonna do?” “Build the wall!” “Hrmm okay, right, well moving on.”
He doesn’t have a structured stump speech either, so when he wanders up to the microphone he spews a stream of consciousness similar to the keystrokes of your crazy right-wing uncle.
The whole Selina Meyer-esque interaction with a crying baby at one of his rallies recently happened because he was so bored with his talking points that his mind began to wander and like a comedian who forgot his next bit, he turned to engaging the crowd.
At some level Trump may also know that like a comedian, if his material gets stale people will stop listening. Jokes are only funny so many times and if you know the punchline, it’s hard to stay engaged. The same goes for a Trump speech. It’s hard to stay fired up about kicking out those darn immigrants through twelve straight months of rallies.
“What are we gonna do?” “Yeah yeah, the wall, we know.” “Hrmm okay, right, well moving on.”
Even the media is bored of his gaffes. It’s become a cut-and-paste ritual in every article where the author lists Trump’s offenses in the same manner in which you list “proficient in Microsoft Office suite” on your resume. Everyone knows it, you have to say it, but it isn’t going to impress anyone.
He also doesn’t seem to get that just because he’s making noise doesn’t mean he’s making progress. He remarked last week that he was confused about how he wasn’t higher in the polls because his rallies were so big. Trump rallies feature a thousand die-hard crazy folks and the voting public is about 110 million people. You do the math.
With three months until the election, you can bet that you haven’t seen the last press release from the Speaker’s office attempting linguistic Tai Chi condemning Trump’s latest offense while also still kinda sorta supporting him and also slipping in a Benghazi reference or two.
Trump has morphed into the love child of a Jack-In-The-Box and the Energizer Bunny. You know something crazy is going to pop out at any second, you just don’t know when or how to stop it–and it will continue indefinitely.*
*hopefully not after November 8.
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