The Donald
The Relationship Between Ignorance and Knowledge

Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century prime minister of the UK, wrote, "To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge."  Disraeli's assumption is that a true leader will be able to lead based upon knowledge, especially of history.  Thus raises the central question of whether the Donald is or can be a leader.  Is he conscious of his ignorance? 

There is another aspect to Trump from his new senior advisor, Paul Manafort.  Manafort contends that Trump is merely playing the part and will soon be seen as more presidential.  After campaigning for nearly a year, Manafort is convinced that Americans will see a new Trump soon.  In the past, Trump was merely playing the part but soon will be acting the part by being presidential. 

Finally, I have another theory.  I think that the Donald's forté is math.  He employs his mathematical prowess to his leadership style.  He is able to engage his followers by appealing to their lowest common denominator.  Whether it is racism, sexism, homophobia, etc., Trump has uninformed opinions that parallel that of the worst opinions of Americans. 

As we patiently await the transformation of the Donald into a presidential candidate, what will be the issues that he will have to walk back and restate?  Here is a partial list.

  • This is Trump's stance on Mexican immigrants, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best....  They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
  • Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering the US, which was the result of the San Bernardino terrorist episode.  He demands that "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
  • Moving to foreign affairs, Trump promises to deal with ISIS quickly.  "ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh-- out of them." 
  • The Donald is rattled by the NFL beginning to change rules to avoid concussions and brain injuries.  Beyond his not wanting the NFL to change the rulebook, Trump said that "football has become soft like our country has become soft." 
  • Carly Fiorina's face leaves Trump less than impressed.  "Look at that face!  Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" 
  • Megyn Kelly did not fare any better as a woman than Fiorina did.  During the debates, the Donald's contention was that "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base."
  • On the other hand, Trump thinks that "Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression 'the weaker sex' was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part."
  • Trump also has issues with John McCain.  He disses the notion that McCain was an American war hero during the Vietnamese war.  Trump's view is that "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."  He maintains this even though McCain spent 5½ years in the "Hanoi Hilton."
  • This is the Donald's view regarding replacing Andrew Jackson's face on the $20 bill, "I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic.  I would love to — I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill."

The new $20 bill will look something like this. 

Trump has some issues with a black ex-slave who helped other slaves escape slavery and was a spy for the North during the Civil War.  He would prefer Andrew Jackson, who was a slave owner and relocated the Cherokees resulting in the Trail of Tears in which several thousand died. 

Manafort assures us that Trump will change soon.  The question then haunts me is that the Donald will have to rescind all of his truly dumb notions about nearly everything. 

The Boston Globe published a front-page edition a year in advance after Trump's election as president.


The Globe's front-page in April 2017

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