The fight is on for MAGA credentials
How did Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed billionaire who paid $750 in federal taxes for two years, become Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States in charge of an $18.7 trillion economy? First, of course, he lied and lied all the time. But that cannot be the reason why 62.98 million Americans in 2016 and 74.21 Americans in 2020 thought it would be a great idea to let him stay in the White House.
He must have done something that made millions of Americans believe he was the best choice.
Donald Trump gave Americans a long list of items to be extremely worried about. Exaggerated their fear, accused established politicians as the swamp draining the country for personal interests, attacked American institutions as a deep state that is trying to stop him from changing the country, seeded distrust in national media by calling them fake news, and then positioned him as the only person who can fix everything.
- Immigrants are taking over the country with the help of the Democrats — I will build the wall to stop them.
- I built the greatest economy ever, but the media will never show you the correct data because they are fake news. The data you just saw is cooked beyond belief.
- You are economically struggling because of globalization. So I will lead my attack against globalization by waging a Twitter war against foreign leaders.
- Democrats are not politicians. Their agenda is to devastate the country — Only me and my party can save the country.
As nauseating as his actions were, you have to take a minute to absorb his success in laying out a perfect plan to divide the country and executing it to perfection. You must have noticed one crucial method in his madness. For every problem, he had a grandiose verbal solution and never forgot to name the enemy.
He never pointed at the problem and left it there. Instead, he offered an outrageous solution to go along with it. And the solution almost always ran either through him or through his party while…