Walk a Mile in Trump's Shoes

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch told Scout, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." This is the essence of empathy. You can't understand someone until you've walked a mile in his shoes.

Let's for a moment climb inside Donald Trump's skin and walk around in it.

Trump was a successful businessman, a billionaire with properties, resorts, golf courses, and hotels around the world. He owned a huge private jet, only a half-step down from the one he currently uses. He has a beautiful wife and family; his children are smart and following in his business footsteps. He hosted a wildly successful television show, was a household name and a darling of the media before he decided to run for president.



Yet he gave that up. Why would he do that? As a septuagenarian, did his ego demand one more even bigger prize? Or, as some have speculated, was he approached by a group of patriots several years ago and told in no uncertain terms about the Deep State and America's trajectory into the abyss? Perhaps he was told that he was the only one who could run for president, have a chance of winning, then slow or stop America's decline.

Did he, as a consummate patriot, take up the challenge? Someday we may learn why he gave up a comfortable and successful life in exchange for years of scorn and derision.

In Hillary Clinton, he fought a political opponent who was challenging, not personally, but for what and whom she represented: the establishments of both parties, the donor classes, the media, Hollywood, academia, and the Clinton machine that has been active since her husband's presidency two decades earlier.

He worked his butt off, campaigning around the clock. From his tweets at 4 A.M. to his campaign rallies in multiple states in a single day, he worked harder than any candidate in recent memory. His opponent did the opposite. Sipping chardonnay and napping, she listened to her cheerleaders in the media, fawning over her every utterance, telling her repeatedly that she would win the election easily, and doing most of the campaigning for her.

Media coverage of Trump was and still is over 90 percent negative. His own party worked against his election, the party he represented and brought victory to. The big names in the GOP tried to undermine him – McCain, Romney, Bush, Ryan – all past presidents or candidates, the heavy hitters in the GOP, not to mention the Republican NeverTrump whiners.

Then there was the Deep State, the unelected and unaccountable three-letter agencies, conspiring and working against Donald Trump, not only as a candidate, but also as president. They spied on his campaign, creating fictional dossiers used to justify FBI surveillance of Trump, his entire campaign staff, and his family. It was a concerted effort by the leadership of these agencies to prevent his election, then "an insurance policy" to destroy his presidency as a Plan B.

Phony accusations or Russian collusion tainted his presidency, providing a cloud over his election, much like a successful athlete winning a medal or championship fair and square and against all odds, then having his victory tainted with the accusation of rigging or cheating. How would such a winner react to claims that he didn't really win? Especially when he had worked so hard for victory and had so little help in the process.

The Russian collusion story taints Trump's successful campaign and election. The Mueller investigation and drumbeat from the media share the common refrain that Trump is an illegitimate president, that he cheated to win, conspiring with an enemy country. This is the same country, ironically, that so many of Trump's critics were in love with only a few years ago.

Comments (37)

He gave it up?

Does that mean when he is no longer president that he will be surviving on a presidential pension?

Somehow I doubt it.

His businesses are still being run, and he is still making money from them.

Sure he took a chance when he ran for president, but in reality he wasn't really losing anything, he had just another thing to gain.
Great article Willie!thumbs up I wonder why no one in the news media could print this?
I say what I think now and then tonight some sensible voices but also some rather corrupt voices have a word with me and by tomorrow I say something else knowing the advantages of this new line. That's Trump's shoes.
It is arguable that becoming POTUS is not a 'gain'.

Two grueling years trying to get the job...
Four years of the 'loyal' opposition trashing & trying to imprison you - and some nutbags wanting to kill you.

'Given the choice of the Presidency and four years in the penitentiary, I would take the penitentiary thank you.'
- Gen. William T. Sherman, circa 1880

It's Catch 22.
Murkuns don't want a Prez who's crazy.
Anyone who runs for Prez must be crazy.
And if he/she is not - Murkuns have morphed the office into a thing that would drive anyone crazy.

Utterly bizarre. Crazy, if you will.

cowboy
Gypsytramp
Why? Addiction to power

Thank you for providing a taste of what it’s like to walk in your shoes.

In my experience, people who are unsure about their convictions take great pains to defend them.

You left out a bunch of walking there. What about al the greed, lust, adultery, ripping people off, multiple bankruptcies, bigotry, etc etc etc?
Trump didn't give nothing up prior to being elected.Long before he had taken office Trump turned over the reins to his adult sons so to speak in regards to the businesses.
I believe that Trump in his own way cares about America and by any means wants to succeed. But he's too narrowly American in character and not sufficiently western. You believe you can ignore the world or oppose it and build castles in the air as though this was 19th century America.
Some build castles in air.
Some build Caliphates in sand.

cowboy
What many don't understand and refuse to acknowledge is Trump, a billionaire, did not have to take all the abuse he has taken. He could have lived out his life in luxury and not taken on the pressure of the job he sought and eventually won. Trump is the first President who was not afraid to say what most people believed and most politicians were afraid to say. He didn't ask for the abuse he has taken. He embraced it along with the millions of proud Americans who are so happy to have a President who has the peoples back. Not like Obama, who tried his best to destroy America.
Willy give it a break will you.Trump being abused that's almost comical.In fact it is lol

.Most political figures know before they enter into it that being in the political arena isn't going to be a cake walk so to speak.
"You left out a bunch of walking there. What about al the greed, lust, adultery, ripping people off, multiple bankruptcies, bigotry, etc etc etc?"

You've explained what type of 'crazy' person would aspire to be Prez, Tramp -
That's a near-textbook definition of psycho/sociopathy.

That's comforting mumbling
Murkuns have created a system of selecting a head of state which uniquely attracts psycho/sociopaths.

hmmm

Perhaps it's NOT all that bizarre!
Psychopaths do well in positions such as CEO of a large corporation.
The problem is that Murkun people have naive romantic delusions about who they want to be their Prez!
The problem is with their delusions!
NOT that psychopaths seek the Presidency.

An excellent observation, Tramp! cheers
You've explained the behavior of many (all?) Murkun Prez aspirants...
and why Murkuns want to throw 'em in prison after they elect 'em.

You should get a grant to do research, develop the concept & publish your results.

cowboy
wow...DAYUM!

hole

cowboy
Elegsabiff
I think it was a truly horrible shock to Trump when he won. He intended to be jeering, shouting abuse and mocking the new POTUS, saying repeatedly that the country had really wanted him, and accusing her of shenanigans at the polls - buses of illegal voters rushed from poll to poll, perhaps. It would have been deeply destabilizing.

I think the puppet-masters want the US destabilized and when Trump shocked everyone, including himself, by getting elected in the most underwhelming voting turnout in your history, the puppet-masters shrugged and made the necessary slight adjustments. They don't really care, after all. Just so long as there is turmoil, disunity, growing resentment, and a population so divided that government is in a strait-jacket, it doesn't really matter who is in the hot seat, does it?

It certainly isn't just the US. One by one every country is being driven to the point where there simply isn't a majority and the marginals in power are too busy looking over their shoulders and clinging to their positions to do the jobs they were originally elected to do.

I think we're all so busy talking about how useless and corrupt the leaders or the opposition of our own country (insert your choice here) are that we're missing the big picture.

I think someone, somewhere, is laughing their head off.

I don't think a single person will read this comment. laugh
Willy, no matter how much you show his against all odd win, no matter how his leadership is documented with flying colors turning America to be great, no matter how majority of the populations are reaping the benefits of his leadership, there will always be those that can't seem to understand let alone appreciate, why? You know the answer.

Anyways as long as he keeps doing a good job running our political complex machine, we're in for a good future.

Anti Trump, there will always be many. Sore losers is what comes to mind.
Biff, I remember reading a line in one of the Greek tragedies. I can't remember it verbatim, but it basically said that the gods were playing dice with us humans, and enjoying watching the resulting carnage.

I think that is similar to the 'somebody' you mentioned wine
I was just reading about this in American Thinker.

Jim it should be published in the popular media but we know it's all owned by the liberals.

Listen to Judge Janine, Hannity, Limbaugh and we hear the same thing.
so I guess what people want is crooked Hillary. I believe trump does want America to do well and does love his country. trump loves all the turmoil the media are giving him and he can handle them( fake news).get use to it he will be in for two terms.
Was The Don actually meant to become POTUS, boffins?

Interesting question.

Some claim the Clinton Machine rigged the Dem Primaries -
Young (relatively wink ) moderate Hildebeest vs superannuated socialist Bern & fixed with superdelegates.
The Machine also used The Don's candidacy to disrupt the Repub primaries.
(He's had Dem leanings/connections in the past; it's more plausible than it appears at first glance.)
And then...HE GOT THE NOMINATION! wow

All The Better!
The stupid Repubs handed Hildebeest a walk-over candidate on her road to coronation as 1st female Prez - AND back-to-back 'novelty' Prezes wink
yay
And The Don was actually in on the caper! grin

And then...HE WAS ELECTED POTUS! wow

Long story short.
Hildebeest was such a dreadful candidate & ran a campaign so badly that she managed to lose a rigged election shock

Remember her slogan - I'm With Her!...? And how The Don spun it around...telling voters HE WAS WITH THEM!
The Dems had to expend resources doing damage control on THEIR OWN CANDIDATE'S SLOGAN!
That's simply a fact.
I know because I received a damage control mailing.
Incredible!

This isn't just a crazy right wing story.
I know(!) uber-libs who suspected such when The Don was one of many primary contenders.
And they mentioned it again after the election.

Outlandish? Preposterous?
Of course!
But do any of y'all have a better explanation for the Election Of '16 spectacle?
Seriously?
dunno

And I did read your comment. So there tongue

cowboy
Marblecollector
A true Patriot sometimes risks everything for his country. His true reason for becoming President Trump is because he knew he could help this country and Make America Great Again. He is risking his life and the safety of his family because it needed done.
True Patriotism is selfless. I Thank God him. I salute him for his heroism and bravery.
Michael
Elegsabiff
Actually I'm really impressed, TWO people read it wow

laugh

Yup, Molly, what fools these mortals be.
Marblethumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
Everyone in the West can count themselves lucky that they have the luxury of voicing their opinions (ad nauseum) on the merits and/or de-merits of one particular 70 year old white dude.

In the meantime, millions of people are suffering or dying from completely treatable diseases such as glaucoma of the eye ( reversible with 40 dollars worth of antibiotics ) or malaria , with nets etc. worth pennies on the dollar. But the grim reality is that real suffering doesn't make for good tv.

Human's aren't very good.
professor

The 'dice' quote is Einstein's comment to Niels Bohr regarding quantum physics/mechanics.

The well known quote from Einstein...
'God does not roll dice with the universe.' scold

Bohr's lesser known reply...
'Einstein, don't tell God what to do! scold

Another quote attributed to Einstein -
'Two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity. I'm not sure about the universe.'

cowboy
loulou77
I doubt Trump will get a hall pass for his would or wouldn't cover up regarding Putin"s meddling with US elections...

Thanks Donald...your welcome Mr. Putin...lol...laugh

Someone is drinking champagne in Russia...with caviar no doubt...wine
Evidence that The Don was surprised at being elected POTUS - and may not care to have/keep the job...
He was recently asked about his plans (if any) to run again in '20.

He responded to the question; he didn't actually answer it...
confused blah blah

It might be a calculated move.
Should he not run & endorse Pence, Pence could run for The Don's 2nd term...
and then run for his own 2nd term in '24.

That would virtually guarantee that a Repub will nominate SCOTUS Justice Bader Ginsberg's replacement.
It would give SCOTUS a rightward lean that could easily extend beyond mid-21st Century...shock

cowboy
A meme appeated after Kerry & Putin pulled Barry's nuts outta the "line in the Syrian sand" fire...

"When this guy (Putin) does more to keep your country out of war
than this guy (Obama) -
It's time to re-evaluate."

After that episode, it may be that Putin's meddling is motivated by a sincere effort to avoid war.
Easier to deal with it at the election phase than when the world is on the brink...
the proverbial ounce of prevention or stitch in time, as it were.

cowboy
String wave awesome. It was meant to be. Which means all ye, anti Trumps, suck it.

It explains why nothing anyone would have done to change the outcome.
loulou77
Lind

Spoken like a true Trump supporter...suck what?...lol...
laugh
I see Miss North is back trolling!
Fish scarce up her way,hmm?
At least neither is on the other's blog, con.
Neutral turf, as it were smile

Or...
No Man's Land...uh oh...hole

popcorn...drinking

cowboy
Suck it. Suck WHAT?

confused

The Free Dictionary -
Suck It:
1. vulgar slang. An expression of anger, scorn, or disdain. Charles: "You never do any chores around the house, you just leave them for the rest of us!" Sam: "Oh, suck it, Charles! I don't have to listen to your crap." If you don't like the way I do things around here, you can just go suck it!

2. vulgar slang. An expression of condescension, especially following a triumph over someone else. "I just demolished your high score! Suck it, Johnny!"

sigh

Still unclear what's sucked sad

I guess it's one of those imponderables...
like why Kamikaze pilots wore hemets dunno

popcorn...drinking

cowboy
texasgirl8585
Great blog!! And your comment on it is right on the money, too! yay
Grouchyoldfart
I do not think I would like to walk a mile in Trump,s shoes, especially the " Green Mile ".
C you notice that? Jail time is over?
I am in anybody's blog if I'm interested.

C, that poster is an anti Trump and her opinion is just that, an opinion. She can't vote. So she should suck it.

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