By Daily Kos
“I said to myself …” When Trump says those words, pay attention to what follows, because there is no one he wants to impress more — than himself. That’s one captive audience, I suppose. One he still hopes to impress, if he just keeps bluffing his way through his brand new “surreal experience.”
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Donald Trump, the Snake Oil Salesman that Conned America
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The Donald has a “Tell” — something that should clue in the casual observer, that what he is about to say is probably true (i.e., what he really thinks or believes). Without this “unconscious verbal cue” — the veracity (or dishonesty) of what the guy says, is a crap-shoot at best.
The give-away was made plain in the Lester Holt interview: Donald Trump prefaced his great “reveal” with these four words, as he commenced with explaining his “inner feelings” to Holt. Those four words were:
“I said to myself …”
When Trump says those words, pay attention to what follows, because there is no one he wants to impress more — than himself.
Trump: “[…] But regardless of [the] recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Knowing there was no good time to do it!
And in fact when I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, “You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.” — vox.com, May 11, 2017
After the four-word set-up, Donald went on to disclose what the real rationale was — you know just between him and the Press (a “non-enemy” at the time).
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Here are some examples of his “Tell” at work … (Taken from interviews from April 2016 forward.)
Trump: “My entire life, I’ve watched politicians bragging about how poor they are, how they came from nothing, how poor their parents and grandparents were. And I said to myself, if they can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn’t the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They’re morons.” — Eliot Weinberger, Oct 20, 2016
Here’s another example:
Trump: […] Part of that is when they try and demean me unfairly ’cause we had a massive crowd of people. We had a crowd — I looked over that sea of people and I said to myself, “Wow.”
And I’ve seen crowds before. Big, big crowds. That was some crowd. — abc.news.com, Jan 25, 2017
Here’s another example:
This is part of a pattern. In the first presidential debate, he congratulated himself for not bringing up Bill’s infidelities: “I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can’t do it. It’s inappropriate. It’s not nice.” In case anyone wasn’t clear about what he was talking about, after the debate he told reporters, “I’m very happy that I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton.” — vox.com, Oct 7, 2016
This one is kind of disturbing, since the “reports” originated from the other side of the globe, not with leakers …
Trump: […] Same thing with Australia. I said “that’s terrible that it was leaked” but it wasn’t that important. But then I said to myself “what happens when I’m dealing with the problem of North Korea?”
“What happens when I’m dealing with the problems in the Middle East? Are you folks going to be reporting all of that very, very confidential information, very important, very — you know, I mean at the highest level? Are you going to be reporting about that too? So, I don’t want classified information getting out to the public and in a way that was almost a test.” — cnn.com, February 17, 2017
This one was to Bill-O — back when he still had the gig …
Trump: Well, I must tell you, the other day, I walked into the main entrance of the White House, and I said to myself, “This is sort of amazing.” Or you walk into Air Force One. It’s like a surreal experience, in a certain way, but you have to get over it, because there’s so much work to be done, whether it’s jobs or other nations that truly hate us. You have to get over it. — sbnation.com, February 5, 2017
Too bad the guy has not taken his own “inner reveal” words to heart, that “there’s so much work to be done” … he had better “get over it” — you know being awestruck by the weightiness of the Job, he just walked into.
Or maybe he has “gotten over it” — just in entirely the wrong way. Tweeting is afterall, a way to take the “seriousness” out of about everything, this down-on-his luck poker-player does.
Who knows “what farm” he’ll bet next, to get his next self-validation fix. Afterall, if there’s one thing Donald’s “tell” tells us, it is this — he sure spends a lot of time talking to himself.
That’s one captive audience, I suppose. One he still hopes to impress, if he just keeps bluffing his way through his brand new “surreal experience.”
articles reprinted from Dailykos.com