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Simon Says, Trump Tweets

14 January 2017


Simon Says (or Simple Simon Says) is a child’s game for 3 or more players where 1 player takes the role of “Simon” and issues instructions (usually physical actions such as “jump in the air” or “stick out your tongue”) to the other players, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase “Simon says”. (Wiki)

Despite his rude and sometimes despicable behaviour, I still have confidence in Trump’s agenda. His list of broken campaign promises is mostly positive (eg, climate change, “lock her up”, Mexican wall, Mexico paying for it, Muslim ban, Obamacare replacement, waterboarding). Trump was smart and used Lenin’s basket of “useful fools and silly enthusiasts” to get into Power.

Nevertheless, each Twitter Tweet makes it harder to retain my confidence. Like VP Joe Biden said on CNN, I would also like to say to Trump: “Grow up, Donald. Grow up. Time to be an adult. You’re president. You’ve got to do something. Show us what you have.” Indeed, grow up, PLEASE !

Andy Borowitz, writer of the satirical Borowitz report, took a similar view on 6 Jan 2017: “An alarming report issued by heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies on Friday asserts that the Twitter account of President-elect Donald Trump was successfully hacked by a four-year-old child. [] N.S.A. analysts who studied the vocabulary, syntax, and spelling of the tweets “determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the work of a preschooler,” the source said.”

There are only 24 hours in a day and he cannot keep sending his Twitter Tweets to about half of the 325 million Americans who don’t like him. Then the other 7 billion people will quickly follow, minus the 140 million Russians. The Americans elected a President and deserve to get one; not a whining thin skinned child.

As always, every cloud has a silver lining, including this one. Every new Trump Tweet makes it more clear how we should see politicians who use a victim role to get elected (eg, Wilders). Fortunately, there will be plenty of Trump tweets before the Dutch general election of 15 March 2017.

It’s tempting to explain Trump’s behaviour as a result from narcissism and chronic sleep deprivation. However, both elements are rather common in such positions. Both are likely to get even worse after his inauguration on 20 January 2017. Both do not explain why he cannot control his emotions at the age of 70. It’s tempting to see premeditation in his tweets (NL: met voorbedachten rade).

Last week, a Dutch journalist (NRC) argued that each tweet causes hours of useful distraction. It also allows Trump to communicate directly to his Trumpists rather than through his “dishonest media“. Press conferences are now the exception, Tweets and YouTube videos are the new default. The Old Fox makes journalists focus on his Tweets and YouTube channel rather than the real news.

A fox may lose its hairs but will never lose its traits. (excerpt from The Old Fox)

Blurred lines by Robin Thicke – artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

If you can’t hear what I’m trying to say

If you can’t read from the same page

Maybe I’m going deaf

Maybe I’m going blind

Maybe I’m out of my mind


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