That Trump Tweet above is a good example of President Trump’s style. The media had swarmed him with accusations of ruining America’s relationship with Australia in one phone call to PM Malcolm Turnbull about Australia sending Muslim “refugees” to America in a deal brokered by ex-President Obasma.
Between Trump’s 3 A.M. Tweets and his manly style, involving pushback, the media’s preference for pajama-boy Obama is coming across loud and clear. The easy route to smearing Trump is to say he’s crazy.
Regular Lew Rocwell contributor Michael Rozeff wrote this brief piece refuting the media’s claims about Trump’s mental state. This post is a companion to the post just published that focuses on former Swedish PM Goran Persson’s claim that Trump is crazy.
The Left and some Republicans are attacking Trump as a madman. The media are taking this tack. They are mightily confused, shocked and thrashing around.
However, Trump’s actions and style are both rational. He is not a lunatic, not crazy, not erratic and not acting at random. What he’s doing is no less calculated or rational than anything that Bush or Obama did in the past 16 years, although I admit that sets a pretty low hurdle. Trump is no fool. What critics bemoan as “chaos” consists of calculated effects.
He has definite goals in mind. He’s engaged in political shock therapy. He is also smart enough to bob and weave, mixing his statements up in ways to confuse his opposition, all the while placing them on the defensive. He has to use shock tactics and quickly if he wants to change anything, because the existing system is so frozen in place. The system is crusted over with frozen paths and barriers of money and power. He’s out to smash the psychology of it and its comfort level. He is not letting himself be captured by established interests, although he may feign such accommodation temporarily. Trump is a very clever man, from what I can see of how he’s operating.
His style of dickering with other politicians overseas is designed to shake them up and force them into channels they’re not used to. Even their defensive reactions may be exactly what he wants from them. He’s breaking down the stuffy and guarded bureaucratic ways of assessing issues by his blunt language. This is designed to awake new ways and approaches to relations that are now frozen in ways he dislikes.
This assessment is only of Trump’s mind and methods. It doesn’t attempt to say whether he will succeed, and it doesn’t evaluate the content of his goals.
I once had a young Latina college girl who had what seemed like a hundred boyfriends say that her secret to dealing with men was to “keep them off balance.” Haha.
I think that’s Trump’s secret too. He keeps his enemies off balance. By the time they respons to one of Trump’s “outrages,” he’s moved on to another one.