You Didn’t Get Punk’d

You Didn’t Get Punk’d
Photo by Howdy, I'm H. Michael Karshis

America you did it. You broke the glass ceiling. I’m not referring to electing a woman as your first President. No, not that. That would be too easy. I’m referring to the the bigger glass ceiling: Electing a reality TV star. The guy from The Apprentice is your next President. It has been over a week since Donald Trump is President elect and it still doesn’t feel real. Saying the phrase “President Trump” doesn’t roll easily. Where is Ashton Kutcher and his cameras? I’m still waiting for him to come out of no where to tell us we got pranked. For the last year and a half, Donald Trump occupied way too much of my brain power. It looks like it won’t stop. It’s obvious Trump won’t be a traditional President. I just can’t picture him fulfilling all the traditional Presidential duties. Try to picture Trump going to all these ceremonies because the customs demands so.

The elections were less about electing Donald Trump and his platform and more about giving a big F-You to the establishment, that is the anachronistic, arrogant, entitled, smug, conceited ruling elite and ruling paradigm. Just like Brexit, it wasn’t about racism or misogyny, but a fundamental shattering of an old paradigm. The vote was not so much for a particular vision of one man, but against a prevailing model of managing the world. The neoliberal world of the last 30 years got brought to its knees. White working- and middle-class fellow citizens – out of anger and anguish – rejected the economic neglect of neoliberal policies and the self-righteous arrogance of elites. A lot of wealth and good happened in the last 30 to 40 years, but not everyone enjoyed the benefits and some people were left behind. Those people voted last week.
The Forgotten Man, by Jon McNaughton, depicts Obama trampling on the US Constitution, has been bought by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, who plans to present it to Trump. I don’t think Jon McNaughton’s painting won’t win any prizes for artistic merit or subtlety.

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Donald Trump

Photo by Howdy, I’m H. Michael Karshis

I’m going to make a few predictions. So far my magic crystal ball has been way off and my forecasting skills can only improve from there. Here’s my big prediction: Donald Trump won’t finish his Presidential term. I have a feeling he’s looking for somekind of exit strategy. Somethin will happen along the lines of:

1) Trump will resign and go back to the life he enjoyed. He hates his new life and he will hate it more once he’s in Washington. There’s nothing wrong with that. Trump already said that his VP Mike Pence will be running the country anyway.
2) He will resign because he’s sick. He hates his new life so much that it made him sick. Remember that Trump jumped in the race as a publicity stunt to get a pay raise from NBC for his TV show. The stunt backfired badly and as a result he has damaged the Trump brand. Trump Hotel will use the name Scion for new hotels instead of Trump.
3) Trump will resign because of an impeachement process. He won’t need to abuse the office of the Presidency for that. He already has a bunch of legal problems pending that will eventually catch up to him. The Republicans will turn their back on Trump after he got them the keys to the castle. That is the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Remember this is politics folk. Just like he wish, that will be his way out and tell people that the system is corrupted to save face.
4) He will be assassinated but that the least probably scenario.

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