Ya’ll Ain’t Doing Nothing About Trump
For many there is instrumental value, or even intrinsic value in having Trump as their president.
The zero sum game being played here means that much in the way of inordinate social capital would have to be given up
This faux social capital is like counterfeit money and it has been passed off as real curency since the founding of the United States. A lot of this faux social capital has been invested in a presidential paradox that is Trump, an enigma replete with a copious benefit of doubt for all the interest it has earned that is incredulously inappropriate and conspicuously incongruous with our main asset in terms of this democracy.
Evidently, many people see value in having Trump as president. But what credible good has come from the Trump administration thus far? Why is it important that despite evidence to the contrary that we should continue to find value in his presidency?
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I wonder what is being hoped for in Trump that defines this instrumental value of his presidency. What is being achieved during this presidency in particular that would be an end in itself? For certain whites there appears to be an intrinsic value to this pseudo identity of whiteness and its racializations for them to have and support Trump as their president for all of the United States. This seems to be the sentiment whether they openly state it or not.
I find that there are those in the democratic party too that would rather see a failing president succeed, if that makes any sense. This leads me to believe the character played by Kenan Thompson in the ‘Inside the Beltway’ sketch of the first episode of the new SNL season, when he quips after every redundant opinion in a typical Sunday morning forum about a recurrent ultimate threshold overstep or turning point that would end Trump’s presidency.
Ain’t nothing gonna happen
The callousness and corruption that is afforded to Trump embodies this ill conceived sentiment that warrants being called out. And when is it being called out for all the obvious reasons it is criticized as political, because I guess we fail to see the value in having Trump as President.
It’s notable that 23 percent of Republicans in the CBS/YouGov poll said they at least supported the impeachment inquiry (along with 87 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents), but most of those Republicans didn’t think Trump had done anything improper or illegal. And 71 percent of Republicans indicated they believed the most prominent version of Trump’s explanation — that he was working on behalf of American interests against corruption and nothing else. (59 percent said the inquiry automatically made them want to defend the president.)
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I agree with Robert de Niro’s assessment and frustration with the unmoving support from republicans or the trepidation of democrats to impeach such an inept and vile statesman. While it is not hard to imagine what they are supporting it is hard to imagine to what end.