Performance Artist POTUS

As everyone knows by now, your president yesterday accused his predecessor of “Tapping his wires”.  The #wiretapping hashtag blew up on Twitter with at least as many people calling for Obama’s arrest as those pointing out how absurd it all is.

It is unclear where exactly the man-baby got this idea, but many have suggested he was re-acting to this piece on Breitbart, in which Mark Levin accused the Obama administration of using “police state” tactics to undermine the Trump campaign.

Of course, in the true Trump style, there was no vetting of the information, no consultation with the security agencies, no thought of the consequences of tweeting, not even a quick call to Jared or Ivanka to see what they thought. Just a direct, impulsive pipeline from the Breitbart website to the President’s twitter. It’s a pretty scary situation.

There’s really not much more to be said about this incident, shocking as it may be. To the rational among us, there are two possibilities: Trump believes this nonsense implicitly and lets the tweets fly, in which case he is stupid and insane, or he doesn’t believe it and lets the tweets fly anyway, in which case he is evil and insane. In all cases, this business is further proof of the obvious: Donald J. Trump is not fit to possess the nuclear codes.

But the weird thing is that from a political perspective the whole thing affirms Trump’s brilliance as a demagogue. First, he correctly assumed that it made no difference to his admirers whether the nonsense in question was true or not. It was true enough the second it came out of his twitter. The pitchforks and torches were brought out instantaneously.

Second, it had the desired effect of getting the Jeff Sessions lying-under-oath problem off the front pages, at least for a few days. As Trump has so often shown, the easiest way to get past a scandal is to create a bigger one.

And finally, it further serves to divide the populace and entrench their already dug-in loyalties, and his faction is powerful enough to get him the presidency. He also knows that there were more people who voted for him just to punish Hillary Clinton and the “libtards” than  there were people who thought he would do anything that actually needed doing. This is what they meant when they said they “wanted their country back”, and this is why political discourse in this country is ruined and will stay that way for decades.

The most interesting thing to me, though, is that the incident proves that Trump is completely unfit for the role of Chief Executive, not simply because he’s crazy/dangerous and insane, but because his “management style” is never going to change. That style never actually succeeded in business and can’t possibly succeed in government.

This article lays it out beautifully, and can be summarized by this quote:

“He’s not a great manager. He’s a performance artist pretending to be a great manager.”

The Trump “organization” has never been an organization in the business sense at all. There was no board of directors, no hierarchical organization chart, no independent auditors – just Donald surrounded by a very small clique of family members. As his interests grew internationally, nothing changed, and no new levels of management were created. Trump made all decisions impulsively, and they often went wrong.

His true genius is in deflecting blame onto others.

Trusting your own gut and never consulting experts may or may not serve a family business, particularly as failure affects so few people. But it can’t possibly work in the job we’ve given him now. He is now charged with directing the largest organization in the world, and his lack of management expertise is really showing.

From the article:

Trump’s company, despite his grandiose portrayals of a sprawling empire, always at base was a mom-and-pop entity, and what Trump managed throughout his lengthy professional career was principally a core group of barely more than a dozen executives housed on the 26th floor of Trump Tower. Until now. As president, Trump sits at the top of a massive bureaucracy not of his own making, a complex hierarchy designed to help him handle the most information-intensive, crisis-driven job in the world. He appears to be struggling to adapt. Hundreds of positions remain vacant, key posts have been declined by wary nominees, poorly vetted picks have withdrawn or been rejected, and the day-to-day functioning of the West Wing has become its own running news story.

 

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