Trump Watch is about Trump. It is about Republicans who support Trump. It is about the media that fails to speak truth to power about the rise of tyranny and the mental instability of Trump. It is about the loss of American values; the attempts to suppress freedom to be activists; attempts to impede freedom of speech by suppressing media; it is about the loss of truth and the rise of alternative facts – lies that are spoken as truths; it is about the rise of corruption and corporate power and an oligarchy; it is about policies that kill; it is about these issues and more.
It is about what we do as Americans to stop this, to reverse the course before it is too late.
On YouTube “Public Indifference Is Trump’s Asset on the Path to Autocracy” – YouTube (2:47) published by The Atlantic on January 31, 2017
“How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S.” by David Frum, The Atlantic; March 2017
“Americans are some of the most ignorant people on the planet. The lack of curiosity or knowledge about the rest of the world, on the part of the average American, is shameful. It’s tragic… Trump is reflective of that general condition. But he didn’t invent it. He is just part of that phenomenon.” – Mark Singer, quoted in “Donald Trump is ‘willing to inflict pain on people,’ says reporter who provoked his wrath,” by Rob Hasting, iNews; July 11, 2016
“A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world … He is desperate for affirmation but contemptuous of other views. He also is contemptuous of fact. Throughout the campaign, he has unspooled one lie after another … It is impossible to know whether he convinces himself of his own untruths or knows that he is wrong and does not care. It is also difficult to know which trait would be more frightening in a commander in chief … For eight years, Republicans have criticized President Obama for “apologizing” for America and for weakening alliances. Now they put forward a candidate who mimics the vilest propaganda of authoritarian adversaries about how terrible the United States is and how unfit it is to lecture others. He has made clear that he would drop allies without a second thought. The consequences to global security could be disastrous.”- The Editorial Board, “Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy,” Washington Post; July 22, 2016
“Look, having nuclear – my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart – you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world – it’s true! – but when you’re a conservative Republican they try – oh, do they do a number – that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune – you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged – but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me – it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right – who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners – now it used to be three, now it’s four – but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years – but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.” – Donald Trump, July 21, 2015; See: Aubrey Allegretti, “Donald Trump’s Rambling 90 Second Speech Stuns English-Speaking World,” Huffington Post, October 8, 2016
“We had Hillary Clinton try and do a reset. We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things. Nobody talks about that. I didn’t do anything for Russia. I’ve done nothing for Russia. Hillary Clinton gave them 20 percent of our uranium. Hillary Clinton did a reset, remember? With the stupid plastic button that made us all look like a bunch of jerks. Here, take a look. He looked at her like, what the hell is she doing with that cheap plastic button? Hillary Clinton – that was the reset, remember it said reset? Now if I do that, oh, I’m a bad guy. If we could get along with Russia, that’s a positive thing. We have a very talented man, Rex Tillerson, who’s going to be meeting with them shortly and I told him. I said ‘I know politically it’s probably not good for me.’ The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water. Everyone in this country’s going to say ‘oh, it’s so great.’ That’s not great. That’s not great. I would love to be able to get along with Russia.” –Trump, February 16, 2017; See: “Trump’s incoherent rambling on Russia and ‘Nuclear’ Feb. 16, 2017” – YouTube (1:34)
“If we suffered another brutal terrorist attack, I fear that President Trump would exhibit the same bombast, rage and impulsivity that he has shown in the campaign trail and imperil his fellow human beings, perhaps with even more lasting effects than those of the disaster itself. The personality that underlies Trump’s observable behaviors – a demeanor of personal superiority, a focus on being admired, immediate heated anger when challenged, an emphasis on unlimited success, and an apparent expectation of automatic compliance – would be problematic in a U.S. president at any time, and plainly dangerous should our nation experience another terrorist atrocity. A president with such a personality would experience a large terrorist event as an attack on him personally, an enormous ‘narcissistic injury’ – what psychologists call a perceived threat to self-worth – and his rage would be white-hot. The anger we have seen directed at protesters during Trump rallies would be multiplied by an unknowable factor. That whisper in the ear from an aide, telling him that an event had occurred, would instantly evoke a need for reprisal, a desire to attack and to do so right away, using airstrikes, boots on the ground, torture in interrogations and any other ‘powerful’ tactic that occurred to him. – Martha Stout, psychologist and author of The Sociopath Next Door. See “9/11: What Would Trump Do?” by POLITICO Magazine; March 31, 2016
“Trump, a thin-skinned malignant narcissist who can leave no slight unavenged, no matter how slight … Malignant narcissists are not your garden-variety narcissists. They combine narcissism with paranoia, anti-social traits and a propensity for aggression. Trump sees threats where they don’t exist … and feels no compunctions about breaking rules, such as those against torture or collective punishment, to lash out at those imaginary threats … Malignant narcissism is an untreatable personality disorder, for the simple reason that no one can ever tell the malignant narcissist he is wrong. Anyone who questions a malignant narcissist’s judgment is immediately dismissed as an idiot or attacked as a threat. Anyone who questions their ruthless tactics is belittled as soft and naive. It’s not accidental that Trump has said ‘my primary consultant is myself.’…. In short, a president Trump is one of the biggest threats imaginable to our national security. His need to appear strong will make us weak. A malignant narcissist is much like a malignant tumor. Sooner or later it will kill the body politic.” – John Gartner, psychologist, assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School; See “9/11: What Would Trump Do?” by POLITICO Magazine; March 31, 2016