When Trump announced his candidacy, I made a post on my Facebook account laughing at him. I think I used the works “Bring it on, you big bag of nuts!” I don’t recall exactly, but it sounds like something I’d say.
I’m prone to such sentiments. When George Bush Jr was election, my response to my wife was “Well, whats the worst he can do?” This is a bad habit I have to learn to break. In the case of GWB at that time I wasn’t terribly concerned. He came from a long family history of public service, and Washington being what it was, I didn’t think things could get so far out of hand. Then came 9/11, and all of that changed. The climate in government became a blank check for wrong-headed thinking in all directions… But I’m not interested in looking too far back in this post.
Just looking back a little over a year I can see how certain I was in my dismissal of him. Was I so flawed in my thinking even so long ago? I’m planning on hashing out my flawed thoughts and projections as we go, but back to the very start, mid 2015, was I so far off base?
Here we had a bloviator, a bombastic loud mouthed, know-nothing celebrity whose shtick was being a, well, jerk. Back then it was really inconceivable to me that he stood a chance. That news was really easy to mock back then.
I’d never watched Trump on his TV show, not being a fan of either reality TV or assholes in general. What I did know of Trump I saw across my life. I saw a man born rich, who continued to be rich despite bad business decisions. I saw a man whose mouth could run away from him. I saw a man whose personal life decisions were highly questionable for a political party that has for years relied on the evangelical vote. I saw a lot of things that looked like perfect comedy to me.
And yet… Well, I guess the gravity hadn’t sunk in. The reality of the situation would gradually take shape across the next year.