June 11–President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is going to be a huge success. If you’re a Trump supporter.
Trump could walk out of that Tuesday meeting with two black eyes, a nuclear warhead shoved in his mouth and a signed agreement transferring ownership of the entire Pacific Northwest to North Korea and it would still be seen as a historic political achievement. If you’re a Trump supporter.
Truly, it’s a fabulous world we inhabit — if you’re a Trump supporter.
Because if you are, nothing our commander of cheese does is anything less than remarkable. And nothing his critics say is anything less than treason stammered out by feckless, un-American goons. It’s a delightfully binary existence — either you’re in or you’re out.
Oh, to be an unwavering Trump supporter, unencumbered by silly things like facts and free will. Fools like me are chained to a stubborn belief that 2 + 2 = 4, even if the president says 2 + 2 = elephant. (Trumpsters would call anyone who dared claim the sum of 2 and 2 is not “elephant” an unpatriotic liberal snowflake and then yell, “Trump won, moron, get over it! And he’ll win another elephant years!!”)
If you’ve seen this reaction from those who view the world through orange-Trump-skin-colored glasses — if you’ve seen people defend even the most dunderheaded Trump tweets as works of strategic statesmanship and genius unmatched — please know you’re not alone. You’re not the only one running from zombies in the wake of an intellect apocalypse.
No, it’s just the state of our bifurcated nation, where a large portion of the country sees the glass as half empty and a smaller but noisier portion sees the glass as a Deep State conspiracy in which Hillary Clinton used a half-empty glass of mind-control juice to convince the FBI to plant spies in the Trump campaign.
Let’s consider the G7 summit held in Canada over the weekend.
Trump stormed into that meeting like a cross between Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan and boldly put rogue nations like Canada, France and the United Kingdom on notice, proving indisputably that America is tough and won’t be pushed around ever again. If you’re a Trump supporter.
If you’re not, Trump stormed into the G7 summit like a teething toddler with a fiery diaper rash and lashed out at America’s closest allies and trading partners, spouting inaccurate trade data and revealing himself both wildly ignorant on matters of international trade and a bumbling boob.
It was, for everyone who does not own a Make America Great Again hat, immensely embarrassing, particularly his post-summit Twitter swipes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he called “dishonest & weak.”
Rather than call the prime minister weak in person, Trump waited until he was aboard Air Force One and flying away from Canada to insult Trudeau via a tweet, a classically tough and non-weak thing to do — if you’re a Trump supporter.
And, if you’re a Trump supporter, you undoubtedly cheered when White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said this of Trudeau on Fox News: “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.”
If you found it perverse that a U.S. administration would take such a vicious tone against the prime minister of a close ally, don’t worry, you weren’t alone. I and many others spent a good part of Sunday reaching out to Canadians and apologizing for the petulant derp-slingers presently sending America careening toward global embarrassment.
But I have to say, it’s tempting to give in, isn’t it? Think how much easier your Sunday would’ve been if you’d allowed your mind to be manipulated into thinking Trump’s G7 performance was brave and beautiful and not an act that undermined global stability in a way Russian President Vladimir Putin could only imagine in his wildest daydreams.
And think how blissful the coming days could be if only you would allow yourself to reflexively, and without firing a synapse more than is necessary, applaud Trump’s triumphant dominance over North Korea and his single-handed, Art-of-the-Deal-inspired, total-and-complete denuclearization and taming of the madman, Kim Jong Un, which he will surely boast about via Twitter in ways that fly in the face of evidence, logic and rudimentary rules of grammar.
It would be a relaxing joy to know you’ll be thrilled with Trump’s North Korean summit performance and will view it as a great and unprecedented success, no matter the outcome.
But alas, some of us aren’t so easily lulled. We’ll see the summit for what it is, an incremental step in a presumably long and sensitive process, and pray it isn’t handled with the same kind of belch-in-a-ballroom awkwardness the American president used to anger Canadians, a people not known for their ability to be angry.
Life is easy these days. If you’re a Trump supporter.
For the rest of us Americans, it’s a struggle to even look up. We’re either afraid of what we’ll see, or our heads are hung in shame.
This article provided by NewsEdge.