“You are fired!” America cried long before Donald Trump became president, when he was a mere candidate for the job. The cry grew louder when Trump trampled on the Constitution, defied the rule of law, and broke the rules sacred to America during its 250-year history. It took a global pandemic to show just how disastrous the Trump administration he had installed for three years was.
The brash renegade Trump attracted a following as does any outrageous daredevil. Once in office on a technicality assisted by as-yet unknown foreign powers, Trump used the vast powers of his office to bind conservatives in his orbit and keep them spinning with honed skills throughout his life. Those skills came to a complete halt when the Coronavirus pandemic hit and Trump’s slow response set the pace for the dissolution of Trump’s facade.
Trump’s top bragging and fabrication skills failed to spin the reality that people were dying and the economy was paralyzed. So was Trump himself, as the evidence showed that his methods were counterproductive in handling a crisis.
Trump’s toolbox of coping mechanisms doesn’t have a Swiss army knife to unlock empathy. As a lifelong real estate con artist, Trump may be adept at reading possible gullible targets, but he proved to be grossly flawed when the stakes were in the serious way of American life and livelihoods. If Trump were a reasonably rational human being, the pandemic, the ensuing economic crisis, and the racial assassination of George Floyd would have been key points in uniting human sentiment to jointly address the crisis. Trump chose his own ancient path of divide and conquer to win support. The tactic seriously failed, and Trump’s response was to duplicate the message.
By July 4, 2020, Trump had survived an embarrassing defeat at #Tulsa Oklahoma when supporters refused to attend his rally due to the reality of the Covid threats. In South Dakota, Trump moved his wan to sacred Native American lands to host fans at a rally without Covid safeguards, with results yet to be determined. In the room itself, Trump renewed his allegiance to the memories of dead Confederate losers while glossing over the topic of a raging pandemic. The rank and file can applaud Trump’s delivery, especially if he is a witness in the middle of a rally, as risky as it is to attend and the riskier the better for some. But beyond the noise and hype, most Americans are willing to tell Trump “You’re fired.”
Donald Trump is a product of a young America in transition to a global world. Trump won the support of his rank and file by vowing to give America back some of its past glory. That non-existent past glory is as dead as Trump’s facade after Covid wreaked havoc in America with the help of Donald Trump. In the age of social media, the country is divided in two, the conservatives who support Trump and the liberals are divided in their own camps. However, the truth is that these two groups seem to be misidentified.
The two groups that have formed since the election of Donald Trump can be reduced to their most basic components. Trump is loud, boastful, and full of boastful claims with no evidence in reality. Those are the jingle-jangle gew-gaws that attract teens who avoid the military. The other group is the adult segment of the American population, which is able to see the discord between word and deed. It’s your vote that will count when the United States finally tells Trump with a yank on the media plug that “You’re fired.”