Jim Murray

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Today I (Gulp) Publicly Apologize To Donald Trump

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I’ve been making a real effort these days to broaden and deepen my outlook on certain things that I think are important in life.

This is probably something that a lot of us should do if we want our understanding of those things to grow.

Anybody who knows me understands that I have been very troubled by the fact that Donald Trump is now playing the role of the president in a new sitcom called Make America Great Again.

For a long time I have been attacking him by calling him all kinds of things from manipulator to con man to sexist pig to anti-Semite to racist…you know, the whole gamut of defamatory descriptors.

But tonight I saw a very interesting interview on CNN with a guy named John McWhorter, who is an American linguist, who makes determinations on peoples’ characters based on the language that they use, why they use it and what they are trying to achieve through the use of it.

He has a very interesting take on Donald Trump which, when he laid it out in the logical way that disciplined and extremely well-educated people have of doing, really opened my eyes.

The McWhorter View



Every third person in the world is a
drama queen. And crying victim,’
especially when you're not really a
victim in any real way, feels good. It
feels good to cry victim if you're not


In a nutshell, Mr McWhorter believes, and this makes real sense to me, that Donald Trump is essentially nothing more than a fairly typical self-centred adolescent. That everything he says is all, and I emphasize the all, about making himself look good.

Trump is trapped inside the prison of his own ego. The overriding objective of every decision that he makes is simply to make himself look smart, or appear right, or appear not to be at fault or otherwise culpable for anything. Period.

What this means is that he is much, much more simplistic in his view of the world than I ever thought he was, because, that view does not extend beyond himself.

So giving him credit for anything outdside of that, such as assuming that his decisions are based on what’s good for the American people, his Republican party, any special interests that may be looking to him for influence, or any of the aspects of being in charge of the most powerful country in the world, is simply a case of not understanding his true nature.

After I heard this interview, which kind of smacked me upside the head, I sat back for quite a while and reflected on the sheer perfect logic of all of this. And I realized that all this time, I had been thinking about Trump all wrong.

I gave him credit for being conniving, conspiratorial, manipulative and even, in some instances clever. But I was completely out to lunch.

Donald Trump is a simpleton. He has the intellect of a totally self-absorbed, entitled 12 year old, with a vocabulary to match.

In the CNN interview, Mr McWhorter cited an excellent example of a situation where this simple-minded narcissism was obvious.

In regard to the affairs Trump had with porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate, Karen McDougal, a real adult would have admitted this, owned it and dealt with it, and it would have been disposed of very quickly.

However, the adolescent Trump chose not to do that. In fact, he is currently denying that he ever had affairs with these women. He is also alleging that they are both lying, despite the fact that Daniels took and passed a polygraph. LOL.

Because he is a narcissistic simpleton, he cannot be seen as wrong. He cannot be seen as having made a mistake, like having an affair with a porn star while his wife was home with a baby. He cannot be seen as admitting to anything that could possibly damage his self-image.

And though it was a hell of a thing to finally get my head around, what’s even heavier than that is just how bad this could eventually be for the American people.

Trump’s voter core have demonstrated that they don’t really care about what they consider to be 'minor' character flaws. But this self-obsessed simplistic nature makes him very easy prey for those who would benefit from manipulating him, like Vladimir Putin or Kim Jung Un or well just about anybody.

Now I have been dancing around this notion for a while now, but the interview with Mr McWhorter really brought it home to me in concrete terms.

So I would like to take this opportunity to officially to apologize to Donald Trump.

A Big Step Forward For Yours Truly

Dear sir, or your Eminence,

I am profoundly sorry that I have so blatantly overestimated you in the past and that I have, in my ignorance, given you credit for a degree of mental faculty you simply do not possess.

I apologize profusely for having considered your displays of racism, sexism, bigotry and Islamaphobia, to name but a few, to be something you were doing consciously because of deep and long-held prejudices, when in fact they were simply acts of self-aggrandizement to extract adoration out of your political base or intellectual peer group.

I have to tell you that I have seen the error of my ways, and pledge, from now on, to refer to you only as Simpleton Don, and be very careful not to give you any more credit than that for your self-centered actions.

I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me for all the  abuse I have heaped on you in the past. And going forward, I solemnly promise to take care to point out that any lies and treachery you create will be adequately rationalized and written off to your arrested intellectual development.

Sincerely jim

PS: Here’s a clip of Mr McWhorter doing his thing. https://tinyurl.com/ybzbqdhn

Have a great weekend. jim out.

Jim Murray is an experienced advertising and marketing professional. He is a communication strategist, writer, art director, broadcast producer, mildly opinionated op/ed blogger & beBee Brand Ambassador.

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Jim Murray

3 years ago #19

Sorry you missed the satire in all this, Peter. Also we can agree to disagree about his supporters waking up,. Those people are too far gone. America would do well to round them up and put them out to sea on rubber rafts. This is all the purpose they serve. Just kidding.

Randall Burns

3 years ago #18

I keep revisiting this Jim Murray, and continue LMAO!!! Here's a perspective about the "Donald" that I included in a recent post; "...“Well things could be worse, I could be Donald Trump” Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not “down” on the guy, he has my sympathy. In my opinion he’s not very enlightened and has some very mixed up priorities, maybe one day he’ll learn, or it may take a few lifetimes but that is his burden to bear, and I certainly would not wish that kind of burden on anyone. The point is I’m just glad that I’m not him...." (Actually Jim you may appreciate this post; https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/why-are-you-so-fucking-happy , I've added some funny "Trump" memes that should make you smile)
Great post: MAMA MIA, I live in Savannah, Georgia USA. All I can say is MAMA MIA. :~))

Jim Murray

3 years ago #16

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Yeah. writers can be prophets.

Jim Murray

3 years ago #15

Paul Walters. I wake up every morning, and that's one of the first things I think about. Especially after looking at most of what'sgoing one. Hell, there's almost a murder a day in Toronto.

Jim Murray

3 years ago #14

We can agree to disagree, sort of. I believe a lot of Americans are being educated about just what sane anti-gun laws entail. Sure you're always gonna have a hard core of idiots, but that with education and pressure from young people and the amazing influence they appear to wild these days, that number can shrink as well. The biggest issues with Trump is simply that he doesn't know how to get legistlation passed. That's one of those things that will bite you in the ass.

Robert Cormack

3 years ago #13

Well, Jim, I agree with your characterization. Unfortunately, it's what got him elected. Americans don't want egg heads. They want someone who tells it like it is, reflecting a monosyllabic society who have trouble opening Pringles cans. And he's right using dumb words, especially for important topics like guns. People don't want their guns taken away, because it chips away at the 2nd Amendment (which less 1% of the population have actually read). They just know guns are mojo. Take them away and, like Austin Powers, you'll fight heaven and earth to get it back. Trump understands this. He'd fight heaven and earth for a bucket of chicken, so he knows where America's priorities are. All those millions of student protesters? Don't be surprised if he's ordering KFC for them now.

Paul Walters

3 years ago #12

Jim Murray Aint you glad you live in Canada!

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

3 years ago #11

This sitcom character reminds me very much of that simpleton from Douglas Adam's masterpiece (can't recall his name though). It's almost like D.A. knew about the MAGA protagonist and tried to warn us about him!

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #10

thats a good one :-)

Milos Djukic

3 years ago #9

“Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don't believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.” - John Steinbeck, East of Eden Skepticism is about asking questions, being dubious, being wary, not being gullible. Cynicism is about already having the answers - or thinking you do. The skeptic says ‘I don’t think that’s true. I’m going to check it out.’ The cynic says, ‘I know that’s not true. It couldn’t be.’ - from Cappella, J. N., and Jamieson, K. H. (1997). Spiral of cynicism: The press and the public good. New York, NY: Oxford University Press., p. 26.

Jim Murray

3 years ago #8

Great idea. But I believe they have been contracted by Doug Ford. Donald \ud83d\udc1d Grandy PN

Jim Murray

3 years ago #7

Thanks Randall Burns . I grew weary of moaning about this mess. So I have gone in another direction.

Donald 🐝 Grandy PN

3 years ago #6

Great article Jim and loved the video. The Trailer Park Boys would be a great fit for his team..don't you think? Put a double wide on the lawn of the Whitehouse and invite Ricky, Julian and Bubbles? Imagine the world problems they could solve together over a few beer and weed.....oh, and maybe throw in a prostitute and playmate to get things started.....America the Beautiful!

Randall Burns

3 years ago #5

That is a great and insightful video Jim Murray Watched it after settling down a little from reading this post and it just got me going LMFAO!!! all over again. :-)

Randall Burns

3 years ago #4

OMFG!!!! LMFAO!!!! You grabbed me with the title and i wasn't disappointed, and although I intuitively was aware of this about the "Donald" it's still funny as FUCK to read about it from your perspective. Well Done Sir! (I'm going to continue Fucking Laughing my Fucking Ass off for a while now)

Jim Murray

3 years ago #3

Thanks Bernie Mayall. Much appreciated.

Jim Murray

3 years ago #2

Don't worry about it Jerry Fletcher. I know who my friends are. Thanks for getting it.

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #1

Jim, Well wrought. I'd rate it Acerbic***** (That is a five star rating.) Remind me to never get crossways with you.

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