Wanker Of The Week for October 7-13: The World’s Biggest Shithead
Wanker Of The Week is a new feature from the deep pit of anger that the world has burned into my soul for allowing idiots, con men and miscellaneous other forms of charlatan to rise to positions of importance and or power.
This week’s Wanker is, and we might as well start at the top of the dung heap. Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is officially the greatest con artist the world has ever known. But in all fairness he has been practicing for this all his life and had a lot of help from people like his father Fred, who was no slouch in the con department, and a flaming racist pig to boot, and Roy Cohn, one of the most genuinely evil people in the history of America.
Trump has spent his entire life lying to the world about how much he is worth, starting big businesses based on the Trump name and watching many of them fail…even casinos, which, in America, requires business incompetence on a massive scale.
Then he got into television, with chaotic reality show called The Apprentice, in which semi-famous people and younger business people aspiring to have the Trump version of the American dream got to grovel and kiss his ass every week.
I really believe this is where Trump’s narcissism got the chance to bloom and flower. The show show was all about him. He controlled the lives of these people, held the Sword of Damocles over each of their heads and at the end of every show got to use the two words that became a key part of his brand...You’re Fired!.
After one false start he finally decided to get serious about politics and run for president. And while many argued that his go-for-the-throat approach was somehow refreshing and a challenge to the Washington status quo,
the rest of us saw it for what it was, which was nothing more than bullying and rolling through a political campaign with no respect for either his opponents or the process.
And while it made for great TV. (I was glued to it), the other not-so-good thing it did was begin the long slow degradation of the political process in America.
This was a game that Trump won, through pandering to the worst in the electorate and unabashedly re-positioning both his primary competitors and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The Republican party itself, who I believe, couldn't not have imagined the success Trump would have, was basically in shock. But when they analyzed the situation, they realized that as weird and ignorant and obscene as Trump was, he had managed to attract a massive political base, and Trump (or at least someone in his organization) was smart enough to understand that even though the party thought of him as a disgusting pig, he could control them though the almost god-like influence he had over his support base.
In any country with genuine democracy in place Trump would have lost this election by more than three million votes. But because the US has this very strange and easy to gerrymander districting and the antiquated electoral college, Trump was still able to win the election, even though he lost the popular vote.
And we all know what happened after that. Slowly and methodically he started to dismantle all the regulations and protections that his democrat predecessor had worked so hard to put in place.
He started to withdraw the US from all the international trade, and other agreements they were participating in.
He started to cozy up to depots in Russia, China and North Korea, thinking that he could win these monsters over with his charm and self-proclaimed ‘great and unmatched wisdom’.
For the past three years, he has continued to divide the US and now, with a new election looming along with an impeachment inquiry that could produce literally dozens of Articles Of Impeachment, the American people are finally starting to wake up to the reality that their president is one of the most ignorant, self-obsessed and destructive individuals they could have elected.
Just this week a poll showed that a solid majority of people have finally realized that they have had enough and want him gone.
I have only skimmed the surface of all the evil shit this guy has done in his pursuit to out-do Valdimir Putin in the key despot category “Abuse of Power”. But I would argue that Trump’s long list of abuses of power also have attached to them the key caveat this was all done under the umbrella of a ‘democratic’ society, which really makes them all the more hideous.
So for all these reasons and the many more that are right around the corner, Herr Trump has earned the dubious moniker of Wanker Of The Week for this week.
Jim Murray is an experienced blogger, copywriter and art director and former professional photographer. He has run his own business (Onwords & Upwords), since 1989 after a 20 year career in Toronto as a senior creative person in major Canadian & international advertising agencies. He is specialized in creating communications for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world.
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