Ever since Donald Trump literally exploded onto the political scene, tens of thousands of words have been written by all stripes of political junkies trying to figure out just what we have here. Is he a shoot-from-the-hip kind of loudmouth, as he is being made out to be, or is he perhaps the real thing? Is he the kind of true believer we haven’t seen since the days of Harry S. Truman?
A few of you may be old enough to remember that Ol’ Harry called ’em as he seen ’em. He publicly likened the smell of his political opponents as being somewhat akin to that of a fresh dropping of cow manure. It got to the point where the President’s Chief of Staff appealed directly to the gentility of First Lady Bess Truman to see if she could persuade her husband to tone down the rhetoric just a bit. Mrs. Truman replied, “You should know how long it took me to get him to say ‘manure!'” But history now shows the Man from Missouri to have been one of our most forceful, as well as our most colorful, presidents. He fired the legendary General Douglas McArthur and dropped the atomic bomb.
Do we have another Harry S in the making, or is it just slick showmanship? I decided to go to the source, The Donald himself, for an answer.
Mr. Trump has published several books, including his first, an autobiography, TRUMP — The Art of the Deal, copyrighted in 1987. Amazon is still offering it in paperback, 367 pages, new, for $4.82. I couldn’t resist.
So far, I have only gotten through the first hundred or so pages, but in it are some revealing facts of just how “The Donald” sees himself. Although, for the sake of brevity, some of his statements are noted here in quotation marks, some may actually be paraphrased or abbreviated. If you want the precise quotations, get the book. It’s cheap. You will like it.
First of all, Donald is a workaholic. “I wake up around six. Spend the first hour or so reading the morning newspapers, usually arrive in my office by nine, and there’s rarely a day with fewer than 50 phone calls, and often it runs to over a hundred. I rarely stop for lunch, leave my office by 6:30, and frequently make calls from home until midnight, and all weekend long. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Some ask why I do it. I don’t do it for the money, I have more money than I’ll ever need. I do it just to do it. That’s where the fun is, and if can’t be fun, what’s the point.”
Is he brash? Argumentative? Insulting? Of course. “I have always done things a little differently. I don’t mind controversy, and if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”
Vindictive? “In most cases I am very easy to get along with. But when people treat me badly, or unfairly, or try to take advantage of me, I fight back — very hard! My experience is that if you are fighting for something you believe in — even if it means alienating some people along the way — things usually work out for the best in the end.”
Jealousy? “When you become successful, jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people — I categorize them as “life’s losers,” who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. If they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.” (Does the image of Lindsay Graham come to mind?)
Fiscal responsibility: “I believe in spending what you have to. But I also believe in not spending more than you should.”
Social acceptance: “I was always somewhat of a leader in my neighborhood. Much the way it is today. People either liked me a lot, or they didn’t like me at all.”
Negotiating: “You do your thing; you hold your ground; you stand up tall; and whatever happens, happens. I’d rather fight than fold, because as soon as you fold once, you get the reputation of being a folder. It never pays to be in too much of a hurry.”
Didn’t you see, in our recent Iranian nuclear negotiations, that Secretary Kerry practiced just the opposite of the Trump principles of negotiation given above? Secretary Kerry folded, and folded, and folded, making it abundantly clear that he and the President were in a hurry to get the negotiations over with, regardless of the outcome. Can you imagine the difference, had The Donald been speaking in our behalf?
Please keep in mind that the experiences related in his book and the lessons that helped mold the Presidential Candidate Trump that we see today, happened more than a decade ago. So please stay with me—additional parts are to follow, since we have over 200 more pages to go.
And remember, even though, today, the Democrats and RINOS alike pulling their hair out, “The Donald” is having a ball!