WHY ARE MOVIE STARS
SO BUGGED WITH TRUMP?
Okay, I get it. You don’t like The Donald. Your outburst at the Tony Awards made that clear.
I’m not surprised. There’s a lot of anti-Trump stuff going around.
But let me ask you:
Do you really think “F-ck Trump!” brings new clarity to the current political discussion?
Giving the benefit of the doubt now, I’ll assume you were just calling for proper presidential decorum and behavior.
But, don’t you see a little irony here, Bob?
In any event, what relevance did venting your spleen have to the Tonys? Just what exactly was on your mind?
By the way — loved you as young Vito Corleone in “Godfather II.” Great role, classic flick.
But that’s beside the point.
So tell me, what exactly is it you object to about The Donald? Is it still the election? Were you that big a Hillary fan?
Granted, I don’t know you personally. But judging from what I read, you don’t strike me as a male feminist who’s convinced the country’ll tank without a woman President.
You also don’t seem like the social-justice-warrior-type, ready to take your place in the vanguard of the Revolution.
Of course, you might be an old Hollywood Red. There’s a few of them still around (like I say, I don’t know you personally).
But I’ll assume the problem is Trump himself.
Did you think he was disrespectful to his opponent back during the campaign?
Well … he was.
But that’s politics.
Look at the terrible stuff Hillary said about him. And continues to say. To anyone she can get to listen.
Is it the Me-Too thing — Trump’s history with women in general?
I know his backstory is pretty colorful. Everybody knows that, in fact. But, hey Bob, you’ve spent your career in Hollywood, where the moral tone was set by Harvey Weinstein.
So, come on …
Is it Trump’s America First attitude? I realize this seems kind of pre-World War II. And it surely annoys Trudeau, Merkel and the rest of the G7 gang.
But I really don’t think there’s a trade war coming.
Trump’s a dealmaker. He’s been telling us that all along. And what he’s doing now is taking an opening negotiation stance.
It’s the same approach with North Korea.
Hell, a few weeks ago Kim was shooting off missiles, and Trump was sending in the Pacific Fleet.
Now they’ve talked together in Singapore and signed an agreement. (Apparently they even discussed hotels and condos on North Korean beachfront. Right up Trump’s alley.)
Will these gambits work over the long run?
Who knows? Kim will no doubt milk the terms for all he can get. And the G7s might cut off our supply of Nutella.
But take note that none of Trump’s predecessors ever got up close and personal with Rocket Man (or his father or his grandfather).
And it can’t hurt to let our trading partners stew in their bordelaise for awhile. The prospect of being blocked from U.S. markets helps to focus the mind.
So, how ’bout the domestic economy? Does it bother you that Trump’s tax cut seems to have caused a rebound? I can see how you might squirm when the guy you’re against claims a definite success. But I don’t see you as somebody who would want people to be worse off — certainly not like Bill Maher who’s been rooting for a new recession (per this online graphic).
And anyway, the entertainment business — your business — benefits when people have extra money in their pockets.
Is it the Trump-as-racist thing?
True, there are a few fringe characters who think it’s tiki torch season. But can you honestly say that eight years of Obama weren’t a factor in deepening the social divide?
Fact is, Trump’s approval numbers have been going up with Blacks (not to mention Black employment statistics) — and Hispanics as well.
Which brings us to … The Wall.
Gotta be The Wall.
I don’t know what to say, other than that it’s going to be built — although the realities of budget and topography will make it less comprehensive than originally envisioned. But The Donald promised it, and it’s a political necessity that he delivers it (in some form or other).
Now, if you happen to believe that a country has no legitimate interest in defining and defending its borders …
Well, that’s a mindset that can’t really be addressed. Such an idea is beyond argument, because it’s beyond reason and reality.
Even the Catholic Church maintains that nations have the right to their territorial integrity. And you know how welcoming Catholics are.
So I guess everything comes down to Trump’s personal style.
Yes, he’s an egotist. A bit of a blowhard. He may very well be as shallow and self-absorbed as his critics say he is.
And of course, he lacks that certain ability to be smooth.
He’s not the father figure Dwight Eisenhower was. There’s no Jack Kennedy verbal polish. He doesn’t have Barack Obama’s cosmopolitan, citizen-of-the-world cool.
And in the end, all of Trump’s deficiencies could get the better of him. He could fail. That is a possibility, I won’t deny it.
But you know, Bob — he’s done pretty damned well so far. He’s changed the country’s (previously downward) trajectory. He’s restored a lot of people’s confidence. He’s conveyed a sense that the nation still has a promising future.
And he’s done it all under a constant drumbeat of media criticism … an ongoing investigation into this fantasy of collusion with Russia … betrayal by important members of his own party … obstruction from large segments of his administration …
And … ahem … certain prominent people shouting, “F-ck Trump!” on national TV.
It’s really kind of impressive, all things considered.
So whaddya think, Bob? I’d really appreciate your perspective on this. If my little post should find its way to your iPhone, please use the Comments section below to offer your thoughts.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here’s an image, currently circulating online, that proves vulgarity isn’t limited to famous personalities. May this guy always be as obscure as he is today.
One of Robert De Niro’s colleagues, Jamie Lee Curtis, felt compelled to take a poke at The Donald during the great Hawaiian false alarm. Wonder what she thinks about Trump’s sit-down with Kim Jong Un?
But then, Jamie’s logic was summed up pretty well by a Trumpster with a sense of irony.
Someone apparently thinks the results of the G7 meeting reflect poorly on Trump. I think this graphic reflects poorly on the world.
Finally, you gotta love a digital artist with good Photoshop skills.