There is no ism in Trumpism

There’s a new mood-in-the-White-House story posted at WaPo. This kind of reporting isn’t really news. Nothing actually happened. But getting a read on the current mental state of the Trumpbeast fills a certain need.

This report, A frustrated Trump questions his administration’s Venezuela strategy, focuses on Trumpbeast’s reaction to the failed Venezuela “uprising” fiasco last week. You know what I’m referring to, right? It was all over the news for about 15 minutes. How could you have missed it?

Apparently Trumpbeast is currently whining about National Security Wingnut John Bolton, who was producer and director of the Clunker in Caracas. Probably wrote the script, as well. A recurring theme throughout the WaPo article is alleged tension between Bolton, for whom the term ‘war hawk’ is too mild, and Trumpbeast, who is portrayed as a noninterventionist.

This paragraph gets to the heart of it.

The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around national security adviser John Bolton and what Trump has groused is an interventionist stance at odds with his view that the United States should stay out of foreign quagmires.

Oh, bullshit.

Trumpbeast is pissed off because he didn’t get something he could crow about, a news hit that would sideline other stories, however briefly. He was denied not only a ratings bump but also a photo op featuring a snarling comment from the White House driveway. And he was told it would be easy!

Trumpbeast is not stewing over philosophical and political differences with John Bolton. Bolton is an ideologue, a radical, dangerous extremist. Unlike Trumpbeast, he has actually engaged in thought and reflection about things of this nature. That’s unpleasant to contemplate given his worldview, but it’s true.

Trumpbeast is devoid of isms. He is not burdened with philosophy, doctrine, theory. Study and contemplation are alien concepts to him. Donald Trump does not have a point of view.

Trumpism is not a political ideology. It’s a marketing strategy. And intervention in Venezuela wasn’t selling. So now what?

Trump is now not inclined to order any sort of military intervention in Venezuela, two officials and an outside adviser said… “He’s in the same mind-set that I’m in, and that is that we’ve got to stay the course, it’s working,” [Sen. Marco] Rubio said in an interview.

What Rubio is saying, of course, is that starving the people of Venezuela into submission is working. But Trump won’t be tweeting about that. There’s no profit in it.

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