Letter: Springsteen lyrics sum up Trump presidency

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

“Fake news” — Donald Trump’s default response when confronted with facts. Facts are inconvenient for a wannabe king. As Bruce Springsteen wrote in his song, “Badlands,” “Rich man wanna be king, and a king ain’t satisfied, till he rules everything.” Here’s some “fake news,” Trump style:

1. I’m “the least racist person.” This was Trump’s response after calling African countries “sh*thole countries.” In John O’Donnell’s book, “Trumped!,” Trump made the following comments: “Black guys counting my money ... I hate it.” Trump said of his chauffer, “Who ... was that driving my limousine? He looked like some goddamn Puerto Rican.” In a May 1997 Playboy magazine interview, Trump stated, “The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”

2. “To be honest, I inherited a mess.” This was Trump’s assessment of the economy. Fortune magazine wrote on Jan. 20, 2017, “U.S. stocks rose an average of 12 percent a year during Obama’s two terms, according to S&P Global.” There have been 12 presidents since World War II. Obama ranks third based on the performance of the S&P 500. DOW Jones stood at 7,949 when Obama took office. When he left office, the DOW stood at 19,887 and unemployment was 4.7 percent. Despite positive economic news, Trump called the economy a mess.

3. “This is going to cost me a fortune.” This was Trump’s appraisal of his tax plan. Over 80 percent of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest Americans. Taxes for top earners was reduced from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. Business profits, which can be claimed as individual income known as “pass-through,” received an additional 20 percent tax deduction. Trump owns over 500 pass-through businesses. The tax cuts will increase the nation’s debt by 1.5 trillion dollars and Republicans are talking cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay for the Trump tax cuts.

4. “All I can say is, it’s totally fake news.” This was Trumps response to 19 women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Some of the woman are former Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants. They claim that Trump walked into their changing rooms, unannounced, while they were naked. Trump told Howard Stern on April 11, 2005, “I’ll go back stage before a show and everyone’s getting undressed. No men anywhere ... they’re standing there with no clothes.”

President Trump’s life is littered with sexual infidelities. Trump had extramarital affairs with Marla Maples and porn star Stormy Daniels. The Billy Bush “Access Hollywood” video has exposed Trump’s sexual objectification of women. Trump is also an unrepentant sexual transgressor that Republicans and evangelicals continue to embrace. So much for Christian and family values.

Bruce Sprinsteen’s song, “The Promised Land,” captures the frustration that many feel about Trump’s presidency and his pathological lying and distortions: “Sometimes, I feel so weak I just want to explode; explode and tear this old town apart. Take a knife and cut the pain from my heart ... There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor ... Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted.”

Paul Guimond


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