Who are you going to believe; Donald Trump or your lying eyes…and ears…and gut? Tough decision, huh? After all of these months of ignoring people of color while belittling them, calling them any derogatory name that popped into his mind at the time, virtually labeling them as the scum of the earth, refusing invitations to speak at organizations like the NAACP, refusing to immediately disavow David Duke and other white supremacists who endorsed him and hiring Stephen Bannon – the head of Brietbart – as his campaign’s Chief Executive he now wants these same people to believe that he is now ready to embrace them and that he wants to be president to all of the people? In light of the fact that he hired Kellyanne Conway as his latest campaign manager, what reasonable, intelligent person wouldn’t believe that he is suddenly a changed man and is so not a racist? Probably all of them.
But you have to hand it to Mr. Trump, he is one tough customer. He can say the most ridiculous things then – although they are on visual and audible record – if he sees or senses that people do not like what he said, do a one-eighty and deny that he ever said those things. And he can do it with a straight face and without the slightest sign of embarrassment. It’s amazing! A person like this can fool a lot of people and Mr. Trump knows this and that is why he is making this pivot…at least for now. Anything to win, right? I must admit, with the way that he goes back-and-forth on issues I can’t help but to wonder how he really feels. I wonder if he even knows how he really feels.
What we have to go on though are our eyes, ears and gut. If he can just convince us that Donald Trump is telling us the truth and it is these things that are lying to us he is home free. With his background and reputation there is no doubt in my mind that he believes that he can do this. Yeah, who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes…? Well given the option, I am going to believe what he wants to label as my lying eyes, ears and gut and I hope that you will believe your eyes, ears and gut as well.
I think that it was Chris Matthews who said on one of his recent shows that Kellyanne Conway could talk the legs off of a desk. While this might be true, she will never be able to convince me that Donald Trump was suddenly miraculously changed and he now cares about all people of color, their life situations and that he now wants to help them to get to a better place in life. Hopefully, she will not be able to convince a single other person of color that this is the case until Mr. Trump has shown by his actions that he has changed. That would take a very long time; certainly longer than the 80 or so days that are left before the election.
Caveat emptor (Let the buyer beware) American voters; especially the people of color that Mr. Trump is now working to sell his miraculous change persona to. Don’t buy it! If your eyes, ears and gut are telling you that the product is deeply flawed then it probably is and you should accept those feelings and act accordingly. In the words of the late Maya Angelou, “if someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” She also said; “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” How has Donald J. Trump made you feel? I know how he has made most people of color feel; and it is not a warm and cozy I sincerely care about you feeling.
Sometimes my eyes, ears and gut tell me that Mr. Trump does not care if he wins the election, in reality does not want to win the election and is hoping that he does not win it because he knows that he is not qualified to be president and he is scared that he will not be capable of doing the job. What I think that he wants to do at all costs, however, is to become as well known in America and throughout the world as he can so that he can position himself to acquire as much money as humanly possible as a result of his candidacy after he loses.
If he is not purposely trying to lose, it certainly appears that he is doing everything within his power to do exactly that. Check his record since he entered the race to become president. You will find that he has already offended almost everybody and his brother at one time or another. After all, what the hell does he have to lose…except maybe accidentally winning? And if my eyes, ears and gut are right, wouldn’t winning be just terrible for him…and us too?
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line