Crud BonemealI confess to being slightly surprised by the actions of the Trump administration.It’s understandable and expected for them to “sell out” in some way and even screw over the more radical elements of their base.But if you assumed they were a real political faction of their own, you’d expect them to engage in self interested actions, to strengthen their own position and weaken their rivals. Self preservation SHOULD be one of their most basic desires.And, if it had existed, this desire for self preservation would have created opportunities and incidental benefits for at least some of their supporters.But there is no evidence of a desire for self preservation, quite the opposite, all efforts of the Trump administration have been directed towards the destruction of the people that made the Trump faction possible and towards discrediting and taking away the issues that got Trump elected.The explanation provided by Bannon is that Trump basically didn’t expect to win, and when he did win, he just decided to sell out to the establishment immediately.“In the 48 hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made. You might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment. I mean, we totally embraced the establishment.”I don’t like or trust Bannon but this is plausible.
I seem to recall someone back in 2016 speculating that Trump really did not want to win, that he was a fraud, and that he would likely betray his base if elected. Who was that? Oh, that’s right – me.
Meanwhile, Johnson still claims today that Trump is sincere and a man of genuine greatness.