Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Open Letter to Donald Trump: Fantasy vs. Reality

Dear Donald Trump:

You are the most amazing narcissist in the history of psychology! You make other narcissists look downright wimpy. The things you do and say that show just what an amazing narcissist you are -- just stunning. And today, I have so many things to write to you about, I didn't know where to begin.

So, let's start with those photos comparing Obama's 2009 inauguration crowd to yours. Snopes.com, the website that debunks memes, rumors, and anything else online and offline, does a very nice job of looking at the history of inauguration attendance, comparing Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama, as well as comparing yours and Obama's. Obama, without a doubt and a confirmed fact, set records of attendance at his inaugurations in 2009 and 2013, with 1.8 million and 1 million respectively. The photos that gained so much attention over the weekend on social media apparently were both taken at the same time in the proceedings, i.e. 45 minutes before the actual swearing in. Snopes.com shows these two photos also. Then there's the analysis of weather conditions and how they affected attendance and the use of public transportation in Washington, D.C. to the Capitol by 11 a.m. each of the inauguration days. What Snopes then reports:

"Some media reports cited organizers that pegged the expected crowd size for Trump's inauguration between 700,000 to 900,000 people — still a relatively large gathering."

A 900,000 total is nothing to sniff at, really, and beats both of Clinton's and G. W. Bush's inaugurations. I know that Obama kind of sticks in your craw, but your inauguration was not attended by anywhere near your 1.5 million mark. Your number is fantasy. The reality is less.

But you're the greatest narcissist ever, which means that what you believe, think, say is all about you not facts. Why bother with facts when what you say is so much better for you? 

KellyAnne Conway Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
KellyAnne Conway, god bless her for standing up for you and Sean Spicer, and clarifying all the fantasy as "alternative facts." Got a howling laugh out of that one. So the "alternative facts" that make you look better than anyone else is what you believe. Screw facts. Who cares about facts when you're the most amazing narcissist in the country? Never mind that "alternative facts" don't exist.

But you know what? Sean Spicer totally killed his credibility and yours last Saturday when he stated unequivocably that you essentially were right and everyone else was wrong, and the media better stop making you look nothing like you see in the mirror. Narcissists do love to look at themselves, right? So, Sean Spicer will be working twice as hard to re-establish his credibility with the press. Sounds like if you didn't say it, it ain't real, huh?

Well, let's move on to this business of the illegal votes that gave Hillary Clinton the popular vote over you. I know that narcissists say that they tell it like it is, but really, Trump, after all that stuff about the inauguration, it's clear that you favor fantasy over reality because fantasy makes you look better.  Right?  And remember, facts are not fantasy.
I just love that tweet from Miriam Webster to KellyAnne Conway in response to her "alternative facts" comment: "A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality." Nothing about "alternative" or "fantasy" there, see?  Nothing but "objective reality."

So, the fact about the popular vote for the Nov. 8, 2016 election: Clinton won by 2.8 million votes. According to you, the most amazing narcissist in the country who favors fantasy because it makes you look better, those 2.8 million votes were cast illegally, either by dead people, people in the country illegally, or people who voted more than once, I guess.  Have you seen Jake Tapper's take on your belief about those 2.8 million votes?  It's here. He makes some important points about what you said, Trump, so you should be proud of saying what you said!

Here are his points:
-- When reporters asked your Press Secretary Sean Spicer about your claim, he said that you had "studies and information" about it but would not cite specifics or produce copies of the "studies and information."
-- If you have evidence of voter fraud of that magnitude, you are derelict as President not to order a major investigation into it, and so are the GOP leadership in Congress.

Jake Tapper (CNN)

Mr. Tapper went on to say:

"It would likely require a vast conspiracy involving public officials all over the country, and would likely have had far-reaching impact in other contests, tainting races down the ballot, not just the presidential race.

"If President Trump's beliefs are true, Republican leaders in Congress should be holding hearings and trumpeting this injustice every single day. His Justice Department, his Department of Homeland Security — all of them would need to crack down immediately.

"Unless of course, it's not even remotely true. Which is, of course, the case."

I know some election judges, by the way.  They are really offended by your allegations, Trump. They worked hard to insure that the election was free of fraud in their precincts. But I guess it doesn't matter to you, the most amazing narcissist who's concerned only about himself, that your allegations actually affect real people.

And finally, a fact: The Truth About Voter Fraud, a report written by experts at The Brennan Center for Justice, found voter fraud rates were between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.

So what you say about all those "millions" of illegal voters, and the possibility of voter fraud in our elections, looks an awful lot like you, the most amazing narcissist in the country, are totally trying to undermine democracy in the United States of America.

Who's your very first foreign leader to visit you as President, eh, Trump?
 

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