Thank you, Donald Trump, for giving me reason to, finally, ignore you.
On Friday, he tweeted the following:
This idea - that his comments regarding the founding of Isis were sarcastic - is fucking ridiculous. Just absolutely no merits whatsoever. As CNN, and many other news outlets, reported, just the day prior in an interview with Hewitt, Trump doubled down on his comments, stating explicitly that he literally was saying he believes President Barack Obama founded Isis. There is no way a person who speaks English and understands the definition of the word 'sarcastic' can say he was being, in fact, sarcastic.
Which brings us to the truth: he is not running for President. He's running for conservative talking head. Some article I saw this week said his campaign is great for a conservative pundit (I can't find it, sad!) and this makes perfect sense. Look at this excerpt from his Hewitt interview, from The Washington Post:
This guy does not give a shit about what's fact, about what will help him get elected, about what the American people want to hear. He just cares about what people like. And by that, what gets him attention on the television. In a recent interview with the aforementioned Post, he kept getting off track, switching to whatever was on the television. This isn't someone with a brain trust, carefully testing any pieces of policy or nuance. This is just a guy watching television, responding with his gut and his Blackberry. Basically: not anyone I need to waste any more of my time on.
By calling his comments just 'sarcasm', he made anything he ever has said, or will say, totally worthless. He can walk anything back by calling it 'sarcasm.' Well, fuck that. I'm not boarding that crazy train. Sure, I will continue to follow the election, checking FiveThirtyEight and Upshot, but it's no longer going to be the obsession I described recently. Because Donald Trump, and whatever stream of bullshit coming out of his mouth, is really no longer worthy of my time and thoughts. I have better things to do.
Yes, he could become President. Democrats could think it doesn't matter and not show up on Election Day. There could be an October surprise - some really damning emails might show up, Bill might have sex with a Kardashian on Snapchat, who knows. Barring that, Trump is probably not going to be president. The sentient cheeto (thanks Reddit) is someone who will go away in November. Maybe he'll start his own version of Fox (all Trump, all the time!) or start a new reality TV show or just go back to annoying Mannhattanites. But he's just admitted, with that tweet on Friday, that what he says doesn't mean anything.
So I'm setting Trump aside. But I'm a worrier, type A all the way through, and I like things to focus on. Usually I worry about money, people who might be mad at me. I need a thing to worry about! Well, here it is: Trump might be bullshit, but he has blown up the dog whistle. We can no longer ignore the xenophobic, racist, sexist, and extremely angry, piece of our country he's unearthed. They will be here, even after Trump loses in November and reverts to ranting about 'stealing elections' on Fox while Clinton works with her transition team. There's something to keep us up at night, long after Election Day.