“Trump Unveiled” Exposes the Billionaire Who Got Elected President
The candidates who want to become president of the United States were once compared to contestants on American Idol who are trying to make the audience (the public) laugh in front of the judges (wealthy funders of both parties).
Donald Trump won the contest hands down.
And now we have a reality TV show star who made millions licensing his name and ridiculing his opponents as our President of the United States.
Local author John Wilson, who organizes the Chicago Book Expo each fall and has written a number of books, published another one this year called President Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire.
I must admit I was wary to review his book the first time he mentioned it to me after I reviewed journalist David Cay Johnston’s book The Making of Donald Trump. Johnston is one of the country’s premier investigative journalists who covered Trump in New York in the 1980s and his book is an excellent read detailing the many crooked business dealings and con artist ways of our president.
But I thought why not take another look at a book about Trump, especially one by a local writer in Chicago. Trump is never a boring subject.
Wilson focuses on the endless lies and absurdities Trump makes throughout his career. As you read the 270-page scribe that details everything from his misogynist, political incorrectness, racist, mean-spirited, conspiratorialist ways, you shake your head in wonder that this guy is now the commander-in-chief who we all hail to.
“All politicians are liars. Yet no presidential candidate, much less an active president, has ever lied so often and with such indifference to the truth as Donald Trump,” he writes in his first chapter Lying Trump. ”Trump called Hillary Clinton a ‘world-class liar’ and made his supporters call Ted Cruz ‘Lyin’ Ted,’ but the truth is that Trump is the biggest liar in American political history.”
So how the heck did he become president?
Amidst the many lies Trump has told over his career – well documented in this book – is a brilliant analysis of why we now call him President Trump.
“His fans want to imagine he’s telling the truth because he fulfills their anti-political fantasy,” Wilson writes. “It may seem strange to imagine Trump as anyone’s fantasy, but Trump does fulfill certain fantasies about a political candidate who is too rich to be bought, too honest to be cowed, and too radical for the establishment.”
A key to Trump’s victory is how the media works. Wilson writes how Trump became famous by making up stories to appear in the press and the tabloids wanted interesting stories more than truthful ones. Trump never suffered any consequences for his lying, which he calls ‘truthful hyperbole.’
He quotes Trump saying that he plays to people’s fantasies – look at the beautiful women who surround him and all the crazy things he says – “People may not always think big themselves, but they can get very excited by those who do.”
Telling people that Trump is a liar is like reminding them that reality TV shows and professional wrestling are often scripted. “Why should they care,” Wilson writes. “The entertainment value is enhanced by the lie, and that’s what they want.”
The National Inquirer smeared Trump’s rivals, claiming Jeb Bush was involved with Miami cocaine smugglers and cheated on his wife, while linking Ted Cruz to the D.C. Madam’s escort service. All while Trump called the NY Times and CNN fake news and banning their journalists from his press conferences.
But that’s not only the tabloids and gossip columnists promoting the Trump lie. Why would CNN’s Cooper Anderson ask Trump if President Obama was born in the United States. This was a totally discredited lie, yet CNN felt it justified to ask Trump about it to continue promoting his insanity. CNN’s ratings like all the other TV and print media have soared thanks to President Trump.
You gotta admit – Trump is one hell of a performer. I had to smile when I read what Trump said about the Clinton’s extra-marital problems – “If Hillary couldn’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America.”
You gotta admit Trump is one hell of a smart guy. He turned his name into one of the hottest brands worldwide. Wilson chalks it up to the fact that he based his real estate empire on appealing to the very rich, a highly-successful strategy when growing inequality produced massive increases in the wealth of the richest people.
“Trump got rich because of a mixture of inheritance, luck, celebrity status, real estate savvy, and heavy risk-taking while making others pay for his bad deals.”
Wilson roasts Trump on his sexism – “Trump’s intense hatred of women, and his long history of strange sexual comments, reflect a mind twisted by sexism.” Certainly it is odd to hear a celebrity businessman rating beautiful women and their breast sizes (including his daughter), and a woman he opposes as being so ugly she turns her husband gay. Who thinks this stuff up? Former Playboy Playmate and Penthouse Pet Victoria Zdrok said: “You feel just like a piece of jewelry when you’re with him. For him it’s all about looks, appearances, and signing autographs.” Sad!
It should be noted that Wilson wrote a lot about Howard Stern asking Trump about women. If he wants to promote the idea how Trump degrades women, why not call out who Stern is, a shock jock who degrades women on his radio show.
I think this is where Wilson gets off track. He lumps all the creatures who Trump’s lambasted
together as if we should feel sorry for each and every one. I mean, come on, ‘Lyin Ted,’ and no energy Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John McCain. These are not sympathetic characters – they are also lyin politicians, etc., yet not in Trump’s league.
The strength of this Trump book is the analysis the author puts forth to state why Trump is president.
“In an era of scripted candidates with carefully focus-grouped phrases, Trump seems refreshing and different. In a Republican Party dominated by corporate interests, Trump’s populist rhetoric seems like something new.”
Trump evokes the nostalgic dreams of a country before political correctness took over. And he goes after everyone, including the father of a dead soldier or a reporter with a disability. “Trump may not be likeable, but his supporters want a vicious attack dog, even if they don’t agree with all of his targets.”
Wilson writes that going after political correctness transforms Trump’s offensive comments into a principled act of resistance against the establishment. It reinforces Trump’s status as a rebel, a man courageous enough to offend those in power.
Wilson rightly compared Trump to the joke party candidate in a student government election, in which the more the administration and teachers get outraged and tell students not to vote for the joke candidate, the more that students want to rebel against authority and vote for the joke.
“Being politically incorrect helps a billionaire establish himself as anti-establishment and anti-elitist.”
But Trump is not the answer to people’s problems. In fact, he is the cause of many of those problems, and offers horrible solutions, such as less public health care and lowering taxes for the rich and increasing the military (right in line with what the judges want). But for the most part he ignores substantive issues, and that plays well with the media.
Why are so many people drawn to Trump?
Wilson equates the Trump phenomenon to his casinos. He understands how to bring people to a casino is with a distraction, so that is why Trump is always provoking fights – with his opponents, with protesters, with the media, with Twitter critics and anyone else who irritates him (now he hates everyone in Washington).
So people cast their votes for him like a cheap lottery ticket. Why not take a chance.
“Donald Trump is a pathological liar, a sexist pig, a hateful racist, a corrupt businessman, a pandering populist, a conspiracy nut, a vicious bully,” Wilson writes in his conclusion. “Trump’s cynical narcissism explains why he wants to be president, but his political success reflects much deeper problems in America: the inequality of wealth that makes a man like Trump so powerful, the celebrity-obsessed media that gave Trump an uncritical platform for his ideas, and the failure of our political system to address America’s flaws, which has allowed a bigoted demagogue to seize control of the Republican Party and become President of the United States.”
I recommend reading this book to understand why Trump is President of the United States.
You can order at Trumpunveiled.com.