Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Donald Trump: Nice Guy?

Warning!: Reddit thread ahead!
   Well, I don't know what to make of this. On the one hand, basically all the top comments--and I read like 50 of them--say that people's personal interactions with Trump have been sane and pleasant. OTOH, /r/the_donald is almost certainly trying to pump up the good comments. OTOOH, Reddit is overwhelmingly liberal-ish and anti-Trump, and those folks are probably down-voting the comments. But just the sheer volume of positive, credible-sounding comments was comforting to me. They seem to make it plausible that Trump may not be the idiotic, malicious, unstable lunatic that he has been playing on t.v.  Maybe.
   A maybe is better than I ever though I'd get on it's hard not to be pretty excited about it...
   Needless to say, this isn't much. But it's not nothing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the same thing about George W Bush. From a friend of a friend who met him once. W was very personable and pleasant.

And look how his presidency turned out.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...


I didn't suggest otherwise.

But if Trump really is the *person* he seems to be on television, then we--the nation, the world--are in great danger, IMO. In that case, we are dealing with someone who is stupid and evil and unhinged...and incompetent.

Dealing with someone who is more on the side of being merely incompetent...that's a different kettle of fish entirely. If Trump turns out to be a genuinely nice person, every last one of us on our side of things should burst into tears of joy. That would mean that he's about an order of magnitude less dangerous than we think he is.

None of that means he isn't dangerous.

It just means that he might possibly not be the existential threat to humanity that he seems to be.

6:02 AM  

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