It was on the podcast “The Bugle” where John Oliver talked about the people who thought they could ride stock markets based upon news covering major tragedies. This would effectively allow bottom-feeders and weapons-grade assholes to profit from actual live misery.
However, there’s another currency that people like to manipulate, and that is political currency. Quite recently I was driven from Twitter in the social media churn that followed the deadly Friday 13 November Paris attacks, in where certain people used the tragedy to grind their axes on their political stones. Or their hate. Or their loves.
Take, if we must, Donald Trump.
“Had there been some guys with a gun, there would have been a shootout and probably the primary people that would have got whacked would have been the killers,” Trump said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “You can’t any tougher than Paris, and you can’t get any tougher than France” on gun control, he continued. “They just said, come here, boom, come here, boom…shot these people at will.”
Trump has been carrying a torch for less restriction on guns for ages now, having already stirred up the gunge on Twitter following the attacks on Parisian délinquant par le commerce, Charlie Hebdo. Of course, Trump is so far embedded into his own ass, he neither hears nor cares what the hoi-polloi think of him on Twitter.
Like most people of prominence and wealth, I am sure he views Twitter as just another avenue to maintain his own relevance – the ultimate currency when your wealth relies upon your visibility, for good or bad.
It’s this kind of shit-fucking that leaves people gawping in horror, or makes others cheer at the spine. People are actually dead, and some rich dude wants to ensure:
- He gets his time in the light
- He gets to keep his toys
Be sure, while Trump serves to divide people, Trump only serves Trump. He is casting himself not as a champion of the people, but as an anti-politician. He knows that people have grown weary of the bland, polished caricature of how representatives should be, and he’s jumped in with two feet and a gun on the hip. He’s not afraid to answer the tough questions with flagrant blunt ignorance, which is scary because there are a lot of people who believe that he’s “sayin’ what we’re thinkin'”
There has been a lot of coverage relating to Trump’s gunning for the White House in 2016. He’s been poking and prodding bears for the past few years, hoping to fish out some support so that he can get to run the Presidential playhouse for a bit. So, where does this all come from? People might think he’s just an arrogant ass with too much money and ego. While I don’t disagree, I think it all stems back to this moment in time.
It starts around the third minute, and you can see the seething and bubbling. Go on, look at him. This is the moment that a little boy had his ego shattered, only to push aside the fragmented pieces of his soul and then give birth to a vengeful little boy with a new, unshattered ego.
And he wants to play with the big boys.