You’ve Been Trumped Too

Here’s the trailer for the You’ve Been Trumped Too documentary about Donald Trump. The full documentary was screened on Facebook on Thursday night after a crowd-sourced funding campaign. I didn’t see it because it was at a time suited for Americans which makes sense since they’re about to decide whether to make this man president of the United States. However I’ve got the first movie on DVD (reviewed here) and we’ll definitely get this one when it comes out. (**UPDATE – The film is still available on Facebook now –  https://www.facebook.com/youvebeentrumpedtoo/videos/1207455525956400/)

In the first movie I was horrified when I discovered Donald Trump’s golf course had cut off the water supply of his elderly neighbour for a week. It turns out that week is now 5 years and 92-year-old Molly Forbes is still without running water. This is completely disgraceful. If that was me and I had done that to someone else I would feel terrible and fix it immediately. The fact that it hasn’t been fixed after all these years says to me that Donald Trump doesn’t care about anyone else other than himself. A person like that should not be a leader, not ever.

I want to make the world a better place. I want to do the right thing and be kind to people, animals, and the planet. That’s all that really matters. I expect leaders to do the same. Donald Trump is the antithesis of this. He’s selfish, lacks a conscience, and tramples over anything and everyone to get his own way without giving any thought to how it will affect others. Please, please, if you get to vote in the next US election do not vote for this man.

13 thoughts on “You’ve Been Trumped Too

  1. He’s worse than selfish. He’s a full-on narcissist. He has no conscience, is uncaring, and, worryingly, has no impulse control. He just shoots off at the mouth regardless of the consequences. For him, there are no consequences because he doesn’t take responsibility for what he says and does.

    God help the USA (and the world) if that horror is elected.

    Thanks for posting the trailer. Glad that Trump’s ghastliness (including to that poor woman) is out there for all to see.

  2. I think you’re preaching to the choir here, at least in terms of your readership. What concerns me are those Americans who supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries and who hate Hillary Clinton so much they would rather vote for a third party (which is essentially a vote for Trump). In some ways they have a lot in common with Trump supporters: disaffected, feeling disconnected from the larger community, and angry at government in general, emphasis on the last feature. I’ve urged my own children—one an anarchist who thinks our party system is “corrupt;” another who considers herself “apolitical” though she voted for Obama in the last election; and the oldest a conservative Democrat—to vote for Clinton, if only to prevent Trump from becoming our first fascist president. (And before people scoff, consider that he’s given the finger to his own Republican party and said he will run as he now sees fit, which is to say, through lies and bullying. Even if he loses this Tuesday, the impact from his followers, which include members of the KKK and the US Nazi Party, will be felt for years.)

  3. In the last week especially, the polls have tightened so much it’s become frightening. I don’t know if ever in our history has someone so radically unfit come this close to being elected. Maybe pre-Civil War, after the founding generation was gone? But that United States wasn’t the dominant economic and military power in the world. The stakes now are vastly higher.

    It’s not just that Trump is woefully unprepared in knowledge and experience for such an important and demanding office. It’s that there seems to be something developmentally wrong with him cognitively and emotionally. He has no attention span for anything not about him, or to be capable of genuine compassion for anyone else. He doesn’t even seem to actually believe in anything. He’ll say whatever he thinks will get the crowd he’s addressing to cheer him. He know exactly what kind of emotion gives the most intense response, and the kind of people who’ll provide it.

    I’ll give him this, though, he’s exactly the man for these times for way too many people. The embodiment of all their resentment, anger, hate, and desire for revenge. It’s oversimplifying, I think, but not by much, to say that the cultural attitudes Trump feeds on—because for him everything is about desperately feeding his own psyche, to reassure himself he is truly a great man—come from the culture that created American slavery and all the horrors that entailed. (Yes, they’re attitudes found in other cultures, too, but in my country, the context is almost always the legacy of our slavery.)

    This election I almost despair that we will ever, ever be free of this poison. All it takes is the right social and economic conditions with enough people feeling powerless, and someone to come along who truly is great—at being a narcissistic psychopath who knows how to play them—and it all metastasizes yet again.

    Pardon the mixed metaphor, I’m a bit on edge at the moment. I’m hopeful Clinton will scrape a win in the end—according to fivethirtyeight.com, at least, she currently has a 64% chance of winning enough states to prevail—but a better than 1 in 3 chance for an alternative so dangerous for ourselves and the world? Not good enough. Just not. I mean, look how Brexit went. (At least, you’re in Scotland!)

    We’re supposed to be better than this.

    I’m sorry for the rant. Maybe light a candle for us?

    1. Hmmm. Maybe I should add that when I say “the culture that created American slavery,” I mean the culture of the Southern slave states, rather than of the country as a whole. In the 17th and 18th centuries, there were four prominent migrations of very different cultures from different parts of England into the British colonies in North America. The Anglicans into New England; the Quakers into Pennsylvania; the Cavaliers from the south of England into Virginia and the Carolinas, and Georgia; and the Borderers, from near the Scottish border into what became Kentucky and Tennessee.

      Again with the radical oversimplifying, but the first two of these cultures were similar enough in attitudes and outlook to become allies, the second two were as well. One way to see the Civil War is as a war between these two pairs of cultures. I get this from Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, by David Hackett Fischer. Reading that book, it was startling to see just how much of our politics comes directly from these founding cultures.

      1. That’s interesting, I didn’t know specific groups migrated to different areas in the US. Someone told me recently that a lot of Scots migrated to the southern slave states (I knew that bit) – the implication was that somehow it was the Scots who took the culture of slavery with them. Maybe there’s some truth to that but I’m inclined to think that the people of the day still had a choice to reject slavery. There’s always a choice. A lot of Scots migrated to the south of the south island in New Zealand also – in fact Dunedin is the Gaelic word for Edinburgh and the city of Dunedin is modelled after Edinburgh with the same street names and layout. However there was no slavery there. I think we have a choice to do the right thing. There’s always a choice and blaming our ancestors seems like a way to avoid taking responsibility for something we did which was bad. Most Scots living in Scotland are also very different to those right wing fundamentalists in the southern states who support Trump. Scotland is largely left-wing – that’s why they keep wanting to leave the UK. I guess it shows how the same group of people can diverge culturally when living in different parts of the world. But there’s also a good lesson here for all us – just because everyone else living around you is doing something; it doesn’t make it right. It does make it much harder to object though and it must have been frightening to stand up to the KKK.

        When I was living in Christchurch years ago I lived next to the Mongrel Mob. It was awful. They’re a New Zealand Maori gang. However on the same street were a group of white supremacists (it was the worst neighbourhood ever and I reckon I could write a book about it). The white supremacists were terrifying. I was scared of the Mongrel Mob too but more afraid of those white supremacists. I’m not sure why. I sometimes wonder about it today. The white supremacists are not sane. They’re completely nuts and unpredictable. A bit like that Norwegian shooter – Anders Breivik.

      2. Corrections: When I said, “Anglicans,” I should have said “Puritans from East Anglia.” Not the same thing at all. Also, the Cavaliers really went primarily only into Virginia. I read it 15 years ago. Some of the details have become a bit fuzzy.

      3. You’re absolutely right how a group can diverge culturally depending on where it moves to and the conditions there. That was one of the points in Albion’s Seed that these migrations happened during specific periods in the history of those regional cultures in England. Those cultures continued to develop and change and within a century or two had become very different from what they’d been. Meanwhile, their relatives in the colonies had gone off in their own directions due to the very different conditions they found here.

        Rather than the Scots, I think it was more the south of England aristocracy that came to Virginia who created plantation slavery (a more brutal form than what had been earlier known in England). What the English from near the Scottish border brought was a culture formed by centuries of warfare, and an attitude that the world is a very dangerous place and you have to be ready with extreme violence to protect yourself. Where the bluster of “I don’t know if desert sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out” comes from.

        I’d forgotten about the gangs. I remember you’ve written about them before. Almost all of our home-grown domestic terrorism is white supremacist. I may be a middle age white male, originally from the South (sort of, I’m from Florida), but white supremacist is a mindset I can’t begin to understand. Frightening and dangerous.

    2. I am hopeful that Clinton will win next week but after Brexit and Tony Abbot I don’t want to assume anything. Let’s hope sanity prevails and it’s a landslide win for Clinton. It’s about time the US had a female president, don’t you think? Britain had its first decades ago and Australia, New Zealand, and Germany have all had women leaders now too. The US is woefully overdue.

      1. So very true. And for our first African-American president to be succeeded by our first female president is tremendously significant. I wish I could feel unambiguously good about Clinton. For certain policy reasons I’d be much happier with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton is smart, capable, experienced, unflappable under attack, and she has made it central to her campaign that the fact we’re a nation that includes people from all over the world is source of resilience and strength, not weakness. That can’t be said often enough.

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