John Comnenus: The Trumpman Show

Politics is reality television, especially American politics where a cast of a dozen contest the primaries. Like a good reality television show, there are set events and episodes, such as debates and primaries, where the weaker contestants are gradually knocked out until one emerges to fight the other side for the ultimate prize – the Presidency.

Reality television shows typically assemble a cast of mismatched characters who bond together and feud amongst each other over tasks that are assigned by the script writers and star. They inject challenges into the cast to create tension and drama that changes the cast’s allegiances and relationships in a way that engages the audience and leads to a cast member(s) being removed from the show.

Donald Trump produced and starred in the highly successful reality television show, the Apprentice, for 11 years. I believe Donald Trump is the first politician to conduct politics as if it were a reality television show. Rudolph Guliani claims the Ukraine story, which blew up this week, was a trap laid for the Democrats who walked straight into it. Trump knew the cast of Democrat Congressmen and Presidential candidates couldn’t resist the challenge Trump injected into the cast.

Succeeding in reality television is about timing that creates the drama that engages the audience and gradually removes cast members. So why inject this Ukraine story now?  I suspect Trump injected this script item into the Democrat Party cast now to ensure that he dramatically realigns the cast’s relationships and allegiances as they go into primary season. He wants to do this by removing the front runner.  If I am right, Trump wants a viciously divided Democratic Party Convention that can barely stand the nominee the Party selects as the Democratic challenger to Donald Trump.

The Ukraine trap effectively knocks Biden out of the race – he can’t go to a debate with highly credible and growing allegations of corruption swirling around him. The Democrat establishment will ensure he retires for “health reasons” to avoid Democrat corruption dominating the next debate. So the 20%-25% of Democrats who previously supported Biden will need to cast their lot with another candidate. But who?

Guliani has guaranteed that there is more and worse to come, including recordings and documents. Yesterday investigative reporter John Solomon claimed to have 450 pages of damning documents from Hunter Biden’s legal team that confirms Joe Biden’s corruption. And the even larger Biden – China scandal is yet to fu;;y emerge. It involves $1.5 bn in an expanded cast of Democrats that includes John Kerry’s step son and Whitey Bulger’s nephew. They all profited from massive Chinese investments coincidentally made whilst Joe Biden failed to negotiate a deal for America. Trump could easily throw in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband’s massive deals in China whilst she had a Chinese spy as a staffer and he gets to reprise the Clinton Foundation scandals and profiteering as well. This narrative arc ends with a widespread public perception, including amongst many Democrat voters, that the Democratic Party includes a large number of highly corrupt politicians who enrich themselves and their families by selling out America and Democrat voters.

Once this narrative emerges over the next month or so, it will be reinforced by the release of the Inspector General’s Report into the FISA abuse scandal. Regardless of whether anyone is charged, the public’s growing perception of widespread Democrat corruption will be reinforced by an independent authority. In fact, if there are no charges, that perception of corruption will be even worse. And after that settles down we might see some indictments from John Durham in the New Year all leading up to and overshadowing the Democrat Primary season and probably right up to the Party Convention.

The re-arrangement of cast loyalties creates an opportunity for a new Democrat challenger to emerge. They have Joe Biden’s ex supporters vote to win. I believe Trump wants a Democrat challenger to emerge who promises to clean up the corrupt Democrat Party. There is only one viable contender for this role – Tulsi Gabbard. She is the only contender against impeachment, has already dominated one debate and isn’t afraid to take it up to the Democrat establishment. Then Trump can campaign on draining the swamp again in 2020.

If Gabbard adopts this role it will destroy the Democrat Party, drive massive allegiance shifts within the Democrat establishment, candidate cast members and lead to a bitter civil war between the Sanders – Warren – Squad far left wing of the Party against the establishment beneficiaries of Democrat corruption all pitted against the decent ordinary Democrat voters who want their Party back.

If this is Trump’s plan, it will be spectacular and will help him achieve a key 2016 election pledge – to drain the swamp.  If this is Trump’s plan, he is indeed a very stable genius who just rewrote the political rule book by turning American politics into the Trumpman Show, where Donald Trump is the star and the Democrats are the feuding cast the audience watches every week as they try to rise to the challenge the star sets for them. If this is Trump’s plan he will likely win “bigly” in 2020.

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35 Responses to John Comnenus: The Trumpman Show

  1. stackja

    DT has been fun, from day one.

  2. C.L.

    The only questions I have re this thesis are: why would Trump want to take out an easybeat goofball like Biden? And why do so now rather than in the middle of the campaign?

  3. tgs

    While the Democrats continue to beclown themselves over and over since the election in search of something, anything, that might even partially justify their ridiculous impeachment aspirations – I think the claim that the current Ukraine issue is a 5D underwater trap deliberately laid by Trump and Guliani is a bit silly.

  4. tgs

    *** 5D underwater chess trap

  5. Empire 5:5

    In a sea of information effluent, quality rational analysis, John.

    As we near the end of Season 1 Episode 3, we see the emergence of an audience demographic who have completely lost their minds. They think the star will be fired for campaign finance violations. That’s the miracle of the reality model: the talent works for free and the crazy consumers flog it like Amway. It costs SFA to produce and there are less middle men to deal with.

    For a clear portrayal of the substantive open source Ukraine evidence:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1177351637775654912.html

  6. candy

    I still think it is Ms Pelosi who organised the Biden troubles to be outed. She seems to be the ruler of the Democrats. She has someone else in mind for the job.

  7. Ivan Denisovich

    the Democratic Party includes a large number of highly corrupt politicians who enrich themselves and their families by selling out America and Democrat voters.

    Are the Democrats more corrupt today than when Tammany Hall was at the height of its power under Boss Tweed?

  8. Zatara

    I certainly wouldn’t vote for Tulsi because of her views on global warming, healthcare, immigration, “racial justice” (shudder), and gun control.

    However, I would welcome her being the Democrat nominee because she isn’t totally contaminated with the radical left virus. She would give Trump one heck of a good debating opponent and the nation could potentially have some honest and respectful conversations about the issues they face.

    In short, she’d be an honorable opponent and a valuable voice in opposition.

  9. Buccaneer

    Watching the MSM fall over themselves to justify Trump Impeachment Syndrome even after the gig is up will be even more entertaining. The consistency of outrage to nothingburger makes it all a bit too much of a stretch to say that Trump’s not trolling these guys.

  10. BorisG

    You guys look like living on another planet. If Trump had any information about Biden corruption , he could have exposed it to the public via his friendly reporters and media, rather than in phone call to a foreign leader. Now he may have damaged Biden but also damaged himself in the process.

    Here in the US his latest speech in which he compared whist-blower sources to spies and traitors shows that Trump is shit scared and losing it.

    Both sides appear to be driven by emotion rather than strategy.

  11. a happy little debunker

    why would Trump want to take out an easybeat goofball

    Because Biden was the moderate amongst the leading contenders.
    The remaining top 9 contenders are varying degrees of bat crap crazy!

  12. BorisG

    I also agree with CL and tgs.

  13. BorisG

    I still think it is Ms Pelosi who organised the Biden troubles to be outed.

    Yeh she orchestrated appointment of Hunter Biden to the Ukrainian company board, then suggested to Joe Biden to lobby for the removal of a prosecutor, then forced Trump to speak about this with Ukrainian President , and then organized a White House conspiracy to classify the phone call transcripts. Then forced a CIA agent to expose all of this.

    Pelosi the superwoman!

  14. a happy little debunker

    You guys look like living on another planet

    DOH! Did You Know There’s a Treaty Between the USA & Ukraine Regarding Cooperation For Prosecuting Crimes?

    Looks like they are trying to impeach Trump for following their own law – that is living large on another planet!

  15. candy

    Biden is damaged goods, Boris G. All that touching up of little girls. The Dems need him gone.

    It’s just a case of who else they have in mind. If Biden is the best, it’s bad news for them – he may have some dementia I think and he likes to touch little girls.

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    Pelosi was probably forced to do this due to pressure from the communist left of the party ,she is forced to follow the usual elitist owners of the party line ,soros koch bros etc stand to lose everything if the commmunist wing stages a coup to take over the decromat brand .
    Surely an old political hack like her knows Trump is no pushover ,she has been involved with obama and the clintons and they dont come much shiftier than them . She was instructed to keep the impeachment thing going without doing anything about it ,the dems owners know if Trump turned on them their criminal acts would be exposed . Trump plays these morons like a good fisherman giving them a bit of line , then pulling them up painfully till they are in the net .
    Put the boot in Donald give it to them . They justly deserve it .

  17. Behind Enemy Lines

    Intriguing thoughts, Comnenus, but IMHO Trump is reacting to these events, not driving them via a clever 3d chess strategy.

    Deliberately setting off the Biden issue in this way would be like firing up and smoking a loaded cigar while hoping the Dems would demand a puff right before it went kaboom. Even Wiley E. Coyote would hesitate at that.

    And no Democrat is going to reform the party, which exists for corruption. The threat of even modest reform will see the entire party join together to chase out the apostate, just as the Republicans are doing with Trump.

    But you are right about the massive allegiance shifts in the Democrat party. Watching them struggle with this will be prime entertainment — so long as they do it from opposition.

  18. BorisG

    If Biden is the best, it’s bad news for them

    I don’t disagree with this but this only means Trump would be much wiser to cherish him as his main opponent. Alas he just can’t help it.

  19. Empire 5:5

    290 days until DNC Milwaukee.

    Contrary to Bolshie’s lie, there are six MEC conglomerates opposed to 45 and he gets favourable coverage from a handful of shows on one network from one of the infoligarchs. They just happen to be the highest rating.

    The UkiTrap has left the MEC with two options:

    1) go full propaganda – the CNN/MSNBC route.
    2) defend Biden and draw attention to the US-Ukraine relationship in 2015 and #Crowdstrike

    server=fulcrum

    Biden leads the narrative to something much bigger and more damning that a few billion of dirty money.

    It takes down DNC/MEC/SV and the swamp all at the same time. The curious might ask; if the FBI never had possession of the server, how did 45 know it was located in the Ukraine?

  20. John Comnenus

    I believe a Trump is doing this now to generate the maximum in fighting amongst the Dem candidate cast and to start to build the narrative of Democrat corruption now to shape the battleground narrative for the Dem primaries. He wants corruption and the swamp to dominate the campaign. This is the most spectacular way to start the narrative and to hopefully fatally divide the Dems. He wants a DNC Convention as acrimonious as the Mondale Convention. He wants to win re-election like Regan – big on the back of draining the swamp and forcing the Dems to run a candidate who agrees that the swamp needs draining. Getting a bipartisan ticket to drain the swamp – now that would be intergalactic level 10D chess.

    Of course I am guessing and could easily be wrong.

  21. Zatara

    I believe Trump is just an honest man doing his job in this case. No deep traps being laid, just doing his thing and letting chips fall where they may.

    He knew Biden had massively* abused his position to extort money from the Ukrainians and protect his dirty son. So he initiated an investigation of it and requested whatever information the Ukrainian govt had on the situation.

    The Dems, running out of steam and being desperate to keep the anti-Trump lawfare going, sat down with one of their spies in the White House and created another “crime” to accuse Trump of.

    They opened Pandora’s box and found…. Biden playing in the mud.

    Whether the Dems knew or didn’t know their “leak” was going to screw Biden is irrelevant in the big picture. They torpedoed Biden and that’s a done deal.

    So now we get to make more popcorn and watch as evil eats itself.

    * I generally dislike hyperbole but $1 Billion is pretty massive.

  22. C.L.

    Because Biden was the moderate amongst the leading contenders.
    The remaining top 9 contenders are varying degrees of bat crap crazy!

    Yeah, there is that.
    The nominee will be Warren, IMHO.

  23. Behind Enemy Lines

    Zatara
    #3168958, posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    I believe Trump is just an honest man doing his job in this case. . . . So he initiated an investigation of it and requested whatever information the Ukrainian govt had on the situation.

    I’ve read (but can’t confirm) that the Ukrainians actually reached out to Trump via Giuliani about all this. They supposedly tried going through State (via the local embassy, and in DC) over the course of the previous year, but kept getting stonewalled. Whether they’re trying to get out of Trump’s bad books for helping the Dems try to steal the ’16 election, I can’t say. But on the face of it, Biden and son are mired in corruption up to their eartips.

  24. Zatara

    The nominee will be Warren

    She may well be, because she fits the Dem elite mold.

    What’s interesting is that the Dems have some really brilliant people onside. The ones who created the incredibly false, but effective Obama image, promote the global warming BS, suborned many of the 2016 US Congressional elections.

    But they aren’t going to support a bitchy ancient maiden aunt figure, which is what Warren is.

    They will support young(ish) social/communist/hip hop/ anarchist/goth/etc. morons who look like them.

  25. Empire 5:5

    In the hours after National Security Advisor John Bolton was fired by President Donald Trump two weeks ago, he immediately began calling longtime political operatives in Washington, DC, sources tell The Chronicle. Many of those calls were made to Democrats and many of them in the national security establishment.

    https://buffalochronicle.com/2019/09/26/bolton-contacted-whistleblower-prior-to-filing-complaint-suggesting-an-attempted-coup/

  26. Beachcomber

    Biden – he may have some dementia I think and he likes to touch little girls.

    Biden touching and molesting of little girls has disappeared into the leftist media black hole of what we are not permitted to discuss.

  27. Candy:

    I still think it is Ms Pelosi who organised the Biden troubles to be outed. She seems to be the ruler of the Democrats. She has someone else in mind for the job.

    I hope she has Michelle in mind, because I just took a bet for Michelle at 150:1 as the Democrat nominee.
    Sometimes ya just gotta chuck money at something, just for shits and giggles.

  28. calli

    Ahahah, Beachcomber.

    Another version of “you didn’t build that”.

    She isn’t even original.

    Well, maybe the frantic mannerisms are all hers. Yikes.

  29. Percy Popinjay

    Fatty Trump will demolish whichever corrupt crazed collectivist imbecile (BIRM) the dumbocrats are stupid enough to run against him.

    Popcorn time, or is that Cornpop time, I asks ya?

  30. Crossie

    There is only one viable contender for this role – Tulsi Gabbard.

    No, she seems to be on Iran’s side. The world doesn’t need another Obama, that role is now played by Macron.

  31. Crossie

    Whether they’re trying to get out of Trump’s bad books for helping the Dems try to steal the ’16 election, I can’t say.

    That would be my guess, Ukrainians miscalculated badly by betting on Hillary.

  32. pbw

    Why is Gabbard a Democrat? What are her political principles?

    She probably won’t make it through the scrum, if only because of the dominance of the certifiable left, but she has staked her claim to the 2024 nomination, and she is a better chance than the many-faced Harris to be the first woman to win the throne, Heaven help us.

  33. old bloke

    Crossie
    #3169450, posted on September 27, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    That would be my guess, Ukrainians miscalculated badly by betting on Hillary.

    So did Australia.

  34. candy

    I hope she has Michelle in mind, because I just took a bet for Michelle at 150:1 as the Democrat nominee.

    Definitely worth a bet, Winston. Just being Mrs O. may not be enough, even for the Dems though as attractive as that idea might be to them. The candidate surely must have some political or legal training and it can’t be all learn on the job.

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