For many, politics is just a means to satisfy their own personal ambition. That was probably never more evident than it was during the 2016 election and the subsequent transition to the Trump administration. Donald Trump is on record, thanks to Twitter, opposing things that he himself has done in his first 100 days in office. Aaron Blake at the Washington Post has compiled a boatload of them.
Over the last two weeks, President Trump has attacked Syria without congressional approval, ratcheted up the use of force in Afghanistan with a huge bomb, and moved to reverse the Obama administration’s policy of releasing White House visitor logs.
Each of these actions runs completely counter to the views and values once espoused by Trump on Twitter. And they join an amazingly long — and growing — list of old Trump tweets that have become eerily applicable to Trump’s own presidency in ways that scream “hypocrisy.”
Here are a few of the highlights from Trump’s Twitter feed from before he changed his mind about practically everything.
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Why does Obama believe he shouldn't comply with record releases that his predecessors did of their own volition? Hiding something?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2012
Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013
So many strongly worded things were said throughout the Republican primary, it gave the appearance that there was real passion behind certain ideas and principles. Yet once the outcome was certain, ideas and principles were cast aside as the losers came groveling for cushy administration jobs. Meanwhile, Trump began walking back all sorts of promises and rescinding all the red meat he had thrown to the angry mobs at his campaign rallies.
Last week, Rush Limbaugh was attempting to explain Trump to his listeners.
Let me try it this way. In the past, I have made a point of pointing out that Donald Trump is not ideological. Now, to me, that means more than he’s not just conservative or liberal. But I guess I’m gonna need to add to that. When I say he’s not ideological — and I’ll explain that again — he’s not a conservative, and he’s not a liberal. He knows what both things are. It’s just not how he looks at the world, and it’s not how he sees people. Now, to some people that’s refreshing and it’s good. To other people, it’s alarming.
It should be alarming because it means we have a President who doesn’t have a core set of principles and only cares about personal victories. There’s no roadmap to the “great” America he promised. There’s not even a definition of what “great” even means.
The irony is that many on the right flocked to Trump because other Republicans had campaigned as conservatives but governed as something else once elected. Trump has already begun doing the same thing. Now all those people are in denial or hiding.
I wrote yesterday about how former conservatives and current Trumpists like Sean Hannity are undermining the cause of conservatism simply because their guy is in the White House and they’re not honest enough to be critical of Trump when he does the same things for which they were critical of Obama.
Aaron Blake describes Trump’s old tweets as a “minefield” of hypocrisy. He’s wrong about that. Stepping on a mine causes immediate and catastrophic damage.
Trump’s tweets are actually more like a cow pasture of hypocrisy. Stepping in a an old cow pie can be embarrassing, but it does no real damage if you have an army of bootlicks to clean up the mess for you.