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Trump’s message: ‘Nothing good is happening. I’m gonna make it great.’

Not to repeat the headline on this post verbatim, but Donald Trump’s message is literally — literally — nothing good is happening. I’m gonna make it great.

In a brief interview with something called extratv.com, Trump was asked why he looks so angry on the cover his new book, “CRIPPLED AMERICA: How to Make America Great Again.” This is verbatim from his reply:

Well I’m supposed to be angry because the book is a tough book. It’s a tough book about a lotta things. Frankly, we talk about the difficulties of the country. We owe $19 trillion dollars. We have $19 trillion dollars that we have to somehow pay back. We lose a fortune with every single country that we deal with. We’re losing to ISIS. We’re losing every way. Militarily. Trade. Nothing good is happening. I’m gonna turn it around. I’m gonna make it great. But right now I can’t put a smiley face on the book because there’s too many bad things happening.

Here’s the video, from extratv.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 11/04/2015 - 12:56 pm.

    I Fear Mr. Trump

    vastly overestimates his ability to change things on the national and world political stage.

    You can’t bully and bluster congress or other nations into reshaping themselves to match your world view.

    You can’t just say “You’re fired!” and get rid of other political leaders in the U.S. and the world when they don’t accomplish what you want them to accomplish,…

    (which you, of course, would have taken credit for).

    In seeking the presidency of the United States, Mr. Trump is completely out of his league.

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/04/2015 - 01:09 pm.

    And You Know It’s True

    Because his hat says that he will make America great again.

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 11/04/2015 - 02:00 pm.

    “I’m gonna make it great.”As

    “I’m gonna make it great.”

    As was so clearly expressed by GWB, “I’m the decider”, which is the correct interpretation of the executive’s job.

    The next layer of “I’m gonna make it great” is whose viewpoint and plan you are going to adopt to indeed make it great.

    It really all comes down to the people in the layer below the chief executive and what their interpretation of what “great” is.

    Because in the real world, Trump does nothing specific other than hire and fire.

    It’s all those people and their plans and their ability to persuade the decider.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/04/2015 - 09:28 pm.

    What’s the difference between

    “I’m gonna make it great” and “We’re going to transform America” other than the fact that one was an inexperienced community organizer and the other is a successful builder and real estate tycoon?

    The second guy has some credibility.

    • Submitted by Colin Brownlow on 11/05/2015 - 09:18 am.

      Let’s at least get our facts straight

      Your statement about the inexperienced community organizer is completely misleading and you know it. Obama was a community organizer prior to finishing law school. Prior to running for the US Senate in 2004, he was a practicing attorney and University lecturer in constitutional law from 1992 – 2004. He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1997 and served there until 2004. He was elected to the US Senate from Illinois in 2004 and served as a Senator until taking office as President in 2008. So unless you choose to ignore 16 years of history, he’s not “an inexperienced community organizer.”

  5. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 11/04/2015 - 10:30 pm.

    Blind man’s bluff or solitaire, what’s the game Trump?

    Funny thing about Trump… likes to play the campaign game with the wrong rules; playing monopoly like solitaire?

    …yet blind to his own fantasy, playing his imaginary ‘fellow players’ across the board, who are essentially, the facade of his own alter-egos…scary illusions indeed.

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