I’m not a conspiracy theorist, so I don’t actually believe the canard that’s been floated about Bill Clinton convincing Donald Trump to run for the Republican nomination so that it would make Hillary look so sane by comparison that she’d win in running away, but I will say the further we get into this absolute abortion of an election year, the more I think the end result of Trump’s candidacy will be to have scared the general public into making an understandable, albeit hasty, decision to vote for “anyone but Trump.” And that no doubt plays right into Team Hillary’s chances at winning. Tom Hanks, the Oscar-winning actor, recently said something I agree with though, and of course it had many on the Hillary bench positively apoplectic.
As reported by The Hill, on “CBS This Morning,” Hanks had the audacity to say the country would be “just fine” if Trump wins the GOP nomination.
“Look, America’s going to be fine,” he said Thursday during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
“We’re the greatest, most resilient nation in the history of, of civilized, in all of civilization. We’ve worked ourselves out of holes many, many times over and over again.” (source)
All of that is completely correct. I don’t for the life of me understand how anyone who has watched President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House would think that any president would have carte blanche from Congress, let alone someone more hated than Obama was by the GOP. Granted, many Congressional Republicans will toe the party line, no mistaking that. But obstruction works both ways, and as much as it’s been painful to watch even the most modest of Obama proposal get stymied by ideologically entrenched Republicans, we’ll all be thankful that obstruction is possible when President Trump tries to declare talking shit on him illegal via executive fiat.
I also think Hanks was just showing a bit of good ol’ fashioned American optimism. It’s completely possible that Trump could get the nomination and then lose the General. Hanks essentially said as much himself.
“I have no powers of clairvoyance like you geniuses in the news media,” he said. “I’m not saying he’s going to be president of the United States.” (source)
I’m not going to predict who Mr. Hanks is going to vote for in November, or in the primaries, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a Bernie guy himself. His commentary seems to belie a sense that he has that all the sound and fury over Trump may in fact be more than just a little bit of a hyperbolic tempest in a proverbial tea pot. It seems to me that conspiracy bullshit aside, it really benefits Hillary to look like such a sane, rational choice juxtaposed to Trump. If anything, the crazier he gets, the better it should be for her in November. But the same can be said for Sanders too, no doubt.
For whatever reason, Hanks and I seem to agree that the all the Chicken Little-ing that is being done over Trump is a bit over the top. I could totally be wrong, I’m a clown after all, but why on Earth would Democrats just start rolling over for any Republican president, much less a D-grade celebrity and shitty businessman like Trump? It’s all too convenient an argument for maintaining the status quo, to me. And one thing that Hanks said most certainly resonates with me.
“What I’m saying is we are going to have the most hilarious September, October and first week of November in a very long time,” he said.
“And you people are going to be exhausted.” (source)
He’s completely right. As much a shit show as this year’s election has been, it would be even more insane should Trump win. Insane, and hilarious. Truly hilarious. I know there are humorless people out there who are going to just be so offended that anyone could suggest that entertainment value lies in a Trump nomination, but those people are humorless, remember? So they won’t see the humor in a goddamned knock-knock joke, let alone the subtle nuanced hilarity in watching the GOP completely immolate on all its own.
One way or the other, the Republican Party is going to have to reckon with Trump and his supporters. Should that reckoning result in Trump getting the nod, sure it sets up the possibility of a Republican in the White House, and sure that Republican would be Donald Trump, but are we really so scared as to think that the majority of Americans would vote for him?
Then again, it is the United States we’re talking about so, yeah, we could be royally fucked. But in a tremendously entertaining way, at least.