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Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter went on a surprisingly vitriolic anti-Trump rant the other day, calling the president a "complete blithering idiot," an "actual retard," and "the most disloyal human God ever created" for his treatment of Jeff Sessions and his failure to build the border wall per his campaign promise.
"Coulter is right," comedian Tim Dillon tweeted in response. "Trump doesn't really care about immigration or the wall, it was just the way to win. He likes winning. You don't live your entire life being a Hollywood star who hangs with the Clintons and Jeffrey Epstein and then decide you actually like people from Ohio."
Which is true. Trump and his handlers understood that rising anti-immigration sentiment in America was a key to winning the presidency, but he never cared about immigration and never had any intention of going out of his way to do anything about it (which is why even his deportation numbers are still below Obama's). Just one of the many ways where the popular narrative about Trump -- the story everyone's telling about him -- differs wildly from the reality.
Coulter is right. Trump doesn't really care about immigration or the wall, it was just the way to win. He likes winning. You don't live your entire life being a Hollywood star who hangs with the Clintons and Jeffrey Epstein and then decide you actually like people from Ohio.
It is normal to have multiple contradictory mainstream narratives running about a president at the same time, and for none of those narratives to be accurate. Obama was simultaneously a progressive champion of sanity and a socialist Muslim from Kenya hell-bent on America's destruction, none of which was true but both of which were believed with equal fervor by either side of the illusory partisan divide.
What's unusual about Trump is that there are multiple contradictory narratives running about him at the same time, within the same political factions. His own base is able to hold the belief that Trump is a brilliant strategic mastermind who is commanding a covert counter-coup to overthrow the Deep State, for example, while simultaneously excusing all the many, many establishment capitulations that he makes as being beyond his control. Much like Schrödinger's proverbial pet -- Trump exists for them in two mutually contradictory states at once: a skillful hero who is taking down the Deep State, and a hapless victim who can't control what happens in his own administration because it's all being controlled by the Deep State.
On the other side of the imaginary partisan divide, Democrats spent years advancing the mutually contradictory narratives that Trump is at once (A) idiotic, (B) mentally ill, and (C) running a covert operation to sabotage America in the interests of Russia -- but cleverly evading detection under intense scrutiny. They also hold him as simultaneously presenting an unprecedented threat to American democracy and also perfectly safe to keep voting in support of continuing and expanding his military and surveillance powers.
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