Celebrity Trump Endorsements Reek Of Privilege And Tunnel Vision

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“Donald Trump is an incredible person.”

Many celebrities who have praised Donald Trump and his ambition to become President of the United States have done so because they see honesty in his unfiltered speech (regardless of the hateful overtones). Others have noted that a business acumen is necessary for the office of President of the United States and have expressed admiration for the image of the successful businessman that he projects, despite the fact that Donald Trump’s professional track record is a mess of bankruptcies, lawsuits, and labor law violations. Others believe that he will improve the quality of American life, not take into account the fact that the deficit and unemployment have both decreased under President Obama.

Others, perhaps have an opinion influenced just as much by their privilege of being in the Donald’s good graces as their admiration of the image of success that he presents to the extent that they will happily turn a blind eye to everything else.


Sylvester Stallone, actor: “I love Donald Trump… he’s a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold, Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life. But I don’t know how that translates to running the world.”


Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback: “Can I just stay out of this debate? Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He’s a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me — for the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that I thought was really cool. That came along with winning the Super Bowl. He’s always invited me to play golf. I’ve always enjoyed his company.”


Omarosa, former star of The Apprentice and director of African-American outreach for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign: “Absolutely I’m supporting him, but more importantly, I think that Americans don’t get to know the real Donald Trump the way I have. I mean truly the man, not just the sound bites that you hear. He has an incredible heart and he is an incredible person.”

Sly Stallone may be right that the Donald, standing 6’2 and possessing a net worth of $4.5 billion, is larger than life. As for Dickensian, it’s hard to imagine that Trump struggled growing up as the son of a real-estate developer who was successful enough to leave Trump and each of his siblings a $5 million inheritance. Given Donald’s stingy love for money and underhanded business practices, if there is anything Dickensian about him, he has far more in common with Fagin or Uriah Heep than Oliver Twist or Tiny Tim Cratchit.

As for Tom Brady, it’s not surprising that he would come to admire Donald Trump, given his conservative leanings that belie his claim that he is an Independent. However, despite the fact that he is one of the most important NFL quarterbacks of the past quarter century (and even though I am a huge New England Patriots fan), it is dismaying to know that Tom Brady apparently cares more about his friendship with Donald Trump than whether or not the United States has a free press, whether or not the 86 percent of Muslims in the United States who generally disapprove of violence will be required to wear special identification badges and register in a federal database or whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring same-sex marriage to be protected under the Constitution will be overturned. Though Tom Brady plays a helluva football game, his privilege has given him tunnel vision.

Perhaps most mystifying and counterintuitive of all is the fact that Omarosa, a black woman, would not only pledge support to Donald Trump but encourage other black people to do the same. Trump’s misogyny been well documented and he has taken a hard stance against a woman’s right to choose. Furthermore, not only has Donald Trump been observed casually making racist remarks in private, he also paid $85,000 for advertising space in four New York City newspapers, including the New York Times and the New York Daily News demanding the execution of five teenagers, one Hispanic, the rest black, who were falsely accused of the rape and attempted murder of Trisha Meiji, a white investment banker, in Central Park.

Trump’s advertisement calling for the execution of the Central Park Five.

Come to think of it, this might be tantamount to treason.

Donald Trump’s gladhanding show of passing out supplies to flood victims may give these three ammunition in their argument for Donald Trump’s good nature. However, many of the worst criminals and tyrants, including Hamas and Adolf Hitler, are well-known for their charity work, and a short-term stopgap action in the face of a major natural disaster does not warrant ignoring the fact that his Trump University real estate training program was a colossal rip-off. Nor does it gloss over decades of underpaid and in some cases unpaid employees and contractors, upon whose shoulders Donald Trump stood for the benefit of his successful façade, an essential part of his con gambit.”

In that case, the labor that Donald Trump has chiseled so that he can fool people into believing he is successful are the real philanthropists in his enterprise, for they are the ones who go hungry and lose their family businesses so that guests at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada can experience luxury.

All in all, Stallone, Brady and Omarosa are technically correct that Donald Trump is an incredible person — it’s incredible how appalling he is.

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