T. Boone Pickens is an 87-year-old oil billionaire who has decided that it might be fun to watch Donald Trump try to be president because, hey, what’s the worst that can happen?
“Yes, I’m for Donald Trump. … I’m tired of having politicians as president of the U.S.,” he said, speaking at the economics-focused SALT Conference at the Bellagio Hotel here. “Let’s try something different.”
Yes, let’s hand control the most powerful nation on earth to someone who’s never held any kind of elected office. You might think that this is the rambling of an old man but it’s not. How do we know? Because what he says next is the perfect summary of how the American right wing thinks:
And should a Trump presidency not work out, Mr. Pickens said he isn’t overly concerned.
I’m ready to take a chance on it,” the 87-year-old said. “And just in case it’s a mistake, [I’ll] be gone.
And there it is. Conservatism at its finest. Who cares if it’s a disaster as long as I don’t have to pay the price for it. Did the economy crash? Not my problem. Did race riots break out? Not my problem. Did we launch another disastrous war in the Middle East? Not my problem. Did millions of Americans lose their jobs, their homes, and their future? Not. My. Problem.
This fundamental lack of empathy would be the heart and soul of American conservatism if American conservatism HAD a heart and soul. Instead, it has a black pool of narcissistic hate towards anyone “lesser.” This is how you explain the right wing denial of Climate Change and the embrace of tax cuts for the rich and cuts to the social safety net. Conservatives know (or think they know) that the people who will suffer the most are Those People and not them.
Too bad for conservatives that their rich leaders think of THEM as Those People and Pickens’ casual dismissal of the potential disaster Trump poses simply confirms it: He got his, screw the rest of you.
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