In case you were laboring under the delusion that 2017 was an anomaly and that somehow this year people were going to finally start coming to their senses and acting just a tiny bit more normal, a new report is out right on cue from Axios to help you get your expectations back in line with the Trump presidency.
The fine reporters at Axios have spent weeks interviewing Republicans about their support for the ethereal “infrastructure plan” that Trump keeps talking about — this $200 billion spending bill that would hinge largely on equal contributions from private enterprise in order to actually complete any of the projects contained in it.
What those reporters have found is that there just isn’t much will in the GOP to tack on a bunch more debt (a) right after they just added $1.5 trillion to the deficit and (b) while they’re in complete control of government, and therefore can’t blame the “tax and spend Democrats” for all the nation’s money woes.
But as everyone knows, none of that matters anyway.
Trump doesn’t know the first thing about budgets, or infrastructure, or government spending or anything even remotely related to how to be president. What Trump understands is how to campaign, and how to make his supporters start spitting more fire at everyone around them. So what the insiders that Axios spoke to told them was that Trump plans to make 2018 a year for messaging:
[W]hat he’s really interested in is storylines revolving around him — driving the conversation with whatever crosses his mind at that moment, and then comes out of his mouth or his fingers.”
That apparently includes looking for “unexpected cultural flashpoints” — think NFL protests or Confederate statues — that he can use to rile up the base. In other words, Trump plans to be even more Trump-like in his second year, and he’s hoping that parlays into at least the same people turning out for his racist, nationalist, idiot agenda again.
Buckle up, folks.
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