I used to think that Donald Trump was the quintessential con artist. I even wrote a post about it not long ago. You can read it here if you want to.
But I don’t think that anymore. Con artists tend to be great talkers. They are well dressed and exude an air of confidence and authority. They can be charming and seemingly sincere.
But isn’t Trump a charming talker who comes across with confidence, authority, and sincerity? No, he is not. He fills all his speeches with glib promises that he never follows through on. And more often than not, what comes out of his mouth is not at all articulate. It’s little more than word salad.
Take his speech at a rally the other night in Montana. Trump went on one of his tirades, this time complaining about how no one congratulates him for how big the crowds at his rallies are.
“They never say I’m a great speaker,” Trump bellowed, pointing at the media attending the rally. “Why the hell do so many people come? It’s got to be something. I guess they like my policy?”
And then he said this, which is quoted exactly as he said it:
“I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “quintessential.”