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Trump Must Beware the Establishment’s Obsequious Embrace

It’s such an enduring facet of human nature. Go for the throat of your enemies, but once they have power or can benefit you, lovingly kiss their feet.

That was what was on display Wednesday at a White House celebration of congressional passage of the tax cut. The establishment, which had opposed his election and held him in contempt, was now praising Trump, wafting toward success, and starting to rethink this business about him being a liability to their careers in 2018.

“You made the case for the tax bill,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration . . . Thank you, Mr. President, for all you’re doing.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the “exquisite presidential leadership” of Trump.

“We would not be standing here if it were not for you,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

“You stop and think about it, this president hasn’t even been in office for a year, and look at all the things that he’s been able to get done, by sheer will in many ways,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

This is dangerous territory for Trump. He was sent here not to join the establishment, but to destroy it. He can use this, though, if he is not co-opted by the flattery, by bending them to his will rather than the reverse.

McConnell, who is the guardian angel of the establishment, no doubt wants to turn Trump against Steve Bannon and Bannon’s efforts to unseat him as majority leader. McConnell is the wiliest operator in Washington, a longtime survivor.

But Trump, though susceptible to flattery, is not a slave to it. A salesman himself, knows when he is being played. He has things he wants to achieve and is more committed to his ideology and agenda than people realize. I think the establishment is misjudging Trump once again.

H/T Politico.

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4 Responses to Trump Must Beware the Establishment’s Obsequious Embrace

  1. A lifetime of wheeling and dealing with the most wily of opponents has served MrTrump well and allowed him to outflank the most vocal of his opponents. He isn’t fooled, he knows why this love-fest happened and will use it to his (our) advantage.
    The Repub elites heard from their biggest donors that MrTrump is to be supported and protected. Big business is floating on a new high – lowed taxes, raised stock prices – what could be better?
    Everyone noticed when the MSM found a “smoking gun” that turned out to be a big, humping error/lie the market dropped 400 points in a matter of hours – the business community needs and wants Trump in the White House working to MAGA for everyone.
    The Big Business thank you to MrTrump – the announced bonuses about to be distributed to their employees, the major investments in new enterprises or buildings, and everyone knows it’s a big deal.

  2. As you say Keith, DJT is a wily operator. I am sure he smells a rat when he sees one. Or a whole passel of them in this case.
    And, after all, these are politicians we are talking about here.
    One of the prerequisites of being a political animal is your ability and experience with checking which way the wind is blowing and adjusting accordingly.