The new 'saints' Boris and Gleb.
Restoring moral order?
I think he deeply respects Putin.
Doh! Like we didn't know that already. Yet we are not completely sure why, are we?
I think it's becoming clearer the longer Trump is in office. It seems to me his fascination with the Russian leader stems from his desire to emulate Putin's style of governance, and exercise of power. (Trump doesn't have people killed, he just fires them and shames them by character assassination, to some extent.)
That said, he admires Putin's strength, his sense of command, and most of all, his decisiveness. I think he sees Putin as a moral leader, and he desires to be respected in the same manner. Don't freak out, don't jump to point out all of his flaws, don't say, 'but, but, but!' Set aside all the negative narratives and just imagine him in the way he sees himself, and as his supporters do - some even see him as a Charlemagne, or the savior white knight, riding in on a stately white horse, making America great again. Kind of like Putin.
Reversal of fortune for LGBTQ?
I started comparing notes a while back, but yesterday's sudden tweet about banning trans-genders from military service signaled to me his determination to be like Putin. (Perhaps they even discussed it in the secret hour long meeting recently?) Again, don't freak out - whatever you think about LGBTQ notwithstanding - look at his decision objectively. He fundamentally betrayed a whole group of people, many of whom supported him, whether they admit it or not. Trump was supported by many gay Republicans, as well as trans people. Many means just a certain unknown percentage, to be sure, but they were there. And he betrayed them. It's well known that Ivanka and Jared influenced Trump to abandon executive orders that would overturn LGBT rights, and maybe they've stepped in once again this week, but Trump seems determined to restore the moral integrity of the United States - or impose it - even by draconian methods if necessary. Scrapping previous privileges and rights granted by executive orders to LGBTQ persons.
Consider Russia's treatment of homosexuals and banning LGBTQ rights - even tolerating the Chechen campaign against gay people. Trump seems to like that sort of power - again, it is what he admires about Putin. So, yeah, I'm basing my idea on how Trump will govern pretty much totally on how Trump deals with LGBTQ issues, perhaps under the influence of Putin.
S.s Boris and Gleb deliver us.
It may be too early to call it, but I think there will be a backlash - to be sure from LGBTQ activists - but even more so from right wing moderates and more surely, right wing extremists. The transgender revolution may just be the red line conservatives are not willing to let them cross. I may be wrong - maybe. But there seems to be a movement brewing and Trump wants to be the hero. He wants what Putin has grabbed. In fact, I think he envies the Russian palaces and pomp Putin restored - to make Russia great again. This should be no surprise to anyone, since Trump early on had his personal residences designed and embellished in a very regal manner - suitable for a monarch - or at least, an oligarch.
Just something to think about. I may be wrong - I am frequently.
First Family. Trump penthouse.