Instead of answering questions about the purported “secret provisions” of his immigration agreement with Mexico, Donald Trump pulled a sheet of paper out of his pocket, waved it around, but refused to show to reporters. Well, that is certainly not very convincing, given his lack of honesty and credibility. But his theatrics does allow us to turn to history for an observation. (History is what we love in this home.)
Said Trump: “That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have.”
Pressed later to detail the contents of the agreement, Trump again refused to do so, but pounded the piece of paper in his jacket’s chest pocket and said: “I don’t want to say, but you can just figure it out yourself — right here … right here is the story.”
History can be a guide to the national con artists of the day. Like this one which we studied in our history classes.
Speaking before the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, Wisconsin Senator McCarthy waved before his audience a piece of paper. According to the only published newspaper account of the speech, McCarthy said that, “I have here in my hand a list of 205 [State Department employees] that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.” In the next few weeks, the number fluctuated wildly, with McCarthy stating at various times that there were 57, or 81, or 10 communists in the Department of State. In fact, McCarthy never produced any solid evidence that there was even one communist in the State Department.
Trump and McCarthy are very much alike. Minus the drinking. I will give Trump credit for that.