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There’s an old fable about a scorpion stinging a frog while the frog carries the scorpion across a river. The scorpion asks the frog to give him a ride across the river, the frog hesitates, afraid of being stung by the scorpion, but the scorpion argues that he would never sting the frog because if it did so, they would both drown.

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The Scorpion and the Frog, Donald Trump Version—Steve Crandall

Half way across the river the scorpion stings the frog but before they both drown the frog asks the scorpion why the scorpion stung him, the scorpion replies that it was in his nature to do so. The fable is used to illustrate that fundamentally vicious natures cannot change.

Donald Trump clearly fits the roll of the scorpion as he lures his supporters by using fear, hate and lies to propel his message to make “American Great Again”.

Donald Trump clearly fits the roll of the scorpion as he lures his supporters by using fear, hate and lies to propel his message to make “American Great Again”.

Think about crossing the river as the process of running for the Presidency. What is the driving force that the scorpion, Mr. Trump, encourages him to want to make the journey across the river? Is it the reward of a 24/7 job that is incredibly demanding and only pays an annual salary of $400,000? I sincerely doubt it, based on his inability to stay focused on any one issue for more than a few minutes, the lack of desire to read and the fact that he's already a billionaire.

Could it be the power that comes with being the United States President? One might think so but the job also comes with a very high level of scrutiny that clearly does not suit his life style or his personality. I would instead suggest that it is his narcissistic attention craving personality that allowed him to be easily goaded into running for the position. Also consider that he has flirted with running for President in 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2008, so at some time he needed to either go for the run or lose credibility.

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Also, a confident campaigner who really wants the job would not be hedging against a loss by telling his supporters that the election system is rigged. These are more like the words of a narcissistic showman who can’t get enough of the fanfare but still retains the business sense to make sure he protects his brand from scrutiny by doing things like refusing to release his tax returns. Therefore getting to the other side of the river was never his goal.

So who is the frog? The frog is Trump’s supporters. His supporters are blinded by their own hate and lack the critical thinking to understand that he will never be able to achieve the things he says he will do. They believe he will build the wall along the southern border and make Mexico pay for it, they believe he will bring the old manufacturing jobs like steel and coal back, they believe he can make America a great “Christian Nation”, they believe he can eradicate an ideology by bombing ISIS and killing their families, they believe he can deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and they believe he can block immigration based on religious beliefs.

They also don’t question his lack of knowledge about foreign policy, the U.S. political system, U.S. military and just plain lack of knowledge in general. Instead they make excuses for him by continually interjecting their own thoughts about what they thought he said or meant to say about one issue after another. They say he is “complicated” but the same could also be said of a schizophrenic person. He replaces knowledge with physical antics and verbal insults creating distractions from the issues. This strategy might work well during a campaign but it will be disastrous when it comes to world relations. His supporters again come to his aid by saying it is just a show and he will change his ways when elected but like the scorpion he is incapable of doing so and will ultimately sting the non-critical thinking frog.

So does the scorpion really drown if it stings the frog? Early in the campaign he said “If I don’t go all the way, and if I don’t win, I will consider it to be a complete and total waste of time, energy and money”. Waste of time? Not really, since his brand is now more well-known than it ever was before he started the campaign. Waste of energy? How can that be from a man who his doctor said “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”. Waste of money? In 2000 Trump said “It’s very possible I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it”.

Per my review of the FEC reports dated August 31, 2016 Trump is finally bringing outside donations into his campaign but is spending none of it on fund raising and has more than doubled the rent on Trump Towers. And the $47 million campaign loan he said he would forgive per his letter to the FEC dated July 21, 2016 is still listed on the report as a loan from the candidate. Trump will never change but the old fable will, when the scorpion stings the frog and only the frog drowns.


The End.

Steve Crandall