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My image is titled “Trump carrying water for Putin.” The definition of Idiom to carry someone’s water is to be subservient to and uncritical of someone and/or to do someone's bidding. Example from online dictionary: “The dictator made sure to surround himself with those who would eagerly carry his water. Trump is shown lower left holding his petard, as in to be hoist by one’s own petard.
Link to DonkeyHotey caricature titled ”Vladimir Putin carrying his buddy Donald Trump” with the caption Vladimir Putin carrying his buddy Donald Trump “Is Vladimir Putin helping Donald Trump win the race for President of the United States?”
Unless you just woke up from a coma you know how Trump has been praising Putin out of one side of his mouth while insincerely mouthing politically correct horse-pucky (for him since he couldn’t care less about the suffering being inflicted on Ukrainians) condemning the invasion. With these words barely out of his mouth he then spewed words that no previous former president would ever say about a sitting president from another party during a crisis like this.
I know that this has become a cliché but I wonder whether Trump, the overconfident bomb thrower, has hoist himself with his own petard.
Hoist with his own petard" is a phrase from a speech in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet that has become proverbial. The phrase's meaning is that a bomb-maker is lifted ("hoist") off the ground with his own bomb (a "petard" is a small explosive device), and indicates an ironic reversal, or poetic justice. Wikipedia
Do you think Trump’s reaction to the invasion of Ukraine will erode his support enough to make a difference in how much influence he has on his current supporters as more and more news of Russian atrocties in Ukraine are made public? Another way to pose the question is whether the man who believes that he can get away with saying anything no matter how outrageous it is. After all he is the "I can shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it" man. Can he escape unscathed from his latest demonstration of malignant narcissism? Only a malignant narcissist would say something like what he said to a crowd at an Iowa rally:
"My people are so smart -- and you know what else they say about my people? The polls?" I have the most loyal people -- did you ever see that? I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible."
Furthermore, only a leader who is a malignant narcissist would wish he had the dictatorial power of leaders like Putin and Kim Jong Un. Consider “Trump Really Seems To Wish He Were An Actual Dictator” from 2018, this tweet...
and this from Hill Reporter in 2019:
Excerpts about Putin:
Vladimir Putin: A better leader than Obama.
As Trump continued to campaign through the summer of 2016, he continued to disparage President Barack Obama, and heap accolades on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Specifically, the Daily Beast reports, he declared Putin’s leadership superior.
“The man has very strong control over a country. Now, it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he’s been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader.”
Vladimir Putin: “So true!”
After the 2016 election results rolled in, Putin knew exactly what to say to get Trump’s attention. A little mockery of Hillary Clinton and her supporters was bound to resonate with the new president-elect of the United States. He was right. Trump quoted him, adding, “So true!”
You’ve probably noticed by now that Donald Trump loves to quote Putin while simultaneously attacking his own American opponents.
What do you think?