I’ve finally figured out what the Trump presidency really is. He seems to be far too clueless or deliberately and transparently mendacious to be a real politician – his "tax breaks for the Middle Class announcement just before the 2018 midterms were too obviously impossible, his claims that Mexico would pay for a Wall to absurd, his repeated statements that China was paying billions because of his tariffs too disprovable (and if he was simply wrong, he would’ve been corrected many times over by now).
A lot of people claim that Trump simply blundered into a presidency he didn’t expect to win and now doesn’t really want, but if that were the case he could easily invalid himself out. “Bone spurs” worked before for him.
No, there must be some other explanation. He’s a Performance Artist, the kind that bursts unexpected and unwabnted into you life to impose his sense of art upon you, challenging your expectations and values, and involving the public as part of hius performance
Performance artists, like many artists, frequently try to provoke extreme reactions among their spectators and unwilling participants. This is precisely what Trump is doing. People keep expecting him to come up with some sort of coherent presidency, but he manages to upset even many of his supporters, and he constantly changes his staff and has avoided the kinds of briefings and filling of positions that virtually everyone would think essential to a presidency. It’s the same way that many people kept expecting Andy Kaufman to act like a standard comedian, or kept watching him in the hope that there’d be a punch line or some comedic payoff, but the real joke was that there wasn’t anything. In just the same way, Trump keeps making completely absurd un-presidential tweets, appointing people devoted to destroying the institutions under their authority to key positions, coddling bigots and anti-American authoritarian dictators and making nonsensical policy decisions. I think one object may be to demonstrate how far a party will go to stay in power, but it might simply be utter nihilism. It’s hard to tell those two apart.