Ask A Genius 504 – Bad Faith, or Blood (1)

In-Sight Publishing

Ask A Genius 504 – Bad Faith, or Blood (1)

March 5, 2018

[Beginning of recorded material]

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is up now?

Rick Rosner: Everything is up informationally with Trump. Based on Trump’s history and the amount of stuff swirling around Trump, and how bad he is at doing things cleverly, he is only cleverness is at self-promotion.

Everything else he does blatantly and gets away with it because he’s found niches in which he can consistently act in bad faith and get away with it.

Jacobsen: Is this a form of brilliance in salesmanship but only in the sense of being an idiot-savant?

Rosner: You could argue it. But he only ended up in the real estate business because he has a talent for self-promotion, and has a talent for licensing his name. There were 17 buildings in Manhattan at one point with his name on them.

He only owned 3 of them. The other 14, he made millions for simply having his name on them. Because it said, “This is a classy joint,” to a lot of people. He has revealed himself to be terrible to a lot of people.

I do not think he is electable for a second term. Unless, Democrats do some weird self-immolation or self-destruction. The deal is that he was elected with under 40% or 48% of the vote. He still has 88% approval among Republicans.

But he got elected with fairly strong approval from independents. He has probably lost 20% of the people who voted for him. A lot of people took a flyer on Trump thinking he may be different from other politicians or a good tactician. But he turned out to be like many of the rest of Republicans.

He may only get 52 million or 54 million votes. That is not enough to be elected a second term. We do not know anything yet, for sure.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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