Given that President-elect Donald Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet, it's outrageous how he has tried to take credit for every good thing happening in the country. Be it Mike Pence saving Carrier manufacturing jobs in Indiana, the automakers' investments in new jobs, or the U.S. Consumer Confidence Index reaching record numbers, Trump has tried to take credit. He tried to imply that he was making good on his promise to "Make America Great Again," and it was offensive. But brace yourself, because Trump has a new slogan that's somehow more delusional than the first.
In his delusional world of inflated self worth, Trump thinks he has already made America great (again) — and thus he's ready to throw out his next over simplified slogan. In Trump's mind, his winning the election was all it took for the greatness — an end to progressive and inclusive governance and there you have it: Great! Again!
But by picking a new tagline, Trump surely doesn't mean to imply that he's made the slightest bit of substantive difference, especially when he hasn't even taken the oath of office. Or does he?
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump introduced the tagline, which he plans to use in 2020: "Keep America Great." The whole thing was announced, seemingly spontaneously, in the middle of the interview. He called in his lawyer and said, "Will you trademark and register, if you would, if you like it — I think I like it, right? Do this: ‘Keep America Great,’ with an exclamation point. With and without an exclamation. ‘Keep America Great.’”
He's serious! He must think even the idea of a Trump presidency and its whiter, more conservative, and sexist America somehow is better than eight years of progress under President Obama (which of course was stymied by Republicans and haters like the president-elect). Despite the lack of proof of a better United States, Trump's fine with declaring his four years as better. It's because he's so full of himself.
"I am so confident that we are going to be, it is going to be so amazing," Trump told The Post. "It’s the only reason I give it to you. If I was, like, ambiguous about it, if I wasn’t sure about what is going to happen — the country is going to be great.” And the biggest role of a president in ensuring this happens? Trump being a "cheerleader" and showing off the military.
The only silver lining to this outrageous announcement is that Trump is totally clueless about the other time the tagline has been used, in the movie The Purge: Election Year. Mashable reported that the similarity to the two slogans were not on accident — the movie version was meant to be a commentary on Trump's campaign.
Ironically, the goal of Democrats must be to "keep America great" (or at least as good as it is right now). They'll have their work cut out for themselves as Trump tries to bring America back a century, to when voting rights weren't protected, women didn't have control of their own bodies, and you could be denied health insurance for having a preexisting condition.
God willing in 2020, this will not be Trump's slogan. Because if it is, it means he's made all his campaign promises come true. And nobody wants that.