With each passing day I’m reminded of the opening scene from The Godfather Part I where business associates or “friends” of Don Vito Corleone wait their turn to ask a favor. If you’re a friend of The Godfather and someone is hassling you, come to Don Vito, kiss the ring and he’ll take care of it.
The tough guy approach has its appeal with a significant number of voters as we found out on November, 8th. Recall from the Art of the Deal, his negotiation strategy is to start at an extremely high price and then come down to what you wanted in the first place. It’s used car salesmanship 101.
But if things aren’t going so well, he quickly falls back on intimidation. I simply cannot separate him telling President Enrique Pena Nieto that Mexico is going to pay for the border wall from Don Corleone’s “Making him an offer he cannot refuse.” I keep waiting to read about President Nieto waking up to a horse’s head in his bed in the near future.
Just this past week, after being told of a Texas state senator who wants to require convictions before the state can forfeit property, Trump asked for the senator’s name and said “We’ll destroy his career.”
Whenever he refers to Iraq he talks about how we should have kept the oil (never mind the experts are saying that’s easily classified as a war crime).
We are America. We are exceptional. Kiss the ring.
Don Vito’s story didn’t end particularly well for him, and I don’t think Trump’s attitude about the United States’ role as world citizen will serve us well either.
I’ll be curious if anyone else sees the same Mob boss mentality that I do.