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Sun Oct 4, 2020, 01:50 PM

Trump's luck finally runs out

People underestimate the role luck (or chance) plays in an individual's life. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are brilliant and accomplished, but more than a little good luck has helped them. Sergey Brin and Larry Page almost sold Google for $1 million (it's now worth nearly $1 trillion).

And so it is with Donald Trump. Trump has been lucky his entire life. But, as anyone who has ever been at a craps table knows, good luck doesn't last forever.

Pundits, political scientists and various other promoters of "big ideas" can opine all they want about the larger forces and deep strategy that got Trump into the White House - and there certainly was plenty of agency in Trump's rise - but the fact is he also got a lot of luck along the way.

Winning the Republican nomination was a close-run thing. Trump took longer to secure the nomination than any other Republican nominee since 1976. And, in the GOP primaries, Trump faced the most inexperienced field since 1964 with none of his opponents having been on a national ticket. Since 1948, only three Republican nominees had not had previous national experience: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater and George W. Bush

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Even as president, Trump had a lucky streak - a growing economy and a fairly peaceful international scene. Conflicts started under Bush and Barack Obama were (and are) diminishing. The Democrats cornered themselves into pursuing a doomed-to-fail impeachment trial that left Trump higher in the ballot test against Joe Biden than before.

But the coronavirus upended all that. A natural phenomenon impervious to criticism and uninterested in human preference, the virus short-circuited the economy - Trump's best issue area. The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd likely would not have been as extensive and long-lasting if it wasn't for unemployment and cabin fever.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-s-luck-finally-runs-out/ar-BB19H3BF?li=BBnbfcQ

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 01:52 PM

1. Quote from "Thelma and Louise": Either they're real smart or real lucky.

Brains'll take you only so far and you'll eventually run out of luck.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 01:53 PM

2. He's cheated his way to success his entire life, but you can't cheat a virus.

He may beat it, and that would be part luck but largely having access to top-notch medical care that many others lack.

I don't county cheating, conning and grifting as luck. I hope he lives long enough to be held accountable for his crimes.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 01:53 PM

3. "Chance" had nothing to do with how and why the virus spread within the US

That was all volition and incompetence

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 01:57 PM

4. What a bunch of bullshit.

This article is ridiculous in its failure to highlight Trumpís mendacity while it attributes his success to ďluck.Ē

I wish people would refrain from promoting MSNís obvious manipulation.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 02:34 PM

5. The stupid fuck has been lucky though. This OP is better than the...

frequent ones proclaiming that trump is an evil genius, which I always say, yeah right. Geniuses don't go bankrupt running casinos six times and they certainly don't go for months not wearing masks during a virus pandemic they continually pooh-pooh then end up getting and spreading the virus.

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Response to brush (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 02:39 PM

6. He has been amoral more than anything else.

Life is SO much easier when you donít have a conscience preventing you from taking advantage of others.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 02:40 PM

7. But not an evil genius.

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Response to brush (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 02:45 PM

8. He has a skill for knowing people's weaknesses and how to exploit them.


gen∑ius
/ˈjēnyəs/

noun
noun: genius; plural noun: geniuses
1.
exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.
"she was a teacher of genius"


Yes, heís an evil genius, going by the definition of the word. One can be an idiot in many areas of life and yet still be a genius in some narrow aspect.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 02:48 PM

9. I'll take "idiot in many areas" for 100 dollars, Alex.

We all have expertise in some narrow area.

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Response to brush (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 02:50 PM

10. I realize we are arguing semantics here.

Please know that I completely understand what you are saying.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 08:01 PM

12. he can exploit STUPID, GREEDY PEOPLE

a lot of us have always been able to see through Donald Fucking Trump

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Response to Skittles (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 08:02 PM

13. It goes without saying

but Iím glad you said it.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 5, 2020, 06:25 AM

15. Unfortuntely...

stupid, greedy people make up most of the population in this country.

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Response to OldBaldy1701E (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 5, 2020, 01:15 PM

16. acutally they do not

most people did not want him to be president last time, and they don't want him this time either

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Response to Skittles (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:09 AM

19. Yes, but...

Being greedy is not exclusive to trump or his cronies, whether we want to admit it or not.

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Response to OldBaldy1701E (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 01:20 PM

20. true, dat

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Response to Skittles (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 5, 2020, 03:56 PM

17. Grifters grifting grifters.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 5, 2020, 05:29 PM

18. yes

alas, we are ALL paying the price

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 03:58 PM

11. trump's arrogance-"Donald J. Trump defeats Covid" commemorative coin are for sale

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2020, 11:37 PM

14. good, milk the trump-humping rubes for a hundred dollar worthless piece of metal.

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