[648]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James

Double Day Canada | May 3rd, 2016 | 3 out of 5 Stars


All right, then. Just so you know, this might be a bit ranty. I’m going to try my best to be objective and try to stick to the point of the book. Also, if you’re a fan of this orange dimwit, you might want to skip reading this rant review. Because I can’t promise you that my feelings will not get in the way of delivering you a fair review.

“We are not asking whether Trump is, in fact, an asshole. On this much, there seems to be a broad consensus.”

In this essay, Aaron James aims to classify just how big of an asshole Donald Trump is. You can say that he is a bit of an expert. He studied assholes of different sorts in his previous work, after all. Mostly, he wanted to study how he is still managing to gain the votes of the right-wing America regardless of the foul garbage that comes out of his pie hole.

“Indeed, to many of his supporters, this may be his primary selling point.”

If there is such a thing as a charming asshole, Donald Trump is it – at least, to his supporters. They take his blatant disregard for TRUTH and pass them off of courage to speak what they are thinking. As if a racist bigot would be the answer to the  political reform America so badly needed. To his supporters, the truth doesn’t matter. You can cite facts, statistics, and educated findings till the cows come home; you can tell them that Trump doesn’t have any concrete policies – domestic or foreign –  to speak of but instead uses words that paint himself in egotistical grandeur, and still you will not be able to convince them otherwise. There is something about him that calls to their inner racist – which makes America a very scary place at the moment, to be honest.

“Can you trust an asshole?”

But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the current electoral race, is that America should be pleased for doing you a solid. For this, I agree with James. Because ever since he came out of his hole, a legion of hateful citizens has come out of the woodwork. Nowadays, social media sites have become the battleground for the ignorant Populi who supports him,  the lucid right who thinks GOP can do better, and the liberal. Since the spread of the orange disease, I’ve had to unfriend a few people on Facebook. I cannot believe I’ve been interacting with people who carry that much hate against whoever Trump was targeting on any given day. Some would disagree with me for unfriending people just because they support Trump. But my stance is, I cannot have you spewing that garbage on my timeline. So yes, in some ways, I’m pleased that he exposed the ugliness that most of us have hidden over the years. And I live in Canada! I can only imagine how fraught things have been for you in America.

I’ve been reading books practically all my life. I’ve loved more than I despised. I find that the deciding factor for my reading experience is how fondly I enjoy reading about the character. And it was tough to write an unbiased opinion if you have the satan incarnate himself as the topic. As I was writing this drivel, the Senate rejected the gun reform that will prevent suspected terrorists from buying high-powered weapons.  And I’m livid. Therefore, my thoughts are all over the place. But mostly, I want to shake every single one of his supporters and yell at them in the face: for the love of your country, wake the fuck up. This blatant hatred is not what you need right now. Vote out those that are in the NRA’s pockets. I know I shouldn’t care. I know I’m not an American. But I’m a citizen of the world. I can’t help but feel for the victims of these senseless killings.

In retrospect, I think you should read another person’s review of this book. Because while Aaron James may have reached a conclusion to the kind of asshole Trump is, my opinion remains unchanged. Trump is, and always will be an asshole who do not belong in the White House.

  • Loved your review! Agree with all of it! I found a way to keep Trump off my timeline. All you do is click on the top right hand side of the offending post and there’s a menu there. Wish I had thought of that a long time ago. I do it when people post pictures of hurt animals too.

  • Hugs. <3 Lovely review Joy. You are awesome for reading this book 🙂 Yay for enjoying it a little. I'm not American either, but goosh. I feel like the world will go under if Trump wins. Ugh. Fingers crossed he will not. But I'm worried about it :

  • I’m not a fan of his either. It seems that his poll numbers are dropping fast. I think Brexit may have helped us. I am happy to say that the Supreme Court just stated that domestic abusers can have their rights to gun ownership removed. So win!

    I keep sharing posts about how dumb Trump is, pro-choice and pro-LGBT posts on my Facebook page. I keep hoping to see some of my family unfriend me, but alas they haven’t. 🙁

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Down here in Aus we see a lot of the political stuff in America, and most of it is when Trump says something outrageous, and I just shake my head. I would unfriend people too, don’t worry.

  • Joy this was an incredibly powerful piece. Even observing from afar, I hate all the hatred that goes supporters have spewed and it just makes me angry, it does not make the world a better place. I heard about the Senate blocking the gun reform too which is completely ridiculous. When is enough enough?

  • He is the voice and face of hate. He spews forth nothing new, but it is sad to see so many following this asshole. 🙁 I so need to get this book for my parents whom he tends to upset more than anyone else I’ve seen (but then they will tell me why it upsets them and others may not). 🙂 I didn’t like him before he ran… felt the same way then and refused to watch his show. 😛

    • I didn’t care either way for this man before he ran. Now, I just can’t even look at his face anymore. He’s garbage. Utter garbage.

  • Olivia-Savannah

    I love this rant! I mean, I do love it when you fangirl and spew about a book but I also love when you rant to. And yes, it seems like Trump has done us a favor of showing us all who the people are who are racist or against certain types of people! But now that’s all been had out… I’m hoping he doesn’t become president. I’m sorry but having someone like that ruling America purely scares me something fierce.

    • I really hope the Americans know better. I believe that there’s a greater power who won’t allow this hateful man to be the leader of one of the most powerful country in world.

  • An asshole he is

  • *3 snaps in a Z formation* YESSS to everything in your “review.” I can’t believe we are where we are in the presidential race but HE can NOT be it

    • I can’t believe it either. In a way, he’s inspirational. He inspires hate which stokes the fire of those who have always hated the fact that there’s a black man in the White House.

  • The thing is, neither candidate should be in the White House. They are both pure evil. 🙁 I’m with Christy, it will be interesting to see how we can all look back on this years from now…hopefully we all aren’t in some morbid dystopian world because of it. 😛

    • It has come to that isn’t it? Y’all need to vote for the lesser evil. I don’t quite get the hatred for Hillary Clinton, to be honest. Many have yelled Benghazi every time her name comes up, but after all these years, it’s still just a witch hunt. I’m waiting to hear from the family of those who perished.

  • Yes, yes AND YES. The fact that Trump has come so far in this presidential race has made realize that America isn’t as progressive and open-minded as I once believed. I can’t even believe that our education system even produced the people who support him.
    And in terms of gun reform, I’m SICK of the argument that we need MORE guns. Arguments like: This wouldn’t have happened if one of the victims had a gun. Or gun reform will only take away guns from responsible gun owners which would leave all of us vulnerable to those who purchase illegally.
    Gahhh, I could go on and on about this. Thanks for your thoughts Joy!

    • And this is why American politics is so much more entertaining than Canadian politics. Our conservative actually are called, Progressive Conservatives, ironically enough. Because they somewhat see reasons? Some of our politicians are not consumed by putting their parties ahead of the people they serve. Unlike in America where political agenda dictates the laws of the land. Also, I’ve never heard of a non governmental agency who holds so much power as the NRA. Seriously. The right can’t sneeze without their permission. I just don’t get it.

  • Ah, I’ve been waiting for this review of yours ever since you first teased it weeks ago. But instead of getting a good laugh in, I feel… deeply concerned. Because this orange creature has gotten so much farther than we all anticipated he would.

    • I know. It’s disturbing. I meant to write a funny review, but the truth is, nothing about it is funny anymore. And in light of the Brexit vote, I’m terrified for y’all.

  • You are a brave, brave soul to read this Joy. I don’t think I have it in me, even if it does prove Trump is an a-hole.

  • *claps* I agree with you whole-heartedly, Joy! It’s been sad to discover that so many people I originally thought were liberal and open-minded have actually just been silencing their hateful thoughts and have now been given the courage to voice them because of Donald Trump. I just hope that America makes the right decision in November because even if it’s just for four years, it’s a lot longer than I’m willing to live under a Trump presidency.

    • I hope so too. Because whether Americans realize it or not, it affects us all in a global scale.

  • It could be interesting but not sure I would ever read something like that

    • Yeah. Nonfiction is tough to get through sometimes. But what can I say? I’m a sucker for punishment. Lol.

  • lornak99

    I couldn’t have said it better! If America votes him in, we are in so much trouble. He is nothing but a hateful bigot and wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him in the ass! I am also so sick of the NRA lining the pockets of our congress! How many people have to die-after all those children and nothing was done, no way were they going to do anything when Orlando happened. It’s nothing short of sickening! I had been waiting to read your review on this. And I am still sick about what might happen.

    • Isn’t it? I find that one sure way to ruin my day is to read about American politics in the social media. I gotta hand it to you, Americans, though. You’ve consumed our attention for months now with your bathroom bill and whatever else ridiculous conservative laws y’all can think of.

  • Oh, Joy. I have a lot of thoughts on this from many different standpoints, but it’s honestly draining. I literally makes my heart hurt when I see good friends of mine spewing such hate and backing this guy. It really comes down the fear mongering, and it’s sad as fuck that people play into it. Anyway, that’s all I going to say about it on here. I mostly keep my political ideologies close to the vest, but what’s going on – this history in the making – is a mixture of scary and fascinating. I can’t help but wonder how people will look back on this years from now.

    • Dammit, I shouldn’t comment when I’m so tired. Just insert all the missing letters in your head. lol.

      • Lol. You must be having a fantastic holiday, Christy!

    • It is. And that’s what make it amazing and scary at the same time. It is historic to see a woman president elected for the first time. And I’m not going to lie, I really hope she wins. Heck, I was hoping America will #feeltheBern, but no dice.