Election 2016

'You're Fired' Is How Trump Says 'Change'

It's not the voters that Trump wants to fire; it's the politicians, bureaucrats, and coastal establishment elites.

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The presidential election may hinge on the meaning of two words: "you're fired."

Democrats are trying to turn Donald Trump's line from The Apprentice against him. Campaigning earlier this month in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton said, "you have got to ask yourself in this campaign, do you want a president who stands for 'You're fired' or one who stands for 'You're hired?'"

The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, used a variation on the same theme while campaigning in Greensboro, N.C.: "We want a 'You'rehired' president, not a 'You're fired' president."

At the Democratic National Convention, it was Vice President Biden who pressed the point most fiercely, in speaking about Trump: "His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he's most proud of having made famous, 'You're fired.' I mean really. I'm not joking. Think about that. Think about that. Think about everything you learned as a child—no matter where you were raised. How can there be pleasure in saying, 'You're fired?'"

Intentionally or not, the Democrats are distorting the way Trump and his supporters want to use this phrase. It's not the voters that Trump wants to fire; it's the politicians and the bureaucrats and, on some level, the whole class of Ivy League educated coastal establishment elites. In that sense, at least, he really is running a Nixon-like campaign.

Trump wants to fire Joe Biden, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, nearly 44 years ago. He wants to fire Senator Kaine and Secretary of State Clinton. He wants to fire the whole crew of incumbent politicians—maybe even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—who have presided over decades of nonexistent middle class wage growth, endless non-victorious Mideast wars, bad trade agreements, and falsely professed support for secure borders.

If Biden can't understand how voters might feel some pleasure in firing the whole political class and sending them home, then he himself may be the one lacking empathy and compassion.

For a corrective, I recommend an article by David Blankenhorn in the American Interest headlined "Listening to Trump Voters." One voter says of Trump, "he is not a typical politician, and I'm fed up with typical politicians." Another one says of establishment politicians, "we're tired of them getting nothing done. They get richer and we just again suffer. I am tired of it." Another says, "I'm sick of all of them. They're all stupid—working for themselves instead of for their country, and fussing among themselves, like these idiots have been doing. The President, the Supreme Court, the Senators and Representatives—most of them are crazy and all of them should be kicked out of office. Clean out the whole bunch."

It's like that bumper sticker that says if you're not angry, you haven't been paying attention.

That's true on foreign policy. Nearly 15 years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Islamists control an entire new country, the Islamic State, that covers parts of Iraq and Syria, and they've inspired deadly attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, and Nice. Veterans who served America in those wars face scandalous and interminable waits for government-provided health care. And President Obama sends $400 million in cash, in foreign currency, to Iran stacked in wooden pallets, on a cargo plane.

And that's true on domestic policy. While unionized teachers get richer, too many urban and rural public schools are still embarrassments. Despite trillions of dollars in spending on the "war on poverty," too many Americans are mired in poverty. Many young hardworking Americans, even well educated ones, feel they lack the security and prosperity that was available to their parents. Meanwhile, the Clintons collect millions of dollars in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs while proclaiming that they will rein in Wall Street with regulations. Relations between the police and the back community are so bad that it is front-page news.

Whether enough voters are angry enough to turn out and make this a "change" election against the "Secretary of the Status Quo" Hillary Clinton is a question that won't be answered until Election Day. If Trump does win and then fails to deliver improvements for these voters, their levels of anger and cynicism will only increase.

But if Biden, Hillary Clinton, or for that matter, their cheering section at The New York Times op-ed page, can't comprehend why Americans would be angry enough to want to fire someone, they've been in Washington for so long that they are out of touch. Clinton already let herself get beat once, in 2008, by a "hope and change" candidate. Trump's words for change are "you're fired."

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  1. There are a few people in DC who need to hear those words. Like all of them.

  2. Also, I don’t get this article. Where’s the part that proves Trump is Hitler?

    1. Ira Stoll dude. I forgot to list him yesterday in the list of good Reason contributors.

      We have heard nothing from Suderman, unless I missed it.

      Also, we got the ‘Hillary’s email killed a spy’ in one short link this afternoon but not a single whole article on the crime she committed that should have her facing life in prison. It really is astounding.

      1. People seem to get dead around or because of the Clintons. Nothing to see here, move along, Trump said mean things.

    2. Trump says, “you’re fired.” The Reichstag had a fire. Same thing, right?

    3. Commentariat take note: Reason has NOT bought a one-way progtrain ticket to cosmotown.

      A good, balanced article from Ira.

      1. One. On the other side 100+

        1. It could tip over.

        2. What’s the other side? Critical of Clinton but failing to use the right magic words?

        3. Let’s be fair. The ratio was only 5 to 1 and it does seem to have started falling. The trend towards some level headed analysis is actually starting to go positive.

  3. the Clintons collect millions of dollars in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs while proclaiming that they will rein in Wall Street with regulations

    It’s spelled reign.

    1. I think the usage of ‘rein’ is correct in that sentence. Reign is like the reign of a king.

      1. Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s reigning.

      2. Do you mean they don’t intend to reign?

        1. A total reign of terror. This must be that 7 years of Anti-Christ the Bible speaks of. Look for Hildebeast to start speaking in tongues at the inauguration.

          1. Hillary will be so full of anti-seizure meds on Inauguration Day she’ll barely be able to lip-synch with the recording of the oath of office.

            1. Has anyone else noticed that recently she’s starting to sound like Obama? I mean, the way she speaks, it’s like she’s trying to emulate Obama.

        2. They intend to reign in Wall Street, and every where else.

          1. By reign in do you mean ‘loot’ or ‘extort’?

            1. No one understands the role of government like Hillary. The government is exactly like the mafia. They will protect you, from them, as long as you pay your protection fees. If you stop paying, well, something unfortunate might will happen.

              1. NPR staggered across this point repeatedly with regard to the garbage collection in Rome. You’d have to be a blathering moron not to draw the parallels, so *maybe* 5% of their listenership is wondering how ‘the mob’ doesn’t control major municipalities throughout the world.

            2. I think the modern phrase is penaltax.

    2. No, it isn’t.

    3. Rein is the correct spelling in this context. You use reins to control the direction a horse goes.

      Clinton, however, will attempt to reign over us all.

      1. It’s a horror film. THE REIGN OF CANKLE BEAST!

      2. You use reins to control the direction a horse goes.

        Oh! And when you control the direction lion goes you use his toes!

        It all makes sense now.

      3. I believe it was sarcasm.

    4. Looks like I forgot the /sarc.

      1. Sorry to reign on your parade.

      2. I think it’s meta-sarcasm. Further by being a grammar nazis they remind us that the real menace is Trump.

    5. Nope.

      “Rein in”. Like you’d do with a horse.

  4. At the Democratic National Convention, it was Vice President Biden who pressed the point most fiercely, in speaking about Trump: “His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous, ‘You’re fired.’ I mean really. I’m not joking. Think about that. Think about that. Think about everything you learned as a child?no matter where you were raised. How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?'”

    This is precisely why the White House prostitute budget has doubled every year since the beginning of the Obama administration.

    1. How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?

      Rather depends on who is being fired, doesn’t it?

    2. Why is the Whitehouse making victims? I thought the government was saving them? I mean ‘save’ like in rescue them, not saving them like a whore collection.

      1. It’s less of a collection and more of a rubber room. Due to Federal contractor regs the prostitutes are not allowed to seek other employment while they are under White House retainer. They had to repurpose the Vermeil Room just to give them all a place to hang out during the day.

        1. The other problem is money that is earmarked by Congress for the purpose of “providing the White House with a reliable stream of attractive hookers” cannot be repurposed for other uses. So even when you have a President who is on the down low and doesn’t have a need for them, thanks to the laws governing the expenditure of government funds, they still get hired and paid.

          1. Your comment assumes all of those prostitutes are female.

            1. The homophobic Congress makes it that way. The socons won’t tolerate male whores.

    3. Well Hugh, those Twinks don’t come cheap.

    4. Biden’s next comment should have been “and who doesn’t like a good shoulder rub?”

  5. A pro-Trump article? I’m going to my bunker now. Knock 3 times if there is no more biological/chemical/nuclear threat.

    1. Don’t answer, it’s just a starving mutant zombie yearning for the taste of human flesh.

      1. No brains here dude.

      2. “This monster needs love. No matter what you hear, don’t open the door.”

        One of my favorite scenes from Young Frankenstein.

        1. +1 “Mommy!!!!!”

  6. Intentionally or not, the Democrats are distorting the way Trump and his supporters want to use this phrase

    “Intentionally or not” you say. That’s a real poser.

    1. “Nothin’s on purpose, Ma’am.”

  7. Intentionally or not, the Democrats are distorting the way Trump and his supporters want to use this phrase.

    I guess it could be pure stupidity on the Dems’ part. Its the classic dilemma: malice or incompetence.

    Hard to say, really.

    1. It’s intended towards low information but energetic democratic voters. To get them fired up and showing up at the polls.

        1. Does the political class ever show us anything else?

          1. Why not both?

    2. Malcompetence it is then…

  8. Is there any reason to continue reporting on what these two imbeciles say?

    He’s lying/ She’s lying/ I’m good/ He’s Bad/ She’s a totally corrupt crook – no one seems to care.
    I have a vagina so give me all the power in the world. No need to track anything else they say for the next 3 months.

    1. Is there any reason to do anything?

  9. Campaigning earlier this month in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton said, “you have got to ask yourself in this campaign, do you want a president who stands for ‘You’re fired’ or one who stands for ‘You’re hired?'”

    The former, pls.

    Also,

    OT: I blew off work today because I wanted to be a lazy asshole.

    I don’t usually get the opportunity to participate in the comments and now that I have that opportunity, there is nothing to comment on. Monday’s must just suck. //nevermondays

    1. Don’t worry, there will be more Trump articles soon! What else would you want to talk about?

    2. Heh, Me too, Back from the river and got lazy 🙂

  10. How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?’

    Ruthlessness is the kindness of the wise?

    1. How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?’

      Rule 34.

      1. BBQ porn? My kind of guy…

    2. “How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?'”

      When you are in charge of the most bloated, overpaid, incompetent, criminal bureaucracy in history?

  11. What sort of monster would state in specific terms her intention to “fire” thousands of employees in an industry she personally disapproves of?

    Ooh, wait, I think I gave it away. Spoiler Alert.

    1. Aagh! You beat me to it.

      She did specify that she wants to shut down an entire industry, putting thousands out of work ( and subsequently make energy more expensive for everyone else…energy, groceries, clothing, etc.)

      I wonder how many Obama voters are going to show me that they are even dumber than I thought.

      1. It’s dirty money and those are dirty coal jobs. Cursed by gaia, for filling the air with unacceptable quantities of plant food.

  12. I have a vagina so give me all the power in the world.

    Hillary!
    An Iron Fist in an Iron Vagina.

    1. Sparks will fly.

      1. Ding, Ding, Ding went the Bell

      2. Well that wins this thread.

    2. Its the vagina’s turn Brooks. Don’t you understand that?

  13. Would it not be the sweetest of noises.next January 21st, to have the EEOC, the Depts of Ed, Energy, Commerce, Labor, The EPA, and so many others come in to their offices to be met with the words ‘You’re fired’?

    Gone.

    1. Then, a few days later, the noise of thousands of new appointees being told, “you’re hired!”

      1. Actually, that would probably be a net gain.

        1. That would be a massive net gain for smaller government. Those Departments combined are hundreds of thousands of worthless bureaucrats and regulators.

    2. “It was as if millions of bureaucrats cried out all at once and then were fired.

      It was *beautiful!*”

      1. This just in… The combined gnashing of teeth will fill detist’s offices for the next year.

    3. While we’re at it, I’d also like $10 million and a new car.

  14. What the hell is that sign on the podium? Some guy silhouetted lighting fires? All sponsored by the Purina Corporation?

  15. Gosh and I was really starting to like the guy.

  16. Trump should run on a platform of denying safe spaces for trolls online. Then he might have a chance.

  17. The impetus for the investigation was an anonymous phone call made to Christine Gonzalez, a Title IX coordinator at UC-Boulder.

    If only there were some way to get ahold of Mrs. Gonzalez.

    1. Whoops, so that’s how people do that!

  18. Great analysis from Ira Stoll and dead on accurate from my perspective at least. Looks like the Democrats have ceded the white working class vote to Trump figuring they can get it done with neocon Republicans, self interested minority race baiters, government union members, and the perpetually perplexed Bernie bros.
    Thanks to Reason for bringing a little balance to your coverage.

  19. RE: ‘You’re Fired’ Is How Trump Says ‘Change’

    Fortunately, nothing could further from the truth. Trump the Grump is an elitist who know little if anything about international affairs, the US Constitution and aiding our ailing economy. Being this ignorant allows him to concentrate on the important issues of the day such as what to have for breakfast, how he can enlarge his real estate empire and which tie to wear to press conferences. Change, real change, such limiting government expansion, pulling troops out of other countries, aiding our ailing economy is not in the realm of reason of Trump the Grump (or Heil Hitllary) because it does not concern them. Those issues are as irrelevant as Jimmy Carter to those two because they have nothing really invested in them. Both candidates are wise enough not to implement the drastic changes the little people and this country need so desperately if they are to engage in such vulgar ideals of peace, prosperity and a better future for their children. We should all be grateful we have two such candidates who only care about themselves and will judiciously employ wise polices to further enrich themselves and their cronies at our expense.

    1. Being this ignorant allows him to concentrate on the important issues of the day such as what to have for breakfast, how he can enlarge his real estate empire and which tie to wear to press conferences. Change, real change, such limiting government expansion, pulling troops out of other countries, aiding our ailing economy is not in the realm of reason of Trump the Grump (or Heil Hitllary) because it does not concern them.

      A guy who spends all his time worrying about what to have for breakfast isn’t going to have much time to expand government.

      A gal who spends all her time getting rich from selling political influence and favors, on the other hand, is going to spend a lot of time on expanding government for the purpose of helping her cronies.

  20. my best friend’s mom makes $74 an hour on the computer . She has been withou t work for five months
    but last month her payment was $19746 just working on the computer for a few hours find more information ..

    ?????? http://home.incomehints.org

  21. If a private company had an employee who neglected or failed in their job duties while doing a bunch of other shit that wasn’t even part of their job, they’d be fired.

    This is in stark contrast to most government job settings, where the incompetent tend to survive there forever (aided by public sector unions) and even rise to the top. It’s no wonder that “progressives” are frightened by the words “you’re fired”.

  22. Intentionally or not, the Democrats are distorting the way Trump and his supporters want to use this phrase.

    You’re kidding, right?

  23. I think we ALL claim that there is stagnation in both houses of Congress and we want to fire them all. But the President CANNOT “fire” another elected official. The voters can barely do that with a special election and history has shown that the incumbent always has a HUGE advantage.

    The constituents of an elected official have to agree to not “re-hire” that elected official. Voting in an authoritarian based upon the hope that he will fire elected officials is foolish.

  24. The Democrats believe tat once you have a job you should never lose it… Not for poor attendance, not for poor performance, or even refusal to adapt to new technology. They think you are owed a living. They never think about the people out there that qualified and are willing to actually do the job and are happy with the wages… And there are lots of them. HENCE their support for Unions. which are just a Cabal of Corruption…. I mean who do you think created South Chicago, Flint, and Gary? The Democrats and the Unions making sure these people never got the high paying jobs. Since,,, you had to be connected to get in to the Union…

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