Will Donald Trump Change?


As our team began to look at America through the lens of story, we became so grateful to Robert McKee and Shawn Coyne because they had opened our eyes to story and the power of change.

So, what do you think?

Will Donald Trump change?

That’s a very pressing question for his Christian supporters in America, given the power of verbal actions and the role they may play in tearing America apart.

So, we want to know, do you believe Donald Trump will change?


In success and in failure, in his historic outsider campaign and in his bankruptcies and business collapses, Trump’s tactics have barely varied. He bullies, he praises, he uses the media to attack and insult. He talks to many and trusts few. He lives in the moment and ignores the past. He acts now and constructs rationales later.

The art of loyalty, the pain of betrayal: Mueller shows how Trump has always operated, By Marc Fisher, The Washington Post, Published Greenwich Times, April 18, 2019

While the exact reason for Trump’s IQ obsession is difficult to nail down, people who know him suspect it stems in part from his desire to project an image of success and competence, despite scattered business failings and repeated allegations from critics that he’s incompetent. Trump is also known for being thin-skinned. He often fires back at anyone who criticizes him with a barrage of insults, while simultaneously building himself up.

“I don’t think you have to put him on the couch to see that someone who has such a consistent need to build himself up and belittle everyone else must have some problems with self-esteem,” said Trump biographer Gwenda Blair, who wrote a book about the Trump family. “It’s a lifelong theme for him.”

Trump fixates on IQ as a measure of self-worth, By ANDREW RESTUCCIA, Politico, May 30, 2019

And the moral indictment against Mr. Trump is obvious and overwhelming. Corruption has been evident in Mr. Trump’s private and public life, in how he has treated his wives, in his business dealings and scams, in his pathological lying and cruelty, in his bullying and shamelessness, in his conspiracy-mongering and appeals to the darkest impulses of Americans. (Senator Bob Corker, a Republican, refers to the president’s race-based comments as a “base stimulator.”) Mr. Trump’s corruptions are ingrained, the result of a lifetime of habits. It was delusional to think he would change for the better once he became president.

The Full-Spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump, By Peter Wehner, New York Times, August 25, 2018


We are wondering too. If he hasn’t changed in the two years and handful of months he’s been in office, will he change now? Will he reform his rhetoric?


President Donald Trump condemned racism and white supremacy in the wake of two mass shootings that left more than 30 people dead. But experts in presidential rhetoric say his message was undermined by his own racist rhetoric and divisive comments in the past.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said Monday, speaking under a portrait of George Washington in the White House Diplomatic Room. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”

It is the idea of “one voice” that makes Trump’s controversial past comments so important, argues Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, because the president is the only person in government who is empowered to speak for the whole country.

“When a president says we must speak in one voice, and the voice that he is speaking in is the voice he also was speaking in when he said things that were racist and bigoted, one should ask, have you decided to now reform your rhetoric?” Jamieson said. She added: “It’s particularly important in moments when the country needs to come together around a national tragedy. Donald Trump has effectively forfeited his right to do that because of the language he has used in the past.”

Donald Trump’s Own Words Undermine His Case After El Paso Shooting, BY TESSA BERENSON, Time Magazine, AUGUST 5, 2019

We don’t expect Donald is going to change. So, are you going to face this music too?

Paula also showed us this fascinating passage from your book of James, which so has our attention as the Donald pushes forward…


Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,  but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

James 3:1-12

So, is there a connection with these warnings?


Despite some feeble attempts at rationalization, there was clarity to the president’s language and his larger intent. Mr. Trump was not merely using racist tropes; he was calling forth something dark and dangerous.

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In a healthy society, that burning ember may not ever be completely extinguished. But the mores, values and taboos of society would keep it controlled, isolated and small. Now Mr. Trump is stoking the fire.

Abraham Lincoln appealed to our “better angels.” Trump has given us permission to indulge our fouler impulses.

Dante, Trump and the moral cowardice of the G.O.P., By Charles Sykes, The Bulwark, July 21, 2019

Can you see how his verbal actions stoke the fire for Americans to indulge in a direction you Christians say you do not want your country to go?


I broke from Trump because not only has his behavior become more erratic and his rhetoric more inflammatory, but also because, like all demagogues, he is incapable of handling constructive criticism.

I was wrong about Trump. Here’s why. By Anthony Scaramucci, MSN News, August 19, 2019

We understand you are trying to move your country in a better direction, to a better place, but is Donald Trump the man to do this?


Trump is so unpopular that his only hope for reelection is convince enough voters that the Democrats are even worse. He needs them to try to fight fire with fire, bombast with bombast, the only type of fight he can win.

The demagogue and the Democrats: Trump spits in the face of American values; the opposition party has no clue how to respond, By GARRY KASPAROV, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 21, 2019

Or is he an arsonist, using his tongue as the spark?


Trump has deliberately created the world in which we now live. At every turn, his critics have warned that he was treading in dangerous territory.

Why, specifically, did Trump alarm his critics?

Because he did not condemn racism and white nationalism.

Because he was polluting social media and importing the toxic elements of the internet into mainstream politics.

Because he ignored the inherent dignity and worth of human life.

And because he preached divisiveness and anger, rather than unity and love.

Now maybe Donald Trump has suddenly changed his mind about all of this. Maybe he will repent and mend his ways.

I would not bet the milk money on that.

Instead, what we have here is an arsonist who has set our country on fire. And he’s standing around in the crowd with the rest of us, watching the blaze, and he’s lecturing us like he’s one of the firemen.

Donald Trump Is an Arsonist Pretending to Be a Fireman, by JONATHAN V. LAST, The Bulwark, AUGUST 6, 2019

Hummm…would you bet the milk money?

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