Fandango’s Provocative Question #195: 21 December

Today Fandango has asked what we think about Donald Trump’s digital trading cards. I debated about answering this as a post because I’m not from the USA. However, it is a provocative question so I will put my two cent’s worth in.

What do you think of Trump’s digital trading cards? Do you think it reflects a sound business and/or political strategy? Do you think it’s ridiculous and is something undignified for a former U.S. President (and 2024 presidential candidate) to do? Or do you have no opinion one way or the other?

A friend of mine sent me a link to an article about these cards when they went on sale. My comment to her was something along the lines of “The only thing stupider than these cards are the people who would spend $99 on them.”

That’s probably not really fair. I am a collector myself. I do believe that people should be able to collect whatever they like as a hobby. Just because I think they are stupid doesn’t mean that they are. I’m sure that there are people who collect digital trading cards , or Presidential memorabilia who would find these things very collectible. Then there are those folk who will snap them up and sell them for five times as much on eBay.

It is obvious why Trump has done this. He needs the money to pay his lawyers. As they sold out in a day I guess it was a sound business strategy. He knows that his MAGA people will buy anything with his name on it.

Is it a sound political strategy? Well that one I can’t answer. I don’t know. It seems an odd one but then he is odd. I guess if it works it’s sound and if it doesn’t it’s not.

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Do I think it’s ridiculous and undignified for a former President and potential candidate? Yes, I certainly do. That’s always been something I’ve disliked about Trump. I admit I’ve never liked that man. I didn’t like him as a reality TV personality. I disliked the way he spoke to people. When David started watching “The Apprentice” I read up a bit about Trump. I had heard of him, mostly about his divorce or bankruptcies or both. I read about his casino in New Jersey and how many people he didn’t pay. How was someone like that mentoring others I wondered? Later I read about his comments and behaviour towards women. By the time he ran for President the first time I’d read enough about him to conclude he was not a nice person but I hoped he might do a good job.

It didn’t take long for me to realise that he never would because he is basically ignorant. Yes, he is smart about some things, he might have been right about the pipeline between Russia and Germany; but as someone who had never held public office he should have been taking advice from experienced people but instead he believed he knew best. He wanted to buy Greenland like it was just a property deal. For crying out loud! I never thought he acted in a dignified and Presidential manner. I don’t care if he lived on hamburgers but throwing food around just makes me think of a two year old having a tantrum. I found his constant Tweeting annoying and I thought it was not the way that a President should communicate anything important. I hated the rude and insulting way he spoke about people he disliked even world leaders like Angela Merkel for example.

Still it seems that no matter how rude, misogynistic, dishonest, ignorant and downright treasonous he may be he’ll probably get away with it.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Sometimes, you just have to wonder what “it” is all about. Is there any point to any of this? We seem to have morphed into some kind of ludicrous world — “Wonderland” lacking Lewis Carroll’s charming writing. That was all about politics too. All the original illustrations was cartoons of then-current political figures. Maybe it IS the same world after all.

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