As more and more potential voters for President in this volatile election year finally realize Republican candidate Donald Trump is, at best, unstable and, perhaps, insane, the election appears to be shifting to the side of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the Democrats.
Granted, there are still 90 days to go before ballots are cast but Trump is in full meltdown before an uncertain nation.
His rambling speeches are more meandering and off-target, his fabrications are increasing and his boastful claims are even beginning to strain some of his once-steadfast support of his following.
His hardcore followers still appear to support him but more and more Republicans each day announce they are abandoning the party of the elephant for this election and will, reluctantly to be sure, vote for Clinton.
Increasingly, his lies and antics dominate reports on his activities.
“Trump is many things, some of them dark and dangerous, but at his core, he is a B.S. artist,” writes Fareed Zakaries, opinion writer of The Washington Post.
Philosopher and former Princeton professor Harry Frankfurt wrote about Trump back in 1986 in his essay “On Bullshit” and said this:
His eye is not on the facts at all . . . except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. The B.S.-er’s focus is panoramic rather than particular and that he has more spacious opportunities for improvisation, color, and imaginative play. This is less a matter of craft than of art. Hence the familiar notion of the ‘bullshit artist.’
Fact-checking services like FactCheck.org and those of various media outlets say attempting to verify Trump’s many claims are full-time jobs and his lies and misinformation far outstrip the falsehoods of any candidate for President in modern times.
“This has been Trump’s mode all his life,” Zakaries writes. “He boasts — and boasts and boasts — about his business, his buildings, his books, his wives. Much of it is a concoction of hyperbole and falsehoods.”
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who usually can find something to support in most Republican candidates, says Trump “can’t help himself” when it comes to sinking his Presidential chances by screwing up.
This is beyond narcissism. I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully. I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value — indeed exists — only insofar as it sustains and inflates him.
Trump’s pathologically abusive tendencies, his hair-trigger overreaction to criticism and slights both real and imagined, and his mental habit of sorting the world into the strong and the weak — the dominant and the submissive — render him temperamentally unfit for the presidency. He lacks basic knowledge of the world and doesn’t appear burdened by any curiosity about the complexities of foreign affairs or domestic policy. He is at worst a genuine bigot and at best a charlatan who has actively sought to stoke reactionary hostility to culturally and demographically evolving America. He is indifferent to the inner workings of the American system and instead promises authoritarian glory.
David Brooks of The New York Times observes:
Advisers can’t control Trump’s brain because Trump can’t control it himself. He also cannot be contained because he lacks the inner equipment that makes decent behavior possible. So many of our daily social interactions depend on a basic capacity for empathy. But Trump displays an absence of this quality.
Says former CIA chief Michael Morell;
First, Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.
A growing number of Americans feel Trump is insane.
If you watch his movements, his eyes and his mannerisms in recent appearances he has classic traits of someone who is losing it. He repeats himself constantly, his eyes dart around without focusing, and his claims include stupid mistakes like calling Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine a “a bad senator hated by his constituents of New Jersey.”
If Trump is insane, what about his cult-like following? They believe President Obama is not an actual citizen of America (a vile claim dis-proven many times), they believe Trump’s claim that “thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered” the terrorist actions that brought down the World Trade Center towers (such cheers never occurred) and so many other ridiculous lies by their candidate.
Their rabid support of Trump may be the biggest insanity of this year’s unbelievable election.
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