Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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The insanity of Trump and his cult

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Donald Trump: Shouting lies and revealing his insanity.
Donald Trump: Shouting lies and revealing his insanity.

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.

Write Greg Sargent:

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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Copyright © 2016 Capitol Hill Blue

 

14 thoughts on “The insanity of Trump and his cult”

  1. Jeb Bush called it early on: the man is unhinged. The real shame is that his army of drones will minimize and rationalize anything he does or says. Practically everything he says turns out to be untrue and yet his followers manage to suspend their disbelief over and over, even when shown the facts.

  2. I was in the Nightclub and Bar business for decades back when and I saw lots and lots of guys like tRump over the years. I believe this guy is probably at a min. using a fair amount of cocaine and alcohol. The erratic behavior and the endless self promotion and lies are classic hallmarks of this kind of person. I wonder if the average GOP voter realizes they’ve nominated a person that might very well have serious substance abuse issues?

  3. I love this article! It’s so patently obvious that the man is insane and totally incapable of leading the strongest nation of the planet – what bowls me over is how this megalomaniac’s supporters just continue to find excuse after excuse for his insanity even as his lies and bullshyt is exposed time and again!

  4. Trump has been doing a really fine Capt. Queeg impression, lately. That has not been lost on the general public, by the look of the polls. I watched his unhinged rant in Maine yesterday. He has enough speech pathologies to keep a squadron of therapists busy for years. When speaking extemporaneously, he absolutely never makes a simple declarative sentence. Every sentence has several completely off-topic interjections, followed by pleas for confirmation: “Believe Me!”, “OK!”, “Trust me!”. Every assertion is repeated two or three times, connected by “believe me”s, while he tries to figure out what to blow out of his ass next. It is un-nerving to watch. It is scary when a presidential candidate does not have the attention span to finish a short sentence before he launches into something completely unrelated.

    I, as a child coming of age in the ‘60s, have seen this kind of behavior before. It generally involved some dusty-nosed dude that had been overindulging in Peruvian Marching Powders and shots of Jägermeister. The combination tended to exacerbate already assholic tendencies, but did make for some memorable speed-raps.

    I have also, as I fade to black in my nether years, seen this sort of rigidity, nastiness, stupidity and inability to discern the difference between fact and whatever is on Breitbart’s or Drudge’s front page, in some of my first and second stage Alzheimer’s sufferer friends, relatives, and acquaintances. I don’t wish that on Trump, or even Reagan, as it is a truly dreadful disease. When mixed with a manic personality, impulse, not reason, rules. That is not a recipe for peace and tranquility.

  5. He’s throwing around the ‘elections are rigged’ BS because his next move is to quit. He knows he’s going to lose, and lose to a woman, so to save face he’ll bail and say a rigged election is the reason. The term ‘loser’ and his name in the same sentence? No way!

  6. “A growing number of Americans feel Trump is insane.”

    I’m an old man an thought that of Trump long ago.

    Good read Doug!!

      • I didn’t know Trumps dad died of Alzheimers. It makes sense now; because his “speeches” have been reminding me of my mother who has Alzheimers & doesn’t believe it of course, but has gotten very paranoid & hateful when she talks to anyone!

  7. I don’t understand, given the fact that the Libertarian ticket consists of two former GOP governors, why more GOP “names” aren’t endorsing Johnson/Weld. No, the Libertarian Party doesn’t have many bones to throw social conservatives, nor does it have many to throw to war hawks. But isn’t a ticket of free market supporting, fiscally minded, and principled candidates preferable to a psychotic infomercial?

    • I, too, don’t understand why the Libertarian party isn’t seen as a legitimate alternative for conservatives, given Trump’s bizarre–and un-conservative–positions and behavior. Granted, Johnson can be a little goofy at times, but he IS for small government, less regulation . . . .or is that not really what the Republican party is about?

  8. I still say the Clinton’s have promised YUGE benefits globally if he blows up the republican party. Mission acompli..

  9. Trump should’ve paid more attention to the fate of Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, who was so egotistically sure that his abused dogs wouldn’t turn on him.

    • Well, when may we anticipate a sort of reverse night of the long knives? After he manages to drag down the GOP to losing both houses? Seems futile at that point.

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