George Duncan

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Donny Trump: His Majesty, the Baby

From Just sayin’…by George Duncan

Donny Trump: His Majesty, the Baby

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to comment with any depth on Donald Trump and his administration. The lies and exaggerations, the inappropriate behaviors and reversals of campaign rhetoric, and now presidential actions, are coming too fast and frequent to allow for much thoughtful consideration. Bill Maher recently ran a list of Trumps’ boldface lies, for example. It included eight statements or situations for that one week. The result of this constant barrage is response that’s driven more by emotion than intellect.

There is one consistent aspect of Trump’s behavior, however, that runs through – and motivates, in my view – virtually everything he says and does, and that’s the immature nature of his thinking. It became crystal clear when he acknowledged in his own words his childish behavior towards women. His so-called “ranking” of females from 1 to 10, for an early example, as described to the sexual provocateur Howard Stern on his TV show. Most guys grow out of that nonsense by their late teens, but not our Donny. If you don’t have big boobs, ladies, you can’t be a ten in Donny’s book. Sorry. That was followed by a number of women accusing him of unwanted groping and kissing like a drunk at a wedding or a ten year old who had just discovered his whatziz was for more than pee-pee.

Then there was his creepy description of going backstage as his harem – beauty contest contestants – were getting dressed, and he enjoyed all the pleasures of a peeping Don.

Most revealing, of course, was the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged in his own words how he couldn’t keep his hands off good looking women, being drawn to kiss them with or without their permission, and how his stardom gave him license to grab their crotch. What more childish statement have you ever heard uttered by a supposedly grown man? As is often the case, Freud said it best:

The child shall have things better than his parents: he shall not be subject to the necessities which they have recognized as dominating life. Illness, death, renunciation of enjoyment, restrictions on his own will, shall not touch him; the laws of nature, like those of society, are to be abrogated in his favor; he is really to be the center and heart of creation, “His Majesty the Baby,” as we once fancied ourselves to be….At the weakest point of all in the narcissistic position, the immortality of the ego which is so relentlessly assailed by reality, security is achieved by fleeing to the child. Parental love, which is so touching and at bottom so childish, is nothing but parental narcissism born again.                                                 Sigmund Freud, “On Narcissism”

Freud’s view becomes much more apparent in relation to Donald Trump if you read Trump biographer Gwenda Blair’s account of Trump’s father and grandfather.

Trump’s sexual immaturity may not in itself threaten the Republic except to the degree that it drives much of his other narcissistic behaviors as President. Journalists and commentators regularly identify the miasma of lies, hyperbolic, and even delusional statements that Trump has ridden into the White House, and behind which he continues to govern – if you can call it that.

He is still incapable of making a statement of more than two sentences without reflecting in one way or another on himself and his greatness. But that’s just annoying, at least to us. In most other countries, they think – and fear – that he’s nuts.

In fact, many right here are beginning to question Trump’s sanity. Here’s The New York Times’ conservative columnist, David Brooks:

President Trump’s mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued.

No longer owns the football

One critical aspect of Trump’s problem that he no longer owns the football: All his life, as president of his company, he has owned, not just the football, but the whole stadium. He became accustomed to calling the shots any way he liked and to hell with anyone else. As President, he is just one of three equal branches of government. As his childish reaction to the 9th Circuit (so-called judges) shows, he really hasn’t learned that yet. He seems to think he’ll bully his way through the courts and the congress. Judging from the silence from the spineless congressional Republicans, he may be right.

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Just sayin’…

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