lördag 15 oktober 2016

What we see is the real Donald Trump

During the primaries, many commentators would say that what we see is not the real Donald Trump. He is not really like this, do not underestimate his intelligence, it is all a clever act to attract this particular segment of voters. Blah blah blah...

We don't hear much of that anymore. Gradually, commentators have come to realize that what we see is the real Trump. The guy really does have the impulse control of a 5-year-old. Which is not the kind of trait we want the Commander in Chief of the world's biggest arsenal of nuclear warheads to have.

Please read Ezra Klein's analysis of Trump's personality in his brand new essay "Donald Trump's problem isn't a conspiracy. It's him." And it's not just his lack of impulse control, it's also his never-ending quest for dominance, and his constant need for revenge and for inflicting pain on his antagonists. Klein's observations are spot on, his analysis rings true, and it is very very frightening.

I'm an atheist, so these words may sound a little awkward, but I have no better way to say it: God help us if Donald Trump becomes president!

3 kommentarer:

  1. "The guy really does have the impulse control of a 5-year-old."

    Or as Bill Maher aptly expressed it: "A charlatan with the impulse control of a grease fire."

  2. Sadly even if he looses it can turn really ugly. "An unshackled #rump is more national threat than punch line. He’s determined to cause lasting damage" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/opinion/burning-down-the-house.html

    1. Thanks, that's a very insightful text, worth quoting from at some length:

      "Those who take pleasure in watching Trump destroy the Republican Party are missing the bigger picture. He’s trying to destroy the country, as well. Civility, always a tenuous thing, cannot be quickly restored in a society that has learned to hate in public, at full throttle.

      Trump has made compassion suspect. Don’t reach out to starving refugees — they’re killers in disguise. Don’t give to a charity that won’t reward you in some way. Don’t pay taxes that build roads and offer relief to those washed away in a hurricane. That’s a sucker’s game. We’re not all in this together. Taxes are for stupid people.

      Every sexual predator now has a defender at the top of the Republican ticket. The most remarkable thing about last Sunday’s debate was Anderson Cooper having to school a 70-year-old man on workplace taboos that most of us learn on our first job.

      'You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals,' said Cooper. 'That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?'

      What you heard was the lecture the human resources director gives just before saying, 'You’re fired.' Trump could not get hired at the drive-through window at a Jack in the Box. Knowing about his history would make any employer liable. It took decades to get the workplace to that point where Trumpian predators are shunned. Given the biggest pulpit in the world, Trump is trying to bring that consensus down."