Donald Trump is going to snap very soon, and here is how I know

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I believe that rather than smashing our own glass houses to pieces in the act of destroying Donald Trump’s Presidency, we need to be aware of our own inner Trump, to reflect on our own tendencies to think and behave in catastrophically immature, venal and insecure ways. I therefore offer up this short account of my own personal emotional development, and then explain why I think it helps explain why Trump is heading for a breakdown very, very soon.

I used to suffer from a quite disabling insecurity, particularly when it came to things like being creative and forming relationships with other people. I got better, partly by virtue of living in and studying Portugal, learning about its people’s tendency to swing between moments of self-aggrandisement and self-abnegation, from ‘we are great’ to ‘we are nothing’. I also learnt about my own habit of projecting my own feelings onto others, both people and countries. The work of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa showed me that we’re all characters on a stage acting out different roles, and that that is okay. I identified strongly with the philosopher Eduardo Lourenço’s diagnosis that Portuguese people tend to suffer from taking on too many identities, and I took enormous inspiration, consolation and guidance from his insights that Portugal is ‘marvelously imperfect’, ‘no worse and no better than anyone else’, and that progress comes from accepting one’s limitations.

Living in China taught me to accept the existence of other perceptions of my own identity, even if I feel embarrassed about it, particularly in terms of my national identity. Everyone has one and I can’t let the fact of my British or Englishness inhibit me unduly. Writing about my misunderstandings of Chinese society and about my role there helped me accept that I, like everyone else, have an ego, and also that I can use writing as a vehicle for making connections between things and to help find people who’ve noticed the same things, who share my perspective. Spending time with a Lacanian psychoanalyst in London helped me develop confidence in my own voice while also teaching me about the foibles of my tendency to overthink. I got better (although not necessarily good) at identifying and cultivating friendships with other people. I met the woman who later became my wife, who loves me for who I am rather than who I pretend to be. Through my job I became better at listening to people and more accepting of others and myself. I learnt that honest self-reflection is a more effective medium for personal development than alcohol is. Through acquiring other languages I discovered that learning is one of the things I most enjoy and value about being alive.

I still screw up, as we all do, but I accept that doing so is part of life, and when I do or get something wrong I try to apologise without fear or recrimination. I know that I’m not mad in any meaningful sense. I accept that I have some ability to write entertainingly and insightfully, and I have less fear than I did before of saying what I want to say. I have a wonderful editor in my wife and I accept that I sometimes miss things and perhaps expose some parts of myself to criticism and ridicule. I know that what I write doesn’t and doesn’t have to please everyone. I accept that everyone is fallible, and that it takes hard work to produce writing of quality. Sometimes I don’t put in enough hard work, and that’s my fault. I try hard not to depend emotionally on the responses or lack of responses to what I write. In a nutshell, I’ve matured, to the point where I can now face the prospect of becoming a father, something which, say, 15 years ago was (so to speak) inconceivable.

All this means that I understand something of the fragility of Donald Trump’s ego. Having struggled to maintain friendships in the past, I can see how Trump can get to a point where he has, according to a piece in Newsweek based on several months spent around him, no close friends. As I’ve acknowledged before, it’s essential for us to have the humility to recognise that we don’t have the ability to diagnose Trump at a distance. But that there’s something of the manchild about him is inescapable.

These first two days of his ‘Presidency’ saw paranoid and recriminatory tweets, a speech to the CIA in which he ranted bitterly about media reports of his coronation, and his press spokesperson being sent out to deliver another paranoid self-pitying rant. People are mercilessly taking the piss out of the piss-poor attendance at his pitiable inauguration, and Trump appears to be following every single one of them on Twitter. It’s clear to me that whatever means he’s used to survive up until this point aren’t going to work in his new role. There’s simply too much scrutiny and ridicule, and it’s going too deep. He’s too much of a shallow narcissist to ignore it. Trump is going to learn the wisdom of Jacques Lacan: “the madman is not only a beggar who thinks he is a king, but also a king who thinks he is a king”. Whatever monster he has buried in his mind is going to rise up to bite off huge chunks of him from within.

Trump is famously hostile to the notion of learning: no-one has anything to teach him. He was born rich, and that means he’s a genius and that everyone must respect him. He appears to have no ability for self-reflection. The mirrors he has in his mansion may be framed in gold, but he’s never been able to bring himself to look into them for more than a few seconds. Instead he’s surrounded himself with people who tell him what he wants to hear, who repeat back to him his inner mantra: you’re the richest, the best, the greatest writer, builder, statesman, etc etc etc. But it’s his inner voices that are the problem, the ones that tell him that he’s nothing, a failure, that everyone sees him as a joke. The ones that (presumably) sound a lot like his father.

His tweets in particular reveal that at some level he knows that his self-aggrandising self-image is hollow and brittle. So he lashes out, including physically. And it’s getting worse. People are laughing louder. He’s now put himself in a position where the entire world knows that he is venal, insecure, stupid and deluded.

He’s become in two days the paranoid and deluded ruler of so many novels by Latin American and African writers. Usually this point is reached after several decades of rule and the imposition of terror and a cult of personality. He’s the kind of leader that the U.S. has imposed on so many other countries; there is an element of chickens coming home to roost. He obviously took enormous consolation from his media image, the idea that he was ‘America’s CEO’. He believed this and seems to have internalised it, but is also taunted by a nagging awareness that it was little more than a joke, a stupid slogan to sell a TV show. His supporters may not know that, but some will learn. He’s already starting to turn some of them against him. As he attacks their standard of living and doesn’t have the political skills necessary to calm their anger, they will see through him to the delusion, insecurity and vanity within. He’ll have no more dgefences and will be unable to hide from the stark fact that his flatterers don’t respect him. Putin in particular is evil but not stupid. He knows that Trump is an absolute moron. And he can’t control that smirk of his.

Lacan said that what matters in psychoanalysis is not so much what the client says, but what falls out of his pockets while speaking. Trump appears to have absolutely no idea what he has in his pockets, and now everyone on the planet is picking up things, inspecting them and telling him what they are. They are teaching him things about himself that he cannot bear to learn. He also knows that he is President in name only, and that’s not enough to sustain his ego.

He will snap very, very soon.

Our job is to increase the tension.

New post: ‘Trump is going to snap -a rejoinder’.

TWO YEARS ON: I guess (and there’s a great deal of guesswork in this piece) that I underestimated how tenacious Trump would prove to be in his pretence of being President. More importantly, I failed to predict how slavishly and irresponsibly the mainstream media would collude in that pretence.

368 thoughts on “Donald Trump is going to snap very soon, and here is how I know

    1. I think with very different dynamics. There’ve been quite a few articles here (in Italy) making that comparison and one main difference is that Berlu was a very wily and skillful political operator, not just an overblown narcissist. Plus he’s not mentally ill, as Trump appears to be.

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    2. Jesus Dam Christ !!
      You people are un dam believable.
      If Trump turns out to be a good President or a bad President it’s yet to be seen.
      But if in fact he turns out to be a bad President it won’t be the first time this country has had
      A bad President and it sure as hell won’t be the last.
      If you can’t handle this then go get yourselves some dam therapy and keep your opinions to your dam self.
      Opinions are like assholes..
      Everyone has one and they all stink. Tired of seeing all this bullshit from people that think they have all the answers. Y’all so dam smart
      Why didn’t one of you run for Prez?
      As for all the Deplorable people..you need to cut them some slack too because in the event of a war, those are the people that are gonna save your weenie little ass.
      You and all your kind will run to Canada, you always have
      And always will.

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      1. This is offensive, inaccurate, and poorly written.
        It is exactly the kind of mindless diatribe issuing from many Trump supporters.
        It does not reflect critical thinking or acknowledgement of facts.
        And it serves only to accentuate the huge gulf between informed citizens and FoxTV watching automatons.

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      2. Dibrand, if you like to use the word damn so often you might like to spell it right. Dam is something else. Beavers build dams.

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      3. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Trump has a delicate, quite fragile ego, and he is showing signs that it is splitting. Here we have a man who gets very little sleep, appears angry most of the time, lies incessantly, and is very self-centered, and yes he knows that he is not liked by many. Dibrand, you can go to war for this maniac!

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      4. So who should give a rats ass about your stinking opinion then…? It’s Trump supporters like you who confirm the level of idiocracy of the new establishment.

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      5. Why do you get to have or say an opinion on here then, I feel you don’t want anyone else to have one?! That seems a bit conflicting to me?

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      6. “You and all your kind will run to Canada, you always have
        And always will.”
        -Isn’t Trump “that kind”? He was a draft dodger using Daddy’s money and influence…. McCain was more of a man than Trump will ever be.

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      7. leaving this here because I couldn’t figure out how else to comment and you seem to be one of a very few right thinking people here including the author. It may just be that Trump is also sane…. not anywhere close to “snapping” and that Dr.Ablow, the author in my link, is right & the author of this article is wrong. I certainly hope so.

        http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/27/dr-keith-ablow-whats-really-going-on-in-trumps-mind-hint-its-not-what-think.html

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  1. Thank you for a thought-provoking read, Richard & many on this thread. In the spirit of infinite coincidence, I was struck by the overlap of your writing these pieces & your imminent fatherhood. Having by now (I imagine) witnessed a birth, of your own offspring, I wonder if you would be interested to comment on The Trumpet & pals’ manifest womb-envy? Feminists have of course long tried to figure out ways to overcome the sadistic sexualised violence that holds patriarchal narcissism in place; anti-militant feminists have written thoughtfully for more than a century about male mis/leaders & their propensity to make wars in which they themselves run no risk of death, injury or disablement, pointing out that since men lack the capacity to carry or birth children they have no concept of the value of each life they so willingly destroy. The Women’s Marchers weren’t articulate about either of these points, that I know of; but there is such deep sadism & misogyny in the 45 Gang’s expanded ‘global gag order’ against women’s reproductive health that it begs for further discussion. Would you be interested to say something about narcissism-patriarchy-womb-envy, with any insights you might have on how to sharpen the responses of oppositional women & our allies using this lens?

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    1. Wow. There’s a huge amount there. I’ve just started reading some Melanie Klein and had heard mention of womb envy, which seems to me very plausible. The image of those six or so sadists signing away abortion rights should in itsrlf shock women into action. Maybe it’s too early ib the movement for such specific notions yo be explicitly addressed but such discussions have to take place l. I’ll definitely think about and look into this and lwt you know my reflections after yhe birth (it hasn’t happened yet). Thanks!

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    2. Vanessa, thank you so much for articulating the deeper, unconscious motivation behind misogyny…envy of the power of women. Everywhere, in almost every culture on Earth right now, we see men desperately trying to support their fragile self-esteem through the mechanism of oppressing women. Thankfully, there are many outspoken men in America and Europe who have come to realize that they lose nothing when women come into their own selfhood. We women have to support those men and vote more feminist women and men into office. Right now, however, the issue is how to take down the racist/sexist cabal who is in power now.

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  2. Reblogged this on jr creaden and commented:
    Another political post, but it’s one that sits very close to my own experiences as a survivor of malignant narcissism. This is what that looks like, and this is how it falls apart.
    Thank you, Richard Willmsen.

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    1. I appreciate the intellectual exchange – I feel as though I have been in the Twilight Zone since this campaign and election happened. Seemed like so many admired the Emperor’s new clothes and all I saw was a (huffy, entitled, narcissitic, 6th grade, orange) naked man.

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  3. As an outsider from South Africa, it has become obvious that despite being considered a 1st World Country, the U.S. Is heading the way of African 3rd World countries which are theoretically democracies but are in fact run by greedy megalomaniacs who are surrounded by equally greedy sycophants who support the tyranny in return for power and wealth! It will be interesting to see if the honourable constitution can protect Ametica?

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      1. Trump is the bad karma we have earned because of our own materialism, greed, and self-focus. We have had a higher standard of living because of that, but it has left too many take it all for granted and forget those at the bottom. Wake up and resist now. We must all work together to preserve the civil rights of all Americans and become an example to others opposing tyrants.

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    1. A provocative and terrifying thought Judy! Interesting to hear how others are percieving the current political climate. We must all speak out and protect the constitution of the USA, and remain good global citizens.

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      1. Ana,
        With all due respect, I would say “become” good global citizens, not speaking about you specifically, of course, and not that my own country can brag about being any better.

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  4. General paresis or tertiary syphilis comes to mind. Decades long largely symptom free progression resulting in permanent dementia, often with paranoia, delusions,confabulation, altered reality, sleep disturbance, grandiosity, irritability and more. Treatment with antibiotics arrests but does not reverse progression. Can be preceeded by presence of Narcissistic or Anti Social Personality Disorder which effectively precluded seeking help when early stage syphilis symptoms first emerged then waned.

    The winter is coming…

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    1. Yes derangement is a keynote for homeopathic miasms.
      Syphilis miasm has the following keynote

      Destruction
      Homicide
      Suicide
      Ulcers
      Total
      Impossible
      Despair
      Psychosis
      Devastation

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  5. Perhaps Cindy is one of Vladimir Putin’s payed shills, or one of Trumps hired audience of jeering clappers that he takes along to meetings to blat out their cheers and applause on command. Good luck with that Cindy. I hope you don’t have any preexisting conditions that will preclude you from getting medical attention or that your community health care organizations and hospital will still be standing and open for business after Trump’s 4 years are up. If you have severe arthritis, you can kiss that knee or hip replacement goodbye if you don’t have fifty grand up front to shell out. If you are injured or suffer a catastrophic illness you may become instantly uninsurable. It is estimated that the death toll as a result of the repeal of the preexisting conditions exemption and the repeal of the affordable care act will be in the neighborhood of 43000 people per year. That is if the petulant baby man you elected doesn’t just grab the football with the launch codes in it and blow up the planet. But you didn’t care or think about that when you put that psychopath in the White House, did you? Better hope you don’t get sick.. BETTER HOPE HE DOESN’t ride us all over a cliff with the launch codes in a fit of red rage after an extended delusional late night tweet session. Hope your bomb shelter is well stocked when the guys in the missile silos flip the switches and say Birds Away.. Of course the bomb shelter won’t actually protect you. You will be just as dead as the rest of us in that event.

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  6. Trump’s presidency is an opportunity to raise questions on the political process. For example (in case we deem him fir for being a president) why is it that so many wants him to fail despite being democratically elected and (in case he is considered unfit) how was he elected in the first place. Irrespective of our position on Trump’s presidency, it provides us an opportunity to debate on political systems that are otherwise considered as optimal institutions for all times to come.

    Personally, I think he stands a good chance to be impeached.

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    1. We can also look back at history and see that Congress is rarely reluctant to impeach a Chief Executive they deem to be unfit. Barry Goldwater took a delegation to the White House and told Tricky Dick Nixon bluntly that he had enough votes for an impeachment. There was Clinton’s ‘blow-job impeachment’. Many were ready to impeach Dubya Bush for lying and dragging us into an unnecessary war. But it is a long and drawn-out process – not a popular one either.

      I see The Donald just losing interest and waddling off to the golf course without telling anyone that he’s quitting.

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    2. He WASN’T Democratically elected–he was installed by the Electoral College which is not “democratic” in that it weighs the voters in some state much more than in others. Hillary Clinton won the actual vote count by almost 3 million votes.

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  7. Oh wow. Just wow. I’m neither Democrat nor Republican. I vote for whomever I feel will work the best for the people. I did not vote for either major candidate because I felt that they were both going to drive this country off the edge of the cliff. But the way that this country has reacted to Trump becoming President is repulsive. The author of this article states that “we don’t have the ability to diagnose Trump at a distance” but then goes on for 5 paragraphs doing just that. If you’re going to write an article demeaning him, just come out and say that. Don’t be a hypocrite about it. And Deborah’s rant on health care. Less people were going to the doctor this last year, than ever, because the Affordable Care Act was just getting too expensive to pay for after the yearly increases in cost. I saw that in my own sister’s life. I didn’t just read it on a website. Don’t quote numbers that are just someone else’s guess at people’s deaths. 87% of statistics are made up. Yes, that one too.

    The way that people are acting is disgusting. Watching the different reactions between Trump and Obama’s second election are mystifying. Conservatives learned to dislike Obama from 4 years of his actions. Progressives learned to hate Trump because Hillary lost the election. Yet, conservatives never once turned to violence, fit throwing and pouting in the corner when Romney lost. They understood that the elections are run a certain way and that they lost. As bad as they thought it was, they knew that in 4 years they could try again. Progressives have decided that riots, violent protests and threats against the President are the way to go. I used to think that the government was going to destroy this country. Now, as I look at the rantings and disgusting behavior on Facebook, Twitter and the news I believe that the people, who live in this great country that provides them the means to use their freedoms, are going to be the downfall if we don’t figure our sh!* out and make some real changes. BOTH SIDES.

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    1. To be completely honest Joe I don’t think you understand what’s at stake. Look at what Trump has done in his first few days in office. It is absplutely no exaggeration to call it both insane and terrifying. Wake up.

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    2. I also think you’ve missed the point. People are not protesting because Hillary lost. They’re protesting because of someone who, in the first week in office, has tried to: take health insurance away for millions of Americans; remove scientific data that he doesn’t like from government websites; silence vast numbers of experts: make his own grandiose truth (and was then furious when press didn’t play along with the patent lies); who is seriously advocating the return to torture that is banned by International treaty, etc. etc… In fact, he has done so many egregious things in under a week I can’t begin to list them all!

      THIS is why I protested for the first time in my life. And I was joined by many others protesting for the first time ever. Such protest are specifically permitted under the Bill of Rights, something our forefathers felt was important to protect.

      I will also note that there were 2 million protesters on Saturday in Washington D C and there were NO arrests. I was at the Seattle protest, which reached from one end of downtown to the other, and there were no problems there, either. In fact, I’ve heard of no problems anywhere in the world on the protest on Saturday. I realize there were a small number of trouble makers in DC on inauguration day but the many millions that turned out the day after are far more representative of those who are standing against Trump.

      This is not sour grapes, this is not being a poor loser because “my candidate lost.” This is people saying they will not stand quietly by while Trump dismantles the country they love. Trump no longer represents the small, vocal group based in hatred. He represents every American and I will guarantee he will be hearing my voice, along with millions of others,
      when he misrepresents what this country is and should be.

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    3. (Joe): “Yet, conservatives never once turned to violence, fit throwing and pouting in the corner when Romney lost. ”

      Are you kidding?? The entire GOP US Senate refused to vote on a Supreme Court justice JUST because they hated Obama. Their entire game plan for 8 years was NOT “what’s good for the country”, but “what’s against what Obama”. They have even said so.

      Not to mention the folks in the streets burning black effigies, calling for birth certificates, and screaming “Muslim” — the Right-Wing wrote this playbook on “violent protests of a candidate they dislike”, and now THEY are calling the anti-Trump protestors “Whiners”.?!?

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    4. JOE: You have made several grossly false statements. They negate your entire speech. You said “progressives learned to hate Trump because Hillary lost the election.” You are mistaken. Many, if not the majority of progressives, hate Trump because of the poor example of the human being that he is and because of the poor example he sets for others.

      You also said “progressives have decided that riots, violent protests and threats against the President are the way to go.” How ignorant for you to say this. Yes — of course there are those few who have acted out…just like there are republican who have done so. Your comment is so ludicrous and naiive that it doesn’t merit any more explanation refuting it.

      The way you have lumped all democrats together in this way and in other ways shows your short sightedness and lack of understanding of the problem at hand. You threw out words without comprehending the issue. How thoughtless. Shame on YOU.

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    5. Trump is not a conservative.
      He’s a fascist.
      And he’s an ego-maniacal moron.
      He and his team are allergic to facts
      and declare any inconvenient truths to be ‘fake news’.
      They are worthless.
      Liberals, democrats, socialists
      and moderates have reacted so viscerally to Trump because he is despicable.

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  8. An extremely refreshing and thoughtful exchange. Was beginning to grow apathetic myself at the thought of exchanging reasoned debate with poorly regurgitated and inherited Conservaspin. I get it. Why not throw a bomb into the gears you blame for grinding you down since the fall of the south? The tulmecent anger at being told by silver tongued elites that only they know what is best. And guilty. The dems were out Game of Throned when they screwed over their populist, only to be run over by a real one.
    The real danger is, this walking disaster will, to the degree he succeeds, transform politics and all conventions of rationality or decency. Around the world the emulators are already chomping at the bit to create a dumpster fire of their own. The age of enlightenment is over, unless it’s by mushroom cloud. He must be made to self implode. Torque it up.

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    1. “The real danger is, this walking disaster will, to the degree he succeeds, transform politics and all conventions of rationality or decency.”

      Yes. Protesting Trump isn’t about ‘not winning’ the election. It’s about preserving the conventions of rationality and decency, as you so aptly put it.

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      1. “preserving the conventions of rationality and decency” – yes, that have taken us from wars on two fronts (not counting the amorphous and unresolvable so-called “war on terror”) to wars on eight fronts that include supplying both sides with weapons including cluster bombs directed to civilian targets. Standing for human rights while supporting countries that deny them. Advocating transparency in government while prosecuting anyone who follow through. And all the while speaking eloquently and behaving impeccably. These and more are what the conventions have brought. Isn’t it time for them to be contested?

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  9. Best analysis of Trump’s behavior and childish personality. Enjoy the writing and responses that I consider precise and to the point. Thanks for the warning. It should be taking seriously and we all should be prepare and ready for Mr. Trump psychological collapse that I believe is coming.

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      1. Wow, that’s amazing. I’ve been thinking about the process of editing recently. My wife provides very valuable feedback but other than that I’m a one-man band. I guess it’s really kind of arrogant to think you don’t need an editor, Raymond Carver is a great example of the difference one can make. And proof-editing your own stuff is IMPOSSIBLE! I’ll be in touch :-).

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    1. I noted a few as well. However, using that as a means to attempt to discount the essense of what’s being said is akin to attacking the essenger simply because you don’t like the message.

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    2. really? It’s all readable, and understandable. Stop being such a snob and listen to what people are saying. Or, get off the list.

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  10. Right. Donnie’s a quitter and hates doing a job he doesn’t like to do. He wants to be an overseer, not a worker for the people. Staring out in office with SUCH a low popularity rating is not a good thing. Over half this country cannot stand him and we’re reluctant to let him go lest we get amateur hour evangelical PRESIDENT PENCE. Hoo boy…..brace for impact folks.

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    1. Reich Pence is still going to push for crippling women’s rights, women’s health, and QUILTBAGF+ people in general thru the Commander-in-Pee. He’s already started this week. At least if he WERE the actual boss, the act would be cleaned up some, and foreign policy would be cleaned up immensely. …I think.

      …what is Pence’s track record on the environment and larger world, anyway?

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  11. Haha .. this is so hilarious, as if Trump hasn’t had worse. This is a picnic for him. His tactic is to always hit back, harder if possible. Sure this is somewhat about ego, but not so much – he is following a logical process that he knows will work. The CIA will follow him to the death – they experienced the traitorous Obama regime, they will follow Trump to hell and back. A lot of his enemies are going to suddenly become friends – and others are going to die from natural causes. When you mess with democracy, don’t expect the CIA to play nice.

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    1. Lmao “traitorous Obama regime”? That would be funny if it wasn’t such an outright display of your stupidity. Want to talk about traitors? Look at Republican actions, or I should say inaction, over the last 8 years. They worked every damn day on trying to sabotage the country so Obama would fail. Have you forgotten that on day one of his presidency they vowed to obstruct EVERYTHING that he was for, country be damned? I don’t know what reality you are living in but in this world, I believe actively working to sabotage a president would be considered treason. That’s a moot point though since the traitors are the ones in control.

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  12. The very last thing we want is for this fragile man, with his hand on the button, to snap. Some appropriate person, who is trusted by both parties, could be appointed to monitor his mental health, such as it is. Give this person the “eject” button for Trump.

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  13. Are you forgetting about First lady Ivanka..she and husband will do everything with in their power to keep “Father Dearest” in office, ergo the puppet masters. Perhaps the grammar or dictation is not upto par but as it is the message doesn’t change.

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    1. Er…the First Lady of the needledicked POTUS is Melania, not Ivanka. The Commander-in-Pee just WISHES that she were the First Lady. For you see, lest it be forgotten: The POTUS wants to bang his daughter.

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  14. Spectacular, and THANK YOU. I’m so relieved to find others who have been thinking these things. (I get the feeling people see me coming, and cross the street, hoping that I won’t bring up my LATEST ideas about all of this WTF! I’d just seriously begun to question whether or not this freak has dementia! Actually, and to be more specific, he already WAS a narcissistic sociopath…the dementia is relatively new, and I suspect that he’s very heavily medicated with Alzheimer’s- related meds. Sociopaths with their ‘ filters’ beginning to get those thin spots would behave in just such a manner. There can be no other way that a person in the public eye would act out SO horrendously! I mean, think about it…NO one acts like THIS! And most certainly acts like this, and gets AWAY with it! What I haven’t been able to comprehend is why he hasn’t been driven off by men in white coats, and committed. He’s so obviously a ‘danger to himself AND others’. I’ve observed how well these meds, used to slow the advent of Alzheimer’s ( as well as dementia) can work. On some people, the effects are miraculous. For a time, at least. Trouble is, no one can yet predict HOW long they will continue to work. Reagan’s final years in office, his illness was supposed to be a secret, but I think we were a kinder culture then. I think most people knew. And we didn’t have those meds back then. I can see the syphilis angle, and was quite excited to read this. Because it’s the only explanation that comes close to my own. And thanks too, for the mentions of the surrounding sycophants! One result of being always in the midst of such single- minded entourage is that THE most outrageous actions and behavior become ‘normal ‘, are no longer jaw-dropping, as seen in the relative confines of such company. It’s just a new normal for these guys. I’ve been wondering WHY he and his cohorts did so much pillaging in less than a WEEK. And these issues were ALL huge ones…dismantled and sold out like a garage sale. I’d have thought he might’ve tried to be just a little discreet in all this carnage; at least spacing these acts out over a period of time. Instead, it’s shameless, unapologetic and a HUGE, FUCK YOU, to anyone who dares to be incensed by these thugs and what they’ve done. Again, in less than a WEEK! What,pray, is the motive for this timing? Is he playing with his new ‘let’s play president ‘set, distracting us while the REALLY BAD DUDES are in the background, doing even more unfathomable evil? I must admit, that I do find some solace in his rapid dismantling of these truths we HELD dear. This comes from the hope that it’s all so blatantly ‘FUCK YOU ALL’ , it’s already causing him loss of support. I think many of his fans are looking on in horror at present, wondering what evil they’ve unleashed. Yes, I can see that he WILL snap, unless he happens to get snapped FIRST, by someone else even more unstable. These acts of his DO tend to push many into hoplessness, helplessness and despair.

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    1. Suffering from dementia is sadly not a guarantee of departure. Remember the former POTUS that the KGBitch lifted the most from?

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  15. This one is heavy, but it it is further confirmation of opinions expressed by Kieth Olbermann [ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/keith-olbermann-donald-trump-is-not-of-sound-mind-and-must-resign_us_58884d96e4b0441a8f71db51 ] and Vox’s David Roberts [ http://www.vox.com/2016/9/29/13086236/trump-beliefs-category-error ] about Trumps mental fitness and his not inhabiting the reality the rest of us inhabit. But there is a clear area of concern, the very fact that a man with access to nuclear launch codes could *SNAP* due to the trains of office and his unfit temperament. But even without leaping to nuclear holocaust, he has no small amount of temporal power to do spectacular damage and harm, if he should dash off the edge.

    An extraordinarily terrifying possibility.

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  16. You are so bang on with this article! As one with some understanding of psychology, micro-expressions (did some research with Ekman’s FAC’s) and bit of a gift when it comes to interpreting body language, either Trump, Conway or both are going to break at some point. As you pointed out so clearly and eloquently…

    “His tweets in particular reveal that at some level he knows that his self-aggrandising self-image is hollow and brittle. So he lashes out, including physically. And it’s getting worse. People are laughing louder. He’s now put himself in a position where the entire world knows that he is venal, insecure, stupid and deluded.”

    “Lacan said that what matters in psychoanalysis is not so much what the client says, but what falls out of his pockets while speaking. Trump appears to have absolutely no idea what he has in his pockets, and now everyone on the planet is picking up things, inspecting them and telling him what they are. They are teaching him things about himself that he cannot bear to learn. He also knows that he is President in name only, and that’s not enough to sustain his ego.”

    “He will snap very, very soon.”

    Maybe we can get some entertainment value if they do it together and on camera! Without blowing up the world, continent or country!

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  17. There is only one power that can stop Trump in the immediate future imo, sadly, it’s the GOP and the business interests who own it. Tariffs, advocated by Trump (in line with the 20% he proposed against Mexico today), are a potential Achilles heel. We should encourage him to over step in that regard. As for the rest of us, we must simply resist in every way possible, recognizing the only likely way he will meet his demise is 4 years from now, defeated for re-election. Everything else reeks of wishful thinking to me, including my above stated hope of a second GOP coup.

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    1. I respect what you say and appreciate your insight, but really now he’s an out-of-shape 70-year-old man who has never held public office; he has all sorts of strange people badgering him for decisions which, if he fucks up, will fly back in his face (and he’s smart enough to recognize this). That rasping sound you hear is a chorus of angry long knives a-sharpening: just think of all the enemies he’s made on the way to the White House.

      His handlers will prop him up and attempt to keep him going but looking at the way he’s started off I am not optimistic about his chances. I live nine time zones offshore and have been away from the USA for 28 years so I do not have any real emotional stake in this. But it’s clearly a catastrophe in the boiler room, with the pressure building ominously. Already.

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  18. I mean this politely. You don’t understand shit. This was nothing but more self-serving drivel into the void.

    Trump isn’t imploding any time soon, and narcissism please? The entire first world suffers from narcissism.. You don’t do anything, writing things like this for example, without some degree of narcissism at play.. Trump’s been at this game for how many decades? Trump attaining level of puppet master of the united states, is merely a symptom of an infinitely complex society thats folded back in on its own fake reality, a cartoon character to divert your attention while the real people in power perpetuate the same systems that really dictate your life ie. big finance & corporations.

    All you are doing is analyzing a falsehood, a pretence, that will shift over and over. He is pure pantomime, Trump has ushered in the post-media era. It is irrelevant now, because you will spend forever generating more and more crap based on a single frame in a cartoon, as it moves on and on and on.

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  19. I respectfully disagree with your assessment that he will snap. I dont think he is snapping anytime. That’s a misreading and I will explain as follows. You’ve reduced his complex assemblage to his insecurities – what YOU aren’t seeing is his very resilient, very strong core strength to always go for what he has his mind set to, however it may threaten his insecure ego. HE will NOT SNAP. He will get through every nuisance he creates even if he appears he’s in trouble – he WILL invert the very nuisance only to recreate more chaos to hide and bury his weakness while maintaining a storm of chaos and going after his objectives. HE will devolve the rest of the country and audiences into a pulp of insanity and emotional incoherence but he will stand. He is WAY more dangerous than your well meaning but one-dimensional – ‘insecure ready to snap manchild’ portrait for him. The ‘manchild’ is not ALL of the story as you have made it out to be in your article.

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    1. Thanks go taking the time to respond. I find your arguments extremely compelling but I hope you’re wrong. I do think that the tasks he’s taken on so far in his life have been within his capacities – when it’s got too much, he’s just walked away – and as you say he’s been hugely resilient. However, I think his lack of knowledge of politics and government will create too much extra strain, as it becomes clear to those around him that he’s not up to the job in terms of understanding or mental focus. You may be right about the emotional side of things – he must have quite a buffer between his ego and his insecurities to have got so far – but I think the immense workload in a situation where elements of his own administration are already abandoning him and crises are starting to build up will be too much for him. As I said in the rejoinder, there is an element of wishful thinking in what I wrote and it’s not an attempt to achieve a diagnosis – I’m not a psychologist of any kind and obviously I’ve never met him, so I really appreciate such comments as yours.

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  20. i tend to agree with nychermes. his sycophants will also negate bruising his ego as they seek to support it with their own agendas as he delegates power, by giving him some credit for their ideas. what transpires is a collective self supporting, self congratulating group insulating itself from the consequences of their actions and criticism…..they are quite capable of their ‘own reality’ until it comes into conflict with forces beyond their sphere of influence and control. In this scenario, he is a prime puppet for those that understand his ego and those who orchestrated his rise to power. I do believe the election was rigged and deep down, I believe, so does he, which points to the endless need to seek legitimacy. ‘Methinks he doth protest too much.’ We are left wondering whether this will be a tragedy or a comedy….it is already a farce!

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  21. Unfortunately the horse has bolted. i understand they wanted change but they voted in a monster and it might very well lead to ww3. I cant see the world climate calming any time soon. for this reason i blame the trump voters for not having any foresight into what they voted in. He turfed the Transpacific trade agreement which was put in place to stop the Chinese having dominancy in the world.. all he has done is given it back to them on a plate. As much as im sick to death of hearing and seeing his face.. the world is 2 steps from a very scary place right now and no one can pull him up.

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  22. The way he “snaps” could be very dangerous for himself, America and the world. Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder as described in the DSM5 (the diagnostic manual used by psychologists and psychiatrists). There are nine points, and having five of them gives the diagnosis — he has all nine. These people are actually very wounded and don’t respond to either therapy or medication. They are deeply insecure, so they have to compensate by convincing themselves that they know everything and are never wrong about anything. Anything they experience as the slightest criticism frightens and enrages them. They have very low impulse-control, and if anyone says anything that upsets them, they don’t even take a second to reflect, they just react. That is why he could start WW3 in five seconds flat.

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  23. $1,000 says that Madonna snaps before Trump. Never mind, she is an undisputed lunatic already. But she will make a great democratic front-runner in 2020.

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  24. Her music has always been pretty good. She should really stick to making music. Politically, she is a detriment to the cause and should not be given a platform to represent it. The media is having a field day on her comments about “blowing up the white house.” Maybe her next hit single will be, “Like a Terrorist?”

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      1. Close, but she didn’t say “…like many of you.” The point is that It will be a VERY long 8 years for the resistance because there is no credibility in the message…or the messenger. In large part, America will reject it. We will have to sit back and get some I Dream of Jeanie reruns queued up for the duration.

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  25. Personally, I think that President Trump ‘snapped’ a long while back and entered his own strange world of make-believe and self-absorbed fantasy! The belief that he could run a huge, powerful and complex country based on a format used in reality TV is evidence enough for me that he is living in some realm of insanity. The clinically insane do not know they are insane and he doesn’t! He thinks everyone else is pathetic and stupid but he is perfect and “smart”. Is that normal?

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  26. What a fantastic article. I am in 100% agreement that increasing the tension will cause him to implode. The best way to do this is to vigorously promote discussion and education on Trump’s apparent status as a narcissistic sociopath. Anyone interested can get some good information on this topic on my blog (report) https://twoifbycharmwordpress.wordpress.com/ . This situation is dark and dangerous, as this man appears to be a person operating without a conscience, and behind the scenes, is principally motivated by manipulation of others to supply his own narcissism.

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  27. You make a statement like ‘Putin is evil’ without any explanation or evidence to support this. That’s the sort of thing I would expect to read in the US mainstream press or on the BBC.

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  28. We live in a country with a two party political system—-BOTH of which are corrupt to the teeth. Look up the definition of corruption and see if it applies. Corruption is an animal that continues to get larger and larger and more scary and eventually kills its host—-US. Anyone with more than 8 brain cells can see this and there are only two very inevitable results—-either the people will get SO pissed and demand a 3rd party candidate—-which won’t matter because the entire corrupt government wouldn’t work with said candidate—-OR—-the problem is solved with millions of smoking guns—–my money is on the latter.

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  29. I am of the belief that we should stop attacking him on his personality ( can anything be done ?) and start attacking him based on his actions and issues. If he is going to snap as predicted here, the future ( Pence) is no better.
    I am okay with a person who behaves like a 5 yr. old with no ideology to be my president when all branches have a majority of conservatives

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  30. I’m no psychologist either but I do get the feeling after reading a lot of historical reference materials in regards to Kings and Queens in ancient Europe, that Mr. Trump has much in common with some of them. Especially when it comes to the Ego and the Self-Entitlement that he seems to exude. Looking back at how they ruled their kingdoms he seems to have many of the same traits that the worst of them had. Many of them prospered as long as they had the backing of their Privy Councils, which Trump certainly has his. That handful of people that he almost trust, that he has surrounded himself with so that are basically his Yes men. They will say whatever is necessary to keep him happy while trying to push forward their own agendas. At some point in time, they will part ways, and he will find his support from these people gradually decline, he will find the day to day pressures of trying to rule such a huge and complex Kingdom, that is the U.S., and I believe it will break him. It is not possible to run the United States the way you run a privately held business. I don’t expect that he will be able to maintain even a facade of for very long but the damage that he can cause in the short term is going to be tremendous. We are going to be in for some very hard times in the near future. Times we really haven’t prepared ourselves for and it is going to be very eye opening.

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