The self-regarding pool of adoration continues to leak in Trump’s administration. Indeed, his appointees consistently fail at their federal posts, generating endless criticism from level headed citizen-spectators. As to Trump’s White House, the staff rotate like a rotisserie, changing out the sub-narcissists in his singular vacuum of adulating fans for fresh sub-narcissists. Furthermore, he pumps his audiences in Mussolini-style election rallies as he searches for stardom among the hate-filled third of white America (“Just adore me and all will be well”). Well into a year of the Trump-façade, rational minds the world over are reeling with reproach, decrying his depths of self-love. In Trump’s own party, senior Republicans are “retiring” in droves, likes the proverbial rats on a sinking ship. However, Trumpian types don’t care, for their fatalism-which-leads-to-end-times religion is one of the fountains from which gushes Trump tripe. Trump’s response, as the days have turned into months, is “More Fake News!” He shows no self-realization, no healing. Indeed, in that time, nothing rational has emerged, just more chaos. Surprise! Trump was always this way.
Trump brags about his “chaos” strategy. Like a carnival barker, “Stick around for the show, folks,” Trump crows. It’s a dangerous theme: destroy what exists, rebuild it in Trump’s image, then destroy it over again just before any finalization, to prove that Trump can re-build it again, and again. Nothing good is ever done; just chaos. He invites rejection and abandonment to prove he can attract new sheep whom he will later abandon. Trump doesn’t care, for Trump swims in his esteem of himself. For him, being a narcissist is safe:
(1) In his world, he is special. He believes he’s god-like in the context of “grandiosity.” His habit of degrading others implies his view of his own perfection.
(2) He feels he doesn’t need to empathize (he has to write his empathy on cue cards when meeting with teenaged, shooting survivors).
(3) He believes he has a right to rage if others criticize him. And, his fury is a disproportionate to the circumstances.
(4) When he feels threatened, he retreats (the “silent” treatment) and blocks those in his supply chain from accessing the Great Oz. If his worshippers relent, he will show them his most inhumane, cruel self.
(5) He doesn’t have to understand the complexities of human behavior, even with his closest friends. He can just stay on the surface.
(6) He doesn’t have to age. His focus on himself makes him appear juvenile even at his advanced time of life.
(7) Trump wants to be the beginning and end of all things – both order and chaos. He flips. There is no winning.
I become irate that so many in the media discuss his external actions as if they are unrelated or detached from his psychosis. Over and over they miss the root cause of his aberrant actions: Trump is happy in his inability to normalize his self-love. Can I put in brass terms? He can’t see the back of his head, and he’s happy with that.
Trump’s world is not stable as he does not integrate both good and bad. Children do this, as they see only one side to an argument. For example, Trump’s recent attacks on the FBI and the DOJ of his own government show that he cannot see both sides of an issue. Trump sees only a part of the world to advance his self-interests and rile up his base. Therefore, in his world, nothing is constant except for his inflated sense of self. Good is not permanent; bad, likewise. In Trump’s mind, while he is always special, perfect, and entitled, he is free to judge others as defective and useless. Like most narcissists, Trump praises and then swiftly devalues others when he notices other’s flaws. And, Trump likes it this way.
World leaders have seen though Trump’s veneer and looked into the buried psyche, so easily manipulated. Make Trump feel good about a nation, a situation, a side, so he will treat it special. Avoid crossing into matters he does not like, to avoid Trump’s sudden judgment that all is “bad, very bad.” Trump’s narcissism is not healthy, but he likes it that way. It is a fragile mask or façade; it is a hypersensitive and defensive psychosis. Yet, Trump enjoys it.
Recently, a man died in the New York Trump tower. Yet all Trump said in response was to compliment how safe his building really was. (Was it? It doesn’t have apartment sprinkler systems). All Trump felt was annoyed and defensive. Yes, Trump likes it this way.
Accounts of the raging, caged narcissist (see my article, “Lock the Cage and Throw Away the Key,” https://www.whinsanity.com/blog) are increasing in the major media. Statements such as, “The case for extreme worry” are becoming commonplace. “It would be a mistake to overstate the change at hand. The Trump presidency has been a slow-moving freakout, every new episode representing a surreal extension of the unknown. Still, there is evidence that the chaos has increased in some important new way.” http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/trump-staffers-freaking-out-even-more-than-usual-right-now.html
Yet, remember: Trump likes his chaos. He seeks disorder.
A horror show isn’t horrific because it ends well. Indeed, it is horrific because it never ends. The nightmare continues long after the movie’s conclusion. No doubt, Trump’s pool of adulation will find him flashy, as his nauseating self-confidence is misinterpreted as competence. In a twisted, hate-monger way, Trump meets their definition of charm and warmth, using his caustic, dull wit to ally himself with his base. So, when will his people lose interest in Trump’s shit-show? When will they see he is unworthy of their adulation and leave the dead-pool of Trump’s narcissistic supply? When will they realize their anger has alienated others?
It will happen, as Trump has shown us his Achilles’ heel. Trump’s mind values status and hierarchy. He constantly refers to himself as dominate; compares himself to greatness; brags about his intellect and more. It is status that has Trump perhaps values most – not wealth or fame, not family or his fans. It is how we grade him. Nothing else truly matters.
Remove his status, remove the narcissist. Reduce Trump to a “nobody.” And, the horror show will end.