Trump has once again opened the door into his psyche. This time it’s his review of Kim Jong Un. His end of April narrative, at a time when the NK leader has shown no reticence regarding his willingness to invoke a nuclear war, is rather complimentary. No, Trump is actually showing his transference. His choice of facts parallels his own life.
"At a very young age, [Kim Jong Un] was able to assume power.“ In comparison, DJT took over his father’s work at a youngish age. “A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was [KJU’s] uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie." DJT views KJU’s life the same as his: Trump’s narcissism, through each decade of his life rejected by those that disagree with him, has never received what Trump feels is his just rewards. Trump compliments his “brain” all the time, as he thinks he is a “smart cookie,” and, I’m sure, wants the same accolade. “I can tell you this, and a lot of people don't like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He's dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others.” How does DJT share KJU’s pain at losing his father? DJT and his father were not close. They talked only of business. I’m sure a young Donald would have wanted more from his father, but not so with older Donald.
Still, why did DJT choose this facet of KJU’s life, expressing sympathy at KJU’s so-called struggle for legitimacy and admiration for KJU’s survival?
See what Trump said at his own father’s death:
When Fred died, Donald Trump gave a cheerful quote for his father’s New York Times obituary, focusing on the way his dad had never wanted to expand into Manhattan. “It was good for me,” he said. “You know, being the son of somebody, it could have been competition to me. This way, I got Manhattan all to myself!” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/26/donald-trump-fred-trump-father-relationship-business-real-estate-art-of-deal
So, not only is Trump demonstrating transference, but he is reaching out to get his own attention and identification with these chosen, twisted comments on a horrible tyrant. His oddly selected choice of facts parallels his own life. Since Trump is a man with almost zero ability to empathize or imagine other people’s motives or drives, these strange comments reflect his own life. Get it? He has no understanding of anyone but himself, so when he described KJU, he attributed motive, needs, or desires in KJU which are something from within DJT that he recognized. The comments were a reflection of feelings he himself has.