Many people on my social media are afraid that there will be some kind of civil war or armed revolt to keep him in office. There is no reason to harbor such fears for one simple reason: he’s a narcissist. There is no chance that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber will take that he can’t cheat at. If he can’t cheat to guarantee a win, he won’t do it. That’s why he grabs pussies. It’s cheating. It’s why he’s a rapist. It’s cheating. It’s how he golfs. Think of all the ways he’s cheated in his life. He can’t cheat at civil war or armed rebellion. There’s no guarantee that he’ll win, so he won’t do it.
There are two important points about being a narcissist that we need to appreciate to understand why we’re not facing some kind of armed insurrection:
First, from the prescient post, The Narcissism of Donald J. Trump (22 June 2016), we know that the primary goal of a narcissist is “to maintain their hyper-inflated sense of self and protect their fragile vulnerable selves,” and that “the short-term gain of propping up their bloated egotistical selves and avenging whatever perceived slights no matter how slight to their fragile vulnerable snowflake self is far more important than cultivating relationships or learning something.” We can assume that in addition, they have little time for developing anything remotely resembling a vision of the future or having any kind of skill like leadership.
He may boast that he has mad skills but these are just empty jactations that he spews at us to soothe his insecurity. The truth is that he has no idea what taking the government by force would entail or how to go about doing it. Of his aides who do have some understanding of how to go about it, they won’t tell him. And the ones who will, don’t have a clue, either.
Forget Kushner, you smartie smartie. He’s got enough moxy to see the writing on the wall and is narcissist enough to know when it is better to cut and run. He’s too busy greasing his exit by selling state secrets to be bothered by trying to stay in the hellhole that is the presidency. Each and everyone of the Trumps rues the day that they accidentally won in 2016.
Second, he believes to his soul that victory is right around the corner. Sure, he’s disappointed that his evil super-genius plan of having appointed three justices to the Supreme Court didn’t turn out to be as transactional as he’d hoped it would be. But, he’ll bounce back. You know why?
Narcissists believe that they are so fucking special, that we’ll make exceptions for them. Literally. He literally thinks that before it is all over, we’ll all come to our senses and make an exception to the laws of the country and the Constitution, and give him four more years.
He lives in a fantasy world of his own perfection where he is the ultimate winner and everything goes his way. He doesn’t know how and he doesn’t know why, but he knows that he will be getting four more years because he’s our favorite!
He doesn’t think he has to work for it. He thinks some conquering army will come marching into Washington and handed him the keys to castle. He’s set the stage for it. He’s just waiting for it to happen… by magic.
He’s ginned up the base. They are primed for violence. All they lack is direction. Without it, all we’ll get is sporadic violence committed by the odd Proud Boy or other lunatic MAGAs. Trump thinks it will all happen because he wants it to happen. Don’t believe me? Remember, he is the fellow who lost an aircraft carrier group during his first six months in office because he couldn’t distinguish the chain of command from Twitter.
Armed insurrection takes real leadership, vision, and organization. In case you hadn’t noticed, they are all in short supply at the White House. It will also take real work. When has the Ol’ Pussy Grabber ever worked at anything including grabbing a pussy?
Yes, Trump is making an authoritarian grab for illegitimate power to install himself in office. Yes, the Congressional and some state Repubes are supporting him. Yes, the Proud Boys and MAGAs are making a simpering show of “force” in the streets. But no one is doing the hard work of organizing the “movement” of white grievance into a military force. He has no Ernst Rohm organizing and uniting the militias into anything that could even begin thinking about making a military styled coup to maintain his office.
Don’t waste a lot of time or energy fearing any widespread organized violence or military coup. There is no one capable of or willing to organize such a thing for the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. Do fear and be careful of sporadic random acts of violence by lone wolf type individuals and small groups as we saw at the “march” on Washington the other night. There will be acts of terror done in Trump’s name. They will not overturn the election.
“Proud Boys at Virginia 2nd Amendment Rally (2020 Jan)” by Anthony Crider is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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