Narcissistic Personality

Why is Trump the Rampaging Destructive Confused Godzilla and not the Menacing Intimidating Controlling Godzilla Politico Thought He’d be?


Gabby Orr and Meridith McGraw over at Politico wrote this article complaining that Trump is adrift in his post-office life, and they are shocked, shocked I tell you, that he wasn’t the political “Godzilla” that everyone thought he was going to be. Really?

I thought I was done writing this repetitive stupid tripe about the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s unproductive malignant narcissism when he left office, but no, the former guy is the gift that keeps kicking you in the balls and snickering as you writhe in pain. I don’t know why I’d expect reporters to understand how Trump’s mental disorders affect his behavior in the post-Trump era if they didn’t in the during-Trump era. Yet, here are these two reporters who scratching each other’s asses and wondering why their fingers smell.

It should come as a surprise to no one that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is adrift in the unstructured world of being out-of-office. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he has done no work and won’t do anything that requires him to do any actual work. And, it is unsurprising that he changes his mind, commitments, actions on an hourly basis. This is the guy who couldn’t pass the marshmallow test even though he’s a grown ass man and hates marshmallows, so how do you expect him to do anything other than be a drift?

I could see him being characterized as a Godzilla if you mean it in the sense of an angry larger than life caricature of a beast rampaging through the GQP destroying all in its path and leaving the detritus of wrecked lives in his wake. But, this article seems to mean it as a towering powerful beast instilling fear in all it menaces.

Let’s go through some of the choicer bits of the article and wonder aloud how so many in the press just can’t seem to get a grip on the implications of Trump’s mental health disorders.

[H]e was supposed to build a massive political apparatus to keep his MAGA movement afloat.

When has the Ol’ Pussy Grabber ever built anything, muchless anything that is massive? He inherited a fortune and frittered it away building failing buildings and casinos and turned to the eponymous trade and laundering Russian mob money to keep himself afloat. Even in his reality TV show, he was little more than window dressing.

When has the Ol’ Pussy Grabber ever built anything, muchless anything that is massive? He inherited a fortune and frittered it away building failing buildings and casinos and turned to the eponymous trade and laundering Russian mob money to keep himself afloat. Even in his reality TV show, he was little more than window dressing.

At best, he could pay other people to build things for him like he did with Trump Tower and the 6 January Insurrection. He didn’t organize no insurrection; other people did. Hell, it probably wasn’t even at his behest. His desire to remain in office and the long-dreamed of white supremacist uprising happened to coincide. They coordinated much like his 2016 campaign did with the Russian disinformation campaign: realizing they shared some goals and paying attention to each others social media feeds.

Republicans, and even some allies, say he is disorganized, torn between playing the role of antagonist and party leader.

[He} shifts from wanting to support the GOP with his resources and grassroots appeal one day to refocusing on his own brand and thirst for vengeance the next

And, what is the common denominator for each of these incongruent behaviors and motivations? Mood. It depends totally on his mood that day. If he’s been ruminating and brooding on how everyone let him down and turned against him, he wants vengeance. If he’s been fapping to his own political brilliance, he wants to be the conquering hero marching at the head of a vast army.

The problem is that he can’t manage his mood well enough to stay focused on either one of them long enough to actually achieve anything.

 [H]is tendency to abruptly change directions or seize on a new idea after speaking with a friend or outside adviser — a habit that often frustrated aides during his time in office — has carried into his post-presidency life.

He was abruptly changing directions and seizing on new ideas depending on who had been talking to him when BEFORE he was in office. Why would you expect it to change while he was in office or after? He’s a narcissist with executive dysfunction. He doesn’t change. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t think he has to. He thinks everything he thinks is the pinnacle of human achievement, literally. Yet, he’s easily swayed by the ideas and opinions of others. It’s how Putin, Erdogan, and MBS all manipulated him. It’ll be how whoever manipulates him down in sad Merd-o-Lardo manipulates him.

“There is no apparatus, no structure and part of that is due to a lack of political understanding on Trump’s behalf,” said a person close to the former president, noting that Trump has struggled to learn the ropes of post-presidential politicking.

The Ol’ Pussy Grabber couldn’t be bothered to learn the ropes politicking while in office, how could you expect him to learn them when he was out of office? He’s a narcissist; he doesn’t learn. The only difference between him out of office and him in office is that he no longer has the apparatus of the Executive Branch around him and people who know how to use it to do his bidding.

He’s surrounded himself with sycophants who are all hoping to grift off of him by manipulating him. They have conflicting agendas and goals and form temporary transient alliances to achieve them. Why would you expect anything other than chaos?

Trump has gone from threatening party bodies for using his name and likeness in their fundraising efforts to offering up his Mar-a-Lago estate as a host site for part of the Republican National Committee’s spring donor retreat

In many ways this is the most baffling of all the “observations” offered up by the article. There is no conflict between Trump trying to limit the RNC from fundraising off of his image and reputation and using his resort as the site for an RNC event. They’re both rooted in grifting. He knows that if his stooges donate money to the RNC, there will be less for them to donate to him. He wants all the money. He’s happy to rent his place to the RNC at inflated costs. He wants all the money.

The only mildly surprising thing is that the RNC didn’t heed his cease-and-desist letter when he ordered them to stop fundraising off of him — that’s his schtick. They know that the rank and vile grassroots donors are too low-information to realize when they’re donating directly to Trump’s pocket or to theirs if they see Trump’s picture and name on the solicitation material. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber is just pissed that they didn’t squeal when he grabbed them by the pussy.

Trump has continued to dangle a 2024 run over the party, and the will-he-won’t-he guessing game.

[According to} a former Trump advisor, “…if he doesn’t (run in 2024), you’ll see people lose interest in the guy in the next hour. As long as he plays the theatrics he’s going to run again, he still garners attention and creates headlines.”

He’s unpredictable, remember? That’s his chief negotiating strategy, unpredictability. He knows that if he commits one way or the other it hurts him, but as long as he can string everyone along, he achieves his two big goals: (a) grifting money off of the stooges and (b) staying in the limelight with people showering him with flattery and attention wanting to get something from him.

The political action committee was made for Trump. You can solicit as much in donations as you want. You can spend the money however you want. It’s not a charity, so you don’t have to hide how you’re spending the money on yourself. It’s not a campaign, so the money can be spent on things other than campaigns. It’s the perfect vehicle for a grifter like Trump.

So, here we are over fifty days into the #BidenHarris administration, and we’re still finding it necessary to blog about the Ol’ Pussy Grabber being an unproductive malignant narcissist. I suppose when he’s rendered the GQP a smoldering asheap that whatever disfigured scarred phoenix comes struggling out of there will be reporters shocked, shocked I tell you, that Trump would cause such destruction on such a scale! But, that day is coming.

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  1. As he was yesterday, so he is today, and he will be tomorrow. Even that man without a spine from South Carolina seems only almost to understand when he says that Trump will either save or destroy the Republican Party. And, try as they might, the potential GOP candidates who hope he won’t run in 2024 can’t out Trump Trump while also working to prove their loyalty to save the job they have.

    As for the press, both those who fear him and who worship him needs to see the larger than life super-villain or super-hero, not the thrashing, meandering, distracted, manipulated bull in a china shop. From the beginning, it has been the real autocrat adversaries (Putin, et al.) who have seen Trump clearly. They know well his kind and how to use them when they are useful, and discard them when they are no longer useful. We have not heard of any of those guys inviting Trump to come visit since he left office. The probably don’t even call.

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    • Howdy Bob!

      Hopefully his removal from office and isolation in Florida will expose him for the caricature of a human being that he is. I think we’ll all continue seeing what we want or need to see in him because that is the nature of such a malleable amorphous creature — we’ll all also continue believing that our view is the absolutely true and accurate one — but, at least, the damage he can cause from there has been greatly reduced and will continue.

      It is all but guaranteed that Putin has little need for him now and will not have contact with him unless and until he does again. Putin’s Project Trump worked better than he ever dreamed possible.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      • Without the levers of the presidency, without Twitter, with his media amplifiers (Fox “News”, etc.) moving on to other, more “of the moment” distractions, and big GOP donors and career apparatchiks hedging their bets about 2022 and 2024, Trump is going to have an increasingly difficult time trying to be the center of attention other than as an object of prosecution and litigation.

        Putin’s bet did pay off quite well, not quite as well as bin Laden’s on the Twin Towers, but in a way that will continue to pay dividends for a long time.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        The other thing that Trump’s diminishing stature points out is how fumbling and ineffective those who have remained around him are including his children. Don-Don and Ewick, especially, are not able to do the hard work that would be needed to capitalize on their father’s position. The others who remain aren’t just stymied by his indecisiveness and mercurial nature, they can’t do the groundwork either. Starting any kind of enterprise from scratch is difficult. Starting something as complex as a social media app or media platform will take some very hard work and capital investment. Both of which are in short supply in Trump world.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Trump was thoroughly dependent on Rupert Murdoch and his Fox “News” operation. There is no way Donald and his crew could have created such an effective media arm. And Twitter was something they could just use without having to understand any of how it worked. Now, the various platforms that are trying to substitute for it are fractured and floundering, and not connecting with that mass audience.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        How long did it take Murdoch to develop Fox into what it is today? Thirty years? Developing such platforms is a long-term investment. Long-term planning is not the forte of the Trump family.

        I always thought Bannon would be the guy who would deliver the media organization for Trump, but, apparently, and, luckily for us, they cannot stand each other. Bannon has turned himself radioactive enough that no one will touch him so he’s reduced himself to doing podcasts.

        Nature abhors a vacuum. Right now, there’s a vacuum for MAGA Nation. What will fill it? Will a new leader step in or will it morph into something else?

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Bannon and Trump – two narcissists + one spotlight = can’t stand each other.

        I don’t see any individual positioned to be a new leader of MAGA Nation, especially as long as Trump keeps teasing about a 2024 run. None of the players have that Golden Boy facade. They are not reality TV stars. They are not billionaires (supposedly). The only thing that seems able to fill the vacuum right now is Q-anon, and that seems rather quiet. I think I’ve heard that the Q-Drops stopped in December or January. I think MAGA will stay focused on Trump, perhaps in declining numbers. If he is actually indited and goes to trial, he will call them out and we will see if they show up.

        Speaking Trump and The Law, Fresh Air (NPR) had a very good interview today. [https://www.npr.org/2021/03/18/978635443/could-trump-be-the-1st-u-s-president-charged-with-a-criminal-offense]

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      • Howdy Bob!

        Two things that will reduce the size of MAGA Nation and Trump’s support: (1) No one is enjoying the charges and prosecution of the insurrectionists even those who are getting away with it because they were able to clean up their social media and didn’t bring a cell phone. Most of them are dismayed and feel that Trump has let them down. It is bad for support and a repeat performance. (2) Without the reinforcing jolt of dopamine people’s enthusiasm will fade, and they will seek their fix elsewhere. Given that any trial is still a year or more away — the slow gears of justice and Trump’s tendency to drag it out as long as possible will be working against him — will also diminish his fan base and their enthusiasm for him.

        Trump may have a unique set of skills that few other possess kinda like the superstar athletes like Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Many have the athleticism they have. Many have the specific basketball skills. Many have the work ethic. Many have the competitiveness. Few have all four in sufficient quantity. Does Josh Hawley have the charisma that Trump has? Does Ted Cruz? Is Haley bigoted enough? Is DeSantis willing to speak his mind enough? Who has all of the skills Trump has that allowed him to float to the top of the sewage pit that is the Republican Party?

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Yes, those people went into the Capital expecting to keep Trump in office, and if not, to suffer no consequences, even be mass pardoned. None of that happened and the effort to ID every one of them continues, along with investigation of possible conspiracies. This has dampened enthusiasm. He didn’t go to the Capitol with them and he’s gone to Florida. The legal processes in which Trump is about to be embroiled will not be exciting – court filings, motions, fine points of law, and so on, for months and years – boring stuff for the low information crowd.

        I think Trump’s skill set and history are unique, or nearly so in American politics. hawley, Cruz, DeSantis, etc. are irritating rather than exciting. They are not TV stars, but politicians. If there is someone who could be another Trump, we have not seen him yet.

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      • Yet the divide between blue and red and the sportsification of politics will likely to continue. Hopefully, many of the low-information voters will return to their habit of not voting and ignoring politics while the more informed voters continue voting in large percentages. If that is the case, then we’re likely to carry the day in spite of voter suppression efforts. I think that is the root of the emotional hot button social issues that the GOP has continued to traffic in. They need to keep the base riled up to keep them hate voting against Dems.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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