Monday, December 12, 2016
My Pseudo-Psychological Take on Trump
Trump wants to be the silverback gorilla. He wants to dominate, to be the top male gorilla whose butt all other male gorillas kiss and who has the whole harem of female gorillas.
Everything else is commentary, even his narcissism, because that, too, is based on his need to dominate, to always be number one (or number zero, as it comes earlier!).
That is why he makes rude faces at China, and that is why he publicly yells at every comedy skit that makes fun of him.
And that is why he likes Putin. Trump's idea of foreign policy is for every country to be run by their own silverback gorilla, as a dictator. Then the dictators can nuke it out with each other.
Democracy doesn't enter those calculations, public debate doesn't enter those calculations, the US Constitution doesn't matter much.
The die-hard Trump base knows what Trump wants, and they want it, too. They want a stern daddy gorilla to go and beat up all those other gorillas they don't like. It is utterly immaterial what it might cost the Trump-supporters themselves in lost Social Security or Medicare or earnings.
When Trump told them that he was going to lock Hillary Clinton up, they cheered. When he now tells them that locking her up was just a campaign joke, they cheer.
Why the non-stop cheering? Because Trump stays on top in both examples! Whatever he says goes, and that is what the base loves.
If you accept my pseudo-psychological interpretation, you can also see why Trump treats minorities and women they way he does. Minority men are not seen as members of his gorilla tribe. They are a threat. And women are resources over which silverback gorillas fight. Their value is based on their fuckability.
The rabid base is mostly comfortable with that, because it's the only interpretation that makes sense to them within that dominance framework.