What kind of person is Donald J. Trump?

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Kevin Drums asks, we answer:
Kevin Drum asks a good question today. Then too, he asks a dumb question.

Drum reviews the crazy behavior in which Donald J. Trump 1) insists that he won an electoral college "landslide," and 2) insists that he won the popular vote, once you eliminate all the illegal voters.

In the face of that craziness, Drum asks a good question. It's also a fairly dumb question:
DRUM (11/29/16): What kind of person is so unhinged that even though he won a presidential election, he goes nuts when he's reminded that he lost the popular vote and (a) demands that all his minions start writing sycophantic tweets about his historic landslide victory, (b) continues stewing about it anyway and fabricates an allegation of massive voter fraud perpetrated by the Democratic Party, (c) flips out at an anodyne segment from a CNN reporter about his lies, and (d) spends his evening hunched over his smartphone rounding up a motley crew of racists, nutbags, and teenagers to assure him that he's right?

What kind of person does this? And how easy is it to manipulate someone like this? We have a helluva scary four years ahead of us.
"What kind of person is so unhinged" that he engages in stuff like that? As you can probably see, Drum's question contains its own answer.

That said, we'll give two answers of our own:

First and most obviously, a crazy person does things like that. It's time to acknowledge an obvious fact. At least on the face of things, Trump seems to be diagnosable, something like "crazy." He seems to be something like "mentally ill."

That would be our first answer to Drum's question. A crazy person does things like this, and Donald Trump seems to be crazy. What makes this so hard to see?

That said, we promised two answers to Drum's question. Here's our second answer:

"What kind of person" does stuff like that? The kind who would make himself king of the birthers, as Trump did in 2011 in a highly visible way.

At that time, Trump began acting in ways which were visibly crazy. Unfortunately, his crazy conduct closely resembled a great deal of the conduct which had been journalistically "normalized" in the previous twenty-odd years.

Rather plainly, Trump was making up all kinds of shit back in 2011. He even claimed that he had sent investigators to Hawaii—that they couldn't believe the stuff they were learning about Barack Obama.

Our press corps didn't show any sign of knowing how to react to these fabrications, or even of wanting to. Truth to tell, the press corps had been engaged in similar conduct for several decades at that point. Our press corps had sunk itself in the culture of Trumpism long before Trump came along.

Chris Matthews was Trump before Trump. Because of his standing within the guild, everyone agreed that it was OK. To this day, it's still forbidden to discuss the way the mainstream press corps was Trump before Trump. But when Trump made himself king of the birthers, it was pretty much more of the same.

For ourselves, we had seen enough of this mainstream press culture by 1997. At that time, we started building the current site. Eighteen years later, Drum is asking what kind of person does stupid shit like this.

Our final answer: the kind of person with and for whom Drum works! As a group, they were Trump long before Trump. Trump merely upped their game.

Our gatekeepers are now almost totally gone, in the political realm and in the mainstream press. Party bosses can no longer keep the Trumps out. Cronkite and Brinkley were replaced by crazy people like Matthews (circa 1998-2008) and by the rest of the horrible brood.

Christopher Matthews was Donald J. Trump long before Candidate Trump came along. Drum's colleagues wanted to go on his show, and so they averted their gaze.

(David Remnick averted his gaze on Hardball in February 2000. Sixteen years later, Rachel Maddow says that Remnick's "a genius." For the transcript from February 2000, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 4/19/06. Remnick's cowardice in early 2000 explains where we are today.)

Christopher Matthews was Trump before Trump. Rachel Maddow is almost as bad. As liberals, we're unable to see this. We have almost no game.

At one time, a self-adoring hustler like Maddow wouldn't have been allowed on the air. Now she is allowed on the air, and our side thinks she's great. (Believe it or not, she was playing her "sex tape" again last night. It's why she gets mocked as "The Nun.")

Meanwhile, the craziness of Limbaugh and Matthews has been replaced by the craziness of Alex Jones. The crazy Jones is now the person from whom Trump gets his "ideas."

The gatekeepers saved us from ourselves for all those many years. Those gatekeepers are long gone. We've been left to our own devices. As it turns out, we aren't very bright, and we have no skills at all.

"What kind of person is so unhinged" that he does stuff like Trump is doing? Which part of the accurate word "unhinged" can't Drum make himself understand?

15 comments:

  1. "crazy", "nuts" - yes, but "mentally ill" - I'm not a shrink but I don't think so.

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    1. Perhaps Trump is not psychotic. However, he definitely displays many dysfunctional and sociopathic symptoms. He is corrupt, a con man, he lies constantly, he displays narcissistic personality disorders (exaggerated feelings of self importance, a need for admiration, lack of empathy). Yes, I'd say he is mentally ill.

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    2. Narcissism and psychopathy are not disorders unless they cause the individual or people around him significant distress. Hard to say that is true for Trump.

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  2. One of the criteria for assessing whether someone is mentally ill or not is their ability to function in the real world. Because Trump lives in such a distorted environment, his behavior is tolerated, even indulged, so behavior that would be dysfunctional in someone else are not a liability for him.

    A shrink wouldn't diagnose him without meeting with him face-to-face, at length. That isn't going to happen. But I think it is fair to say his behavior is very abnormal because we can observe what he says and does and compare it to what is usual for politicians and former presidents, and other human beings for that matter. You don't have to be a shrink for that.

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  3. Note that pretty much all of Trump's "crazy behavior" is only "crazy" words. His actual deeds as President so far: interviewing Cabinet candidates, choosing who to nominate, etc. are ordinary and sane.

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    1. It is not sane to appoint people with no experience to responsible positions.

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    2. David most of a President's deeds are words. Also he is not yet President. His actions so far may not be a manifestation of mental illness, but clearly show he is crooked.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/opinion/why-corruption-matters.html

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    3. Anon 8:52 -- I have cousins who follow leftist publications and put on Facebook lists purporting to show the lack of experience of Trump's nominees. These lists are boloney. They make the nominees look bad by omitting or misrepresenting all the good in their backgrounds. In fact, all his nominees have experience. Perhaps the nominee most attacked for supposed lack of experience is Betsy DeVos, who has never taught. But, she does have experience in education policy.

      Anon 8:52 -- When you look at a President's words, how do you distinguish "crazy" from "ordinary political lies." E.g., are Obama's 3 big ObamaCare lies* "crazy" or "ordinary policical lies"?

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    4. Dave the Guitar PlayerNovember 30, 2016 at 12:43 PM

      Everything Betsy DeVos knows about education she learned by reading blogs. Having an opinion and using your position and wealth to spread your opinions around is *not* the same as experience. In this case, Bob would be a better nominee.

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    1) Love Spells
    2) Lost Love Spells
    3) Divorce Spells
    4) Marriage Spells
    5) Binding Spell.
    6) Breakup Spells
    7) Banish a past Lover
    8.) You want to be promoted in your office
    9) want to satisfy your lover
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    not proud of, especially since he has a girlfriend. Not to mention that she’s a girl he dated off and on for 3 years before he dated me.
    When I asked him why he kept sleeping with me even though he was in a relationship, his response was because I wanted it, and he wants me to be happy. But obviously what would make me happy would be to have him all to myself. That was when i read about dr alexzander on how he help people in saving their relationship and i was really despirate for his help. There were things in our relationship that were tough. We traveled for 4 months right in the beginning, and it was hard due to different expectations. When we returned our living situation was unstable which caused a lot of stress on my end. And when I ask why he didn’t give me a chance to make things better he said he gave
    me tons of chances. Oh, and he compared our relationship with his past. He says that things were great, and then they went bad really fast, and thats why his back with his ex. Because it at least took them years for things to get that bad. So i was very sad and disappointing and decided to contact this spell caster for help with tears running out of my
    eyes and Dr alexzander promised to make things right in my relationship and also assured me that my boyfriend is going to come back to me within 78hrs. At first i was shock and didnt believe him because i thought it was impossible to do. But i gave it a try and trusted him. Dr alexzander asked for my details and his, then guarantee me of his return. Truely my ex lover started calling me and also begging me to forgive him and that's his willing to give us a second chance, then promised me never to love any other woman apart from me. it all seem like a miracle to me till now. Dr alexzander. Words can't express how i feel right now. it been 2 month now since you casted that love spell for me and
    nothing have gone bad between us. his now caring more than ever and also the loving kind of Man i have ever wanted for myself in life. I thank you Dr alexzander for saving my relationship. Indeed you are the best. I want to use this media to share my testimony for the whole world to see and know that there is still hope in your broken relationship, No matter how bad it seems don't give up hope and also contact this man who saved my own. you can reach him through his website address http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com or contact him direct with his email address alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com. I thank you dr alexzander for helping me and i will always share my testimony in every social media or place i may go to.
    (From United State Of America).
    Mrs Tracy Grilli.!
    https://tracygrilli.blogspot.com.tr

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