Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Liberation Of Donald Trump

This article describes the turmoil within the Trump administration created by Trump's unplanned comments about the protests in Charlotteville during his news conference.  Trump had been advised to follow the script at the press conference and to confine his remarks to his infrastructure plan.  His daughter and his son-in-law are both Jewish, and so are several of his top aides.  Neo-Nazi's participated in the protest along with the white supremacists.  They chanted anti-Semitic insults along with their allies among the white supremacists.  Racism and ethnic purity was an essential component of Nazi ideology.  Trump claims that he is not anti-Semitic and one of his defenders supported him by saying that "in his heart he is not anti-Semitic.  That may be true.  However, Trump was extremely bothered by the criticism that he received after his first comments about the protests in Charlotteville. He does not handle criticism well.  The quote below may explain why he deviated from the script that he was supposed to follow:

In contrast, the president told close aides that he felt liberated by his news conference. Aides said he seemed to bask afterward in his remarks, and viewed them as the latest retort to the political establishment that he sees as trying to tame his impulses.
 Impulse control is not consistent with Trump's need to do battle with the "political establishment" that does not give him the respect which he demands. Despite his wealth he was never accepted into the real estate elite in Manhattan as well.  This aligns him with many of his supporters who cherish fantasies and conspiracy theories about those above them.

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