When I am wrong about something, I like to admit it fairly and squarely,then go eat some humble pie. So let me just admit I was wrong on one thing I found odd about Trump – I wondered if he even bothers to shake hands with his supporters at his rallies. I had read in one of his books that he does not like to shake hands and I hadn’t noticed him shaking hands with them on TV reports of his rallies. Some people, who say they went to a Trump rally, informed me he does spend time, one said he spent like 20 minutes after the rally, shaking hands. I was also informed all of his rallies are online for all to see it there. Alas, I don’t have the strength to sit through hours of video of Trump rallies, so I will just accept that I was wrong on that point, without seeing it for myself.
Being wrong on one point doesn’t make me wrong on the general failings of Trump’s character, which are well-documented and which don’t bode well for him as the standard-bearer to lead America in this perilous time. Many hail Trump’s massive successes, while ignoring his glaring personal character weaknesses, content to see his “winning” as everything, with no concern for how he got there. For a clearer explanation of the character issuses, Patricia McCarthy at The American Thinker, wrote, Through the looking glass darkly, astutely diagnosing the malady – situational ethics in action by a person with serious narcissistic personality disorder. She lists the Trump issues:
- Bullying – Any systematic action of hurting a person from a position of relative physical, social, economic, or emotional strength
- False Accusations – Patterns of unwarranted or exaggerated criticism directed towards someone else
- Frivolous Litigation – The use of unmerited legal proceedings to hurt, harass, or gain an economic advantage over an individual or organization
- Impulsiveness – The tendency to act or speak based on current feelings rather than logical reasoning
- Self-Aggrandizement – A pattern of pompous behavior, boasting, narcissism, or competitiveness designed to create an appearance of superiority
- Targeted Humor, Mocking and Sarcasm – Any sustained pattern of joking, sarcasm or mockery which is designed to reduce another individual’s reputation in their own eyes or in the eyes of others
- Belittling, Condescending, and Patronizing – This kind of speech is a passive-aggressive approach to giving someone a verbal putdown while maintaining a facade of reasonableness or friendliness.
Many of his supporters cheer and champion Trump’s willingness to stamp out political correctness, excusing the obvious excesses, where he’s exhibited the traits listed above and gone way beyond the boundaries of good manners and civil behavior. The video posted here yesterday, where he got carried away bragging and stated he could shoot someone and his supporters would still support him serves as a shining example. His supporters will dismiss this as a “joke”, but really is this the sort of “joke” you want the leader of the free world to spout off, just to stir up a crowd? He could be the richest person in the world and I will not follow him ever. Early on, the bullying and impulsive outbursts alarmed me, then the endless attacks on anyone whom he felt didn’t treat him “fairly”, on to the vulgarity , but most of all, the way in which he so deliberately slimes people, dumping the dirt he pulls out of his fancy suit pockets, throwing it into the public arena to publicly denigrate other people, then he pretends he’s only speaking “the truth” or often he plays innocent, as if he is merely repeating what other people are saying.
At the end of the day, we need a strong, competent leader, but the last thing America needs, to unite our great nation, is a toxic leader. I worked for a a man whom I considered the most toxic leader I had ever encountered. In my small, insulated life, here again, being probably a freak in America, as I do not watch reality TV, I’d never paid attention to Donald Trump. Now that he might be America’s next President, makes it imperative to analyze him and assess his strengths and weaknesses. His most touted strengths, in his own words, rest on he’s very rich and he knows how to make great deals.
It’s one thing to lob vicious, underhanded attack on political opponents, it’s quite another watching an attack on ordinary, powerless people, all in pursuit of closing those great deals. Politics assuredly remains a mud-wrestling by pigs endeavor. Fine, politics is a tough business, an arena where the meek need not enter, however for any who believe Donald Trump is a champion of the little people, here’s a view from across the pond, a 2009 Scottish view, where one of the little people got in the way of Trump, doing what he does best, making “great deals.