I’ve been making a real effort these days to broaden and deepen my outlook on certain things that I think are important in life.
This is probably something that a lot of us should do if we want our understanding of those things to grow.
Anybody who knows me understands that I have been very troubled by the fact that Donald Trump is now playing the role of the president in a new sitcom called Make America Great Again.
For a long time I have been attacking him by calling him all kinds of things from manipulator to con man to sexist pig to anti=Semitic to racist…you know, the whole gamut of defamatory descriptors.
But tonight I saw a very interesting interview on CNN with a guy named John McWhorter, who is an American linguist, who makes determinations on peoples’ characters based on the language that they use, why they use it and what they are trying to achieve through the use of it.
He has a very interesting take on Donald Trump which, when he laid it out in the logical way that disciplined and extremely well-educated people have of doing, really opened my eyes.
The McWhorter View
In a nutshell, Mr McWhorter believes, and this makes real sense to me, that Donald Trump is essentially nothing more than a fairly typical self-centred adolescent. That everything he says is all, and I emphasize the all, about making himself look good.
Trump is trapped inside the prison of his own ego. The overriding objective of every decision that he makes is simply to make himself look good, or appear right, or appear not to be at fault or otherwise culpable for anything. Period.
What this means is that he is much, much more simplistic in his view of the world than I ever thought he was, because, that view does not extend beyond his view of himself.
So giving him credit for anything beyond that, such as assuming that his decisions are based on what’s good for the American people, his Republican party, any special interests that may be looking to him for influence, or any of the aspect of being in charge of the most powerful country in the world, is simply a case of not understanding his true nature.
After I heard this interview, which kind of smacked me upside the head, I sat back for quite a while and reflected on the sheer perfect logic of all of this. And I realized that all this time, I had been thinking about Trump all wrong.
I gave him credit for being conniving, conspiratorial, manipulative and even, in some instances clever. But I was completely out to lunch.
Donald Trump is a simpleton. He has the intellect of a totally self-absorbed, entitled 12 year old, with a vocabulary to match.
In the CNN interview, Mr McWhorter cited an excellent example of a situation where this simple-minded narcissism was obvious.
In regard to the affairs Trump had with porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate, Karen McDougal, a real adult would have admitted this, owned it and dealt with it, and it would have been disposed of very quickly.
However, the adolescent Trump chose not to do that. In fact, he is currently denying that he ever had affairs with these women. He is also alleging that they are both lying, despite the fact that Daniels took and passed a polygraph. LOL.
Because he is a narcissistic simpleton, he cannot be seen as wrong. He cannot be seen as having made a mistake, like having an affair with a porn star while his wife was home with a baby. He cannot be seen as admitting to anything that could possibly damage his self-image.
And though it was a hell of a thing to finally get my head around, what’s even heavier than that is just how bad this could eventually be for the American people.
Trump’s voter core have demonstrated that they don’t really care about what they consider to be ‘minor’ character flaws, this self-obsessed simplistic nature makes him very easy prey for those who would benefit from manipulating him, like Vladimir Putin or Kim Jung Un or well just about anybody.
Now I have been dancing around this notion for a while now, but the interview with Mr McWhorter really brought it home to me in concrete terms.
So I would like to take this opportunity to officially to apologize to Donald Trump.
A Big Step Forward For Yours Truly
Dear sir, or your Eminence,
I am profoundly sorry that I have so blatantly overestimated you in the past and that I have, in my ignorance, given you credit for a degree of mental faculty you simply do not possess.
I apologize profusely for having considered your displays of racism, sexism, bigotry and Islamaphobia, to name but a few, to be something you were doing consciously because of deep and long-held prejudices, when in fact they were simply acts of self-aggrandizement to extract adoration out of your political base or intellectual peer group.
I have to tell you that I have seen the error of my ways, and pledge, from now on, to refer to you only as Simpleton Don, and be very careful not to give you any more credit than that for your self-centered actions.
I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me for all the abuseI have heaped on you in the past. And going forward, I solemnly promise to take care to point out that any lies and treachery you create in the future will be adequately rationalized and written off to your arrested intellectual development.
PS: Here’s a clip of Mr McWhorter doing his thing. https://tinyurl.com/ybzbqdhn
Have a great weekend. jim out.
Jim Murray is an experienced advertising and marketing professional. He is a communication strategist, writer, art director, broadcast producer, mildly opinionated op/ed blogger & beBee Brand Ambassador.
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