Beast-in-Chief Trump

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This is actually real. The man is an idiot.

How about a nice, fat helping of narcissistic rage, to go with your social media consumption? I hear the Trump vineyard produces particularly good vintages; after all, sour grapes make the best whine.

Let’s ignore, for a moment, the glaring obviousness of the fact that Democrats’ complaints, months ago, were centred on the FBI’s release, under Director Comey’s oversight, of documents pertaining to the Hillary Clinton emails investigation, and on the timing of that release, which was widely considered detrimental to her presidential bid. Let’s also ignore the thigh-slappingly apparent reality of the fact that Democrats’ complaints, at the moment, amount to a protest over what are considered evasive manoeuvres on Trump’s part, as it appears Comey may have incriminating evidence against him, getting him fired as a result. Finally, let’s ignore our dawning, wide-eyed speechlessness at how it can be possible to believe the two scenarios bear even the remotest comparison.

Simply put, either Trump is engaging in deliberate, well thought-out obfuscation tactics, which could at least garner him some respect in his mastery of spin, or he actually believes that what he’s saying is true. The extent of the delusion, if the latter is the case, is frightening. For the record, this would probably be referred to as a tu quoque logical fallacy, which typically crops up in deflections of blame or guilt; a type of red herring.

It puts me in mind of something from Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in his novel “The Brothers Karamazov”:

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.

Master manipulator? Or “bestial”, pathological – and worried – liar?

At this rate of entertainment, I’ll be cancelling my Netflix subscription.

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