June 2017

Has Donald Trump Lost His Bloody Mind?

by Pitt Griffin on June 30, 2017 · 2 comments

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Donald Trump has an obsession with women bleeding – from Megyn Kelly “There was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her … whatever”. To his recent Twitter foray against the ‘Morning Joe’ co-host, Mika Brezinski, “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift”.

What does it signify? Who knows? Let the psychiatrists rule on it. But it is surely the sign of a stunted man with an ill-developed ability to navigate society. It talks to the brute, the primitive, what Freud called the “id”. It jibes with Trump’s incoherence, his inability to formulate sophisticated thoughts – and his grunting, knuckle-dragging, chest thumping. He exhibits the mindlessness of the beast. Shakespeare imagined him as Caliban.

And yet he has a strange appeal to some. Although, not to the ones he wishes. He imagines himself a businessman nonpareil, but cannot impress the real tycoons. He makes much of his money. But his true worth is opaque – and significantly less than his fantastical claims. Mike Bloomberg – a seriously rich man, with no need to lie about it – put it well, “the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy”.

So who are his fans?  In the popular imagination, they are ill-educated louts, thoughtless in their adoration of the rich man who thumbs the establishment in the eye. White, working-class, self-admiring patriots, with deep-rooted racism and expansive xenophobia. True. But they also number middle-class desk jockeys and small business owners who feel they don’t count as they believe they should.

They needed a reason to explain why they aren’t where they thought they were destined to be. And Trump offers a fountain of reasons for their unfair lot in life. Whether that cause be elitist liberals, who care only about everybody besides them. Or the swamp denizens in DC, who rig the game. Or the regulations and trade deals that advantage domestic do-gooders and foreign wealth-grabbers – but leave real Americans in the dust.

In Trump, they saw a man with the energy and smarts to sweep their enemies away. In his crudeness, they saw the hammer that would smash the PC chains that restrained them. Every vile and base tweet is just more confirmation that he hasn’t been emasculated by the powers that be.

Their hero is waging war against the ‘deep state’ – and in that desperate struggle, an occasional misogyny is excusable. They dismiss his lack of politesse as he is their ‘outsider’, unfamiliar with the way things ‘work’ in Washington.

But it is all a house of cards. Trump is no knight in tarnished armor. He may well be fighting a despicable and unhinged battle – but he is fighting it for himself. He cares no more about his fans than he does for the women he so sanguinely diminishes. And his language surely raises legitimate questions about his sanity.


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