As the press and the broadcast media focus on Trump’s repulsive behaviors, they are completely missing Trump’s weakness.
Donald Trump’s Dishonesties
Donald Trump is a draft-dodger, a racketeer, a thief, a national traitor, a cheapskate, a foulmouthed heel, a womanizer, an unrepentant cheater on his wives and his children, and unquestionably, a narcissist.
Unfortunately, as President of the United States, he is also the most powerful man in the world.
So for many thinking people, Trump is one of the most dangerous people on the planet today. But that is exactly the problem: most of his followers aren’t thinking. Trump’s faults are ubiquitous, but his supporters wave them away, ignore them, or call them “fake news.”
The Media’s Mistake
Which is why I’m so puzzled by the response of the news media to Trump. The press and the broadcasters keep hammering at his flaws, assuming that his followers will turn against him. He is a horrible man, and the assumption is that, no one would follow a horrible man.
Or maybe insanity is simply saying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. In that case, both sides are insane. Trump’s supporters keep saying he is a great man, expecting the rest of us to agree with them; and the media keeps pointing out that Trump is an odious threat, expecting his supporters to agree with the media
Understanding Donald Trump
Trump is not hard to understand, and he is not necessarily hard to defeat; but we have to be intelligent, and analytical. We need stop assuming that the other side is just like us. We need to think more objectively about the problem than Trump’s supporters do.
The key to Trump’s weakness is understanding the co-dependency between the despot and the authoritarian personalities who follow him. Throughout the history of the world, and up until just the last few decades, life was a constant struggle. Most living things in history, including people, did not survive. From the advent of civilization until 1776, the best chance for survival was to attach one’s self and one’s family to the strongest man around.
That why Trump’s followers don’t care that he is a grubby louse; they believe he is strong. They believe that he can protect them.
They can’t see Trump’s weakness. So to break the bond between Trump and his supporters, we do not need to convince them he is a crook. We need to focus on Trump’s weakness to convince them that he is feeble, and a coward.
Trump’s weakness is not a very hard sell. Look at the opening paragraph. Strong men serve their country, weak men shirk their military obligations. Strong men earn their money through long hours of hard work and honest labor, weak men steal it. Strong men win elections by convincing people of their skill and capabilities, weak men suborn treason by enlisting our sworn enemies to swing the vote. Strong men care for their wives and their families, weak men cheat on their families, and use them to further their criminal enterprises.
Strong Men, Weak Men
Strong men take responsibility for their actions; weak men blame others. Strong men are intelligent men. Only weak men hide behind obscenities and insults when confronted with criticism.
And only weak men crave constant, fawning attention.
So one possible solution is to find people whom Trump’s supporters admire, as much or more than they do Trump, and make the differences sharp. Trump’s weaknesses will be sharply outlined when he is compared to strong men.
Donald J. Trump’s weakness is everywhere: he is a pathetic, sad, weak little man. And once his supporters see that, they will quickly abandon him.
These insights are further explored in my book, Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation, available from the University of Louisiana Press and Amazon.
Graphic courtesy of Maret Hosemann.