Trump’s grandiosity.

by Dr. David Laing Dawson

I have been watching too much CNN. I must control this new addiction. It is bad enough to find oneself compelled to watch a train wreck or a car accident, to have to slow down and gawk, but now I’m following the ambulances into the ER and waiting to hear the pronouncements of the doctors and nurses and next of kin.

Each evening several panels comprised of both political persuasions dissect the president’s tweets and statements, seeking substance, direction, and meaning, seeking precedent for his personal attacks, sometimes deftly skipping past his actual words to re-frame and reword the proclamation in question. They are often concerned about the political advantage or disadvantage his words might have. As George Orwell and Mark Twain and others have told us, when the outrageous lie becomes commonplace it loses its ability to outrage us. It becomes “strong opinion”. It may even become “alternative fact”.

But none of these panelists seem to pay attention to a part of Donald Trump’s speech that I think they should. Perhaps they need a linguist on one of their panels. Like a child
Trump calls the judge a “so-called judge”; like an envious teenager he revels in the low ratings of Arnold Schwartzenegger; he demonstrates every day he has no boundaries, personal, professional, or ethical.

But this is the kind of sentence I find most frightening:

“I comprehend very well, better than I think almost anybody.”

Without irony or a wink he begins to tell us that he comprehends better than anybody, that he is smarter than everybody else. Then as he is forming the words he catches a glimpse of how this will sound to others, and he squeezes in the phrase, “I think almost”.

He did the same when he said, “I am very smart.” He squeezed in the word “like” to soften the statement a tad, even if it ended up sounding adolescent.

I can analyze this as a grandiosity that is really an over-compensation for insecurity, but it is, nonetheless, grandiosity: A belief in his own powers, in this case his intellectual powers, that far exceeds reality.

As President Kirkman said last season: “There is nothing more dangerous than a pawn that thinks it’s a queen.”

It is this grandiosity that will bring down the house, or some day implode in rage.

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2 thoughts on “Trump’s grandiosity.

  1. Exactly. I have also watched too much CNN . But one of the big problems is that few of his elected foolish followers can see the dangerous puffery. TPeople have been put in straight jackets for less than what Trump is serving up. he new Attorney general is obsequious beyond belief. And pence follows along with the same script. Clearly as they used to say in the army” bullshit baffles brains ” I blame some of the republicans who know it all silly yet they are following along. Very self serving . And the world is made more unsafe. It is going to take a miracle to make America and the rest of us safe again

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  2. Whether the courts have ruled to slow things down.WE the people of the world are not out of the woods yet. The only hope is the whole team will get tangled in their own web and refrain from the ultimate . I have just heard the female SaturdayN live person take off S Spicer. It is even funnier when one just hears it rather than sees it. But fun only brings short term relief. He comprehends a lot less than most people alas!

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