What To Do When King Donald Goes Mad

By Dr David Laing Dawson

In November of 2016 I wrote the piece that follows. Predictions for the Trump Presidency. As Donald himself might say, “Who knew impeachment was so complicated?” So, I got that wrong. It will be a long and messy process. If only they had a parliamentary system and could simply call for a vote of non-confidence.

And I did not guess the extent to which Trump would  incriminate himself with both his careless tweets and his loose boastful talk in both the Russia affair and the obstruction of investigation into the Russia affair.

Other than that though, my predictions are depressingly accurate. And I still think the danger for the U. S. of A. and the rest of the world is that Donald Trump, unlike Nixon, will not go gentle into that good night. The sane and rational leaders of America need a plan. As the bad news mounts; when Trump’s counter attacks and deflections begin to fail; when he is cornered, he will lash out. They must make sure he cannot bring the temple down.

Predictions for the Trump Presidency

By Dr David Laing Dawson (Nov. 24, 2016)

The good news:

Donald Trump has neither the knowledge nor patience to figure out how to repeal parts of Obamacare, renegotiate NAFTA, build a great wall, prosecute Hillary, create the mechanisms to actually find and deport 3 million immigrants, or even change the tax system.

He won’t interfere much with climate change accords, because he doesn’t really care one way or the other and this is also a very complicated endeavor. He will continue to contradict himself from day to day, responding to his immediate impulses and his (I must admit) well honed intuitions about his public.

He can interfere with the TPP because all he has to say is, “Not gonna do it.” China can take the lead and a trade deal will be struck with all countries on the Pacific excluding the USA. I have no idea what that means for the USA or Canada.

Anything that requires a great deal of work, attention to detail, building a consensus, formulating a complex plan, he will not do.

The bad news:

Within a few weeks of his presidency Donald Trump will manage to mix his business dealings, his self-aggrandizement, and his petty peeves with his presidency, with his representation of the people of the United States, to such a degree that the democrats and a few republicans will start an impeachment process. In the ensuing hearings his business dealings around the world and at home will be exposed. He will respond with anger and outrageous accusations. This will convince others to support the impeachment.

As it becomes clear that Donald J. Trump will be successfully impeached he will become a raging bull. He will not simply announce, “I am not a crook.” and board the helicopter in disgrace. He will rage. He will suffer an extreme blow to his narcissism. He will rage and lash out.

This will fuel the racist fires at home and cause great anxiety abroad. He could well bring the temple down.

Sane American leaders need to be thinking about a contingency plan.

Perhaps the fully sane leaders of the rest of the world could form a club and plan a contingency of their own. What to do when King Donald goes mad.

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2 thoughts on “What To Do When King Donald Goes Mad

  1. Well said. Here’s a related story I posted days after the election.
    Trump reminds me of a lesson I was taught in 1973 by prisononers at the then new supermax U.S. Penitentiary, Marion, IL. Dr. Marty Groder, a remarkable psychiatrist, started a small therapeutic community in this modern replacement for Alcatraz, and I attended a week long workshop on “character disorders” given by Dr. Groder and community inmates. They described traits/symptoms of character disorders (I.e., mixed personality disorders: narcissistic and sociopathic), including the “burning the house down” phenomenon. This was exemplified by the story about a young boy who had an extreme sense of entitlement and need for attention who decided to roam his neighborhood looking for mischief. On one Christmas Eve he decided to look into a window of a house where a large family was enjoying a wonderful celebration of good food, music and love. The boy was so jealous of their good cheer he decided to set the house on fire.
    My concern is whether Trump will burn the house down.

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    1. One hopes that those around him have quick enough reflexes to contain irrational behaviour in time. So far those around Trump have not shown much insight about what the potential and likely risks are. Don’t bank on his behaving in the least bit rationally.

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