Short Unofficial Profiles of the People Around Trump.

By Dr David Laing Dawson

Sessions: Obsequious little man who hides his hatred beneath an endearing smile and a soft southern drawl. Iago comes to mind. But Donald is not Othello. Think Richard III instead.

Kushner: Unreadable age, temperament and intentions. A Mona Lisa smile. No apparent anxiety, worry, puzzlement, or humour. That degree of control and confidence in what should be overwhelming complex human situations can only be explained by psychopathy. If this were a kingdom and he were next in line for the crown he would be plotting the death of the King already. Perhaps he is.

Bannon: I know this man, but not in a position of power. Intellectually brilliant, alone in his squalid rooming house, paying no attention to hygiene or diet as he pores over history and its many conspiracies, iterations and cycles to arrive at his own nihilistic philosophy in which mankind destroys itself and he can then look upon the rubble knowing that he is close to being a God.

Pence: A child-like belief in God and destiny, so much so that he can forgive the most egregious sins and comfort himself that it must all be part of God’s plan, even if it elevates him to a position for which he is not remotely qualified, and even if it casts him among sinners.

Ivanka: Though perhaps a little smarter than her father and perhaps slightly more empathetic, she has otherwise inherited or absorbed his tone-deaf sense of entitlement. I can hear her say, when told the peasants have no bread, “Let them eat cake.” Or at least, “Tell them to architect their own destiny as I have.”

Tillerman: A blunt and successful force in the business world, he became depressed when confronted by the daunting task of being Secretary of State for a naked emperor. He, alone among the group, realizes he has much to learn about government and nations. He will soon have a crisis of conscience. He knows he is on stage in “The Scottish Play”.

Spicer: Sean is a lost soul approaching the gates of hell. He knows it is too late. Ignominy awaits if he rejects Satan now. Ignominy awaits if he continues on this path. He will one day die the Death of Ivan Illych, tormented by his cowardice and his failure of conscience.

Conway: Kellyanne is Madam Bovary, trading on looks and charm, attaching to the man in the room who is most likely to bring her fame and fortune, luxury and TV time. She will happily say whatever pleases this man, easily convincing herself that truth is an overrated commodity. As her looks fade she will have to trade more on her willingness to flatter and lie. And she knows that when her Lord falls under the knives of impeachment she will be a welcome guest on all the talk shows.

Paul Ryan: A career politician since his days as student council president. The gift of a hollow smile and a brain always calculating the vectors of power. Honesty, ethics, morality, reality all fall beneath the sword of political expedience.  He is something of an Ayn Rand libertarian, which really means, “Let no agency have power, unless it is I.” and “I’m all right Jack; so bugger the rest of you.”

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Short Unofficial Profiles of the People Around Trump.

  1. I was just about onto the cast of characters …l and then you did the list for me. DIck the Turd has gone through a bit of a revision lately I gather, but Shakespeare’s Richard111fits the bill for time being.

    I was taught( in the sixties) that one way of controlling psychopaths was to lock them up together in a small space and then they compete against each other and have to toe certain lines. There is always one more person to manipulate and few of the manipulated seem to be gaining insight. I am still troubled by Donald’s access to the code.

    Mattis and Tillerson better be ready or else.

    Ah to the Scottish play. I still say follow the money. Power!!!!

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  2. One day, I hope Dr. Dawson that you would expand on the topic of psychopathy and how an individual can cope with someone with this attribute. I recognize that I am not qualified to diagnose a person with this disorder, however how can I reason with someone who twists every statement I make into some sort of attack on them, will approach your friends to support something when you have declined interest. Wants to work collaboratively with you until it is not in her best interests to work collaboratively. Talks behind your back, yet is very charming to your face. If friends were not involved in this scenario, it would not matter. But they are. If she does not get agreement from me then she will approach a friend with the same question behind my back to get agreement.
    Are there others who have had similar experiences?

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