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Funniest thing about Trump is that he’s self-deluded

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After nearly  two years of intense study of Donald Trump’s peculiar personality, I’ve come to the conclusion that he suffers from profound self-delusion. He tells himself lies — and he actually believes them.

If the mathematical equation that 2 plus 2 equals 4 doesn’t suit Trump’s narcissism, he’ll deny that it’s true. He’ll argue that somebody’s playing dirty tricks with the numbers.

The funny thing about Trump’s self-delusion is that it prompts him to play the victim even when logic suggests otherwise. For example, he can’t accept the fact that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by a record-high margin. So he blames it on voter fraud. There’s no evidence to support that claim, but he believes it. He wants an investigation to prove his point, but none has been formally undertaken. Even most Republican politicians dismiss his claim as hooey.

Trump has deluded himself even on the size of his victory in the Electoral College.

At a news conference back in February, Trump claimed that he received more electoral votes than any other presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan. That wasn’t even close to true. Barack Obama twice got more electoral votes. So did Bill Clinton. Even George W. Bush got more electoral votes when he won his second term.

When a reporter challenged Trump on the matter, he said his claim was based on information he had received from somebody or other, some nameless person. It seemed not to occur to him that the true facts are available to anyone who bothers to look for them. Indeed, it never seems to occur to him that his false claims about so many matters are easily refutable. He’s only interested in whether his version of the facts feed his ego.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that it would be easy to keep even the most outlandish of  his promises. Building a wall and making Mexico pay for it? Easy. Ridding America of all its undocumented immigrants? Easy. Everything would be easy for the great Donald J. Trump. But when he actually became president, Trump had to admit that the job sometimes was not nearly as easy as he expected. That’s as close as he’s ever come to public;y acknowledging that the presidency is a big challenge.

This is a man who doesn’t read many books and knows precious little about American history. Indeed, whenever he’s raised the subject of history, he’s usually only made a fool of himself. Witness his recent comments about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War.

One night a few weeks ago, I had dinner with an old friend who surprised me by arguing that Trump is not as stupid as I say. “He was smart enough to win the election, wasn’t he?” my friend said. My answer was that the American public was dumb enough and lazy enough to allow him to win — and that he still lost the popular tally by nearly 3 million votes. If you could jigger the numbers a little in several states, I said, Hillary would have won.

In the final analysis, a man as narcissistic, self-deluded and intellectually ungifted as Donald Trump can never be said to be smart, at least not in terms of presidential politics.

I’m still convinced that Trump will not serve out a full term as president, and I look forward to hearing him explain his failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Wilson

    Well humm sorry,
    I think they are all delusional and liars they are politicians as well as narcissistic.
    “If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.”
    “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.”
    “We’re going to lower your premiums by up to $2500 per family per year.”
    “No family making less than $250,000 a year will see their taxes increase.”
    “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits, now or in the future.”
    http://www.politifact.com/personalities/barack-obama/statements/byruling/false/

  2. Pat, “True Facts” is an unnecessary, superfluous redundancy!

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