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

  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...

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Donald Trump’s most hateful falsehood?

  One night in November of 2015, four months after announcing his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump was delivering one of his typically disjointed and rambling speeches at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., when he touched upon the subject of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In support of his argument that there are lots of terrorist sympathizers in America, Trump said he saw “thousands” of New Jerseyans celebrating after the attacks of 9/11. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” Trump...

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Good evidence that Trump has a mental problem

  The 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency arrives this coming Saturday, as you probably know  — and it’s driving him crazy. When it became clear recently that the 100-day landmark likely would arrive without Trump having kept most of the promises he made last October in his Contract with the American Voter, he pretended that no such pledges were made. He called the 100-day gauge a “ridiculous standard.” He denied authorship of the so-called contract. He said it was the work of a nameless...

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Mathematical quandary in Trump’s poll numbers

  A friend of mine called this morning with a few questions regarding President Trump’s low approval ratings in the latest polls. If only 2 percent of Trump supporters say they regret having voted for him, the guy asked, how can it be that 40 percent of Americans disapprove of his performance as president? His meager approval numbers suggest that more people would be sorry that they ever supported him in the first place, wouldn’t they? Good questions. And here are the answers: For starters, Trump won in the Electoral College,...

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President Trump’s first patriotic season is almost at hand

  As long-time readers of this blog might attest, patriotism is one of the subjects I most frequently deal with here. The reason is simple: Few issues are as fraught with emotion and hypocrisy, both of which are grist for my mill. This year’s summer season of patriotic fervor will be the first since Donald Trump became our president. The situation in the White House makes us a more sharply divided people these days. It’ll be interesting to see how this disunity will effect popular measures of patriotism throughout the...

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