I have written extensively about Donald Trump. And my writing has been consistently negative. No out of spite, but because I object strenuously with his style of politics – one that divides rather than builds for the future. And of course, there is the corruption, con job, and incompetence. And his like for authoritarians.
I have speculated that when you boil it all down, Trump isn’t all quite there. He has difficulty seeing reality,, and instead, lives in his own fantasy world. In other words, he is delusional. His mania is not just an act. He really believes the shit he says.
So if he is delusional, where are we likely to go now? We have historical examples of deluded leaders. And from those examples, we can see a pattern when the deluded leaders are presented evidence of their delusions. They tend to reject the evidence and retreat back into their fantasy world. That makes them even worse leaders than they were before. Think, for example, of Henry VIII in his later years, or Hitler in his bunker.
It has been written that the midterms presented Trump with that type of reality sandwich. He really thought that he would “win”. That his influence would prevent the “blue wave”, or at least if it did not, he could blame candidates who were not sufficiently loyal to him. Instead, his candidates lost. The republican party lost the House. As I said, that was a reality sandwich. And now that it has happened, Trump will be confronted with the consequences — the democratically controlled House will impose oversight of his administration.
Trump did appear to freak out after the mederms, immediately firing Sessions and then showing his best pouting five year old act on his Europe trip. Now, of all hings, we get a weird story that he is doubting Mike Pence’s loyalty. Are these signals that the dude is retreating further into his bizarro fantasy world? We will know if Trump comes out with a new grandiose strategy to bounce back.
Such as? Hmmm … a foreign policy breakthrough? The North Koreans are not being very cooperative. The trade war with China is not getting the US anywhere. Syria? Too complicated and not important enough. And then there is the Saudi problem. Trump seems destined to be tarnished by whatever happens with the crown prince. In other words, no easy wins. Hmmm … domestic policy? The border wall will go nowhere. The army has already been sent to Texas. Given the ballooning deficit caused by the last round of tax cuts for the rich, more tax cuts are off the table. Repeal Obamacare? That didn’t happen even when the Republicans controlled the House.
It scares me to say this, but Trump may think the only big play he can make is to try to pull out of NATO. Based on what he has said over the past years, that is an idea he likes. And it is novel, and very big. Will he make the case that the US has had enough of European freeloaders in NATO? If Trump does come out with this, I do not think it would fly. But it would be further evidence of his delusional problem.
Stay tuned. This might get ugly very soon.