It seems only a yesteryear in media coverage of Donald J. Trump (a time in which in return for higher ratings for cable networks, the GOP presidential candidate received the equivalent of millions in free media advertising) that Mr. Trump was considered not only a viable candidate for office, but a qualified one.
Mr. Trump is not anything if not media savvy, but he does seem to suffer from something.
Der Siegel believes it washnsinn or madness. Anonymous medical experts have suggested a spectrum of disorders including borderline personality disorder, narcissism and histrionic personality. If so, it is likely that Mr. Trump’s ego is overriding decency and discipline.
Disorders in the area of personality are quite difficult to treat and are not curable, in the medical sense. Typically management of behaviors and tendencies is the primary goal versus a tablet which magically cures the ailment.
Ego-centricity creates an automated response in individuals: one simply cannot argue with someone whose singular goal is to receive an immediate sense of reward by releasing the angst he or she feels is causing the problem. For Mr. Trump, ’tis his nature.
“Blame me not,” said the scorpion, in a supplicatory tone, “it is not my fault; it is that of my nature; it is a constitutional habit I have of stinging.”
There will be challenges to ideas which Mr. Trump proposes and to beliefs he espouses.
As some settle into a a presumptive comfort with the idea that Mr. Trump is not likely to win the presidency, the only other rational thing to do between now and November is to view the whole mess of it as theater: to observe Mr. Trump not as a viable candidate, but as skilled entertainer; and, to watch the escalation of his tantrums as more media turns.
1 John Malcolm, Sketches of Persia, from the Journals of a Traveller in the East, London 1827, Chapter XIV, p. 3.