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The Mind of Donald Trump

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dan P. Adams, The Atlantic, June 2016: The Mind of Donald Trump

    I read Dan Adams article in the Atlantic at some point in the past. Maybe someone on this website linked to it or maybe it was on Facebook. Anyway, back in June there was so much stuff floating around the internet, much of it hyping the Dems good luck that Republicans would select a baffoon and conman for their candidate. We joked about his candidacy, but didn't really take it seriously. I plead guilty to doing that.

    The Adams article above somehow didn't get much notice at the time. As one who has often referred to the psychological profiles of candidates and their supporters I think it defines Trump exactly. Trump is a classic "authoritarian" idolized by a bunch of authoritarian followers. So spare me any "I told you so's" and just read the article. This is the mind of our president for the next four years. It should be read without any of my "copy and pastes" to influence you.

    So lets keep this discussion on the main points of the article. I promise they will stimulate your mind.

    Thoughts?

  • Independent
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    Schmidt, sorry that is an way too long description of this guy. I need only one word to describe him: "asshole"

    But to elaborate: he's an absolute "ego tripper" who kicks on being cheered and absolutely never will admit any wrongdoing or that he lies. Amen

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- After so many years of interacting with voters and potential voters, having some success but more failures, I have resorted more to understanding their minds as opposed to trying to "change their brains". So I am fascinated by articles and books by psychologists. I've referenced them often in this website, but I also know that it makes for boring reading.

    We both have compared Trump to well known fascist dictators of the past...both in mannerisms and in policies. What I am still pursuing is how much is genetics and how much a person's environment that makes them "assholes".

  • Liberal
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    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
  • Independent
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    pr Wrote: A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
    Schmidt and P.R. yes, I see it also that way. Since I was an negotiator for some large aircraft company's then of course you should have studied peoples backgrounds/body language and what makes them tick. So Schmidt you are right that this is an fascinating element in your daily life. The typical thing in this country is that you immediately see if someone has been "outside" of this country, either studied or worked in other countries; their mind setting is different. Thus the article you published is not "bad" but it won't have any influence on the average American who is set in their ways via the daily "news" or life style. They seldom "observe" people and analyse their "reactions" on things in life or surroundings. An Trump mind is typical for an "wealthy" American who is in love with himself.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Only a Republican President could get away with picking up the phone or blasting social media to directly pressure a company threatening to relocate American jobs abroad. Obama would have been crucified as a Marxist-Socialist by the same people who will cheer Trump for doing the same thing. That's the madness of partisan psychosis.

    As I said in an earlier posting, Trump is an "accident of history." A lot of stuff just went very wrong.

    Trump has the Twitter temperament of Kim Jong-un and his account will hopefully be deactivated when he becomes president simply because it will become a magnet post for attracting threats to the President's life.

  • Independent
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    Carlitos Wrote:

    Only a Republican President could get away with picking up the phone or blasting social media to directly pressure a company threatening to relocate American jobs abroad. Obama would have been crucified as a Marxist-Socialist by the same people who will cheer Trump for doing the same thing. That's the madness of partisan psychosis.

    As I said in an earlier posting, Trump is an "accident of history." A lot of stuff just went very wrong.

    Trump has the Twitter temperament of Kim Jong-un and his account will hopefully be deactivated when he becomes president simply because it will become a magnet post for attracting threats to the President's life.

    Carlitos as I've said in an other thread in Dutch: "hoogmoed komt voor de val" what means someone who thinks he's "god" will always fall flat on his face. Thus just wait and see.
  • Independent
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    Carlitos, I can' emphasize enough on how dangerous this guy is; he has no idea at all about humanity or the rest of the world.

    Anyone who dares to object is torpedoed immediately; he's an pure dictator as the North Korean one; totally in love with himself. The people he elected are there only to elevate him even further because they have already an certain status. He loves people around him who can create "conflicts" so he can save the day (if that is possible and not too late) Sorry to say he's an "mental " patient; his Duck Dynasty doctor should know that, but is nuts himself.

  • Center Left
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    Conflicts of interest. Forgive me if another thread would have been a better fit.

    Huge real estate deal in Istanbul will have Trump branding. An arrest has made profit taking not as easy. Turkey wants the guy extradited to the U.S. but until there were profits to be considered that wasn't going to happen. A prime example of putting a president to work (Rachel Maddow says blackmail) as you show profits could be lost.

    news.groopspeak.com/rachel-maddow-break...

  • Independent
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    Talking over the mind of this guy; I think he's bi-polar, especially if you look at his love position related to Israel; he somehow supports the alt-right as well has Bannon as adviser who is against anything which is not "white" or "Christian" Thus Trump must be bi-polar.
  • Independent
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    I'm totally flabbergasted about the naive way our still in charge "leaders" look at Trump. They've likely never studied the mind of this guy.

    Right now he uses continuously deviation tactics until the inauguration, like the Russian hacking. As long as he can keep that discussion alive than no one, especially the "media" is focused on things about the guy himself. Like I said quite few times "where and when is the "real vetting" done about this idiot"? He'll likely never will show his tax returns, his actually holdings, his property all over the world or partly property, his liens, his debts (for instance millions at Deutsche Bank), all running lawsuits against him, where does he stash his money ( Cayman's?), all interfaces with foreign dealers and wheelers, stocks he owns as well investments in non property things, property returns on investment ( leases, rent etc.) foreign taxes he owes, etc. etc. Until now I've not seen anything at all in the news or from insiders that he has disclosed anything at all . He should disclose all of this before the inauguration under oath; that is my opinion. If not he should not be allowed to become President. Where are the people with "backbone" who will demand such???????? If they ( whoever they are) close their eyes for this than I think that there are even less brains in this country then I already thought.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Bill Gates going to the tower is a big big big deal. Gates is a shrewd conniving ruthless powerhouse. He wastes nothing. He maximizes his return on every venture. The significance of Gates going to the tower is his directive to all his subjects to accept and respect Trump. Or else. Consider all the thousands, millions wanting something from Gates. They are all now Trump advocates. The Gate's message that life is not fair is also a warning to those dependent on Gates. Trump has key support.
  • Center Left
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    I don't fully know about Gate's involvement but I have a feeling that I'm not going to like it.
  • Independent
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    Gate's involvement is peanuts about what he wants and does; he wants to be "emperor" without any restrains, or "control". He said so several times in his campaign,that he by "himself" would do everything to change Washington. Yes he is doing so, and no one puts anything in his way to achieve such. I'm amazed that members on this site don't grasp this yet.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Getting back on topic, I share President Obama's short note about his upcoming farewell address on January 10th:

    "In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.

    "On Tuesday, January 10, I'll go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you, even if you can't be there in person.

    "I'm just beginning to write my remarks. But I'm thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you've changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.

    Since 2009, we've faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That's because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding—our conviction that, together, we can change this country for the better.

    So I hope you'll join me one last time.

    Because, for me, it's always been about you.

    President Barack Obama

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    I inserted the bolding on the you's and we's. This is typical of President Obama in all his statements and addresses. It's always about "we" doing great things and how "you" helped him in the process. Now think about how a President Trump will address his constituents in four years (hopefully no longer). It will all be about what "I" did to make America great...consistent with his "I alone can solve the problems" from his campaign rhetoric. It's about me, me , me and making money when the con man thinks about solving America's problems.

    For Obama it was all about and for "you". For Trump it is all for "me".