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MSN: New York Times: March 21, 2017: Why Letting Go, for Trump, Is No Small or Simple Task
The New York Times discusses what Trump is obsessed about and why he can't let go.
1. His aides say Trump is driven by a need to prove his legitimacy as president to the many critics who deem him an unworthy victor citing Hillary Clinton’s three-million-vote win in the popular vote.
2. Fighting back is an important part of the president’s self-image. Trump's two most influential role models in his life preached the need for relentless self-promotion and the waging of total war against anyone perceived as a threat.
Tim O’Brien, author of “TrumpNation" says “He's been doing this kind of thing for the last 45 years....He’s deeply, deeply insecure about how he’s perceived in the world, about whether or not he’s competent and deserves what he’s gotten. There’s an unquenchable thirst for validation and love. That’s why he can never stay quiet, even when it would be wise strategically or emotionally to hold back.”
3. Diversion is an important motive in his ability to change the subject by attacking Obama and floating unsubstantiated theories. In my view, it is consistent with his can artist modus operandi. It defines him.
4. Trump continues to act as he does with Tweets and statements because no one can stop him. The two advisors influential enough to change his behavior, Steve Bannon and Gary Cohen, are mostly disinclined to do so.
None of this should come as a surprise. As many politically astute people predicted last year, the way Donald Trump conducts his campaign is the way he'll conduct his presidency. So far those predictions are holding true. You cannot change the brain of Donald Trump. What you saw then is what we see now...and what we'll all get for the next four years. Get used to it.
Elections have consequences.