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April 14, 2020

The Transmogrification of Donald Trump

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 12:35 pm
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I saw a bit of an interview with Donald Trump from 40 years ago. He was almost demur; he spoke in whole, coherent, well-thought out sentences. He stayed on topic and the topic was something other than himself. When I compare that performance (he seemed to always be performing rather than just being) with his performance in his “news conference” yesterday, it is hard to claim that this version of Donald Trump is the same man.

I think a fair campaign ad for the Democrats would be to alternate clips of Trump speaking in 1980 and in 2020. Anyone who could ignore the onset of dementia that obvious is not going to be convinced that Mr. Trump is not fit for the presidency by any evidence whatsoever. They are evidence proof, which is why his almost total support amongst evangelicals is so obvious. They have been in training to be evidence proof for most of their lives.

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  1. He was a cunt child, and he’s a cunt adult.

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    Comment by john zande — April 14, 2020 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

    • True, but there’s an odd change in his speech patterns from the time of the Central Park 5 forward. He begins to consistently use the language/techniques of cold reading. It’s like that’s the point where he’s giving up having real interactions and resorting to these methods (perhaps as a psychological defence mechanism?)

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      Comment by The Pink Agendist — April 14, 2020 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

      • The man is so crippled with personality disorders he could keep every doctor in Vienna employed and publishing for three-hundred years. He is so horrible, so flawed, so utterly repugnant I really think it’s impossible to identify even a small cluster of psychological/emotional diseases that might explain just how ghoulish he is. He is a colossal gravity well of unpleasantness; an immense pit sucking in and reflecting out every human sickness.

        And should it come as any surprise that this living, breathing pestilence is adored by Evangelical?

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        Comment by john zande — April 14, 2020 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

        • John, why don’t you tell us what you really think?

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          Comment by Nan — April 14, 2020 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

          • Okay *sharpens pencil*

            Have you ever read Nate White’s answer to why Britons hate Trump? It’s delicious.

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            Comment by john zande — April 14, 2020 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

            • Haven’t ever heard of him … or what he said. Link?

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              Comment by Nan — April 14, 2020 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

              • Here you go, link below. It begins (and just keeps getting better):

                A few things spring to mind.

                Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
                For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
                So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

                Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.
                I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

                But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

                http://jobsanger.blogspot.com/2019/02/british-writer-pens-best-description-of.html

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                Comment by john zande — April 14, 2020 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

                • Wham! Bam! and Thank You Nate White for such a totally accurate description of the “Shakespeare of Shit.”

                  Enjoyed that very much, John. Thanks for sharing.

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                  Comment by Nan — April 14, 2020 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

              • You should have seen the editorial by Piers Morgan regarding trump in the Daily Mail this morning. It was absolutely brutal. I loathe the Daily Mail almost as much as I loathe Morgan, but this was worth reading. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8217357/PIERS-MORGAN-America-doesnt-want-King-Trump-petty-Emperor-no-clothes.html

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                Comment by grouchyfarmer — April 14, 2020 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

                • WOW! Quite a write-up! Thanks for sharing.

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                  Comment by Nan — April 15, 2020 @ 11:52 am | Reply

        • As usual, we agree 100%. Could we be brothers of other mothers? Hmmmm.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — April 15, 2020 @ 10:28 am | Reply

      • Cold reading? Can you expand on that? I claim that he is constantly performing and has never been much of a performer and you are referring to a technique. It seems to me he got his playbook form Roy Cohn and has never left it.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — April 15, 2020 @ 10:27 am | Reply

        • He is indeed constantly performing, probably since childhood – but from the period I mention he begins using these linguistic techniques which seem simplistic but are in fact highly effective. He personalises statements to his audience. You, you know what I’m taking about, they’re laughing at ‘us’. Here’s a problem and I’ve got the solution – it’s the best solution and only I have it. Shotgun statements, Barnum statements, recap/repetition. Vagueness to allow for re-framing.
          And when the manipulative patterns don’t work, he pivots to aggression: you’re fake news etc.

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          Comment by The Pink Agendist — April 15, 2020 @ 10:56 am | Reply

          • Excellent observations!

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            Comment by Nan — April 15, 2020 @ 11:41 am | Reply

          • That sure sounds spot on. It would have to be something simple as he doesn’t seem to be able to handle complexity at all well.

            I love Trump’s claim that he “knows the best people.” Just what does that mean. I think it is code to his followers. I think it means “people you would approve of” but I won’t share now because it will cause a firestorm of criticism. Yet, when you look at some of the people he has placed in office, or has nominated for office … if these are the “best people” then there must be a very, very, very small gap between the best and the worst.

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            Comment by Steve Ruis — April 15, 2020 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

            • Quite simple and the religious crowd flock to it because it’s reminiscent of the language used by their pastors.

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              Comment by The Pink Agendist — April 15, 2020 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

              • Can I get an Amen? (I am waiting for Trump to try this!)

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                Comment by Steve Ruis — April 16, 2020 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

    • Sir, you disparage cunts. He was, is, and will always be scum and an evil person … and I do not even believe in the concept of evil.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 15, 2020 @ 10:25 am | Reply

      • A narcissistic sociopath is the closest thing we have to a true monster.

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        Comment by john zande — April 15, 2020 @ 10:38 am | Reply

        • The ancient Greeks would have written about him, for sure.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — April 15, 2020 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  2. The devoted Trumpsters would never notice …

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    Comment by Nan — April 14, 2020 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  3. Do you have a link?

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    Comment by maryplumbago — April 14, 2020 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

    • Unfortunately no. It might have been in a clip advertising the Netflix documentary ‘Dirty Money.”

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 15, 2020 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  4. What bothers me when I listen to him speak is that he delivers every message in the same “I’m so much better than all of you” tone. It doesn’t matter if he’s actually saying that he’s better than someone else (which he does often) or he’s delivering a message that is quite serious and not about him. It’s hard to think of him as anything but disingenuous, even if he’s not meaning to be. He was speaking today about a lack of ventilators in our country and how it was the scariest day of his life. Now, I don’t think anyone believes that he meant that, but if someone else delivered the same exact message (say Obama for example) people might think that a leader actually cares about the rest of us. I don’t know that anyone seriously feels that way about him. He might do things that benefit some, but I think that even those people are appreciative of the help they are receiving and not the man claiming responsibility for that help.

    His facial expressions, mannerisms and delivery take away from anything he says or does that could possibly be considered positive. Some of his policies and decision-making are not all that different than other presidents we’ve had in the past, but his crude comments and his “I’d rather be anywhere than here talking to you people” attitude make him hard to accept. I know that most people have a distrust of politicians, but at least most politicians have the decency to at least pretend they have some sense of compassion.

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    Comment by Ben — April 14, 2020 @ 9:33 pm | Reply


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