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Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:31 AM

Donald Trump Is a Broken Man

Donald Trump Is a Broken Man
The Atlantic, 7/21/2020, Peter Wehner

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At the conclusion of the interview, Wallace asked Trump how he will regard his years as president.

“I think I was very unfairly treated,” Trump responded. “From before I even won, I was under investigation by a bunch of thieves, crooks. It was an illegal investigation.”

When Wallace interrupted, trying to get Trump to focus on the positive achievements of his presidency—“What about the good parts, sir?”—Trump brushed the question aside, responding, “Russia, Russia, Russia.” The president then complained about the Flynn investigation, the “Russia hoax,” the “Mueller scam” and the recusal by his then-attorney general, Jeff Sessions. (“Now I feel good, because he lost overwhelmingly in the great state of Alabama,” Trump said about the first senator to endorse him in the 2016 Republican primary.)

Donald Trump is a psychologically broken, embittered, and deeply unhappy man. He is so gripped by his grievances, such a prisoner of his resentments, that even the most benevolent question from an interviewer—what good parts of your presidency would you like to be remembered for?—triggered a gusher of discontent.


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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:34 AM

1. He always has been. Nt

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:46 AM

7. +1. We knew early 2016 if not before. Now w Mary Trump we understand how he broke: monster father.nt

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:46 PM

15. He defines The Dunning Kruger Effect

trump has no cognitive awareness...he self interprets his incompetence and stupidity as "stable genius"...and because he is a hate filled paranoid narcissistic sociopath he rages at what he perceives as the hordes of enemies determined to destroy him (Democrats) ..and those lesser beings blind to his magnificence (blacks/hispanics/jews/muslims/Native Americans/asians/the poor/the disabled)...he's not a complicated man..there are no layers to him...he's a malignant stain....

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:35 AM

2. broken things need to fixed or dumped

since he can't be and isn't worth fixing, he needs to be dumped. broken things can be dangerous and fuck up other working things. they need to be taken out of service quickly!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:35 AM

3. ' . . . a prisoner of his resentments'

'Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.' - Carrie Fisher

[traitortrump is a serious prisoner, drinking his own poison, it seems].

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Response to empedocles (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:39 AM

5. I can imagine the psychic torment this man suffers under

But I don't feel sorry for him.

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Response to teach1st (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:42 AM

6. ' . . . and physical torments, which may be a product of trump's sick life'

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Response to empedocles (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:19 PM

11. Oh, that was Carrie Fisher?

I've always loved that quote.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 04:31 AM

17. Brainyquote.com says St Augustine said it. You hear it

In 12-step meetings now and then.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 07:49 AM

18. Ah, thanks!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:37 AM

4. His unprecedented predictability and penchant for grandiosity and self-pity makes

him so easy to manipulate. Yet he's blind to how he's been used. But it also makes him so easy to trigger, and we've begun to use that to our advantage.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:59 AM

8. he IS his dysfunctions.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:03 PM

9. He simply wasn't all there.

He wasn’t a complete human being at all. He was a tiny bit of one, unnaturally developed: something in a bottle, an organ kept alive in a laboratory. I thought he was a sort of primitive savage, but he was something absolutely modern and up-to-date that only this ghastly age could produce. A tiny bit of a man pretending he was whole.

Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:08 PM

10. Further down in the article

In his farewell address to the nation, Reagan offered an evocative description of America. “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it,” he said. “But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”


Every Republican should read that over a couple of dozen times. I did not at all like Reagan, but that is a beautiful sentiment.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:21 PM

12. Reagan was at least smart enough to hire good speechwriters.

Turd has Stephen Goebbels Miller.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:23 PM

13. And not only did he have good speech writers

He also knew how to read what was written for him, and how to convey emotion when speaking.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:27 PM

14. Reagan had old-school Hollywood acting experience.

Trump's acting experience was only in porn and game-show TV.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 01:01 PM

16. Well one thing I can say that gives me some satisfaction

is that he is not very happy. I am comforted that I have seldom seen him smile, or say he likes something. I know it is not good for me to wish misery on another creature...but geez Louise!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 08:37 AM

19. Trump completely blows a wiffleball question.

"Wallace asked Trump how he will regard his years as president."

It is nearly impossible to blow a question like that, leave it to Trump to find a way.

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