Everywhere he looks, President Donald Trump sees the wreckage he’s created during four years in office, and each day also brings more bad news from another poll showing him falling even further behind Joe Biden, with some election forecasters predicting a “Democratic tsunami” in November.
The Washington Post reports that the president has now begun cold-calling friends and whining to them about how everything is falling apart:
“Gone, say these advisers and confidants, many speaking on the condition of anonymity to detail private conversations, are the usual pleasantries and greetings.”
In other words, Trump is complaining that he’s the victim even though his own missteps and inaction in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic are the root cause of the tanking economy and his falling approval ratings, with a new poll showing that 67 percent of those surveyed saying they disapprove of the way the president has handled the virus.
Additionally, rather than try to be the leader the country clearly needs during the current crisis, Trump is reportedly sitting around, watching TV, and complaining:.
“He has been spending an inordinate amount of time watching television news and has been scrambling for ways to fire up his base and keep his loyalists supportive, with little in the way of a set daily schedule.
“Every guy that talks to him, the first half of the conversation is, ‘Woe is me,’” said one of the outside operatives, speaking anonymously to share private details. ‘They’re all saying, ‘You’ve got to snap out of it. You’re the president. Presidents are supposed to deal with crises.’ But he’s fixated.”
All of this behavior, according to experts, fits the pattern of a person who is unable to feel the pain and suffering of others and instead only feels how it impacts them personally:
“Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a history professor at New York University and author of the forthcoming book, ‘Strongmen,’ a history of authoritarian leaders, said Trump’s victimization complex fits a pattern of authoritarian leaders past and present.
“’They have no empathy, and they only see the world through how things affect them personally,’ Ben-Ghiat said. ‘They’re not there to govern. They’re there to enrich themselves, they’re there to plunder the nation, and they’re there to be world historical.'”
It should be interesting to see just how far Trump deteriorates in the weeks ahead.
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