Trump seems more fixated on what people think of him than he should be on his responsibilities as POTUS
The behavior of Donald Trump over the last week is exactly the type of behavior many of us feared lay at the heart of the man-child who would fill the office of President. It was one that reflected the unstable mind of an individual whose self-esteem is about at the level of a high-schooler that still hasn’t been accepted by those who he most wants to like him.
In the end, unsure of himself and those who surrounded him at the White House, he rushed back to the comfort of the crowds that coddled him during his presidential campaign and cheered his rambling exhortations about how he would still make America great again. They love him despite his overwhelming weaknesses and perhaps not because they are stronger than him but because they share his low self-esteem and insecurity in a world they too often feel rejected by.
DT is uncomfortable outside the protective cocoon of his own making that was his as a TV personality and a bullying deal maker in the Manhattan real estate market. There he really was in charge and if anyone challenged him beyond a point he simply fired them or publicly berated them. In this small world of his, his entourage was paid to praise and cheer his every action, no matter how sordid or hurtful to others it was.
Where DT is not comfortable are in the settings he has to be a part of as POTUS, especially within the Belt Way. The attention he now gets from the press is a thousand times over what he ever received as the billionaire mogul who went through wives like he did the money of his investors. Back then he welcomed even the negative exposure he got from the press because any attention was better than none.
Case in point: Tony Schwartz, the man who admits that he was the one who “put lipstick on a pig”, when he wrote the “Art of the Deal” on DT back in 1986. The Donald himself picked Schwartz to write the book even though Schwartz had earlier wrote a piece “called ‘A Different Kind of Donald Trump Story,’ which portrayed him not as a brilliant mogul but as a ham-fisted thug who had unsuccessfully tried to evict rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants from a building that he had bought on Central Park South. An accompanying cover portrait depicted Trump as unshaven, unpleasant-looking, and shiny with sweat.”
Rather than becoming unhinged by the piece as Schwartz thought DT might, he found instead that the young mogul loved it. As he conveyed to Jane Mayer in a New Yorker piece last July, “He hung the cover on a wall of his office, and sent a fan note to Schwartz, on his gold-embossed personal stationery. ‘Everybody seems to have read it,’ Trump enthused in the note.”
The negative attention now that DT was much better at accepting back then is in a whole other league. One that simply comes too fast and too furious for the self-admiring Trump to deal with. His supporters would say that he has been criticized far more than any other president but all supporters of their candidate have made this often baseless claim for decades. It’s an attempt to envelope their chosen leader and protect him against the mean and nasty people of this world and as we have seen, DT is willing to walk a way from his responsibilities to allow himself to be bathed in their empathetic applause and cheers.
Not even the environs of FOX news can protect you from the wrath of the Donald’s supporters as Shepard Smith found out last week.
“It’s crazy what we’re watching every day,” Smith said after a Trump news conference. It’s absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous, throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we’re some kind of fools for asking the question. Really?
“We have a right to know,” Smith added. “You call us fake news and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people.”