Trump escalates ‘enemy of the people’ to ‘war’

Donald Trump’s ongoing attacks on media as ‘fake news’ and ‘enemy of the people’ has been widely criticised, for good reason. See Trump’s “enemy of the people’ attacks teetering on tyranny.

 

But as is typical of Trump when he is criticised, he has escalated his rhetoric.

So he emphases his tyrant talk of ‘enemy of the people’ and then ups the ante to ‘War’! One could question whether he is becoming unhinged under pressure – which is a dangerous thing for someone who can easily start wars.

Will Trump use a war to try to justify his claims, and then blame it on the media?

One thing that is apparent about Trump – he projects.

Psychological projection is a defense mechanism people subconsciously employ in order to cope with difficult feelings or emotions. Psychological projection involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings.

It Trump’s case it may not be unwanted feelings, it looks more like a propensity to blame others for one’s own problems or aims.

Purposely cause great division and distrust? That’s exactly what Trump is doing, more and more.

Can also cause war? That’s much more likely to be a president than a newspaper.

Very dangerous and sick? That could be a very worrying projection.

Trump frequently tells lies. Sometimes he may simply make things up to suit his line of attack, but he repeats many of his lies, suggesting in part at least it is a deliberate strategy.

He tries to sound truthful (and blame others for lying when they report and criticise him).

He is also known for his contradictions.

It wouldn’t seem out of character for him to start a war (like starting a war with the media or a trade war), and try to make murder respectable, and at the same time blame others.

The Trump attacks are not limited to crazy tweets. He seems to be increasing the number of campaign style meetings where he stirs up crowd emotions, promoting division with attacks on opponents, critics and the media with lies and manipulation – much like tyrants of the past have done.

For a long time the US has been able to avoid war on it’s own soil, but a Trump provoked or inspired civil war is effectively under way already. If that turns violent it could get very messy.

For how long will Trump be allowed to follow such a high risk path before someone steps in and tries to restore relative sanity?

Or will the Madness of King Trump be allowed to continue unabated? That looks like an increasingly risky option.

15 Comments

  1. Yet another example of a Trump lawyer having to scramble in the wake of a changing story.

    ‘Bad information’ is a euphemism for ‘lied to his lawyer’.

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  August 7, 2018

    Charity begins at home

    • I hope that he means con as in con artist, not the French word whose meaning shouldn’t need to be spelled out. It’s unfortunate that LeCon will be read by any speaker of French as something rather r

        • Patzcuaro

           /  August 7, 2018

          Dictionary says that the c word may be too strong, the Irish “eejit” is closer and very appropriate.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 8, 2018

            Eejit is just a form of idiot, nothing to do with the word cunt (I prefer to say the word if I mean it, rather than a euphemism)

            I don’t know what sort of dictionary equates eejit and cunt.;

  3. PartisanZ

     /  August 7, 2018

    In a sense it doesn’t matter, does it?

    Trump is the incumbent … and we know how hard incumbent Presidents are to get rid of …

    His ‘popularity’ (which in a strictly statistical sense is ‘unpopularity’) at 41.5% is about the same as numerous other Presidents on DAY 564 … Reagan, Carter, Ford … He’s arguably having some positive effect on the economy … and due to ‘Freedom of Speech’ he can say what the fuck he likes …

    Here’s ‘Majority Rules’ so-called ‘democracy’ in action … It can’t be improved …

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  August 7, 2018

    Looking for dad’s approval

    • Patzcuaro

       /  August 7, 2018

      Sons of narcissistic fathers

      “Sons of narcissistic fathers are driven by lack of confidence. Raised by a self-centered, competitive, arrogant father, they feel like they can never measure up or are enough to garner their father’s approval. Their father may be absent or critical and controlling. He may belittle and shame his son’s mistakes, vulnerability, failures, or limitations, yet brag about him to his friends. He may boast about inflated versions of his achievements, while disparaging those of his son. A narcissistic father may ruthlessly bully or compete with his son in games, even when the boy is a less-capable child. Similarly, he may be jealous of his wife’s attention to the boy, compete with him, and flirt with his girlfriends or later wife.”

      https://www.whatiscodependency.com/sons-of-narcissistic-fathers/

  5. The Jefferson quotation is bogus, one of many attributed to him that are not genuine.

  6. sorethumb

     /  August 7, 2018

    Down with Trump (again……).

  7. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 7, 2018

    not only does trump admit that his campaign conspired with the Russians but he throws his own son under the bus…, while fluffing him with the “wonderful” flattery.

    Bit of a psychological mindfuck for Donny Jr…

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 7, 2018

      Nothing new in any of this. Much ado about nothing as usual.

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