The Two Faces of Trump

Tony Schwartz, author of “The Art of the Deal” (which he wrote 30 years ago about our now infamous president), states in a recent article in The Guardian, that Trump is “angrier and more self-absorbed than when I first knew him” — and is “still a scared child.”

Schwartz goes on to say …”Fear is the hidden through-line in Trump’s life – fear of weakness, of inadequacy, of failure, of criticism and of insignificance.” As a result, he has made “fear the dominant emotion of our times.”

The fearful divide Trump has exacerbated is not simply between his supporters and his detractors, the rich and the poor, or Democrats and Republicans, but between the best and the worst in each of us.

When Trump made the claim “I alone can do it” during his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination, Schwartz says it struck him as a “delusional expression” of Trump’s grandiosity … like the plaintive wail of a desperate child who believes he is alone in the world with no one to care for him.

Schwartz also tells us there are two Trumps …

The one he presents to the world is all bluster, bullying and certainty. The other, which I have long felt haunts his inner world, is the frightened child of a relentlessly critical and bullying father and a distant and disengaged mother who couldn’t or wouldn’t protect him.

Overall, the article presents a very revealing perspective of our “Leader” from someone who came to know him more intimately than most. He closes with this observation …

The Trumpian worldview is narrow, dark and deficit-driven. Each of us shares some of those instincts: the fear of inadequacy is uniquely and universally human. But we are also capable of so much more.  (emphasis mine)

And finally …

Whatever happens, may the worst of Trump inspire the best in us.

I encourage you to read the full article.