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.


11 thoughts on “The Two Faces of Trump

  1. IMHO, Trump should have attended Al-Anon. He still could, though I doubt that he would. What Tony Schwartz describes would be familiar to anyone who attends Al-Anon.


    • You know, I presume, that he doesn’t drink … so to attend Al-Anon would most likely not be a consideration — even though the tenets of the group might be helpful.

      On the other hand, I’m not so sure he can be helped!

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      • The only thing that will help tRump is a long prison term. Oh, wait, that would help me!

        I’d love to see the clinical diagnosis of our Great Orange One. Just for S&G’s. I know many of us have some pretty good ideas based upon what we see. But to hear it from a few professionals who were able to study him in a nice controlled environment (perhaps with padded walls) would be intriguing and informative.

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        • Re: his physical condition … there were pictures on Facebook of him standing beside individuals who were the height he says he is and they were taller.

          My point in mentioning this is even if we knew for a fact (from a certified source) that he was “nuts,” he would deny, deny, deny. And his deplorables would believe him.

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          • As a (significant) sidenote, were the “examiners” independent doctors, especially the psychologists? In other words, free and protected from the POTUS’ retributions or slander or “Your Fireds!!!” Or were they funded by tRumpsky?


            • My understanding is he was examined by Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House Physician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Supposedly, you would expect this doctor to provide an accurate (and honest) report. HOWEVER, I also read/heard he was “persuaded” by tRumpsky to fudge the results.

              Obviously, his height has been “adjusted” because one of the pictures that was on Facebook shows him standing by Obama, who is 6’1″ and T says he’s 6’2″ — Obama was taller. And his weight? “Grossly” understated (from what I’ve read).

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  2. Along the lines of Robert’s comment above, as I was reading this and Tony Schwartz’s statements, I couldn’t HELP but remember a plethora of historical characters with the exact same personality traits/dysfunctions… ala Hitler, Stalin, Bernie Madoff, Jordan Belfort, Caligula, Alexander the Great, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, Napoleon Bonapart, Kim Jong II… should I go on? 😞

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