Beyond the fact that so many people enjoy reading what I have to say about Donald Trump I have been writing about him and the election in order to shed some psycho wisdom on the proceedings.
Since I do not know Trump or any of the other candidates I can only speculate. Obviously, some people have taken serious exception to my speculations, because it beggars belief that I cannot understand that having a 73% disapproval rating among women spells: Victory.
Alas and alack, yesterday I offered up what must count as a construction of the psychology of the leading Republican candidate. Obviously, some people were seriously discommoded, and I do feel badly about it, but I think they would feel much better if they made a donation to the blog. It would be therapeutic. Donate button on the left of the page.
In the meantime, I always look for empirical facts that can support or disprove my speculations. So I was somewhat heartened after posting my remarks to come across this article by one Stephanie Cegielski. You might not have heard of her but she was the first Communications Director of the Make America Great Again Super PAC.
She has, alas, become disillusioned by what she saw on the inside of the Trump campaign and has resigned her position. But, awaiting the moment when the wrath of Trump will be visited upon her by way of lawsuits she has managed to offer her insider look at the candidate and his expectations.
Before reading her views you might want to refresh your memory by glancing at yesterday’s post below.
I will not compare and contrast, but will only report on Cegielski’s experience in the belly of the Trump campaign:
Almost a year ago, recruited for my public relations and public policy expertise, I sat in Trump Tower being told that the goal was to get The Donald to poll in double digits and come in second in delegate count. That was it.
The Trump camp would have been satisfied to see him polling at 12% and taking second place to a candidate who might hold 50%. His candidacy was a protest candidacy.
Again, the goal was not to be nominated and not to win. Because he understood what many of his supporters have not yet caught on to:
I don't think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all.
He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver's seat, and nothing else matters. The Donald does not fail. The Donald does not have any weakness. The Donald is his own biggest enemy.
Cegielski emphasizes the point:
I'll say it again: Trump never intended to be the candidate. But his pride is too out of control to stop him now.
You can give Trump the biggest gift possible if you are a Trump supporter: stop supporting him.
He doesn't want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House. He’s achieved that already and then some. If there is any question, take it from someone who was recruited to help the candidate succeed, and initially very much wanted him to do so.
The man does not know policy, nor does he have the humility to admit what he does not know — the most frightening position of all.
One is beginning to see why the campaign hired Cegielski. She is insightful and clear-headed:
I also started seeing a trend of incompetence and deniability.
When there was a tweet that contained an error, he would blame it on an intern; when there was a photo containing a World War II Nazi Germany background, he would blame it on an intern; when he answered questions in an overtly controversial fashion, he would claim that he did not properly hear the question. He refused to take responsibility for his actions while frequently demanding apologies from others.
Imagine Trump wronged you, even in the smallest possible way. He would go to the grave denying he had ever done anything wrong to you — ever.
And she ends with a point I have made on various occasions, not necessarily about Trump:
Trump acts as if he's a fictional character. But like Hercules, Donald Trump is a work of fiction.