I realize that most of what’s been said in this Medium piece by Trump’s biographer, Tony Schwartz, has been said before. However, I think it’s valuable because it’s laid out so succinctly what so many of us already know: that Trump is a not a normal person with a normal brain.
How do we deal with a person whose core impulse in every part of his life is to deny, deceive, deflect, disparage and double-down every time he is challenged? And what precisely is the danger such a person poses if he also happens to be the leader of the free world, during a crisis in which thousands of people are dying every day, with no letup in sight?
The first answer is that we must understand exactly who we’re dealing with, and we have not, because what motivates Trump’s behavior is so far from our own inner experience that it leaves us feeling forever flummoxed.
Repentance for one’s sins is a basic tenet of every major religion, but Trump adamantly resists seeking forgiveness from anyone for anything he’s done. “I have a very great relationship with God,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapperduring the 2016 presidential campaign. “I like to be good. I don’t like to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try to do nothing that is bad.”
Every day I wake up feeling grateful that he is the dumbest person on the planet, because, honestly, if he were any smarter this country probably would have ceased to exist months ago. But as I watch the world burn I wonder if we will even make it November.