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Sat Oct 24, 2020, 04:07 PM

I had this thought of Trump viewing other people the way most of us view vending machines

This is just a bit of very amateur psychological speculation, so take it for what it's worth.

It's a given that Trump is a narcissist, and almost certainly a psychopath too. He's completely transactional in his behaviors, and people only have value to Trump insofar as they provide for Trump's needs.

So I'm imagining people to Trump as vending machines, and the words he says -- be they true or false -- are the coins he drops into these vending machines, and the buttons he pushes.

Particular coins and particular buttons are supposed to result in particular items being dispensed. "Truth" isn't a consideration, nor is consistency. If something doesn't work, try something else.

Saying "I will protect Social Security, and Biden will destroy it" is the input that's supposed to produce senior votes for Trump as an output. "I'm the least racist person in the room, and Biden backed that terrible crime bill" is the input that is supposed to produce more black votes, or at least more white votes from white people who want to believe they aren't racists.

And just like you or I might get annoyed or angry when a machine eats our coins, but doesn't drop the candy bar we wanted, or the bag of chips gets stuck behind the glass, or the cup lands upside down and our drink pours around it and down the drain, Trump is genuinely angry when his words and gestures don't produce the results he wants.

It's not our job to worry or care about the truth or consistency of what Trump says. As far as he sees it, he's saying what he's supposed to say for us to do what we're supposed to do for him. If we don't respond correctly, he'll get angry, he'll shake us, he'll pound on us, he'll kick us, and he'll wonder out loud what's the matter with us.

If we don't "work", we're useless junk.

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TlalocW Oct 24 #1
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Response to Silent3 (Original post)

Sat Oct 24, 2020, 04:11 PM

1. You could see that attitude

When he was talking with Netanyahu earlier this week trying to coax praise for him and get Bibi to say Biden couldn't have helped with the deal. I don't like Bibi, but he at least had the intelligence and respect for the office of the president that Trump lacked by not lowering himself. Trump's expression after he didn't go along said it all.

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Sat Oct 24, 2020, 04:13 PM

2. Good analogy

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Sat Oct 24, 2020, 04:25 PM

3. 2nd that on good analogy.

He is definitely not tethered to any sense of cause and effect other than "I say this, they give me that" like you say. The concepts of what he is saying do not even register, so inconsistency is not even an issue for him. He does not see how things are connected.

And you are right about his reaction when his words fail, he feels that he is owed everything that he expects no matter how irrational.

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