“He cannot bear to be the loser and therefore is doing everything in his power to attack the reality he hates,” said Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist who has studied Mr. Trump and writes on his appeal. to voters.
“Once he has exhausted all possible avenues to contest the election, he will spend the rest of his life insisting on the conspired system to deprive him of his victory,” said Dr Burgo, the author of “The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in a All-About-Me Age”. “He will take refuge in blame, self-pity and indignation just to consolidate his sense of self, thus avoiding the humiliation of true defeat.
Meanwhile, many Republican lawmakers, reluctant to upset Mr. Trump, help buttress the illusion that he is still in power, in a way that is reminiscent of the courtiers who flattered, lied, and allowed their way through them. last days of Emperor Haile. The reign of Selasse in Ethiopia in “The Emperor” by Ryszard Kapuscinski.
Interestingly, there seems to be a precedent for this within the Trump family itself. When the president’s father, Fred, developed Alzheimer’s disease, the family allegedly conspired to help him believe he was still running the Trump organization. According to Vanity Fair, the senior Mr. Trump showed up for work every day, signing blank papers and using a desk phone connected only to his secretary’s line. “Fred pretended to work,” a family friend told the magazine.
With his vast coterie of facilitators ready to believe his baseless claims about the election, Mr. Naftali said Trump might be better compared to the magician in “The Wizard of Oz.”
“Many of us assumed that the moment behind Trump’s curtain – when Dorothy arrived and, thanks to Toto, found out the wizard was a jerk – would come because of her handling of the Covid emergency,” he said. “But one of the reasons the president is able to continue this fantasy that he won a second term is that 73 million people disagree that he was a jerk. Even though the wizard is about to come out, Oz still exists.
All of these things beg the question (ask a friend): how do you get someone to face reality and get out of the White House?