👑 Portrait of a President


A bit of Monday morning quarterbacking…thanks @matt for succintly setting up the discussion…and forgive what may be a bit of ranting on my part. :smile:

While the rest of nation observed the memorial for a beloved First lady…Barbara Bush, regardless of their politics.

"Trump, by contrast, as this weekend showed, gives the impression of fighting fiercely for respect and validation every day"

And to understand his off-the-charts behavior, we only need look at his upbringing…where the beginnings of all this behavior was proved successful, albeit untethered and angry bullying.

Somehow this need for fighting back (‘he’s at best when he’s got an opponent’) and a nonexistent conscious are tied back to his being raised by a mother, born and raised in Scotland who spoke only Gaellic and a wealthy father who only was 'dour and an authoritarian patriarch."

"Even as a child Trump was a horror: Throwing stones at a toddler in a playpen. Boasting he gave his teacher a black eye. Think the president’s a bully now? You should’ve seen him as a boy!

A pint-sized bully who loved to pull girls’ hair and once lobbed rocks at a toddler in his playpen. A loud-mouthed classroom know-all who could never admit he was wrong and boasted of giving the music teacher a black eye. And a sporting show-off who yearned to hear the crowd’s applause . . . but who would smash his baseball bat in fury if he didn’t win.

Arrogant, over-bearing, thin-skinned, determined, and not exactly great with the ladies — does this portrait of a child growing up in Fifties surburban New York sound like a certain grown-up (well, sort of grown-up) currently strutting the world stage?

It was Aristotle who said ‘Give me the child until he’s seven and I will show you the man’, and Donald Trump, now 70, would certainly agree. The 45th U.S. President insists he’s much the same character now as he was when he was in junior school.

Born in June 1946, Trump was the fourth of five children to Fred Trump, a ruthless Queens builder and property developer, and his Scottish-born wife, Mary, an immigrant who had fled poverty on the Isle of Lewis and met Fred at a dance in New York. Trump Sr was a dour, authoritarian patriarch who dressed in a jacket and tie even at home.

A workaholic, he was already very rich by the time Donald arrived. They lived in a 23-room, red-brick, mock Georgian mansion in the well-to-do Jamaica Estates neighbourhood of Queens.

They were the envy of their neighbours with a chauffeur, cook, colour television, intercom system and two Cadillacs with consecutive personalised number plates (virtually nobody had one back then but, of course, the showy Trumps had two).

Donald — with his ten-speed Italian racing bike and a huge, elaborate model train set — made the local children green with envy.

He clearly left an impression on his neighbours, classmates and teachers because so many could remember at least one chilling anecdote about him 60 years later.

When a ball bounced into their garden, he threatened to tell his father and the police about those responsible.

Dennis Burnham, who lived next door, was a toddler when his mother briefly put him in a playpen in their garden. She returned a few minutes later to find the current U.S. president, then aged five or six, standing at his fence throwing rocks at the little boy.

His mother warned Dennis to ‘stay away from the Trumps’ as they didn’t want him ‘beaten up’ by the family bully.

Another local child, Steven Nachtigall, now a 66-year-old doctor, said he never forgot Trump, a ‘loudmouth bully’, once jumping off his bike and pummelling another boy.

And his mother, of humble origins was one who wanted to show her social standing, but deferred always. Looks like Fred was the ultimate arbiter.

Feelings towards his mother - “Trump seems to have little use for his mother’s humble roots.”

or for others. "Trump wrote in The Art of the Deal. “It didn’t take me long to realize that there was nothing particularly awesome or exceptional about my classmates, and that I could compete with them just fine.” In the same book, he thumbed his nose at old money New Yorkers who didn’t like his buildings and has said he worries Ivanka “looks down on him.”

See what ex-wife Ivana thinks…This was floated in a Page Six ( NY POST Murdoch-Pro-T paper) who said she thinks he does not need to run again…thereby teeing up his grand exit strategy…

While the tweets do exhibit a consciousness of guilt, and a need to hit back on his accusers, T’s thin skin, vanity and lack of discipline are the elements which will bring him down. This and well, all the many days of evidence that is piling up over T’s alleged illegal activities.

We all see through these horrendous tweets that he’s quick to blame and never rises beyond his own infantile need for recognition at all times.

#NarcissistGoneRogue. IMHO

(Matt Kiser) #62

Ivana Trump doesn’t want Donald Trump to run for president again in 2020.

“I’ll tell you something, I don’t think it’s necessary,” she told The Post during an interview Wednesday at her Upper East Side townhouse.

“He has a good life and he has everything. Donald is going to be 74, 73 for the next [election] and maybe he should just go and play golf and enjoy his fortune,” the president’s ex-wife said.

Besides, she added, “I think he probably [misses] a little bit of freedom, I don’t think he probably knew how much is involved of being the president. It’s so [much] information — you have to know the whole world.


and an endorsement by Breitbart’s Drudge Report…on 4/21/18

(Matt Kiser) #64

President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.

“He uses it a lot more often more recently,” a senior White House official said of the President’s cell phone.

Sources cited Trump’s stepped-up cell phone use as an example of chief of staff John Kelly’s waning influence over who gets access to the President. During the early days of Kelly’s tenure, multiple sources said, Trump made many of his calls from the White House switchboard – a tactic that allowed the chief of staff to receive a printed list of who Trump had phoned. Kelly has less insight into who Trump calls on his personal cell phone.

While Trump never entirely gave up his personal cell phone once Kelly came aboard, one source close to the White House speculated that the President is ramping up the use of his personal device recently in part because “he doesn’t want Kelly to know who he’s talking to.”

(Matt Kiser) #65

As concern grew inside his orbit that Michael Cohen might become a cooperating witness to federal investigators, President Trump issued a declaration about his longtime personal lawyer and fixer.

“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble,” Trump tweeted over the weekend. He added: “Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that.”

By asserting that the government would not be able to “flip” Cohen, Trump invited a question: If the Russia probe is the “witch hunt” the president says it is — and if he is as innocent as he so often proclaims — what incriminating evidence would Cohen have on Trump that would give him leverage to flip?

(Matt Kiser) #66

But perhaps more importantly, the whirlwind touchy-feely visit offered yet another glimpse into the Trump-Macron relationship, an unlikely friendship told through phalangeal snapshots and freeze frames.

The copious public displays of affection also raised the question of whether Trump and Macron had finally embarked on a true transcontinental bromance or if the two men were merely partaking in an alpha game of one-upmanship.

The answer, said David Givens, director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies, is a little of both.

“It’s more of a playful dominance,” Givens said. “The romance is there, and they’re just kind of fooling around, but it’s real.”

Their relationship began in May with a white-knuckled, jaw-clenching, six-Mississippi handshake in Brussels. In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche at the time, Macron described the physical standoff as “a moment of truth” and “not innocent.”

(Matt Kiser) #67

President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron put their warm bromance on full public display Tuesday, engaging in frequent PDAs at the White House that revealed how friendly they have grown since a tense meeting last spring.

Trump’s tenderness Tuesday first revealed itself during an arrival ceremony for Macron, when the powerful pair performed a double cheek kiss — a typical European greeting custom. Moments later, during the ceremony, the two smooched again and carried on a long handshake that clocked in around five seconds.

Later Tuesday, during a brief appearance by the two leaders in front of reporters, the American president gently wiped something — Trump said it was dandruff — off Macron’s shoulder.

Later in the day, the two awkwardly held hands for a prolonged moment as they walked down the West Wing colonnade to their joint press conference at the White House.


And the stakes - Iran Nuclear deal, Paris Climate Accord…and a few others.

Good for Macron for playing it well, playfully. Am hearing via pundits that Macron wants T to re-work the Iran Deal and make it better, thereby they both win. T has been ‘disgusted’ with Iran Nuclear Deal. Making T believe that it was his idea, and that T still dominates is the end goal.

I hope Macron outsmarts T with all his boyish charms. Go ahead and be touchy feely if it makes T think better of Macron.

To others, it is a ‘mon dieu’ moment.

(Posted a funny Veep acknowledgement of this in Humor just now)


The First Porn President

Down the ladder we go until we reach the bottom rung: Donald Trump. He is miles away from Playboy and its endless offerings of clean, healthy girls who were high-school cheerleaders and education majors and whose prettiness was as central as their sexiness. He’s not an undisciplined golden boy whose private behavior, if exposed, could destroy his image. He is the first truly shameless president, the first porn president, and that is why it is Stormy Daniels—more than the FBI or the IRS or the string of women who have claimed sexual harassment or abuse by him—who just might take him down.

He’s a porn president, where every intimate interaction is for sale if the money is right, and where the underlying truth of each deal is that at the end of it somebody is going to get screwed. This time—maybe, maybe—it could be him.


What a moniker, eh?! What a guy…

One word - G R O S S.

And for all his dilly dalliances, underneath it is the man too narcissistic to care, too insecure to take a joke, to laugh at himself, and leads with such lying bravado, that what was normal will never be again.

It boggles all of our minds to such unfathomable degrees…like in a WTF exponentially beyond belief kind of way.

I can not wait until we’re behind it.


Interesting article from Susan Glasser in New Yorker of how to view T…who’s got a line into his brain.

Many of those whose job it is to understand Trump believe, as the Washington Post White House bureau chief, Philip Rucker, put it, that “the Donald Trump of today is the same Donald Trump of decades past, so to decode his moves as President, I find it especially instructive to talk to his biographers for insights into his actions and characteristics before he took office.” Among those he and others named were Timothy L. O’Brien, the author of “TrumpNation,” and Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” the book that made Trump a household name."

“The three people who understand him best outside his family are Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and Sam Nunberg,” this journalist responded, referring to the President’s now embattled personal lawyer Cohen”

(Matt Kiser) #72

President Trump is throwing one democratic norm after another into a big pot and rapidly raising the heat, and we’re too busy watching the royal wedding to notice. Just look at all of the significant norms he has transgressed in the past week:

  • Revealing intelligence sources

  • Politically motivated prosecutions

  • Mixing private and government business

  • Foreign interference in U.S. elections

  • Undermining the First Amendment


Part of the illusion that if the President says so, it must be so…

yes, unprecedented amount of norms are being upended. Playing politics has infiltrated every institution or so T claims, and what he’s best at right now.

Reminds me of the theme of the book by Kurt Anderson - Fantasyland. - where " A collective delusion so seductive that it will have us all, in Locke-step, bowing down to reason and reality."

This excerpt from the NYT’s book review )https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/books/review/kurt-andersen-fantasyland-how-america-went-haywire.html)

(Lynn) #74

[quote=“matt, post:72, topic:1465”]
President Trump is throwing one democratic norm after another into a big pot and rapidly raising the heat, and we’re too busy watching the royal wedding to notice…[/quote]

Well, I wasn’t watching the royal wedding, & to be honest, I’ve been feeling more stressed lately at all this crap from trump…this nightmare has gone on way too long! His criminal assault on our country just keeps getting worse, with seemingly no real push-back!? WTF!? I’m not sure Rosenstein & others are doing the right thing any more…I understand what they’re trying to do, but trump just seems to get emboldened (as any bully does when they get their way). The effects are so corrosive on our country, on our values, our laws, & how people treat each other here…it’s just so damn disturbing.


And to make matters worse…T knows how to manipulate the message even if he knows he is flat out not telling the truth.

Lesley Stahl says @realDonaldTrump explained to her why he continues to attack the media: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.” Video:


Looking straight into what makes T tick, it is easy to see how his rash decisions lead to his Twitter bombs and punitive actions. He will not be cowed or submit to Kim’s perceived wishes by intimidation.

“Trump has a morbid fear of being humiliated and shamed,” Schwartz said. “This is showing who’s the biggest and the strongest, so he is exquisitely sensitive to the possibility that he would end up looking weak and small. There is nothing more unacceptable to Trump than that.”

As dawn broke Thursday, senior U.S. officials congregated in the West Wing, and by 7 a.m., they were discussing options over the phone with Trump, who was still in his private chambers. The president arrived at a swift decision to cancel the summit.


No inner monologue

The meeting was supposed to be about hurricane preparedness, as disaster officials gathered at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters days after the start of the 2018 season.

But President Trump had a lot else on his mind, turning the closed-door discussion into soliloquies on his prowess in negotiating airplane deals, his popularity, the effectiveness of his political endorsements, the Republican Party’s fortunes, the vagaries of Defense Department purchasing guidelines, his dislike of magnetized launch equipment on aircraft carriers, his unending love of coal and his breezy optimism about his planned Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

(Matt Kiser) #78

In the photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a long, narrow table, both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents that are angled every which way. With as neutral an expression as possible, she stares directly at President Trump, who sits on the other side of the divide.

Is he angry? Bored? Amused? Rare is the countenance where all three are equally plausible, but here it’s difficult to say. Trump’s eyes stare blankly ahead, focused in the direction of Merkel but not quite affixed upon the German chancellor. His arms are crossed in front of his chest, revealing below them only the length and wayward tendency of his tie.

(Matt Kiser) #79

For close to a year and a half, Trudeau and his counterparts have employed various strategies to try to head off conflict with the volatile American President, from flattery to stonewalling to hours of schmoozing on the golf course. But in recent weeks Trump has confounded their efforts, unleashing a tit-for-tat trade war with allies, blowing up the Iran nuclear deal over European objections, and walking away from a deal with Canada and Mexico to overhaul nafta, all while lavishing praise on the North Korean dictator with whom he hopes to reach an accord next week. Adding insult to injury, Trump even cited an obscure national-security provision to justify the tariffs, as if America’s closest friends had suddenly become its biggest enemies. As a result, the G-7 meeting that Trudeau will host on Friday and Saturday was shaping up to be the most contentious, and possibly the most consequential, since the summits began, in 1975.

For his part, Trump seems to relish the confrontation he has unleashed and is spoiling for more. On Thursday morning, the President tweeted that he was “getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade,” insisting, as he often does, that “we have the worst trade deals ever made.” But others involved in the summit were preparing for an America more alone than ever before, and now Trump faces the very real risk of allies teaming up against him. “The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be,” Macron tweeted pointedly to Trump, in English, later on Thursday. Trump quickly fired back. “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers,” the President tweeted. “Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.” Soon after that, the White House said in a statement that Trump would skip the second day of the summit entirely, and it seemed increasingly certain that the traditional joint communiqué signed off on by all seven leaders will be discarded because of Trump. (As of Wednesday, when it would normally be in the final stages of elaborate negotiations, the communiqué was not even being circulated.) Instead, the Trudeau adviser told me, the Canadian Prime Minister, as the summit’s host, was likely simply to release a “statement from the chair,” summarizing the discussions without requiring Trump to approve it. The American President has blundered his way into “opening a four-front-at-least war simultaneously,” the Trudeau adviser said, and now the goal of the summit has become unlike any other that preceded it: “to get allies together to try to contain the amount of damage he’s doing.”

A year ago, after Trump returned from his first Presidential trip overseas with deeply unsettled allies in Europe, his national-security adviser, H. R. McMaster, and his chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, teamed up to write a reassuring op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “America First is not America alone,” they promised. Neither of the two men still works for Trump. A few months after that, Trump himself made an appearance before the rattled global financial élites at the World Economic Forum, in Davos. “America First is not America alone,” he insisted. Now, increasingly, it is.

(Matt Kiser) #80

The best distillation of the Trump Doctrine I heard, though, came from a senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking. I was talking to this person several weeks ago, and I said, by way of introduction, that I thought it might perhaps be too early to discern a definitive Trump Doctrine.

“No,” the official said. “There’s definitely a Trump Doctrine.”

“What is it?” I asked. Here is the answer I received:

“The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine.”