Trump Implodes Under Force of His Narcissism

The President’s actions on January 6 require prosecution

John Dean

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Throwing lunches against the wall and choking a member of your security team who refuses to take you to a riot are strategies not found in The Art of the Deal. Trump did both on January 6. If the defeated ex-president decides to author another book featuring the high points of his presidency, these actions are unlikely to be included.

The new revelations will further reduce Trump’s remaining support. A small pack of dogged loyalists, including Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Breitbart, and others, have shifted their focus from defending Trump and the Big Lie to attacking Cassidy Hutchinson, the former Mark Meadows aide who spilled the beans at the June 28 hearing of the House Select Committee on January 6.

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It is a good bet that Trump threw another plate as he watched the June 28 hearing. Would he have done so at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, knowing that he would have to pay to clean up the mess and replace the plate? That’s one of the indignities Trump now faces as a private citizen. The White House valets are gone. Trump is now his own landlord. He no longer can pass the cost of temper tantrums on to taxpayers.

Self-destructive behavior

What prompted the bizarre behavior reported by Ms. Hutchinson? Could it be mental illness? The narcissist Trump was (and remains) unable to accept his 2020 defeat. Exhausted, he was unable to control his anger and desperation. Fortunately, Trump was not carrying a gun on January 6. He may have used it on his driver and/or other Secret Service agents to get to the Capitol.

Had Trump persuaded the Secret Service to drive him to Capitol Hill on January 6, what would he have done? Would he have entered the Floor of the House of Representatives.? Did he believe his presence would further encourage the Proud Boys and others who sought to hang Mike Pence? While it is unlikely that Trump would have put the noose around Pence’s neck, it is easy to imagine him watching the murder and smiling.

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John Dean

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