Trump and the American Psyche

Trump and the American Psyche

July 2019

The Ambassador Incident

In July 2019 we learnt of leaked emails by the UK ambassador in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch. Apparently, in the emails Darroch made comments about Donald Trump. That's not what interests me. What fascinates me is Trump's response to such leaks. Straight away he publicly stated "we're not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well".

I am a fan of Trump but he possesses this childishness and always plays this tic-tac-toe game that if anyone says anything against him he always goes on the defensive and similarly attacks them.

In the world of work, business and politics you don't have to like someone to work with them. You don't need to socialise with them after work. Such personal differences should not interfere with one's work, etc. But with Trump everything is taken personally when ultimately everything is nothing more than business. It is his key flaw.

In the 8th of July article Trump: 'We won't deal with UK ambassador' after leaked emails we learnt that Trump then refuses to deal with UK ambassador Darroch. He's like a big kid. Part of growing up and getting older and supposedly wiser is learning to understand and tolerate other peoples views. He has demonstrated time and time again he has zero such tolerance.

In the 9th of July Mirror article Donald Trump slams 'wacky, stupid' Ambassador and 'foolish' Theresa May in new rant we get a glimpse of this man's mind:

""The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. ..."

He also referred to Theresa May as "foolish".

Is this any way for a politician and President to behave? He's still in the school playground.

The Macron Incident

In July we learnt that France was to impose taxes on tax avoiders such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, ... Immediately knee-jerk Trump retaliated by stating:

"France just put a digital tax on our great American technology companies. If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the US,. ... We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness shortly. I've always said American wine is better than French wine!"

Refer to the 27th July article in The Sun, Donald Trump slams ‘foolish’ Emmanuel Macron over Google tax before threatening tariffs on French wine and claims ‘American wine is better’.

He has this mentality if you beat me with a stick then I will beat you with a stick, and an even bigger stick. The guy is impossible.

I don't particularly like Macron but he is right. These multi-nationals go round the world bleeding it dry and paying fuck all taxes. When an SME having a few dozen employees and an annual revenue of a few £million pays more tax than a £billion multinational then something is seriously wrong.

The American Psyche

But in a way he reflects the American psyche. This kind of religious dogma that you are either with me or against me. A simplistic polarised philosophy that has corrupted the world for centuries.