Excerpts from the latest book offering chilling revelations about Donald Trump have been released to the press. And like the books that came before, this one by his niece Mary Trump, is chock-full of noxious details of Trump’s acute psychological flaws, including paranoia, delusions of grandeur, sadism, and malignant narcissism.
The back cover of the book, Too Much And Never Enough, contains a concise description of the broken man who currently occupies the White House. “Today, Donald is much as he was at three years old:” she begins, “incapable of growing, learning, or evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses, or take in & synthesize information.” And among the nuggets of information she provides is one that has a distinct link to Trump’s psychoses. She reveals that Trump paid someone to take the SAT test for him because he was afraid he couldn’t score high enough to qualify for admission to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Trump has a notable obsession with how people perceive him, particularly as regards his intellect. He has described himself as a “stable genius,” to the hysterical laughter of nation that knows better. He insists that he knows more about war than generals, and more about economics than economists, and more about healthcare and epidemics than doctors. But his tragically incompetent mangling of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is evidence of his delusional perspective.
Ironically, Trump used to criticize President Obama (a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law) in a distinctly racist manner that suggested that a black man could not possibly have gained admission to Ivy League schools legitimately. Compounding his “birther” conspiracy allegations, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama into releasing his college transcripts. He told the Associated Press that “I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”
Sure, Trump was looking into it just like he had people in Hawaii looking into Obama’s birth certificate. His research consisted primarily of Twitter posts making baseless assertions. There were at least 34 of them dating back to May 2012. Here are a few examples:
- When will @BarackObama release his college and law school transcripts?
- I want to see @BarackObama’s college records to see how he listed his place of birth in the application
- For the sake of transparency, @BarackObama should release all his college applications and transcripts–both from Occidental and Columbia.
- Isn’t it time that Obama release his college records and applications? Boy would that create a mess! He is not who you think.
- Trump Offers To Donate $5 Million To Charity If Obama Releases College Transcripts
- Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check “place of birth”
Those last two are of particular interest. The offer to donate $5 million was an absurd publicity stunt that made no sense and that no one took seriously. And his attempt to recruit hackers was just more proof of the criminal and amoral tendencies that became more apparent throughout his campaign and presidency.
Trump’s interest in Obama’s college records provides an ironic twist to his own reluctance to reveal anything about himself. After three and a half years he has still refused to release his tax returns. And not only would he not release his own college records, he sent his henchmen out to threaten anyone at those schools who might have considered it.
More recently, Trump is now trying to pressure schools across the country to reopen this fall despite the still surging coronavirus pandemic. He is clearly more concerned with political appearances, as he tries to persuade the nation that there is no problem at all, than he is with the lives of the students, the teachers, and their families back at home. And in a Wednesday morning extortion tweet he threatened to cut funding to any state that didn’t obey his command. Which is eerily reminiscent of his threat to Ukraine to withhold funds if they didn’t help him dig up dirt on Joe Biden. And he got impeached for that.
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