The well documented evidence of Donald Trump’s seething sociopathy just got bolstered by one of his closest advisors. Trump’s former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, worked for him starting with his 2016 campaign, and was promoted throughout his occupancy of the White House, eventually to communications director. She was a close and trusted confidant with intimate access to all of Trump’s activities.
However, since Trump’s electoral loss in 2020, Grisham has reappraised her service to the twice-impeached megalomaniac. Her deliverance from the Cult of Trump began when she witnessed his real-time response to the January 6th insurrection, which was unbridled glee. Last year she published a tell-all book about her experiences in the cult.
Grisham remains a staunch critic of Trump, and says she is now “terrified” by the prospect of him running for president again. She isn’t alone. She appeared on ABC’s “The View” Wednesday with some additional reasons to be afraid of Trump’s continuing aspirations for power. She spoke specifically of Trump’s infatuation with brutal tyrants in general, and Vladimir Putin in particular:
“He really admired Putin. And I saw that first hand. I saw him say to Putin, ‘Hey, I’m gonna be tough on you in front of the cameras, you understand? And once the cameras are gone we’ll have a real conversation.'”
— The View (@TheView) March 8, 2022
Grisham elaborated saying that Trump “was afraid of” Putin, and also that “he admired him greatly:”
“I think that he wanted to be able to kill whoever spoke out against him. […] He loved the dictators. He loved the people who could kill anyone, including the press.
Grisham isn’t the only one to reveal Trump’s craving to assassinate journalists. Trump said so himself during a summit with Putin. After expressing his desire to “get rid of” those pesky reporters, Trump engaged in this exchange with with his BFF:
Trump: Fake … fake news. Great term, isn’t it? You don’t have that problem in Russia. We have it. You don’t have it.
Putin: Yes, yes. We also have. It’s the same.
Trump was obviously envious of what he thought was Putin’s freedom from having to deal with a free press. But Putin’s correction needs a little context. The only reason reason he doesn’t have the same problem with reporters in Russia is because he has any who are critical of him killed. Which is what Trump is so clearly jealous of. He wants unflinching devotion from everyone. And that includes the American people. He once articulated his wish that Americans would worship him like North Koreans worship Kim Jong Un.
It’s astonishing that, with all the documentation of Trump’s diseased mentality and malignant narcissism, that anyone could still support him. But that’s the nature of a cult. And his followers are fully indoctrinated. Which makes them imminently dangerous. They are also outnumbered by decent and sane citizens. We just need to be certain that they remain engaged and turn out to vote. The alternative is unthinkable.
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