So far we have explored the nature of myth in a positive sense, many useful myths and some destructive myths in America. Now we turn to the myth that some see as creating an American crisis, but others as the key to our salvation as a nation. We’re talking about the Trumpian myth. Let’s see what Trump brings to the table.
Greek mythology includes the myth of Narcissus among many others. According to legend, Narcissus was known for her beauty. A long life was predicted for him until he never recognized himself. He rejected the love of a nymph and fell in love with his own reflection in the water and eventually died either from despair or possibly by killing himself.
There are many theories about what’s going on with Trump. One is that they have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Another is that he has antisocial personality disorder. Both are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM 5). The third option is that he has a combination of both.
A person diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder must show at least five of the following symptoms:
- A grand sense of self importance.
Unlimited power, busy with dreams of success,
Physical attraction and love.
- Belief that he (usually he) is of special or high status.
The need for excessive praise.
A sense of entitlement and expectation of favorable behavior or compliance.
Exploitation of other people to achieve personal goals.
Lack of empathy about other people’s needs and feelings.
Being jealous of other people or thinking that others are jealous of them.
Arrogant behavior and behavior.
A person diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder must show
At least three of the following symptoms:
Repeated failure to comply with social norms results in grounds for arrest.
indulging in fraud.
Impulsivity and not planning ahead.
Irritability and aggression.
Reckless disregard or concern for the safety of other people.
Lack of remorse for hurting others.
I had no difficulty finding all of these traits in both groups as Trump was present. Does this mean that it is necessary to choose one diagnosis or the other? He clearly shows patterns consistent with both diagnoses.
Although there is no combined diagnosis in the DSM-5, Arlin Cuncic at http://www.verywellmind.com Discusses the idea of a narcissistic sociopath with characteristics of both personality disorders that we just reviewed. Here each intensifies the diagnosis and one makes the other worse. With each different diagnosis, the joint pattern first shows itself during adolescence and is most likely caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
Cuncic describes a person with both “seeking power and control, one who uses the love and admiration of others as a tool to dominate and manipulate. There will be no guilt, no apology.” , and the narcissistic sociopath will have no regrets.” That also seems to me a very apt description of Trump.
All this brings us to the Trumpian myth. Wikipedia describes a Big Lie as “a propaganda tool—a gross distortion or misrepresentation of facts—by a politician used for political purposes”. The term, coined by Hitler in Mein Kampf, was described as “a lie so vast that no one would believe that one could have the vulgarity to discredit the truth so much.”
As I see it there are currently three parts to the Trumpian Myth:
- The first is MAGA. Paul Blumenthal describes part of the myth as “predicting a great and disastrous future event where salvation will occur through the diligence and sacrifice of believers. The current order will flow.” It is a promise Trump ran on and which he promised to continue if he is re-elected through the slogan “Keep America great.”
As if he had accomplished his goal during his administration to make America great.
In my assessment, he made a good start to dismantling our democracy by weakening and crippling the many federal agencies that support democracy. They did this mostly by restrictive policies and the establishment of agency directors who either did not know how to run their agencies or who had the idea of how to cripple them. Yet he deserves credit for endorsing COVID vaccines, though he undermined other aspects of containing the pandemic. Other than supporting vaccine development, I had trouble finding anything positive unless you were super-rich and wanted a tax cut.
- The other part of the myth is that the January 6 attack on the Capitol was not an attack but a “love celebration” and was not provoked by Trump. Furthermore, any Republican who blames Trump for any part in the rebellion (or lack of rebellion) should be purged from the ranks.
The third part is that Trump actually won the 2020 election. The fake votes are believed to have been introduced by Democrats or others acting in their best interests. The seemingly endless recalculations and fake details have been the order of the day to expose “Big Steel” with more planned nationwide.
Under the pretense of voter fraud which, in their opinion, would have happened,
Republicans are working to re-enact restrictive laws in several states to limit voting by undesirable individuals who may vote against Trump such as blacks, and other people of color, as well as the poor and the poor. Young voters.
These aspects of the Trump myth are told by the loudest voices in the Republican Party with practically full support or at least a lack of objection on the part of Republican House and Senate members of Congress.
The final post in this series will look at what to do about all this.