Donald Trump makes use of victimhood as a way of manipulating and exploiting others. Every time he fails or is caught in a lie or does one thing corrupt, he reflexively twists it round and blames others. Not solely that, he then claims he’s the sufferer. That’s the basic sample of a malignant narcissist.
Trump has tweeted the phrase “Presidential harassment” 37 occasions up to now 2 years. In March 2019, he tweeted that he had confronted “probably the most vicious and corrupt mainstream media that any president has ever needed to endure.” In July 2020, Trump asserted that he was the sufferer of “political prosecution” by the U.S. Supreme Court docket after he misplaced his tax returns case.
Trump’s fixed victimhood is a byproduct of his psychiatric dysfunction. It’s false. It’s distorted. It’s manufactured in his thoughts. Trump feels victimized as a approach of defending his self-image of superiority and grandiosity. In any other case, if he accepts blame for his ideas or actions, his self-image will crumble and wither away. That’s completely unacceptable to him; his grandiose self-image have to be maintained in any respect price.
Trump’s victimhood has been used all through his presidency. In his thoughts, he’s the sufferer of the pandemic, of the financial collapse, of our racial issues. He’s the sufferer of the protests within the cities, of the Russia probe, of his personal impeachment, of his associates’ legal actions — and the listing goes on and on.
Trump talks and tweets excessively about being the sufferer. The aggressors have been Jim Comey, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, CNN and lots of others. Trump’s victimhood tweets have quite a few predictable and recurring themes: the 2020 election will likely be “rigged,” he’s the goal of a “witch hunt,” the media is spreading “faux information,” all detrimental perceptions of him “unfair,” he’s “misunderstood” and “persecuted.”
On the Republican Nationwide Conference final week, Trump and different audio system invoked victimhood by means of their extreme fear-mongering, telling supporters that they’re the victims of Black individuals, gangs, riots, radical liberals, unpatriotic malcontents, the deep state, the free press, immigrants and others.
Irrespective of the details or actuality, Trump instinctively sees himself because the sufferer. He lives in an alternate universe of victimhood. And every thing round him — political occasion and nation — is negatively affected by his victimhood.
In reality, Donald Trump is never, if ever, the sufferer. He’s all the time the aggressor. He’s all the time the offender.
Trump has botched our pandemic response, resulting in 183,000 deaths up to now, with the numbers rising day by day. The crashing of the financial system is the results of his pandemic mishandling. Racial issues have been incited by his feedback and gestures. Many protests within the cities have been provoked by his actions. He clearly did conspire with Russian brokers. His Impeachment was primarily based on his corrupt conduct with Ukraine. A number of of associates and cronies have been convicted of crimes dedicated together with his tacit blessing and underneath his watch.
In step with being a malignant narcissist, Trump is utilizing his pathology of victimhood to rework the Republican Social gathering. He’s obsessive about convincing his supporters that they’re all victims of countervailing forces within the nation, and that they have to unite collectively to fend off “complete anarchy, insanity and chaos.”
Trump is making the Republican Social gathering the occasion of victimhood. It’s now in his picture. Victimhood is its collective political perception system. It’s central to the Republicans’ identification. And their main perception is that Donald Trump is their supreme chief who can take them to the promised land. They can not outline or describe the promised land — as evidenced by the truth that the occasion has no platform this 12 months — however they consider that united victimhood will deliver them sustained energy.
What appears clear is that lots of Trump’s supporters establish together with his victimhood persona. Individuals who have felt victimized by authorities or by society or by economics or by a big different are liable to ally with Trump. They understand themselves as having a particular and unbreakable bond with a pacesetter who understands them and is like them — victimized and aggrieved. The result’s an “agenda” of shared grievances.
The true drawback, in fact, is that Donald Trump’s victimhood is completely false and pretend. It’s a distortion as a consequence of his pathology. It’s an upside-down concoction in his thoughts. In reality, Trump is hostile. He’s merciless. He’s a bully. He’s darkish and gloomy. He creates crises. He provokes divisiveness. He has no empathy. He’s corrupt. He has all the harmful options that he initiatives onto others, and for which he then berates them. In spite of everything, he’s a malignant narcissist.
The place does this go away his supporters? It leaves them out within the chilly. Trump doesn’t give a rattling about them. He’s so self-absorbed and grandiose that he despises the individuals who declare victimhood with him. His victimhood is a pathological ploy to control and exploit others. As soon as that’s achieved, he views these persons are expendable and dismisses them as dupes. If mandatory, Trump will throw all his supporters underneath the bus, as he has completed with lots of his loyalists lately: Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, simply to call just a few.
Trump is betting his political fortunes on his victimhood. It’s a conniving ruse by a narcissist who desires everybody to consider that his miserably failed presidency is another person’s fault.
For all of his non-supporters, Trump’s pathology of victimhood is deeply disturbing. It has allowed him to be hostile, merciless, bullying, dishonest and corrupt with out no sense of guilt or regret. It’s a unhappy state of affairs when a president of the USA has a governing philosophy predicated on victimhood — as a result of it’s basically self-destructive.
It’s Donald Trump’s psychopathology that’s taking part in out in his occasion and in our nation. And victimhood is a dangerous basis for the preservation of our democracy.