There’s threads aplenty on the Dope about Trump’s destructive and abrasive actions and words. I certainly didn’t vote for the guy, because I don’t like his example.
But what if his approach works?
Trump sees himself as a winner, and winners believe in themselves 100%. not letting evidence to the contrary deter them. He’s not a politician, has no ounce of tact, and fights back without sugar coating his words or using doublespeak, no matter how infantile it looks.
He doesn’t believe in working with what he perceives as weak and inferior individuals whom he regards as perennial bureaucrats who have no desire to hurry along change. One of his numerous low points was insulting war hero John McCain, averring that he likes guys who didn’t get captured. In his eyes, McCain was a victim and a loser and therefore not valuable as a resource. Heartless his opinion may be, but is he wrong? What remarkable thing has McCain accomplished aside from running for president and losing?
He’s already spurred infighting among Republicans, by claiming everybody will still be insured after the ACA is repealed. The Repubs weren’t going for that at all. They’re trying to get the government off the hook for medical expenses, but Trump preempted them and put them all on the spot. If they can’t rebound from this, they were losers anyway, and he’ll just find somebody else to do the job. He’s already forcing them to cover his ass, and that could spur them out of their comfort zones. Obama tried to sway them through guilt, and that never worked. Now Donald is making promises they can’t keep. In his eyes, if they’re not up to the job, they don’t deserve their seats anyway.
If he goes back on his word, he doesn’t acknowledge that he made a mistake or express regret. That’s what losers do. Trump’s not going to apologize for racism, sexism, arrogance, cronyism, whatever. He dismisses those as protestations of the weak and losers who never accomplished anything noteworthy. They can’t control him through shame because only losers worry about shame.
He’s effectively crashed through barriers by not considering them important. He took Alexander the Great’s approach to the Gordian Knot. So what if it’s not really untied? It’s no longer an issue, if it ever was in the first place. He’s the megabull in the china shop. What good is china anyway? It’s just for looking at and has no practical value. Getting rid of the china shop makes room for a business people will actually visit - that’s how he looks at it.
So what if he pisses off China and threatens tariffs? That puts China on the defensive, not him. So what if he and Putin are buddies? Winners don’t let international politics get in the way. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission, but in Trump’s case, forget about asking for forgiveness. That’s loser talk.
Like it or not, that approach made him a (maybe) billionaire, and got him elected president. He’s got no reason to believe his system is faulty, so he’s going to keep using it. What if it actually works? It has so far.