Quote of the Day: “People don’t understand”


During a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa on January 30, 2016.

Updated, below.

Dana Milbank relates the following from Trump’s rally today in Ashburn, VA, where, among other notable things, Donald accepted the Purple Heart from a veteran, saying “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier“:

The Republican presidential nominee, rallying supporters in a high school auditorium here, was talking about Chinese currency manipulation when an infant began to cry.

“Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies,” he said. “Don’t worry. The mom’s running around like — don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful, and healthy and that’s what we want.”

It was an unexpected moment of tenderness from the strongman — and it lasted precisely 55 seconds.

 “Actually I was only kidding: You can get the baby out of here,” he said, when the child continued to cry. “I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s okay. People don’t understand, that’s okay.”

There were murmurs and some uncomfortable laughter.

After attacking prisoners of war, virtually every racial minority in the United States and even the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, it was perhaps just a matter of time until Trump got around to attacking a mother and her baby.

This is obviously unsurprising. But I would like to focus on the ease (or “ease”) with which Trump switches between his pretend “benevolent” persona and his real ruthless self.

I put “ease” in quotes the second time, because when you watch the clip of this performance, you’ll see how difficult it really is for Donny to fake pro-social emotions: the grimacing and the outlandish statements meant to underscore his smarmy sentiments, for which he has no internal correspondence, are a sure and cringe-inducing giveaway of the effort involved. He wants to convey care and joy, but what comes out is a barely disguised contempt.

And then, as if on cue, comes Donny’s own admission of his psychopathic manipulation (amazingly, he does this once in a while, openly reveling in his power and the people’s inability to see through his craven games — that’s how brazen he is and seemingly unconcerned with any possible fallouts from such admissions):

I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s okay. People don’t understand, that’s okay.

Yes, sadly too many still believe that this man is what he so strenuously, at times, pretends to be: a caring and normal human being. But his always wobbly mask of normalcy slips more often these days, revealing the “Freudian junkyard” within, as one astute WaPo commenter put it. They react with “uncomfortable laughter,” but don’t know what to make of it.

Donald, meanwhile, revels in his deception, as evidenced by his proud tone when he mocks the mother for believing that he cares. And “that’s okay,” because people’s naivete that comes from their ingrained goodness is what has enabled his destructive existence and rise to power so far. People with a conscience have a hard time imagining that there are those without it and don’t know what it may look like.

So Donald is correct that “people don’t understand,” but no, it is not “okay.” People must wake up to the existence of psychopaths in our midst and start seeing the damage they inflict on the world. This is as good a time for it as any.

Update:

Khizr Khan, a Muslim immigrant who has become the (badly missing so far) conscience of America, has something to say about Trump’s acquisition of that Purple Heart:

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25 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: “People don’t understand”

  1. I was hoping you’d write about this. I simply can not believe the depths of this man’s depravity and the fools who defend him. Oh, BTW, the election that’s going to happen THREE AND A HALF months from now, is rigged. And, if Donny doesn’t win, his cronies are promising bloodshed. Oh happy day!

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    • Yes, I posted the quote about bloodshed under Ruth’s response on the earlier post.

      This, the baby incident, is chilling to the bone. And not because of his intolerance of crying babies, which is common for all of us, but because of his brazen play on people’s emotions that reveals his psychopathic core.

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      • Right. I read the bloodshed comment here, I believe. I get so overwhelmed by this guy’s vileness, I forget where I first hear it. A military mom was booed at a Trump rally were Pence was speaking because she asked a question about the Khan’s. The big pro-military supporters who rally around Trump booed a military mom. Rampant psychosis is running around our country in the shape of Trump supporters.

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      • Psychosis is actually right.

        Psychoanalysts believe that group processes are inherently psychotic — not just mildly and pleasantly irrational, but stark raving mad. They are also contagious. Which kinda explains a lot of our human life (although not quite really, not until we plumb the depths of the individuals’ primordial psychoses — here I’m thinking about Freud’s notion that we are equipped with a death instinct, a seemingly outrageous idea but one that makes more sense to me with every passing day).

        Thus relying on the “wisdom” of crowds or groups is a dangerous proposition — yet this is what political elections are about…

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    • Oh, yeah. This is getting more interesting by the minute.

      But behold this: despite (what may look like) his implosion, Trump apparently got some 80 mil in donations in July (will see what August brings, but still). And when you watch his rallies, none of those controversies make any dent in his popularity. They don’t even register in their fans’ awareness; and if they do, they are explained by “the media / leftist conspiracy.”

      We are witnessing something spectacular (from the POV of social and individual psychopathology) — the kind of blind populist rage that has caused revolutions. I do believe that the liberals and elites are not fully comprehending what’s happening. They keep minimizing the phenomenon, believing (correctly) that no normal person would support Trump — but they are in denial about the number and strength of the not normal ones who do.

      This is happening all over the world, BTW, and not just in the US. The rule of the Shadow is upon us (she said ominously and with grave concern, while reaching for a cream-cheese smeared bagel).

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      • Yes, it may be wise not to believe anything Trump/ists say (lol), as their brazen attempts to redefine our reality are breathtaking.

        This is especially apparent in the media performances of Trump surrogates who act like Orwellian characters. The words they use, for example, often mean the opposite of what we all believe they mean. And so abuse means respect, as Manafort is telling everyone today that Trump “respected” the Khan family; selfishness and greed mean sacrifice; exploitation means devotion and patriotism, and so on.

        It’s totalitarian crazy-making 101. And it reminds me of life under Communism. We were raised on just such a schizophrenic split between reality and propaganda. As the society was going to hell in a hand basket, we were being informed, by perfectly coiffed and poised politicos and pundits, that everything was great and going according to our glorious plan. This was never as obscene as during the martial law in the early 1980s where life as we knew it was shut down, but we were being told that, first, it was for our own good, and, second, everything was great — nothing to see here, carry on as usual.

        Ah, good times. Left us all (ok, most) with a tender spot in our hearts for authoritarians of all sorts.

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    • Thanks, John.

      Yes, Zakaria is right to be sick of Trump’s BSing.

      But this BSing is part and parcel of Trump’s character defect and his life’s motto. “I BS, therefore I am (a narcissistic psychopath).”

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