I was so repulsed Wednesday by the dance of the Republican sycophants around the Trumpster as if he were a great man rather than a bubble boy ballooning big, that I missed something. While I watched a panel on MSNBC (maybe CNN) yesterday, someone brought up the possibility that the kiss-ass carnival was not to try to fool all of us, but to fool Trump, himself, to make him think they believe he is as wonderful as he wants us all to. They fed his hunger for adoration, in hopes to keep him in a good enough mood that he won’t tarnish the legislative victory tweeting out some childish tantrum.
The Republican leaders figure if all the praise is heaped on Trump, he’ll be on a high for days, just basking in the manufactured after glow. At least if they heap all the praise on him, he won’t get jealous of them. That theory fits with a number of comments and reports I have read over the course of his rise as to who he is.
Back in 2016 the humorously acute political observer Jon Steward called Trump a man-baby: “He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands…” A temperament that reacts to minor slights as if they were life threatening and then strikes back much harder. The kind of temperament that requires managing like a child, so it doesn’t get all out of sorts and breaks something.
Much more recently Republican Senator Corker called the White House an “adult day care center”, and he clearly had one adult in mind who needed the child care.
Last week the Washington Post reported that Trump’s daily security briefings are arranged so as the Russian meddling issue and anything else that might upset him do not become the center of attention. Much effort seems aimed at keeping the boss from going off on an angry tangent. In other words, he is carefully handled when possible (details here).
Trump’s obsession with not receiving enough credit for his upset presidential victory, along with anything that prompts doubts about its legitimacy – like the Russian probe – confirms the sense he needs constant affirmation. Not that this is a new insight, but the extent to which the Republicans in Washington acted upon it Wednesday remains startling, at least to me.
At some point yesterday Mitch McConnell was asked if he was bothered by Trump being given literally all the credit for the passage of the bill, as if McConnell and others didn’t deserve more praise themselves. McConnell responded: “You don’t expect me to answer that do you?”
No need to answer Mitch. I get the picture, now.
(and it’s a scary one)
P. S. – The praise for Trump by Republican cabinet members and congress people was so over the top that CNN rated the top 11 grovelers. If you think Pence was rated #1, well, you’re close, but the competition was real tough. Here is the: CNN report