Delusional Trump Tweetstorms Decenter U.S. Reality

Donald’s Trump’s delusional tweetstorms keep coming in an endless avalanche of discombobulation and one result among many has been a decentering of basic rationality in our culture.

The irrational has become the new normal, what is to be expected each day. Anger and belligerence within a White House administration has replaced anything remotely resembling careful and sustained analysis. It’s a given, at this point, Trump has destroyed the dignity of the American presidency, but the damage he’s done to the philosophical and psychological framework that underpins our democracy essentially means the collapse of empire and a new untested future for the country.

At some point, the tweets’ actual content don’t matter. This past weekend, for example, the liar-in-chief took on U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is his typical, nasty fashion on Twitter. Here’s the tweets:

By now, we all know the basic information in these Trump tweets are lies. Corker didn’t beg Trump for anything. He didn’t give us the “Iran Deal.” We don’t even need to take Corker’s word for it. That people “beg” Trump for this or that is simply another fantastical trope he commonly uses to assuage his enormous ego. Strong-arm, authoritarian leaders always get begged for the mercy, which is then never granted in order to appease his supporters’ thirst for vindictiveness, or at least we must assume Trump believes this on some level.

I’m commenting on the Corker tweets just because they don’t represent an anomaly.

The lies, the anger, the pettiness, all of this has become the daily digest of our reality. Yet to ignore it is to succumb to fascism and tyranny. The mainstream media outlets document Trump’s malignant narcissism dutifully, but it will never be enough. The constant exposure of discombobulation and chaos even has the effect of rendering the obscene—Trump’s behavior—as a new method of standard conduct among the citizenry

John Gartner, who along with Rachel Montgomery, has written a book about Trump’s psychology titled All I Ever Wanted to Know about Donald Trump I Learned From His Tweets, writes, “When you combine these four ingredients—narcissism, antisocial traits, paranoia, and sadism—you have a leader [Trump] who feels omnipotent, omniscient, and entitled to total power, who rages at being persecuted by imaginary enemies, which includes anyone who disagrees with him, as well as vulnerable minority groups who represent no threat whatsoever.”

Gartner writes that Trump in his tweets likes to “punch down” on people he perceives to be weaker than himself. All of Gartner’s analysis seems logical and precise but the punching down by Trump rings with especially clarity. Trump is a vulgar racist and sexist, always attacking the vulnerable. He embodies everything wrong about our culture. He’s a huckster who has lied to make money his entire life as all the lawsuits against him indicate and a reality television “star” with no intellectual substance.

More than 60 million voters helped Trump to decenter logical thought and expression in our culture, a fact made even more frightening by the lack of major dissent in the streets against the growing threat of fascism and the war danger of the Trump/Pence regime.

For that reason, grassroots groups like Refuse Fascism, which is launching a major initiative Nov. 4, need our support. We’re not going to tweet Trump out of office or op-ed him into rational behavior. We have to risk our bodies in the streets in peaceful but loud and huge demonstrations.

I understand that we’re not fighting fascists of the 1930s, but “fascism” carries a charged and meaningful call to action that recognizes the peril we face.

We also need to create the media infrastructure that pulls together people under an intellectual awareness beyond the capitalist media—The New York Times, CNN, even MSNBC—that exist for profit and to promote the neoliberal ideology that assures their money streams. Both efforts, refusing fascism on the streets and creating a new intellectual framework to educate people about neoliberalism, are difficult and dangerous initiatives in today’s uncertain political climate.

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