You heard it here first. Confidence level in this revelation is about the same as usual, so as always be warned that the confident language is a result of the cognitive style.
Trump is a medium-functioning, dark triad psychopath whose only real talent is telling people what they want to hear. This interpretation fits all the data points. Consider:
-Zero anxiety, period. Psychopathy is characterized by a complete absence of anxiety about the future, including even the near-future. It’s an amygdala thing, see Bob Hare.
-He has increased his inheritance less than inflation. Real estate has been very friendly to extremely wealthy men in recent years, yet he is a chronic loser. He is not good at his job, has no insight into money or economics, and is not very smart. Contrast his lack of success with his extraordinary people skills. If it’s not “what you know”, then why can’t Trump make any money despite all the effort he puts into it?
-His long-term relationships, such as with the Clintons, are opportunistic in nature. The Clintons are gangsters, Bill is a serial-raping narcissist, and Hillary is his political handler: a high-functioning psychopath who saved his presidency by destroying and murdering witnesses for the prosecution.
-He is a chronic exaggerator and liar who writes books about social influence which merely repeat trite advice from other books. “Follow your passion.” Thanks Walt, I’ll tell the debt collectors that and maybe they’ll approve my forbearance. His public persona is due to decades of attention-seeking for narcissistic supply.
-There are many reports of his shallow charisma when the cameras are off. A characteristic trademark of psychopathy is an instant change in temperament when the cameras turn off, because they have already adapted to the new social environment.
-His decision to push immigration restriction was an accident. He floated the issue and was surprised at how strongly people felt about it. This reminds me of when Bill Whittle, usually a very smart narcissist, suggested that poor people would be better off if they didn’t have to pay 15 grand in taxes. He’s completely out of touch. A true populist must either have a strong abstract reading streak (like Whittle) or at least have the familiarity to be able to tell, at a glance, the difference between poor and upper middle class.
-He originally ran for president as a gimmick. After throwing spaghetti noodles at the wall the immigration noodle stuck. He realized he could win and decided to try.
It is fitting to the dignity of the alternative right that they have been co-opted by accident. We can’t even claim there was a conspiracy like the Tea Partiers, just some random psychopath said something we agreed with and he saw the way our faces lit up. “Thank you!” we cried out in exasperation, so he said the same thing again, and we’ve lifted him on our shoulders and are carrying him to the White House.
Now even if you accept this interpretation, I know your first thought is “well, at least people are talking about this now, right?” It’s time to come back down to earth. Things are going to get much worse under this guy, not better. You think DC doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle a medium-functioning presidential psychopath?
Imagine George W. Bush 2016 with twice the testosterone and confidence. It’s time for this dream to end because there are dark days ahead.