There has been an inability for Trump and his Administration to admit any fault to an extent that has gone beyond bizarre. There have been others that have presented themselves in a similar manner, we know them as some of the most infamous leaders in world history.
We see Trumps narcissism on full display through his inability to admit fault on so many occasions, constantly doubling down on ridiculous notions, falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and flat out stupidity in the face of nation that over half of its citizens know better. It becomes vicariously embarrassing to witness.
What is extremely odd to me, is to what lengths Trump, his administration, the propaganda machine, and subsequently his supporters go to rationalize every wrong move by Trump in an attempt to skew truth and reason to make it look “good”. It is far beyond preposterous on many occasions to do so. With reports coming out that the administration was in turmoil, Trump states proudly that his administration is “A fine tuned machine”, a joke that reverberates today to all but those not emotionally invested in what has became glaringly obvious, a political cult.
Among one of the most trivial matters when Trump mistakenly tweeted “covfefe”, Sean Spicer refused to admit it was in error and that it was a word known to a small circle of people. When asked what it meant, Spicer ignored the question and moved on to another. What was a funny, light-hearted error has become a sign of something dangerous, of something sinister, an inability to own up to fault.
Today, even after getting clarification from the Mayor of London in regards to his tweet, as well as clarification from the media, Trump brazenly states:
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!”
The reasonable world knows that the London Mayor was stating “there was no reason to be alarmed” because of the increased police presence, in order to prevent people from assuming another attack was occurring. This was evident and contrary to what Trump and his cult would want to imply, that being that the mayor is weak on terrorism and wishes to present to the people that a terrorist attack is no reason to be alarmed.
This sign of the dangerous inability for the cult to admit any error, mistakes or wrongdoing that was there all along. It has gained steam in recent weeks, with the administration refusing to admit that Trumps trip overseas was anything but glorious and a massive success, despite alienating some of our historically important and most prevalent key allies further. There was no admitting error in Trumps call for a Muslim ban, instead he threatened the court to see them in court. The list goes on and on.
Just as disturbingly, Trump’s “White House Director of Strategic Communications”, Hope Hicks, released this:
“President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him,” the statement said. “He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor . . . and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”
A picture that captures this sentiment in my mind:
Of course, this whole idea of Trump being positive, magnetic and his unparalleled ability to communicate is laughable. What we have here is an inability to admit flaws, to present their savior in an infallible light. What is amazing, is that this sentiment trickles down to every day Trump supporters. Anyone engaging with some negative commentary on Trump in an open forum online will know what I am referring to. There is no admitting Trump and team is wrong. There, lying in wait is a constant swarm of frothy supporters who wish to rationalize every wrong to a right.
I’m sure a psychological phenomenon ought to be attributed to such mass behavior. Today we are living in a golden age for political scientists and psychologists to take to the helm to identify and describe this absolutely queer behavior. Of course, not every Trump supporter will react in this manner either, but you can be sure there are many who do.
It seems part of this inability to fess up to error to might be do the immense pressure that the White House and their supporters are enduring. The emotional investment into the most disastrous and incompetent presidency we have ever witnessed can take its toll on supporters.
The danger of not admitting error, the likeness of that quality aligns with Hitler, the massive push of the right wing to go so far right that anything that resembles actual news and fact becomes is a liberal conspiracy. The massive amount of propaganda that is being dispersed daily, which really ramped up at the onset of the Obama administration and the beginning of social media led to the wracking of Trump and similar minds to be reduced to delusional conspiracy theories to justify why their leader is infallible and the victim of a media onslaught. The propaganda is epidemic and has affected millions. Yet, it is no wonder there are daily leakers blowing the whistle on this administration on a regular basis.
The administrations psychosomatic narrative, this amateur hour hustle that may have gotten Trump somewhere in shady “Trump” brand dealings, but it does not cut it when running a superpower. The population, aside from the deluded 30% or so that has been brainwashed by decades of propaganda, can see through this madness – yet they attempt to legitimize it anyway.
Do they believe the lies and rationalizations themselves? It is very possible. It is very scary if they do. They are on a path that the likes of which was never seriously thought to occur in these United States. A degenerate, fascist, damaging administration who’s impact will reverberate through time and history, and not on the good side of it. The propaganda, lies, and spin will continue to produce a false narrative and false perception of reality, all to pander to a base that already believes he can do no wrong and divide those who know better even further.