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“The World’s Most Dangerous Man”

Talking to philosophers, psychologists and psychiatrists

Trump in front of his American wall. Picture: White House

Its popularity continues to decline and polarize the country – this could be dangerous, especially since there is no real alternative with Biden like 2016 with Clinton

After the last one Gallup survey from the end of June, approval of Donald Trump continued to decline. Whether the cultural struggle that Trump desperately called for mobilizing his right-wing and nationalist supporters on self-controversial Mount Rushmore and on Independence Day in the White House garden will bring about a turn can be doubted (Trump: 99 percent of US corona infections “totally” harmless”). He is thereby – and with his Law & Order calls to support the police discredited against violence – behind the preservation of a cultural heritage associated with racism and slavery, which is largely questioned after the murder of George Floyd, while everyone who do not follow him, are called radical leftists, Marxists and anarchists and are equated with looters and violent criminals.

The Gallup poll shows that Trump is successful in the sense that he continues to split the country. Republican supporters continued to grow in popularity, with 91 percent liking him, but only 33 percent of the independent and 2 percent of the Democrats. The “gap” between Republicans and Democrats is now higher than ever during his election campaign and presidency – and also higher than that of Barack Obama just before the 2012 elections.

Since May, when Trump once again achieved a record approval rating of 49 percent, his reputation has been steadily declining with rising infection rates and criticism of racism and police violence. Straight claimed Trump again undeterred wrong: “We have the lowest mortality rate in the world.” Only 38 percent of American voters are behind him, bringing him closer to his 2017 low. Approval is now below 50 percent in all populations, including whites, men, the elderly, Southerners and Americans without a college degree. For women and the age group of 30-49-year-olds, it dropped even further after May with 10 points. A dwindling majority of 57 percent is only found among whites without a college degree.

Gallup notes that Trump is now concerned with George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, who were presidents for only one term and also had approval ratings below 40 percent in June before the election for the second presidency. However, Gallup is below the 38 percent approval rating Results of other surveys from late June to early July, where he achieved an average approval rating of 41.7 percent. FiveThirtyEight comes to a poll average of 40.5 percent.

Half of the presidential candidates that Gallup measured approval in June saw numbers rise again during the summer. However, this should hardly be expected for Trump, because the corona crisis continues to smolder and the economic consequences before the election will hardly change for the better. Trump relies on the availability of vaccines or medicines before the election, but this should not bring about a quick turnaround either. One can fear a wag-the-dog scenario, i.e. the attempt to trigger a military conflict in order to get the Americans behind it, or domestic political scenarios, as some fear, that Trump might fail in his choice of fraud leads to the election result not being recognized, which could then lead to an armed conflict in the country. Some of his supporters from the far right are armed to the teeth. The proclamation of the cultural struggle could be a first step. China only because of Covid-19 too accuse and the Expansion of the border wall celebrating will not be enough to win back past followers. He will probably have to or will radicalize.

The situation is similar to that in 2016, when Donald Trump was as unpopular as Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden is also not a real alternative, but not just because of his aged appearance, just a makeshift solution that does not stand for a change of course leading to the future. Trump’s followers, on the other hand, are more committed and admire his narcissistic goofs-on productions, possibly because he wins again this time

The advance of the book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” by Mary Trump, the only niece of the President, who came two weeks earlier than July 14, is already making waves, especially since the rest of the family could not prevent the sale. But even if the psychologist unpacks a lot of critical information about Donald and the rest of the Trumps, it shouldn’t really hurt him. Trump has shown that all of this drips off him, as he blatantly spreads lies.

Even his niece, who has broken all ties with the family, is not stingy with superlatives if she considers him the most powerful man in the world and the Trump family is described as the “most visible and powerful in the world”. In addition to family stories such as her father’s relationship with Donald, there are unflattering, if well-known, descriptions of him. He only judges people by money, “financial value” is the same as “self-worth”, he has a “killer instinct” while “empathy, kindness and knowledge are punished”, responsibility for mistakes is not accepted and: cheating is for Trump a lifestyle: “Cheating as a way of life.” He was a “monster”.

But it also offers explanations for his behavior. Love meant nothing to his father Fred: “He expected obedience, that was all.” Donald developed fear to ask for attention or comfort because he feared to provoke his father’s anger or indifference when he was most hurtful: “Donald suffered hardships that left him scarred for life.” In the book announcement, the Trump family is portrayed as “toxic,” whose life is “a nightmare of trauma, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.” A second presidency would mark the end of democracy. And you quoted Donald’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry: “He is a clown”, “He has no principles”.

Mary Trump: “His pathologies have made him mentally so simple that one only has to repeat the things he says to himself and about himself dozens of times a day – he is the smartest, the greatest, the best – in order to do so to bring whatever you want. ” And as a clinical psychologist, she writes: “Donal’s pathologies are so complex and his behavior is so often inexplicable that developing an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neurological tests that he will never do.” Mary Trump apparently demonizes her uncle instead of disenchanting him. This reveals business acumen and Trump’s logic.

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