By Richard John Stapleton
After watching and thinking about Donald Trump’s Town Hall meeting last night, it seems to me white supremacy is not the biggest issue in this presidential race. It’s human superiority in general.
At issue is whether Trump or Biden are superior enough to serve as president of the United States. Trump’s told us he’s a stable genius, and we now know his parents gave him four hundred million dollars.
You might think you were superior too if your parents gave you four hundred million dollars. You might even think you were superior enough to be president of the United States.
A lot of people think Donald Trump is superior, but is he superior to leaders such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Albert Einstein? Definitely not, but does he know what is going on better than anyone else that could be president of the US right now, by virtue of learning what he has learned throughout his life experience?
He has psychological nuances and mannerisms that obviously work for enticing votes. He has a sophisticated New York accent he uses to interject voice inflections and intonations to express superlatives at the end of sentences, and within parenthetical phrases, such as, “and it will be wonderful,” or “beautiful”, that apparently a lot of people find appealing and consoling.
Donald Trump has a body type, however artificial his hair and the color of his face, that must remind some people of past heroes and great deeds. He has a limited but effective vocabulary he uses to communicate psychological messages that convince many people he is superior, that is also effective for communicating messages that encourage his followers to think they too are superior, because of their ethnicity, their religion, and their cultural beliefs, regardless of how impoverished or poorly educated they might be.
He’s a world class winner playing psychological Games, especially playing NIGYSOB, NOW I’VE GOT YOU, YOU SOB, which enables him to act out as president his business and reality show plots and climaxes, primarily hiring and firing people and being the boss.
But he’s still a would-be emperor wearing no clothes, all hat and no cattle, as I used to say back in Texas when I was growing up.
His anger and fear were more apparent than usual in his first and possibly only 2020 presidential debate with Biden, and in his Town Hall meeting last night. Anger is the primary psychological cause of NIGYSOB playing, along with a desire to be superior, to be one-up.
What’s he angry about? Like a lot of people he’s probably angry about the problems he had as a child dealing with psychological messages and requirements laid on him by his parents and the way his life has turned out up to now, and what might happen to him from here on.
While NIGYSOB players mainly come across socially as Persecutors and Rescuers, they also consider themselves Victims psychologically. Trump complained about the “maniacs” that had been trying to ruin his presidency for three years in his last town hall meeting. It’s hard to feel sorry for someone like this considering how little sympathy he has shown for millions of others.
Now he too is worried about getting fired.
Has Donald Trump done a good job serving as the chief executive of the United States government and serving as the commander in chief of the US military?
I don’t think so.
FIRE TRUMP! — 2020
Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA, certified transactional analyst, octogenarian emeritus professor of management, educator, writer, editor, and publisher