Tuesday Reads: Trump Trauma

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Good Afternoon!!

Last night Lawrence O’Donnell had a psychologist named Bill Doherty as a guest on his program “The Last Word” to talk about Donald Trump. Here’s an excerpt from Doherty’s bio at Psychology Today:

William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is Professor of Family Social Science and Director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. He is also a practicing marriage and family therapist and co-founder of The Doherty Relationship Institute, LLC, a new venture designed to help engaged couples through couples on the brink.  See DohertyRelationshipinstitute.com

Bill is a past-President of the National Council on Family Relations, the oldest interdisciplinary family studies organization in North America. He has received the Significant Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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You can read his cv at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. Doherty has established a website, “Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism” where he posted a manifesto that has so far been signed by 2,400 mental health professionals. From the manifesto:

As psychotherapists practicing in the United States, we are alarmed by the rise of the ideology of Trumpism, which we see as a threat to the well-being of the people we care for and to American democracy itself. We cannot remain silent as we witness the rise of an American form of fascism. We can leverage this time of crisis to deepen our commitment to American democracy.

What is Trumpism?

Trumpism is an ideology, not an individual, and it may well endure and grow after the Presidential election even if Donald Trump is defeated. (Variants can be seen all over Europe.) Trumpism is a set of ideas about public life and a set of public practices characterized by:

  • Scapegoating and banishing groups of people who are seen as threats, including immigrants and religious minorities.
  • Degrading, ridiculing, and demeaning rivals and critics.
  • Fostering a cult of the Strong Man who:
    • Appeals to fear and anger
    • Promises to solve our problems if we just trust in him
    • Reinvents history and has little concern for truth
    • Never apologizes or admits mistakes of consequence
    • Sees no need for rational persuasion
    • Subordinates women while claiming to idealize them
    • Disdains public institutions like the courts when they are not subservient
    • Champions national power over international law and respect for other nations
    • Incites and excuses public violence by supporters

At the political level, Trumpism is an emerging form of American fascism, a point being made by social critics across the political spectrum, including Robert Reich, Robert Kagan, and Andrew Sullivan. As journalist Adam Gopnik points out, whether or not the term “fascism” fully fits, it’s clear that the American republic faces a clear and present danger when the candidate of a major political party embraces an anti-democratic ideology. At the cultural level, the Urban Dictionary has defined Trumpism as “the belief system that encourages pretentious, narcissistic behavior as a way to achieve money, fame, and power.”

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Go to the link to read about the effects of Trumpism and the reasons why therapists are so concerned. One thing that Doherty said last night really struck me. He said that therapists around the country are seeing clients who are very stressed and anxious about Trump’s campaign.

I’ve been writing for some time that I go through a struggle with myself every time I write a post because it’s so difficult for me emotionally to deal with the Trump phenomenon. I always knew that the attacks on Hillary would be vicious and that we’d have to deal with ugly and escalating sexism and misogyny; but I wasn’t prepared for the Trumpism to be piled on top of the Hillary hate. I guess I’m suffering from Trump stress.

Months ago there were a few articles about this topic. The Washington Post in March: Psychologists and massage therapists are reporting ‘Trump anxiety’ among clients.

To the catalogue of anxieties her patients explore during therapy — marriage, children and careers — psychologist Alison Howard is now listening to a new source of stress: the political rise of Donald Trump….

“He has stirred people up,” Howard said. “We’ve been told our whole lives not to say bad things about people, to not be bullies, to not ostracize people based on their skin color. We have these social mores, and he breaks all of them and he’s successful. And people are wondering how he gets away with it.”

Hand-wringing over Trump’s rapid climb, once confined to Washington’s political establishment, is now palpable among everyday Americans who are growing ever more anxious over the prospect of the billionaire reaching the White House.

With each Trump victory in the GOP primaries and caucuses, Democrats and Republicans alike are sharing their alarm with friends over dinner, with strangers over social media and, in some cases, with their therapists. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 69 percent of Americans said the idea of “President Trump” made them anxious….

Type “Trump” and phrases such as “scaring me” or “freaking me out” into Twitter’s search engine, and a litany of tweets unfurl, including one posted two weeks ago by Emma Taylor as she lay in bed in Los Angeles: “I literally can’t sleep because I just thought about how Trump may actually win the Presidency and now I’m having a panic attack.”

“It’s like a hurricane is coming at us, and I don’t have any way of knowing which way to go or how to combat it,” Taylor, 27, a Democrat, said in a phone interview. “He’s extremely reactionary, and that’s what scares me the most. I feel totally powerless, and it’s horrible.”

Read much more at the link.

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The Guardian, also from March: How to cope with anxiety caused by Donald Trump: experts lend advice. I’ll let you read the suggestions for yourself. I didn’t find them all that helpful, because I don’t think the article takes seriously the nature of the Trump threat to our country.

A couple of days ago, JJ posted a link to a piece by linguist George Lakoff: Understanding Trump’s Use of Language. Lakeoff suggests that you first read his earlier article, Understanding Trump. Lakoff has long studied the differences between conservatives and liberals as a function of their uses of language.

In the 1900’s, as part of my research in the cognitive and brain sciences, I undertook to answer a question in my field: How do the various policy positions of conservatives and progressives hang together? Take conservatism: What does being against abortion have to do with being for owning guns? What does owning guns have to do with denying the reality of global warming? How does being anti-government fit with wanting a stronger military? How can you be pro-life and for the death penalty? Progressives have the opposite views. How do their views hang together?

The answer came from a realization that we tend to understand the nation metaphorically in family terms: We have founding fathers. We send our sons and daughters to war. We have homeland security. The conservative and progressive worldviews dividing our country can most readily be understood in terms of moral worldviews that are encapsulated in two very different common forms of family life: The Nurturant Parent family (progressive) and the Strict Father family (conservative).

What do social issues and the politics have to do with the family? We are first governed in our families, and so we grow up understanding governing institutions in terms of the governing systems of families.

In the strict father family, father knows best. He knows right from wrong and has the ultimate authority to make sure his children and his spouse do what he says, which is taken to be what is right. Many conservative spouses accept this worldview, uphold the father’s authority, and are strict in those realms of family life that they are in charge of. When his children disobey, it is his moral duty to punish them painfully enough so that, to avoid punishment, they will obey him (do what is right) and not just do what feels good. Through physical discipline they are supposed to become disciplined, internally strong, and able to prosper in the external world. What if they don’t prosper? That means they are not disciplined, and therefore cannot be moral, and so deserve their poverty. This reasoning shows up in conservative politics in which the poor are seen as lazy and undeserving, and the rich as deserving their wealth. Responsibility is thus taken to be personal responsibility not social responsibility. What you become is only up to you; society has nothing to do with it. You are responsible for yourself, not for others — who are responsible for themselves.

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Of course Republicans are believers in the “strict father family,” and Trumpism is an extreme example of that world view.

The strict father logic extends further. The basic idea is that authority is justified by morality (the strict father version), and that, in a well-ordered world, there should be (and traditionally has been) a moral hierarchy in which those who have traditionally dominated should dominate. The hierarchy is: God above Man, Man above Nature, The Disciplined (Strong) above the Undisciplined (Weak), The Rich above the Poor, Employers above Employees, Adults above Children, Western culture above other cultures, America above other countries. The hierarchy extends to: Men above women, Whites above Nonwhites, Christians above nonChristians, Straights above Gays.

We see these tendencies in most of the Republican presidential candidates, as well as in Trump, and on the whole, conservative policies flow from the strict father worldview and this hierarchy

Family-based moral worldviews run deep. Since people want to see themselves as doing right not wrong, moral worldviews tend to be part of self-definition — who you most deeply are. And thus your moral worldview defines for you what the world should be like. When it isn’t that way, one can become frustrated and angry.

I hope you’ll go read the entire piece as well as the follow-up article on Trump and language.

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Right now it looks like Trump will not win the presidency, but he has already done immense damage to our foreign policy, out national security, and to political discourse. If Trump loses, he isn’t going to go away. He’ll still get plenty of attention from the press and his comments on a Clinton administration will get heavy play. I find this very frightening.

Trump’s “strict father” attitudes have certainly triggered deep feelings from my own childhood in an authoritarian family with an angry and violent father. I would guess the effect is quite widespread. Combined with the media’s irrational hatred of Hillary Clinton and their lies about her, we are becoming a traumatized nation. You can even see this in Republicans. I don’t know what the answer is, but this is something that is really happening.

The Peter Max paintings and posters are there to cheer me up. I hope they work for you too.

What stories are you following today?

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29 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Trump Trauma”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s another interesting psychological analysis of Trumpism.

    Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201607/trump-stress-reactivity-trance-and-ethics

    • dakinikat says:

      Interesting article. I find that the same people that are drawn to Trump are also draw to really strict interpretations of religion and laws too. It’s like they love to be boxed into untenable situations where they have to ‘sin’ to get any release. Then they project their own guilt on to others. It might be some form of major insecurity being worked out and fear. That makes sense.

      • BJ says:

        First, let me state emphatically that I do not support Trump! In fact, his meteoric rise in pre-convention polls stunned me into researching why this uncivil, self-aggrandizing bully, an aggressive hate-mongerer and fear-stoker, who by his outrageous public statements demonstrates misinterpretation or perhaps ignorance of our laws and Constitution, WHY and HOW has he garnered such rabid support?

        I believe his candidacy sends a relatively simple message: one that the politicians have ignored and ‘intellectuals’ now psychoanalyze. This is a huge tell about our society. Politicians often focus on issues that will get them re-elected. Much of the electorate, likewise, focus on issues pertinent to their situations. But most of us, I think, don’t get involved, leaving it someone else to figure it out, which results in an abdication of their voices to a relatively small group with self-serving agendas.

        No one has looked at the big picture. We are a nation of diverse ethnicities, religions, social-economic levels, education levels, and sexual ID and preferences. And factions within each group demand specific recognition and government protection. The squeaky wheels attract media attention, which affects political agendas.

        But the real, life-sustaining needs of the largest group of Americans have been ignored because they are proud people and do not protest loudly. Until now.

        Trump’s largest group of supporters is the white working class…the ones who get the important yet unheralded jobs done. I believe they were once called America’s backbone. Their livelihoods have been outsourced to improve corporate’s bottom line and satisfy stockholders. There is little re-training effort, and in reality, what would they be retrained to do? Manual labor jobs are filled by non-skilled workers and illegal immigrants. The working class typically does not want hand-outs; again, they are a proud group. But many have been forced welfare support to feed their families.

        These people are hurting and have been forgotten and ignored by the government — and by their fellow Americans. They are scared, and they are angry. Trump’s pronouncements and promises are manna to them. He speaks to desperate people, who are making a desperate choice. This is the stuff that revolutions are made of. Think post WWI Germany: stagnant economy; many out of work; no solutions offered to improve their situations. Who did they turn to?

        Read “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance. It’s an enlightening treatise of the brokenness of the white working class.

        I believe we should cease criticizing the Trump supporters and begin understanding them. The solution does not lie in psychiatric analyzations of behavior by Trump or his supporters. The solution is for Americans to understand the frustrations fueling this event and to demand that our government recognizes the basic needs of its people and go about meeting these needs. We cannot be so self-centered as to think only of ourselves. The desperation of a significant portion of our population affects the country as a whole. Think post WWI Germany.

        P.S. I was raised in an upper-middle class, well-educated, conservative, white Southern family, who taught me that being ‘conservative’ means a measured response; study the whole picture to find the workable solution that benefits the most.

        • dakinikat says:

          I’ve read bits and pieces of Hillybilly Elegy. It’s interesting. I think that the big fraud that’s been perpetrated on the white working class is a lot of what you’re writing about. A good portion of their jobs are not being stolen by undocumented immigrants/women/minorities and a good bit of them are still here in this country but most of them are being done by people with things that increase individual productivity. Technology has had a lot more to do with this than what you describe which is basically a lot of propaganda being fed them by extremely wealthy men who benefit from them being angry and nativist. Here is an article from MIT review from 2013 that describes why a good portion of those jobs being decimated aren’t due to trade agreements or the other poor people they’re being taught to hate. This also explains why incomes haven’t grown too which destroys another populist screed used to work up the working class on both sides of the political spectrum.

          Anecdotal evidence that digital technologies threaten jobs is, of course, everywhere. Robots and advanced automation have been common in many types of manufacturing for decades. In the United States and China, the world’s manufacturing powerhouses, fewer people work in manufacturing today than in 1997, thanks at least in part to automation. Modern automotive plants, many of which were transformed by industrial robotics in the 1980s, routinely use machines that autonomously weld and paint body parts—tasks that were once handled by humans. Most recently, industrial robots like Rethink Robotics’ Baxter (see “The Blue-Collar Robot,” May/June 2013), more flexible and far cheaper than their predecessors, have been introduced to perform simple jobs for small manufacturers in a variety of sectors. The website of a Silicon Valley startup called Industrial Perception features a video of the robot it has designed for use in warehouses picking up and throwing boxes like a bored elephant. And such sensations as Google’s driverless car suggest what automation might be able to accomplish someday soon.

          A less dramatic change, but one with a potentially far larger impact on employment, is taking place in clerical work and professional services. Technologies like the Web, artificial intelligence, big data, and improved analytics—all made possible by the ever increasing availability of cheap computing power and storage capacity—are automating many routine tasks. Countless traditional white-collar jobs, such as many in the post office and in customer service, have disappeared. W. Brian Arthur, a visiting researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center’s intelligence systems lab and a former economics professor at Stanford University, calls it the “autonomous economy.” It’s far more subtle than the idea of robots and automation doing human jobs, he says: it involves “digital processes talking to other digital processes and creating new processes,” enabling us to do many things with fewer people and making yet other human jobs obsolete.

          It is this onslaught of digital processes, says Arthur, that primarily explains how productivity has grown without a significant increase in human labor. And, he says, “digital versions of human intelligence” are increasingly replacing even those jobs once thought to require people. “It will change every profession in ways we have barely seen yet,” he warns.

          Probably there biggest enemies are–in fact– the people that encourage them to drown their state and local governments in the bathtubs. Many, many jobs in construction, transportation, public safety and health as well as infrastructure have been defunded to go to tax breaks for the wealthy and for corporations that spend their money else where.
          You can look at my state of Louisiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Texas as states as extremely good examples of this. Privitizing prisons then hiring fewer guards at low salaries while skimming public funds for income and revenues to ownership is a really good example as well as charter schools that rely on first year teachers, teacher aids, computer education and no provision of services to challenged students is another good example. If you actually research any of these, you’ll find out why the working class has been screwed and then if you look at hired Buffoons like Rush Limbaugh and a myriad of preachers, you’ll see how they’ve been misled as to the source of the misery.

          I appreciate your comments a lot and I can see that you’re not a Trump supporter. I am a southern woman myself, born in Oklahoma and the daughter of Farmers, railroad workers, preachers kids, and your basic Scotch Irish white folks. I was also raised Republican. My dad was fortunate enough to go to college on the GI bill and as a result, I got to jump straight to the upper middle class but my grandparents always were constant reminders of the hard scrabble life. I think we need to change the narrative. Neither Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump or most of the folks I see discussing economics, jobs, trade, etc. get it right these days. If private business is using more robots, etc. then the last thing we need to do is outsource our public services to for profit entities that just further cut wages and jobs. To invest in the working class means to invest in jobs in our communities and in most cases that means public health, education, safety, parks, roadways, bridges and transportation, and things like this. Building these things in the 1950s and the 1960s is what nurtured jobs for the working class. I can use a lot more studies to show you this because, believe me, the entire area of national economics is having to be rewritten to remove a lot of the classical economic paradigms.

          • BJ says:

            Dak, I totally agree with you that automation –and globalization– disrupt the post WWII economic paradigms that employed many and established the Madison Avenue American Dream. No doubt.

            When manufacturing began to automate, my concern was for skilled laborers. Certainly the factory owners were more interested in increased bottom lines. If automation had been available, Henry Ford would have swiftly replaced his $5-a-day human assembly line with robots.

            As Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

            This is in line with ignoring the big picture. My comment yesterday on the white working class is a piece in that picture. Governing bodies simply must understand that a country this large and diverse is held together by many fine threads that interconnect. And, like an electrical system, if only one or two of the intersects is maintained while the others are left untouched and uninspected, the entire system will eventually collapse.

            My point: We, the electorate, must insist on first things first. Restructuring the economy may well be the first step.

            Is it possible for humans, who by nature tend to be self-centered, to turn from our personal issues to the issue of the greater good?

        • bostonboomer says:

          What the Hillbilly Elegy hypothesis leaves out racism and the white supremacist support. Surveys show that Trump supporters, while less educated are not poor. They tend to be middle class.

    • Fannie says:

      I had not read of George Lakoff before today. Great read, and will share that. What first came to my mind when he said he was doing immense damage…….is hell yeah, he destroyed the republican party, I’ll tell you that, he certainly did that.

      Things ought to start to get complicated, especially with the upcoming debate, and no teleprompter. He’s going to have to talk about policy, and I hope they ask him to explain Apple owing the EU 14.5 Billion in Back Taxes!

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/30/how-the-e-u-s-ruling-on-apple-explains-why-brexit-happened/

  2. joanelle says:

    You ask: “We’ve been told our whole lives not to say bad things about people, to not be bullies, to not ostracize people based on their skin color. We have these social mores, and he breaks all of them and he’s successful. And people are wondering how he gets away with it.”

    He get’s away with it because he’s a male- if any woman tried to say or do what he has done he would never have made it half way through the debates. Because of his male persona he is automatically viewed as a leader.

    And on top of that, there are scores of people who are literally afraid of putting a woman in the white house and many have been convinced by the msm that Hillary can’t be trusted.

    That’s how he’s gotten away with it. What we need is more men, well respected men to make strong statements about: how trustworthy she is, what a good leader she has and will continue to be, how dangerous the ‘loose cannon’ would be for our country if he became president and to point out the truth much as the “Thinking about Hillary” article did, how it all started with an article by Safire that he later admitted he made it all up.

  3. dakinikat says:

    Suggested new national anthem to piss of Trump and the other white nationalists:

  4. teele says:

    I just spent a weekend fighting off feelings of abject helplessness, sadness, and fear, because I was shocked by a woman who I considered a good friend telling me on Friday that she didn’t know who she was going to vote for in November. The very idea that she could be considering voting for Trump is appalling, and my confidence in being able to judge other people’s character is gone. She has a 12 year old daughter, a wonderful young girl who has been encouraged to be independent, compassionate, curious and hard-working. This girl is about to also get the message from her mother that no matter how hard-working and bright and caring she is, she should never expect to be considered as good as the most loutish, ignorant, lazy man in existence. This woman noticed a distinct difference in my behavior yesterday, asked me what was wrong, why I seemed sad — and I can’t even discuss it with her, because I’m still too upset. This comes a few months after finding out that my father, the man who taught me that my expectations should be unlimited, is definitely voting for Trump. We have spent most of my life having lively, free-wheeling political discussions, but I can’t talk to him about it anymore; so our 2-hour marathon phone conversations have diminished to a couple of 10-minute calls of the “how are you, I’m fine” variety. This has been a grieving experience for me. Sometimes I feel like an alien plunked down on earth amidst a population of beings that I can never understand.
    I guess I feel like some of you here will understand what I’m talking about. It really is affecting my emotional health, and impacting my daily productivity. I spent much of the BushCheney years in a surreal state, and I really don’t think I can go through another period like that.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m sorry. It would be really hard for me if someone I loved supported Trump.

    • Fannie says:

      We understand your sadness. You are not alone. Many of us have been down that mental journey. Don’t let it make you sick, listen to music, go for nice long walks, and enjoy nature.

  5. William says:

    I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in at least six months. The potential prospect of Trump being elected is beyond horrifying. I don’t think the country would survive in any recognizable form. And even if we somehow got through the four years, he and the right-wing Congress would have eliminated every environmental protection law. Four more years of unchecked global warming would push us past the tipping point, and lead to the kind of nightmare famine and floods which the scientists have been warning us about. I really don’t know why Hillary does not go right after that issue, as Trump has no defense, no way of faking concern, since he thinks that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Most Americans now believe in it, so why not run ads about it?

    I don’t know how far one can go with the male-female aspects, although Chris Matthews used to love to refer to the Republicans as the “Daddy Party,” and the Democrats as the “Mommy Party.” And there is some truth in that. But there are plenty of Republican women who support Trump, and they are not all dominated by their husbands, or even married. Fascism in itself has always been a threat here, and particularly since the Nixon and Wallace days. The Puritans were theocratic, punitive fascists of their era. Fascism went underground for a while, but its iinsidious appeal always has lurked beneath the surface.To biased or stupid or gullible people, Trump represents power. He also represents certitude and simple-mindedness. Everything is a disaster, and he is the one person who can fix all of it. His newest commercial is literally like something out of “1984.” “In Hillary’s America, things will be the same, only worse. In Trump’s America (shown with brighter lighting, and happy, smiling people), everything will be wonderful.”. How? No policies behind it, of course. Hillary can talk about policy for hours, and the media ignores it or scorns it. Trump says what Hitler and Mussolini said, and other tyrants before them. He is the strong man who will restore order. Frankly, if it gets to a dire point in the campaign, I hope that Hillary has some ads which essentially liken Trump to Hitler. Oh, the media will yell and scream about it, but at such a point, who cares?

    Trump seems like a natural extension of all that has been going on in this country for the last few decades. The vicious attacks on Bill Clinton; calling him a murderer and drug dealer. The despising of Obama; calling him a traitor, not an American. And of course the hatred of Hillary, and the relentless attempts to destroy her as a candidate and person. The media let this all go by, and even cheered much of it on. So where do Americans gain the knowledge or perspective to combat this? Where is Murrow or Cronkite? Where there is no light, the people will perish. Trump reminds me of that evil character in the novel “The Dead Zone,” who has no empathy, no soul. This is an archtype that has persisted in art for centuries, for good reason. Europe had them in the 20th century, and has them now. Trump is ours. All I can urge is for everyone to do as much as they possibly can, in terms of money, or campaign volunteering, to somehow prevent a fascist takeover of America, led by a literal madman.

    • joanelle says:

      Just this morning I thought how much Trump reminds me of Mussolini the way he puffs up his chest and struts.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Here’s is who Trump reminds me of

        • Sweet Sue says:

          Donald Trump reminds you of William Shakespeare?

        • William says:

          Yes! I remember Manson and his frightening but somewhat entertaining rants which always had him as the savior figure fighting the establishment. Manson obviously has no empathy for anyone, he was a con artist. I remember someone commenting that you could find someone like Mansion on every street in San Francisco in the ’60’s, which is why no one took much notice of him until later. Trump is also soulless, everything revolves around him and his worldview, such as it is. He’ll do anything to get what he wants. And I think that in his way, he is as psychotic as Manson, he will just manifest it in a less lurid way. His goal, like Manson’s, is to destroy all of his enemies by any means.

      • Beata says:

        Yes, I have noticed the resemblance to Mussolini as well.

  6. quixote says:

    The Dumpsterfire and some kind of strict father model? I don’t think so. Strict fathers may not be warm or even very effective fathers, but they do believe in something besides grabbing everything.

    I’d say he follows the Pure Selfishness™ model. AKA more for me and screw you.

    There is no socially acceptable role like that. Pundits keep trying to fit him into something recognizable and not-criminal when the obvious is staring everyone in the face. One interesting question is why do they try so hard?

    • dakinikat says:

      This is totally local news but this is a really good example of the Pure Selfishness model. Republican elected officials who are anti immigrant hire bus driven by and full of undocumenteds which plow into and kill fire fighters responding to an earlier accident. Of course they don’t hire “illegals”. Of course, they have no idea that they guy that’s driving the bus has been cited for domestic violence, and all other kinds of things … Constable from LA and a Rep from Arkansas. Couple of greedy good ol’ boys sending undocumenteds to clean up flood debris with no proper equipment, etc.

      • quixote says:

        Oh, Christ. In that case I’m betting they avoid mentioning the obvious by framing it only as an “accident.”

        It is an accident. A horrible one. But it’s also a symptom, as you say.

  7. Fannie says:

    Here’s something that says a lot about the fear of Republicans losing: They might go ahead and appoint Garland in a lame duck session:

    http://news.groopspeak.com/breaking-republicans-now-open-to-president-obamas-scotus-pick-with-trump-losing-in-polls/

  8. Fannie says:

    WTF, Kellyann Conway was asked about Trump’s immigration policy, and her reply: Well, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to find out! What the fuck is that all about? I’m not watching that ashol tomorrow night, or the next night, or the night after that.

  9. ANonOMouse says:

    Excellent Post today BB.

  10. bostonboomer says:

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  11. pdgrey says:

    Thanks BB, Great post and links. I have had Trump stress for a long time. No sleep for me!
    I really agree with this, BB. “Combined with the media’s irrational hatred of Hillary Clinton and their lies about her, we are becoming a traumatized nation”.

  12. Beata says:

    Fascinating post, BB.

    Authoritarian daddy worship? I am thinking of a woman ( my age ) who was born and raised in Berlin. Her father was a former Nazi and her mother was a devout Catholic anti-Nazi. She adored her father who ruled the household with an iron fist but she despised her soft-hearted mother whom she saw as weak. Now she lives in the U.S., is highly educated, married to a Jew ( the son of Holocaust survivors ) and liberal in her politics. Yet she continues to judge people as “strong” if they are coldly in control and “weak” if they show vulnerability. Once she was a good friend. I have very little contact with her anymore.