“He can’t stand being the loser and is now doing everything in his power to attack the reality he hates,” said Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist who studies Mr. Trump and of his appeal to the Voter wrote.
“Once he has exhausted all options to question the choice, he will spend the rest of his life insisting that the system conspire to rob him of his victory,” said Dr. Burgo. the author of “The Narcissist You Know: Defend Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age.” “He will seek refuge in guilt, self-pity, and righteous outrage in order to build his self-esteem and ward off the humiliation of true defeat.”
Meanwhile, many Republican lawmakers who refuse to piss off Mr Trump are helping to prop up the illusion that he is somehow still in power, which is reminiscent of the courtiers who flattered, lied and made their way through The last days of Emperor Haile were made possible by Selasse’s reign in Ethiopia in Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “The Emperor”.
Interestingly, there seems to be a precedent for this within the Trump family themselves. When the president’s father, Fred, developed Alzheimer’s, the family reportedly conspired to believe him he was still running the Trump organization. According to Vanity Fair The elderly Mr. Trump would show up for work signing blank papers every day and using an office phone connected only to his secretary’s line. “Fred pretended to work,” a family friend told the magazine.
With his large number of enablers willing to believe his unsubstantiated claims about the election, Mr. Naftali said Trump could be better than the wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.”
“Many of us assumed that Trump’s moment behind the curtain – when Dorothy arrived and thanks to Toto found out the wizard was a humbug – would come because of his handling of the Covid emergency.” he said. “But one of the reasons the president can continue that fantasy of winning a second term is because 73 million people disagree that he was a humbug. Even though the wizard is on his way out, Oz does exist still. ”
Of course, angry people can be very dangerous when put back in corners, and Mr. Trump’s belief in his own falsehoods has already had harmful real life consequences. Some sympathetic right-wing media outlets and many Republican officials refuse to acknowledge that Joseph R. Biden Jr. is the president-elect. Millions of people seem to believe Mr Trump’s claims that the election was stolen and that the coronavirus, which is now spiraling out of control, is not a serious problem. His supporters are marching on the streets to protest the election result, and it remains to be seen under what circumstances he will finally leave the White House.