When are we going to face the truth? Donald Trump is ill. Period. He is not just erratic or unpredictable, he is encased in the self-world of the narcissist.
Trump is also dumb. Plain and simple he is a poorly educated man (despite his schooling). He is totally unaware of the inner workings of his self.
We will finally come to terms with Trump when we understand his self-world is fine-tuned to the grievance of the permanently damaged regions of the U.S. blighted by racism and Southern fantasies of revenge. As John Egerton points out in his brilliant book, The Americanization of Dixie and the Southernization of America, our entire body politic has been infected by the racial fantasies of a fading dream.
As a young elementary school student in mid-1940s, I attended a school assembly in Tyler, Texas at Gary Elementary and was shown excerpts from The Birth of a Nation, and when the Southern troops entered the screen, the young children cheered. We youngsters had been shown a film rehashing an enduring Southern fantasy.
I graduated high school in 1955, and I never attended an integrated college until 1962, when I returned to Austin and the U. of Texas and saw three young black students being regaled by white students in front of the famous Tower in Austin. The Supreme Court had finally responded to the recalcitrant racism of the American South.
I graduated with a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1972 and my classes were held on the Woodrow Wilson(!) floor of the old main university building. Wilson was a graduate of Johns Hopkins. Wilson also was one of our most famous racist holdovers and premiered The Birth of the Nation in the White House.
Race and racism runs deep in the American psyche and Donald Trump is the damaged personality and vehicle to bring out the dark side of America one more time, while he struggles to serve his own dark fantasies in a job he is supremely unfit for.
God help us.