Throughout history, leaders have been given what is known as “stylings” to their official title and name. A styling is meant to be descriptive of a key character trait of that leader. Some monarchs chose very simple but powerful stylings such as the first English King who styled himself Alfred the Great. Now, to drop a little fiction here, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you know that Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen is often introduced as, Daenerys Targaryen, First of Her Name, Queen of Mereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoyer and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms … yadayadayada. So since Trump has displayed this monarchist, totalitarian, fascist kinda bent to his “leadership” it is only appropriate to bestow upon his majesty a styling all is own: Trump the Vindictive. A bit of humor there but, President Trump’s penchant for retribution, thin-skinned pugnacity and volatile, extreme and erratic petulance makes him one of the most dangerous presidents to grace the oval office.
Yesterday, a three judge panel for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Trump’s Executive Order #13769 which housed the language for the now infamous and much maligned Muslim Ban. This, of course, is a victory of epic proportions not only for the leftist members of our political system in DC, but for friends of the U.S. all over the world who seek a chance at the American Dream. But does anyone think that Trump will take this lying down? And at question here is not merely his legal right to appeal the 9th circuits decision to the Supreme court. Oh no. Trump is a megalomaniac who sees any challenge to his authority as a “betrayal”, as was the case with former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates. And he further believes that betrayers are to be punished by any means necessary. If this man took forever and a day to drop a twitter feud with the likes of a beauty queen, how much more challenging will it be for him to not see the ruling by the court as a clear matter of law as opposed to a personal attack?
In yet another attack on the judicial system (he previously called Washington State Federal Court Judge James Robart a “so-called judge” after Robart issued a restraining order on Executive Order #13769), Trump characterized the 9th Circuit’s decision as “political” and vowed (in all caps, mind you) retribution in the tweet below:
Bullyism 101 right there, folks. A threat followed immediately by in injection of fear. And the threat isn’t that Trump stated he would go to court, that is very much his right. The menace here is the bravado and anger conveyed with which he stated he would appeal the decision to the highest office in the land. The psychology behind “the security of our nation is at stake!” portion of the tweet will perhaps be explored in a future posting. The focus now is simply this: Trump is a man who loves to humiliate others publicly but is one who cannot take or abide in the least sense the same happening to him. For him, and going solely by what he’s displayed so far, this goes well beyond putting America First or making America great again. At this point, it’s no longer about the business of the people. It’s personal. And he’s going to lash out by whatever means he can. However, the plus side to this is that as usual, he will make a TON of unforced errors. Deriding the judiciary was one he committed right out of the gate. The very potential downside, of course, is that his ranting and raving could have negative repercussions on our Democracy. This whole “let Trump be Trump” mentality that his advisors have is going to be his undoing. Someone needs to sit Trump in a room, feed him some xanax and throw his phone down the deepest, darkest hole imaginable.
Or maybe don’t. At this rate, the guy is bound to commit an impeachable offense. Just think about it, our release from this veritable circus act could only be 140 characters away.
More as this story develops.
Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins
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