Trump’s malignant narcissism becomes more apparent daily. He is governed by whims which have been unchecked since the indulgence he was given during his “terrible two’s” some 69 years ago. One of the many anecdotes that graphically illustrate this is his brazen visit to the dressing room of a teen age girls beauty contest decades ago where he could fulfill his own teen-age fantasy of “checking out the merchandise.” On the matter of sexuality, not to mention political, social, and economic concerns, everyone has fantasies that reality mercifully tells us are “inappropriate” or even unlawful. We then filter our impulses and do not act on them. Trump was born into circumstances where he was empowered to act on them, then rewarded for doing so, and discovered his willfulness could even lead him to be POTUS.
And now ensconced in the Presidency, he is not deterred by the “niceties” of political common sense and has brazenly declared he is so powerful he can pardon anyone he wants to, including himself. The Republican base has found the embodiment of their ruthless quest for power and control though, like a dog chasing a car that has captured its prey, they will have to ask the question, “Now what?” Trump has brought family and friends into positions of great power where they are fattening their purses and he has reassured them, “Go ahead. I’ll pardon you on the drop of a hat.” Trump is now demonstrating the Republican’s quest for unchecked power but unchecked power is always a Pyrrhic victory, always the product of a black hole in the heart that always leads to self-destruction and threatened destruction of everyone and everything nearby.