Saturday, April 18, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He, or possibly one of his known aliases, accused the press of making up sources.

Trump claimed in a tweet today that anonymous sources critical of him in the news media were made up. 

It's possible Trump actually believes this. He appears to genuinely believe he is popular as presidents go (he isn't), and he has trouble hearing criticism—or even understanding that it's happening. And his staff is openly manipulative of him, keeping him from seeing things they know will upset him when they can, and sandwiching it between flattery when they can't. From that sheltered perspective, it may be difficult for Trump to understand why and just how much his staff is willing to talk to the press about the problems in his administration.

Then again, Trump may simply be assuming that because he fakes sources, actual reporters do too. Donald J. Trump has also been known as "John Barron" and "John Miller," fictional publicists that he portrayed in phone interviews so that he could make flattering comments about himself that seemed to come from someone else. 

He's also very likely the author of a letter attributed to his own (female) secretary, "Carolin Gallego," who may or may not exist. The 1992 letter brags about his success with women, and how respectfully he treats them: "The most beautiful women, the most successful women—all women love Donald Trump."

Trump is also known as "David Dennison" in at least one legal document—the hush money settlement paid with Trump Campaign funds to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep secret the sexual affair he had with her shortly after the birth of his youngest son, Barron. 

It's not clear whether Trump intentionally named his son after his imaginary publicist.

So what?

  • Assuming that other people are doing the things you do is called psychological projection, and it's not a sign of good mental health.
  • Neither is creating elaborate fictions just to soothe your own feelings.