It’s hard to fathom what witches brew of psychological unease causes Trump to be so unrepentently vitriolic. The unendingly deep well of hate speech that erupts from his mouth and thumbs is unparalleled in presidential history. And I’ve wondered many times what could possibly account for someone being so monstrously uncomfortable in his own skin. He is clearly acting, playing a part instead of being genuine. But why?
He’s like a horse with a burr under the saddle. And it’s not just painful to watch, his vicious temperament could easily get us all into a nuclear war. There’ll be no going back from that, should it happen.
There has to be something more than a predisposition to crankiness going on under that flimsy rainbow hued patch of hair poking out so oddly from his skull. My hypothesis is that he’s gay, which is not something anyone can squelch forever without serious emotional dislocation.
He was raised in a time and family in which it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to admit to such a thing. Even though being gay is perfectly normal and ordinary, Trump seems way too anxious to prove his masculinity, in his case by rampant womanizing and bragging about womanizing.
Doing the opposite of one’s natural inclinations used to be called reaction formation. When the prospect of a trait, characteristic, or penchant is met with extreme disapproval by society, the person who has to pretend to be something the opposite of their true nature can suffer enormously.
I used to have a friend who was temperamentally exactly like Trump–effeminate, fussy, and unendingly verbally abusive for no apparent reason. The constant histrionics, the hateful speech and denigration of others who did not share his ethnicity (white, from Kansas) ultimately led to us not being friends anymore. I just could not bear to listen to the sewer that was his tortured mind.
Then, finally, he came out. Except he did it in the worst possible way. His very straight-laced father was on his death bed when this guy had a terrible temper tantrum and told his dad that he was gay and he’d be the end of the DNA line for his family. Even for him that was inexcusably mean.
But I’ve heard that he’s a lot more mellow now that he’s not having to pretend to be something he’s not.
Maybe if Trump would just come out we’d all be a lot better off.