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But there is also a personal psychodrama. It will determine the answers to these questions, and it is a spectacle in itself. Just as Trump’s presidency was unlike any before, his ex-presidency is a unique production.
Other presidents left the White House enjoying the disappearance of the press corps and the dimming of the headlights for a short or long time. Maybe soon, maybe later, they have polished their legacy with philanthropic acts. Meanwhile, they made pro forma statements of support for their successors or, according to longstanding etiquette, pulled their lips together. They behaved.
Trump doesn’t have that. And – let’s face it – he won’t. His reaction to his altered reality is to insist even more than before on an alternate reality in which he will be reinstated as president, and his flatterers are ready to aid his omnipotence mania by establishing a zone of affirmation around him . From Green’s article:
When Trump ventured south, a stream of family members followed (literally and figuratively). Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner bought a $ 32 million waterfront property in Miami from Latin American pop singer Julio Iglesias and enrolled their children in a nearby Jewish day school. Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, bought a $ 9.7 million mansion in Jupiter, Florida. In December, Sean Hannity sold his penthouse not far from former House Speaker – and Trump critic – John Boehner on the Gulf of Mexico and bought a $ 5.3 million oceanfront home two miles from Mar-a-Lago, symbolically exchanges the Boehner Coast for the Trump Coast. Hannity’s Fox News colleague Neil Cavuto joined him and bought a nearby home for $ 7.5 million. “Think how bizarre this is,” says Eddie Vale, a Democratic strategist. “It’s like Rachel Maddow and the guys from Pod Save America bought all the condos in Chicago because they wanted to be close to Barack Obama.”
The only one missing is MyPillow’s Mike Lindell, the bed tycoon who became Trump Comforter.
And Trump is not comforted enough.
That was evident both when it started a blog (“From the Desk of Donald J. Trump”) in May and when it ended less than a month later after it failed to find a readership anywhere near the audience for its past was appropriate tweets. Trump, the former social media monarch, had to crawl for clicks. What an amazing reversal of happiness. But it coincides with other glimmers of despair.
According to an article in The Times by Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, he started announcing the states he plans to visit before the actual venues and dates were agreed. In his head he can probably already hear that magical MAGA applause. It hangs there like the chorus of a top 40 song, but he wants it to be performed live, in an arena as big as his need.
The substitute for that applause? Deference. He’s asking just as much as ever and will probably get angrier than before if he refuses. This is where personal and political narratives intersect. His demonization of Liz Cheney for betraying him, his denunciation of Paul Ryan for defaming him, and his annihilation against any Republican who challenges the Big Lie, reflect a ruinous irritation that has always been evident throughout his exile stronger and will not subside. As Jennifer Sr. wrote in a January column in the Times about rejected narcissists, “they vacillate between the roles of victim and tormentor,” “keep crying over betrayal,” and “strike with powerful vengeance.”
Trump staggers and howls and whips, to the point where Jeb Bush’s son George P. Bush kneels in shock. Props for George P’s campaign for the Texas Attorney General include beer koozies with a picture of him and Trump shaking hands and a quote from Trump saying that George P is “the only Bush who likes me! This is the Bush who got it right. I like him. ”I’m sure that Jeb, as Trump derisively dismissed him, is“ low in energy ”with fatherly pride.