Donald Trump’s Internal Conflicts

It’s hard to compete against the non-stop drama of the Trump White House. Who needs “West Wing”?

Trump’s presentation is blustery. Many of us are deeply worried that Trump will impact cherished values and accomplishments, at least of liberals and environmentalists, beyond repair. This short note offers the possibility, not probability, that Trump’s points of view will evolve in unexpected directions. It takes note of unexpected diversity in Trump’s selection of his inner circle and unusual expressions of thought. On diversity,

  • Jared Kushner is obvious.
  • Steve Bannon represents a right wing element not heretofore seen in the White House.
  • Michael Flynn is a registered, pro-life Democrat.
  • Trump wanted to offer Romney the cabinet post of secretary of state. In the campaign, Romney criticized Trump severely, down to the personal level.

On inner conflict resolution, in Trump’s own mind,

This has all been out for a long time. I’ve put it neatly on a page to consider it from the psychological perspective. Trump seems to be a person of active internal conflict, who argues with himself as much as with others.

It is possible that Trump is changeable. By implication of the above, he may be the kind of person who will recognize, perhaps not immediately, that eradication of our liberal heritage will result in a one term presidency. Steve Bannon has one ear (Hollywood Reporter):

If we deliver” — by “we” he means the Trump White House — “we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years. That’s what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It’s not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about.”

There is something to this, but dissecting it with full attention must await a future post. But Trump’s other ear may listen more widely. He may come to realize that identifying the above issue, as important as it is, as the only issue, ignores a wide spectrum of concern in the electorate.

If I could imagine that someone shows this to Trump, or one of his advisors, my top concern is this. You may think that global warming is unproven, or worse, a conspiracy of fraud. But very few things can be believed with better than 90% certainty. You hold the planet in your hands. Think about that 10%. Whatever happens to the planet on  your watch cannot be undone.

What if you’re wrong?


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