Will Trump choose megalomania over country?

Two weeks ago, I opined here that I didn’t believe former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter’s algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an ‘ass—-‘ over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump’s rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE would run again in 2024. Boy, did I get some serious push-back from political friends telling me that Trump is a megalomaniac and there is no way he is not going to run in the next presidential election.        

My rationale in that piece for his not running was: “My hope is that Trump’s massive ego will allow enough room for him to contemplate that his name is so toxic to tens of millions of Americans that his nomination might instigate massive civil unrest. If Trump does believe in our nation, as he says he does, then he should know it would be much better to sit out the election and try to use his influence to help the party’s nominee.”

One of my friends, who had a high-level political career, openly laughed in my face when I offered up that opinion. He, in turn, gave me a definition of a megalomaniac that he had just looked up on his phone: “A megalomaniac is a pathological egotist — that is, someone with a psychological disorder with symptoms like delusions of grandeur and an obsession with power.”

“Trump,” my friend continued over a coffee, “is the personification of that definition. He doesn’t care if he’s toxic to tens of millions of voters or who turns out in the streets to protest his run.  Do you believe his ego actually allows him to logically think things through? Look at Arizona.  Look at Georgia.”

By “Arizona” my friend meant that Trump knew he had to win the state in 2020 and he also knew that the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump attacks Meghan McCain and her family In Montana, a knock-down redistricting fight over a single line McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had ‘no goddamn business’ attending father’s funeral MORE, a decorated war hero, was seen as the “patron saint” of the state to hundreds of thousands of voters. Trump knew that if he continued to malign and insult McCain, he would turn off a great many of those voters — and yet, his unchecked ego could not stop itself. Consequently, he proceeded to lose the state and its 11 electoral votes by fewer than 11,000 votes out of over 3.3 million cast.

Next, we come to Georgia. Out of almost 5 million votes cast, Trump lost the state and its 16 electoral votes by just under 12,000 votes. Gee, I’ll bet he secretly wishes he hadn’t demonized mail-in voting after that result. Then, after he did lose the state, he also helped flush the chances of the two Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate down the toilet. 

Trump continually cried “fraud” while smearing Republican leaders in the state. If you were looking for a formula to depress the Republican vote, that would be one. And then, quite surreally, some of Trump’s “allies” were urging Georgia Republicans not to vote in the Senate runoff elections — elections that would determine which party would…

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