At yesterday’s news conference the real and unscripted Donald Trump came out and said what he really believed. As anyone who has observed Trump even a little bit should know by now, there is no containing Donald Trump. No one (including new Chief of Staff General John F. Kelly) can manage Donald Trump. No one can speak for him, no one can manage him. He’s a one-man band, and always has been (as virtually all of his biographers have attested to).
So, yesterday Trump revived his ‘many sides’ accusation about violence at the Charlotteville incident. In particular, he said this:
What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Let me ask you this: What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.
Let’s, for the moment, skip over the fact that there is no such thing as the ‘alt-left.’ That’s an invention of the Donald’s imagination. There is however, such a thing as ‘Antifa,’ which Wikipedia describes in this way:
Antifa is a far-left political movement of autonomous anti-fascist groups in the United States. . . [T]he word ‘Antifa’ has its roots in Anti-Fascist Action, a name taken up by European political movements in the 1930s, and which was revived in the 1990s, particularly in Germany (Antifaschistische Aktion). [In the United States] Antifa is composed of autonomous groups, not a formal organization. Activists typically organize protests via social media and through websites and list-serves. . . [I]t is an organizing strategy, not a group of people, and is commonly associated with a willingness to engage in a show of force. Antifa groups have most notably protested the 2016 election of Donald Trump. . . . Antifa protesters participated in the 2017 Berkeley protests where they gained mainstream media attention, throwing Molotov cocktails and smashing windows.
We should all be able to agree that to the extent that it is a movement, Antifa is not a non-violent movement. We can’t all be Mahatma Ghandi or Martin Luther King. For sure, there were people from the left who were looking to rock and roll that night in Charlottesville, just as much as there were people from the right. To that extent, Trump is not incorrect. The difference maker, obviously, is James Fields, who drove a car into a group of marchers heading away from the confrontation (it must be emphasized), killing Heather Heyer and injuring approximately 19 others. Some were injured critically, so they may still end up in the morgue.
From the beginning, it’s been clear that President Kumquat has been vexed by all of these protestors, all of us who have been protesting against him from day 1. Let’s not forget that (according to the British Independent) this is a man who is ‘handed folder of positive news clippings twice a day by White House staff.’
Trump is a clinical runaway Narcissist. He is probably the most extreme narcissist who has ever become a major public figure, at least in recent memory in the United States. This drumbeat of never-ending protests clearly incenses him to no end. Whether Trump is a racist – and at this point it’s pretty hard to argue that he’s not – is completely secondary to the fact that he’s a narcissist. A clinical, extreme, over-the-top narcissist. That is the defining character trait that drives this man. He was clearly outraged that militant counter-demonstrators showed up for the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, at which so many of his hard-core supporters were getting together.
That Trump was not going to be enthused about disowning his supporters, not matter how white supremacist or neo-Nazi they proved to be, should not be a surprise to anyone who has observed President Kumquat for any period of time. Yesterday he doubled down and stayed true to form.