Donald Trump was asked to name one of his heroes. His answer was very, very strange.
This is such bizarre analysis from Chris Cillizza.
Trump is just not introspective. A question about heroes by its very nature necessitates some level of introspection from the person to whom it is asked. What makes a hero? What are the traits you most admire in a person? Who are the sorts of people that you model yourself after? Trump simply doesn’t open up. Ever. He is constantly moving forward. He doesn’t look back. He doesn’t second guess. He assumes he has always done the right thing. In a way, it’s a remarkable personality trait and one that as someone who constantly second guesses himself, I sort of admire. The point is that Trump doesn’t engage in navel-gazing in public — and, my guess is, in private either.
This goes on and on, attempting to build a complex psychological profile for someone who is – clearly, if you read the actual, in-context question and answer session – a big, babbling idiot.
Trump is an idiot. His success, such as it is, is due to luck, a lack of decency, and the ability to cater to people’s worst qualities, like their fascination with attention and conflict. I don’t even think he has a plan, or has ever really had a plan – he’s just completely devoid of any complex, multi-stage thinking, and that (along with his inherited wealth and ability to say insane things with no shame) has made him the perfect famous person to accidentally take over our dumb, fractured, nihilistic society.
All of that is true, and the incredible success – again, such as it is – that he’s had co-opting the world’s greatest political experiment, the United States, is very real. But… the man is still an idiot. He just is. Don’t try to map him onto the profiles of guys like freaking Dwight Eisenhower.