By now, all layers of speculation about trump’s character have been removed. It’s fairly well established that expedient mendacity — lying out of convenience — is the prevailing focus of any donald trump strategy for handling personal and presidential responsibilities. Most Americans recognize that like Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman” — an infamous escape-artist — any corner in which trump finds himself trapped, either personally or politically, invariably leads to an escape of his own making to a place of comfort. Americans know that we can always count on donald trump to require continuous doses of reassurance, especially during times when a dose of courage would be far more essential. Unlike the valor shown by first responders in times of major crisis, there has never been a valiant rush by trump directly into the aperture of responsibility for his lies or misdeeds.
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Indeed, with trump, it’s been exactly the opposite. When the going gets tough, trump gets going — off to find the proverbial “warm place to sh*t” — escaping either straight into a realm of dodgy, linguistic sleight-of-hand, and self-assuring rhetorical fantasy, or headlong into a cascade of stage-managed adulation from a swooning gallery of die-hard supporters.
“We all know dogmatists,” notes David L. Wolfe in Epistemology: The Justification of Belief “who are more concerned about holding their opinions than investigating their truths. If they are mistaken, they will never discover it; they have condemned themselves to perpetual error.”
Truly. And, in trump’s case, expediency will perpetuate a compulsion to seek out anyone willing to help further build on his decades-long legacy of perpetual error. It also quells any thought of perhaps considering the stealth appointment of a special White House staff psychiatrist to help work through denial issues.