*We may have identified what drives Donald Trump even more than his massive ego. According to taped interviews given months before he decided to run for president, Mr. Trump made statements that showed, unequivocally, that he is terribly afraid of being publicly humiliated. And as his run for POTUS comes to a close, a defeat would no doubt fit the bill.
According to an article in The New York Times…
The intense ambitions and undisciplined behaviors of Mr. Trump have confounded even those close to him, especially as his presidential campaign comes to a tumultuous end, and he confronts the possibility of the most stinging defeat of his life. But in the more than five hours of conversations — the last extensive biographical interviews Mr. Trump granted before running for president — a powerful driving force emerges: his deep-seated fear of public embarrassment.
Motivational speaker and TV personality, Iyanla Vanzant once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,” and according to the recordings handed to the publication, Trump is revealed as a man who is fixated on his own celebrity (“Celebrities can do anything!”), anxious about losing his status (“It’s rigged!”) and contemptuous of those who fall from grace (Scroll down to hear what he says about Arsenio Hall).
The article states Trump once spoke with disgust about the very likable and highly successful Arsenio Hall. Though Hall was considered successful by any Hollywood standards with a great career as a comic, host of a late-night show bearing his name, and even some acting at one time, previously unreleased interviews from two years ago show Trump referring to Hall as “Dead as a door-nail…Dead as dog meat.”
[He] “couldn’t get on television,” Mr. Trump said with disgust. “They wouldn’t even take his phone call.”
The article goes on to say that Trump felt Hall had suffered the most grievous form of public humiliation: His celebrity had waned. His star had dimmed.
It should come as no surprise, if you’ve watched any of the debates, that Mr. Trump has done no self reflection at all. Perhaps a statement Hillary Clinton once made is true. “Donald,” she said, “lives in an alternate universe.” He demonstrates this often. On the one hand he will admit to “locker room talk” being the reason for his vulgar remarks about women; while in the same breath he will say, “No one respects women more than me.”
This, I’ve noticed, he says with a straight face.
It’s no wonder he once told Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio, “I Don’t Like to Analyze Myself Because I Might Not Like What I See.”
D’Antonio is the reporter who conducted these “last Trump interviews” in 2014. He even penned a Donald Trump biography called “The Truth About Trump.”
And because the reporter is now said to be rather disenchanted with Mr. Trump’s campaign, he handed the interviews over to Hillary Clinton’s team. He actually met with a few of Clinton’s aides, but never heard back from them.
Hey Mr. D’Antonio, no worries. It’s like Mrs. Clinton has said before, all she has to do is stand there and let Donald be Donald.
The interviews are said to capture the visceral pleasure Trump derives from fighting, his willful lack of interest in history, his reluctance to reflect on his life and his belief that most people … [Insert: women, immigrants, veterans and Black people] do not deserve his respect.
When Trump was made aware of the recordings on Monday night he attempted to downplay them saying they are,“Pretty old and pretty boring stuff. Hope people enjoy it.”
It’s an incredibly insightful article.
The interviews were taped in Mr. Trump’s office and apartment in Trump Towers in Manhattan. The interviewer says Trump shifted at times from being animated to bored, and boastful and stubborn when prodded toward soul-searching.
Ah! The petulant child he has shown us several times during each debate.
“No, I don’t want to think about it,” he said when Mr. D’Antonio asked him to contemplate the meaning of his life. “I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see.”
Other highlights in the article include questions such as…
Who does he look up to?
“I don’t have heroes,” Mr. Trump said.
Does he examine history to better understand the present?
“I don’t like talking about the past,” he said, later adding, “It’s all about the present and the future.”
And this one is a real kicker…
Who earns his respect?
“For the most part,” he said, “you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect.”
Oh but there’s more. Much more. Go to The New York Times article here.