“You think I’m going to change?” he told reporters at a press conference this week. “I’m not going to change.” For all the speculation that, having assured victory in the race for the Republican nomination, Trump might become more “presidential,” it really was never in doubt. Trump will not change, cannot change, does not want to change.
Like all petty tyrants, he has found ways to manipulate large numbers of people not just by acknowledging their dissatisfaction with government but by legitimizing their racism. He has “elevated” insecurity from a problem to be addressed to a virtue to be celebrated. He has done this by proposing simplistic and racist solutions.
In Trump’s world, which is absolutely and totally centered on himself, everyone is either subservient or is an enemy. The difference is as trivial as Trump himself: A person is an enemy if he or she “is not nice to me.”
Can you imagine such pettiness magnified a thousand-fold by the power of the presidential office? And can you imagine foreign affairs conducted by such an immature person? So far, only two foreign leaders have been nice to Trump: Putin and Kim Jong-Un. What does that tell us about foreign policy under Trump?
Trump will not change his style because there is nothing else to him. Manipulation, intimidation, domination are not merely personality traits with him — they are his very identity! There is simply no substance.
Remember the lesson learned by all the people who have invested in the name of Trump, only to be cheated by his bankruptcies. Those who trust Trump will eventually pay as great a price as those who do not trust him. He calls himself loyal but in fact is loyal only to those who remain uncritical of him and supportive of his whims.