Washington: With his defeat in the US presidential election, Donald Trump finds himself fighting against being tagged with a label he frequently applies to rivals but which runs completely counter to his own brand: “loser.”
The Republican Party is taking legal action in several battlefield states, and although his lawyers have so far failed to substantiate the fraud allegations, observers believe that the court is unlikely to overturn the voting results.
However, according to academics and mental health professionals, the same authoritarian qualities that define Trump’s rise and his presidency make it almost impossible. He digested the graceful concessions and the Democratic president-elect Biden.
They warned that this could make the post-election pre-election period particularly unstable for the country.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history at New York University, told AFP that Trump had tried to establish an “authoritarian model of the presidency” based on “arrogance, brutality, and the idea that he must be defended from his enemies.”
“It’s easier to claim the whole election was a fraud than admit that his policies turned his people against him in numbers sufficient to ensure his defeat” added the author of the forthcoming book: “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.”
She said that after being sacrificed by the united ignorant forces, “we can expect him to continue to do this and make a concession in public,” she said.
“We should be watchful of what he might do over the next months in a vindictive spirit,” she argued.
John Gartner, a psychologist in Baltimore, came to this conclusion. He is one of a growing number of mental health professionals who publicly warned Trump that he is a “malignant narcissist.”
People with this personality type (first created by the famous psychologist Erich Fromm to explain “the essence of evil”) exhibit narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, paranoia, and abuse mad.
Gartner said he was worried that Trump might try to adopt a “Nero Decree” or “scorched earth” strategy to deal with his losses.
But he added that he hopes that the president will begin to lose control of certain followers after suffering heavy losses.