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Column: Trump’s Possibly A Narcissist, Let’s Ignore Him

The Trickle Down

We keep reporting on stupid things Donald Trump does.  Let’s make him do his job instead.

Each week, there’s another over-the-top happening with President Donald Trump.  Each week, that happening seems to top the previous.  And each week, we report on how unpresidential, how much of a liar, and how unfavorable he is viewed.

This doesn’t change his unpresidential, lying, and unfavorable antics.  So let’s start ignoring them.

He tweets stupid things, like how news shows are low(ly) rated, or fake, or fraudulent.

This isn’t news.  It’s not even new.  It’s for attention and we keep giving it to him.

FiveThirtyEight reported in 2015 that “Donald Trump is a Running Perpetual Attention Machine” – and it was pretty spot-on.

Trump is getting as much coverage as the rest of the Republican field combined. But Trump’s Google search traffic is often just as high, or higher.”

Trump does outlandish things because it gets media attention.  Is Trump a narcissist?  The Mayo Clinic lists items that seem to coincide with Trump possibly being a narcissist:

“You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care… At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism.”

Is it the media increasing his narcissistic tendencies?

In early 2016, The New York Times reported that Trump received nearly $2 billion in free media before the election even happened.

As of March 2016, “he has earned close to $2 billion worth of media attention, about twice the all-in price of the most expensive presidential campaigns in history. It is also twice the estimated $746 million that Hillary Clinton, the next best at earning media, took in.”

Every time we hear about Mika Brzezinski ,we forget about the health care bill that could take coverage away from 22 million people.  When Trump tweets a video inciting violence against CNN, we forget his budget proposal is fictitious math and could tank the economy.  For all the crazy things he does, we forget he’s being investigated for ties to Russia.

By covering the crazy, we ignore the fact that he hasn’t passed major legislation, repealed Obamacare on day one, hasn’t created a commission for radical islam, hasn’t protect by not cutting medicaid, among many others.

He has confirmed his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.  Aside from that, it’s antics.

As of right now, Trump has not done anything deemed illegal.  Albeit, many things have been stupid, they have not been stupid enough to warrant charges.  (Yet, at least.)

Feeding the beast only perpetuates the cycle.  Reporting on it every time exacerbates the issues.  Ignore him.  Report on something when it’s truly newsworthy and not water cooler rumor worthy.

If he’s not getting the press coverage, maybe he will change his strategy and actually govern the country instead of incessantly tweeting.

If an attention seeker craves media attention, maybe we can change his actions through learned behavior.


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