Dude… seriously not trying to sound disrespectful, but what you’ve written here is all over the place. I’m trying to follow along but the tangents are frenzied and distracting. I think your overall aim here was to attempt to disqualify what I wrote as well as my persona on every possible level, which is totally fine; I can take it. But it seems you don’t have an accurate understanding of what I wrote in the first place.

You’ve drawn several parallels around the whole concept of “psychologizing politics.” I’d argue here that you’ve missed the larger theme — a theme I’ve written about in other pieces, which tie into this one — namely, that the 2016 American Presidential election was never about “politics” in the first place. If it were, then we could ‘agree to disagree’ all day long on foreign policy, economy, and the like, and live in peace, happily ever after.

But because we haven’t (at least in my generation) experienced an individual like Donald Trump repreatedly eroding our ideals from the highest seat in government, and intentionally dividing instead of uniting, this election and its subsequent results became more about morals, values, ethics, and deeply held belief systems. Which is the lens I use to look at Donald Trump. Yes, he happens to be President and therefore political, but I look at him & his behavior as a person — a person I have not ever pretended to like, and whose life & court documents I’ve read about for years.

I grew up watching Donald Trump in the limelight, back to the days when he graced the early ’80s “National Enquirer” magazine covers and appeared on “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” with Robin Leach. There was always something about him that creased me. As I grew older and experienced more and more types of people and relationships, I began to understand more about why I didn’t like him. And I’m not alone. There are many, many people who have been sickened for decades by his snake oil salesman scandals cycling through the news at warp speed.

As someone with a degree in Psychology, I’m always interested in what motivates people to behave the way they do. This piece is my theory on Trump the man, in that regard. It’s not an attempt to “psychologize politics.”

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