Trump isn’t crazy; he’s Trump - MRCAESAR.COM

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Trump isn’t crazy; he’s Trump

I met Donald Trump 40 years ago, when I was a young engineer working for the general contractor on the New York Grand Hyatt Hotel. Trump was the developer.
After that project, I went to work for Trump as his vice president in charge of construction of Trump Tower, then, on and off, for the next 16 years.
Over that period, I observed him becoming more and more full of himself and more quirky. He was mercurial, difficult, demanding, mean and petulant. He was also charming, witty, effusive and confident. In other words, pretty much the same as he is now.
This is the Donald Trump we have as President today. He is the same man. This is who the people elected. He has many traits that many of us now find unacceptable, amateurish and irresponsible. That doesn’t make him crazy.
In my view, people are confusing Trump’s fitness for the presidency with his mental stability. He was never qualified for the job. People should have known that. Trump is not a great developer, he is not a great businessman and he is not anything like a genius.
His assertion of being supersmart is nothing new. He always claimed to be smarter than his opposite, whether it was a contractor, architect or city commissioner. Trump bragged about how he graduated at the top of his class at Wharton (he always lied, too; he was apparently a middling student) as proof positive of his brilliance.
He also talked about the uncle he still conjures up today, who really was a genius, as proof that it is in the genes. That he does this now reflects that he is desperate, not nuts. He is not used to being challenged.
The more that Trump is forced to confront reality, the more he denies it and goes to extremes to continue his farce. Trump does and has always believed his own deceptions. He says it and it becomes real, at least to him.
Does having Ivanka and Jared running the show indicate that he is losing it? No. In my experience, Trump always put incompetent people in highly important positions, because he has huge problems trusting people.
Fred Trump, the old man, taught Donald that honest employees were stupid, and anyone with any brains would steal his boss blind. So Donald turned to his family for their inherent loyalty. Early on, Trump had Ivana involved way beyond her depth, interfering with the construction of the Hyatt and Trump Tower.
Later, she was put in charge of the Castle Casino, and then made president of the Plaza Hotel. Her only real qualification was that she could be trusted, although Trump did actually expect that she could do it because she was smart.
Notorious for hiring the very young, Trump put a novice twentysomething who happened to be very pretty in charge of the Miss Universe pageant. Does this sound familiar vis-à-vis Hope Hicks, the young and attractive communications director?
Because being a sycophant has now become more important to him than ability, Trump’s selection of aides appears incoherent. But he gets what he wants in effusive praise and unwavering adulation.
I watched Trump go from hiring the best and brightest to hiring the obsequious during the ’90s. He has only gotten worse.
Mishaps, malapropisms, threats and contradictions have been hallmarks of Trump’s persona for as long as I have known him. That he changes his direction midstream, even midsentence, is consistent with past performance.
Trump has a singular agenda and an uncanny sense of which way the wind is blowing. He is manipulative and can adapt to the situation when he can’t change it. And without having honesty to constrain him, he can be all over the place.
Much has been made of Trump’s working hours and golf time. Again, nothing new here. Shortly afer I started with Trump, he began coming in later and leaving earlier. The fact is, Trump, in a sense, is never not working. Sitting at a desk is not the determinant.
Even during his copious television watching, Trump believes he is doing research for his job. If people would accept that Trump’s singular role in life is to promote his agenda, and become richer and more famous, and that he works at that tirelessly, then his conduct makes more sense.
Trump today is not really different from the man I worked for, he is just more so. More rich, more famous, more powerful, more Trump-like, but not crazy.
Res is an engineer and attorney. She is the author of a memoir entitled “All Alone on the 68th Floor: How One Woman Changed the Face of Construction.”

- ny news 

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