Speaker Pelosi has given every indication that she’s not going to pander to Trump’s narcissistic stream of consciousness baloney. David von Drehle, writing for the Washington Post, shows why I call Trump a narcissist:
“Love or hate him (or anything in between), no reasonable person can deny that Trump is a textbook example of narcissistic personality disorder. Reading the list of symptoms on the Mayo Clinic’s website is like scrolling through the president’s Twitter: “Require constant, excessive admiration,” “exaggerate achievements and talents,” “be preoccupied with . . . brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate,” “monopolize conversations and belittle . . . people,” “expect special favors and unquestioning compliance,” “have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others.”
I mean, even if Trump is Your-Guy-Until-Hell-Freezes-Over, this does sound like him, yes?
Journalist Michael Warren, who used to write for the conservative Weekly Standard that is now going defunct, has a piece in Politico telling Speaker Pelosi how to talk to Trump. To tell a woman who’s raised five adolescents while working in Congress with all sorts of male egos that she has to pander to POTUS in the way that Warren suggests sounds far-fetched to me. But here’s Warren’s road map:
Make Trump feel loved.
Remind him of his campaign promises.
Go on Fox News a lot and talk to Trump from there.
My advice to Pelosi is different. I loved the two-step mauling she and Chuck Schumer gave Trump in the Oval Office when POTUS thought he was going to pull his reality TV show thing on the Democratic Congressional leadership. I ‘d like to see more of that. True, Trump’ s loyal followers won’t care how ridiculous he sounds, but hopefully independent voters still trying to hold out hope that he’s a legitimate figure will care.