Thread. There are additional factors Trump considers — namely family ties and his own finances — but this analysis raises good points
Sarah Kendzior added,
Trump doesn’t care who’s corrupt. He assumes everybody is, or else they’re fools. He doesn’t care who gets caught. He basically gets off on how much he gets caught doing, when it seems like no one’s in a position to do anything about it.
This idea that trump cares most about not looking weak is why it should be obvious to everyone he is somehow controlled by Russia. Otherwise how do we explain how weak he looks by not implementing sanctions when we are under attack by a hostile power?
From a psychological standpoint a blackmailed narcissistic psychopath would impulsively show more irritability and passive aggressiveness towards the perpetrator. Either the blackmail material is monstrous or it’s long standing, calculated collusion for exploitation or both.
Yes. I don’t doubt the Kremlin has kompromat — it would be strange if they didn’t — but it seems more like insurance than the driving factor. It’s more likely a mutually beneficial financial and political relationship was established, with Trump participating voluntarily.
Thanks for sharing Sarah, good points in this thread that point out how easy it is to manipulate Trump, which all of our enemies figured out long ago! Also how easily he will discard perceived weakness or non loyalty to protect his own warped self perception!
There’s only one thing worse than a criminal. & that’s a rich entitled criminal. Trump knows nothing else. All his life he’s lived on the criminal fringe trying to get away with everything that he can while lying about it or blaming others every step of the way. It’s genetic.