Trump has been attacked for his attacks on whoever is the other. For criminalizing the Clintons, for demeaning and debasing women, for slandering Mexicans, for excluding Muslims, for mocking Americans including war heroes and the disabled… I could go on. No need to though, for the full freight of his fury is easy to see, for example in the raging speech he delivered yesterday, in Florida.
But the frightening thing about Trump’s rhetoric is less what it reveals about what he thinks of others, than what it reveals about what he thinks of himself. He is a full-fledged, all-out, no-holds-barred messianic megalomaniac.
Yesterday’s speech smacked of nothing so much as Trump as savior – Trump promising members of his “movement” to deliver them from danger. “I take all these slings and arrows for you,” he shouted. “I take them for our movement so we can have our country back.” Only he can do this he insisted, play the part of martyr, to redeem us, to save us from ourselves and from the evils in the ether.
At one point he went so far as to invoke heaven and hell. “Many of my friends and many political experts warned me,” he intoned, “that this campaign would be a journey to hell. But they’re wrong. It will be a journey to heaven, because we will help so many people that are so desperately in need of help.”
“A journey to heaven.” When was the last time a prominent American politician told you that he and he alone could take you on a stairway to heaven?
Be forewarned. History tells us that were this man ever to reach the levers of power he would be nothing other than a delusional dictator.