The Eternal Blamelessness of the Trump Mind

The Eternal Blamelessness of the Trump Mind October 17, 2018

If there is one undeniable hallmark of Trump’s entire life it is that he never, ever accepts responsibility for anything bad. Everything he does is the biggest, best, greatest, classiest, most stupendous. And anything bad that happens is obviously someone else’s fault. So it’s no surprise that he says he won’t take responsibility if Republicans lose in the midterms.

Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won’t accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates.

In a wide-ranging interview three weeks before Election Day, Trump told The Associated Press he senses voter enthusiasm rivaling 2016 and he expressed cautious optimism that his most loyal supporters will vote even when he is not on the ballot. He dismissed suggestions that he might take responsibility, as his predecessor did, for midterm losses or view the outcome as a referendum on his presidency.

“No, I think I’m helping people,” Trump said. “I don’t believe anybody’s ever had this kind of an impact.”

And yet at all these rallies he’s been holding for Republican candidates around the country, he always tells the audience that a vote for that candidate is a vote for him. He’s unabashedly made the election a referendum on him, so if the Republicans lose it will be because of his own terrible approval ratings. But Trump simply is not capable of accepting responsibility for anything, ever. He wants all the credit for everything, even if he has to lie through his teeth to pretend he deserves it, but refuses to ever accept any blame. It’s downright pathological.


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