President Trump let loose a veritable tweetstorm in the past few days, some original and some retweets. In fact, Donny Deutsch on Morning Joe called them examples of “Presidential Tourette.” They certainly seem impulsive and at times out of Trump’s conscious control. That said, his tweets reveal his compulsion to project – to attribute his own personality propensities to others.
He tweeted that we must end terrorism, but the solution he offered reflects Trump’s own terrorist mentality. He tweeted that the “loser terrorists” use the internet as “their main recruitment tool” which he said must be cut off.
General Kelly was made White House chief of staff to cut off President Trump’s excessive use of Twitter. Trump’s tweets serve to recruit new support while keeping his base satisfied. In other words, what @POTUS tweets about terrorists is a projection of his personal terrorist nature. It also reveals his unconscious denial that he needs to have his own access to the internet cut off and “use better.”
His second weekend projection is more menacing than the first. He called Kim Jong Un of North Korea the “Rocket Man.” He also retweeted a GIF of himself firing a golf ball “missile” at Hillary Clinton.
That GIF was sexist, threatening, and sent a warning message to Clinton and any woman who dares challenge him – much the way Kim Jong Un warned Trump. If Trump were the CEO of a business that tweet would get him fired. Some women I know felt chilled after seeing that Trump’s retweet was from “fuctupmind” whose feed regularly features anti-Semetic and anti-gay tweets.
Our president menaces his own citizens – especially women – impulsively revealing his deepest feelings. At best, he is a man possessed by the mind of a ten-year-old boy with a slingshot. But even so, he happens to be our president. His Rocket Man is our Golf Man.