In 1938, with only months left to live, Lou Gehrig told New York Yankees fans that he considered himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. If Trump’s voice echoed through that mic, he would have told fans that he was the greatest, wealthiest, smartest, and most unfairly treated man to have ever lived. Not even a fatal disease would humble him.
Few people are as flawed as Donald Trump. The depth and breadth of his defects defy the composition typical in the human species. His awfulness is on display daily for those who can stomach it. His inability to muster even a trace of decency during the nation’s worst moments shocks us, but it doesn’t surprise us.
By every measure, Donald Trump is the poorest man alive.
Trump is emotionally bankrupt. Not a pandemic nor police brutality can cause him to generate an uplifting emotion. He can’t even denounce a sadistic police officer who kneed a man to death. If Trump were present during the murder, he would have cheered. Forever trapped in an us versus them mentality, he only knows how to bully, displace blame, fabricate, and annihilate. A wannabe strongman who breeds dystopia, if he had his druthers, he’d end free speech except to praise him. The horrifying optics of bulldozing peaceful protesters for a photo-op doesn’t register in his warped world of self-promotion. He can’t address the country about police brutality because he encourages it. He’s incapable of soothing the nation. It isn’t in him.
Trump is spiritually bankrupt. He uses religion to pander, but he can’t even fake it. Religious pretenders show their bible instead of living its principles. Trump shows his faith without deeds–a textbook false prophet. He has no integrity or moral authority, and he has no respect for the separation of church and state except in his private life where religion is meaningless. Psychologist Daniel Goleman identified five elements of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. He has none of them.
Trump is morally bankrupt. He abuses norms, the constitution, and laws to advance his self-interest. He deregulates the world’s worst polluters because he doesn’t care about animals, the planet, or people’s health. He only cares about short-term profits to boost his bank and prop up his standing. More than forty-million Americans lost their jobs and more than 100,000 lost their lives, and he’s peddling a fake story about a talk show host murdering an employee. A prototype for people thinking about a life of crime and destruction, there’s no door of depravity that Trump won’t open. And he continues to fleece the American people while in office to fatten the coffers of his failing properties.
Trump is financially bankrupt. The business wunderkind lost more money than any other American for a record-setting ten years straight and lived off borrowed money by abusing the tax code. A fraud who knows no bounds, he paid a ghostwriter to author a book for him on how to make successful business deals. It’s likely he never read it. And after six bankruptcies, he’s still hiding his taxes.
There’s nothing to admire about Donald Trump. His family is awful. His administration is dreadful–a collection of unwatchable and unqualified political hacks and lawbreakers. He lies continuously, cheats to win, steals from taxpayers, hordes credit, displays no intellectual curiosity, and always thinks he knows better than trained experts. He divides people and encourages violence, compliments dictators and insults our allies, runs up trillion-dollar annual budget deficits, and denies the existence of global warming, global strife, and a global pandemic. He’s endlessly horrible.
American democracy is at risk. If this troll in a suit isn’t defeated in November, democratic systems will collapse, and America will become unrecognizable. The American carnage Trump spoke of in his Inaugural Address is here–fomented by his predictable presidency. No amount of money he steals will ever change the fact that Donald Trump is the poorest man alive. It’s time to save the country.