Donald Trump’s 60 minutes interview with Leslie Stahl must have gone off the rails, so much so that the president walked out without scheduling a return visit. Minutes later, Trump started lashing out at Stahl, just as he does with media figures and journalists when he feels exposed.
Since taking office, Donald Trump has continually attacked the media, describing it as the “enemy of the people” while his supporters cheer him on. But, as the election nears, the president has increasingly singled out individual reporters and debate moderators to attack. To this president, even the smallest bit of criticism is an attack on him, so he lashes out. Frankly, it’s embarrassing to the rest of us. If you can’t take on Leslie Stahl, Savannah Guthrie, or Chris Wallace, you can’t take on China, Russia, or the coronavirus.
Donald Trump, though, previously admitted to Stahl that he attacks the media to discredit and undermine it. And we knew that already, but we’re not sure why his supporters don’t see it. Why don’t his fans see that everyone in the world can’t be the problem, and not him?
“I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you,” Trump allegedly admitted to Stahl in 2016.
Trump has always been transparent about his sick strategy in slamming the press. Ironically, he admitted it to Leslie Stahl in 2016:
“I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”pic.twitter.com/5SWB5MEG4Y
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) October 20, 2020
With Donald Trump, everything is a con — nothing is real about the alleged billionaire. Not his gold-coated New York penthouse, and not his much younger wife. Trump lashes out at the media out of fear that his malignant narcissism and lack of empathy will be exposed. Narcissists are typically good actors that mask who they really are. Trump is just a beauty pageant barker with an unquenchable desire for praise and adulation — and his followers are his supply.
We see you, Mr. Trump.