People who are malignant narcissists, a subset of the narcissistic personality, are unable to feel emotions other than rage, contempt, relief, and sadistic pleasure. They can mimic others’ emotions, but there is no substance beneath that hollow shell. One such woman privately expressed disdain when her sister grieved openly at their brother’s funeral. She thought the expression of grief was simply a grab for attention.
That is probably why most Americans cannot relate to this president’s thought process. After his younger brother died this weekend, Donald Trump stood before his idling helicopter for his “chopper talk” and spoke about his sibbling, 10 years his junior, according to The POLITICO:
‘If I had the number one show, or if I had a big success, and no matter what I did — whether it was real estate deals or anything else — he was right there and in many cases helped with whatever I did. And then when I became president he was one of the most loyal people, there was no jealousy.’
The president was headed to a campaign rally in Minnesota to complete with the kickoff of the Democrats’ National Convention. Before leaving, Trump disclosed that he considered he was “fixing” the US Postal Service (USPS). Apparently, he does not have any feelings about endangering American’s lives via the mail system in order to win the election.
If the Republicans had not passed a law in 2006 that forced the USPS to accumulate 75 years worth of retirement funds, the agency might have been more financially sound. The purpose of this law was to force the Post Office to fold, and Republicans could then privatize it.
The president has been sending up smoke signals about considering mail-in ballots corrupt even though there has been no evidence to support that thesis. Certainly, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would have a more difficult time hacking printed ballots. However, a number of states already have already taken the mail-in ballots route, and off-shore military members regularly vote this way.
More than likely, POTUS fears losing the fall election unless he can suppress the vote. Trump claimed the USPS should be run like a business, but it was never intended to be one:
‘We want to make sure that the post office runs properly, and it hasn’t run properly for many years. Probably 50 years it’s run very badly. We want to make sure that the post office runs properly and doesn’t lose billions of dollars. Somebody said it lost $78 billion over a relatively short period of time. that’s over the years. $78 billion. You can’t have that, no.’
Government agencies do not work as businesses, that is why people pay taxes — for services such as the Postal Service. The USPS lost four billion dollars in 2018, but it lowered that amount to $2.2 billion in 2019.
The nation’s founders considered the USPS so important that Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster. People rely on the mail for prescriptions, food, correspondence, financial and business transactions, among other needs, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Then, Americans started seeing the traditional blue corner mailboxes hauled off en masse. The Post Office is one of the nation’s largest employers, and some of them leaked to the media that the new Postmaster had also been junking large rapid-sorting machines and cutting overtime.
Trump managed to grind the USPS to a delayed pace of up to two or three weeks. Removing the sorting machines would hardly make the Post Office run more efficiently. POTUS said:
‘The post office is running very well. The post office — now, look, if you look at the post office, for years, that’s all people complained about. We’re going to run it well, and we’re going to not lose so much money. One of the things the post office loses so much money on is delivering packages for Amazon and these others. Every time they deliver a package, they probably lose $3 or $4. That’s not good. They have to raise those prices. Okay? Not for the people to pay but for Amazon and the companies to pay.’
Reporters asked him whether the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was intentionally slowing the mail to throw the election POTUS’ way. Trump installed him in June and without any postal experience. The commander-in-chief apparently considered being a mega-donor to his own campaign qualification enough.
‘Not at all. Wouldn’t do that. No, I have encouraged everybody to speed up the mail, not slow the mail. I also want to have a post office that runs without losing billions and billions of dollars a year, as it has been doing for 50 years. Thank you.’
As Trump abruptly stalked away, one of the reporters assigned to follow the president called out:
‘How can you speed up the mail by removing machines, Mr. President?’
See the video below:
Twitter world caught fire over Trump’s dismantling the Post Office. Check out what other Americans had to say below:
Trump’s attacks on the USPS aren’t new.
For decades, the GOP has been trying to privatize the Post Office and other crucial public services — all to pad the profits of their wealthy corporate donors. pic.twitter.com/AYRHZwoYsS
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) August 17, 2020
This is a Republican’s opinion for comparison:
The post office and male in voting IS NOT SAFE pic.twitter.com/2HS4q3gv6d
— Brent Terhune (@BrentTerhune) August 17, 2020
Then, it was off to the Twitter pulpit:
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.