Trump’s childishness shines by means of in an excerpt from the soon-to-be launched e book by authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detailing the then-President’s makes an attempt to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence into overturning the 2020 election.

“When Pence did not budge, Trump turned on him.

“‘No, no, no!’ Trump shouted, based on the authors. ‘You do not perceive, Mike. You can do that. I do not need to be your good friend anymore for those who do not do that.'”

Start here: As an adult, can you imagine ANY circumstance in which you would tell another adult “I do not need to your good friend anymore”? Like, taking all of politics and the stakes out of this, and it’s just not the sort of thing a normal adult would say to another adult.

And yet, the President of the United States did say exactly that to the vice president of the United States with the fate of the 2020 election (and the broader health of democracy) in the balance.

The reason is simple: Trump is deeply childish.

Consider it: He is remarkably self-focused. He wants what he wants when he wants it. And when he doesn’t get what he wants, he throws a temper tantrum.

His presidency is littered with evidence of this behavior.

Remember the letter he sent to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last spring in response to the New York Democrat’s push for more federal involvement in the coronavirus response? As I wrote at the time, the letter “reads like a kind of Mad Libs you would possibly fill out and depart within the locker of your seventh grade enemy.”
Or that point when Trump walked out of a “60 Minutes” interview because he didn’t like being asked so many questions about his response to the Covid-19 pandemic? (The interview was in October 2020 — as the country approached the peak of the pandemic.)

Or all of the nicknames Trump likes to bestow on his political opponents? (Is there anything more fundamentally un-adult then using nicknames to deride people?) Or the hundreds (thousands?) of tweets put out by Trump both before and during his presidency in which he attacked the looks or intelligence of someone he didn’t like?

You don’t even need to believe me when it comes to Trump’s childishness. His one-time national security adviser John Bolton described Trump as “infantile” when requested about Trump’s barb that “all he wanted to do was drop bombs on everybody.”
The former president of the United States appears to have never really, well, grown up. As the Northwestern University psychology professor Dan P. McAdams wrote in The Atlantic of Trump in June 2016:

“Trump has by no means forgotten the lesson he discovered from his father and from his lecturers on the [military] academy: The world is a harmful place. You must be able to battle.”

Donald Trump, a person who led this nation for 4 years — and who seems to be planning to run once more for the presidency in 2024 — is caught in his childhood. Scary.


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