The question was simple: Are there heroes that you steer by – people you look up to from the past? Trump’s response was anything but.
Following a pattern of egoism that has plagued him for his entire adult life, Trump answered a question about his heroes by naming none then pivoting to brag about himself. As might be expected of an undiagnosed narcissist, Trump took issue with the idea of looking up to anyone but himself and his own “superior” genes.
Well, I don’t like heroes, I don’t like the concept of heroes, the concept of heroes is never great, but certainly you can respect certain people and certainly there are certain people – but I’ve learnt a lot from my father – my father was a builder in Brooklyn and Queens – he did houses and housing and I learnt a lot about negotiations from my father – although I also think negotiation is a natural trait, I don’t think you can, you either have it or you don’t, you get better at it but basically, the people that I know who are great negotiators or great salesmen or great politicians, it’s very natural, very natural.
For what it’s worth, Trump’s father has been described as a cold and domineering man. He was once arrested for refusing to disperse from a KKK rally in New York. One paper described him as wearing traditional Klan robes. He also had Trump’s obsession with gaudy self-promotion.
Decades before his son splashed the family name across his first tower, his father christened a grocery in Woodhaven “Trump Market,” and his Coney Island housing complex “Trump Village.”
“He was a good salesman,” Mr. Trump said in a recent interview in his Trump Tower office. “He had some beautiful ads. Don’t forget that was our internet.”
Unable to name a single hero of his, Trump moved onto a rambling speech about himself – the only man he’s ever shown any sign of actually caring about.
I got a letter from somebody, their congressman, they said what you’ve done is amazing because you were never a politician and you beat all the politicians. He said they added it up – when I was three months into the campaign, they added it up – I had three months of experience and the 17 guys I was running against, the Republicans, had 236 years – ya know when you add 20 years or 30 years – so I was three months, they were 236 years – so it’s sort of a funny article but I believe it’s like hitting a baseball or being a good golfer – natural ability, to me, is much more important to me than experience and experience is a great thing – I think it’s a great thing – but I learnt a lot from my father in terms of leadership.
These are the ravings of a person without the ability to censor what is coming into of his head. He contradicts himself several times (experience isn’t important, then later it is important), goes on a major tangent about his Republican competitors for seemingly no reason, and still fails to come up with anyone but his father – who he only gives credit for teaching him a few things.
Not one founding father, not one civil rights leader, not one scientist, not one famous politician, not one daring military leader, just Trump bragging about himself and crediting his dad with giving him the idea to slap his family name on all of his properties.
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