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David Brooks Writes About Donald Trump’s Lonely Life

October 11, 2016

David Brooks has one of those powerful must reads in the newspaper.

Politics is an effort to make human connection, but Trump seems incapable of that. He is essentially adviser-less, friendless. His campaign team is made up of cold mercenaries at best and Roger Ailes at worst. His party treats him as a stench it can’t yet remove.

He was a germophobe through most of his life and cut off contact with others, and now I just picture him alone in the middle of the night, tweeting out hatred. Trump breaks his own world record for being appalling on a weekly basis, but as the campaign sinks to new low after new low, I find myself experiencing feelings of deep sadness and pity.

Imagine if you had to go through a single day without sharing kind little moments with strangers and friends.

Imagine if you had to endure a single week in a hate-filled world, crowded with enemies of your own making, the object of disgust and derision.

You would be a twisted, tortured shrivel, too, and maybe you’d lash out and try to take cruel revenge on the universe. For Trump this is his whole life.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2016 3:34 PM

    I have wondered over this year how the youngest son–about age 10 I suspect–handles all this and wonder what it will make him to be like at age 30? How much hate from one parent as in the case of Trump damages or stilts a child’s development? I think the Brooks piece was one of this his of recent times.

  2. October 11, 2016 12:47 PM

    For some time, I have believed tRump lacks humanity. If Mr. Brooks’ analysis is even partially true, my analysis seems to be confirmed. Why would ANYONE want to be that kind of person and want to live that way? I have NEVER understood the kind of pathological hate of Hillary Clinton. She’s certainly not perfect, but none of us is. This morning, I caught an actuality from some female who said tRump is NOT perfect, but Hllary is WORSE! I just don’t understand how people can hate any one with such unrelenting force of emotion — and I don’t know how folks can consider tRump to be their “one true vessel” — someone worthy of pity.

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