Donald Trump is America’s first real-life antihero running for President Of The United States who just might actually win and frankly we don’t know how to deal with this situation.
What is an antihero? In fiction, he or she is a protagonist who lacks one or more conventional heroic qualities like idealism, courage, and morality. Such examples include (but not limited to) Homer’s Thersites, Don Quixote, The Man With No Name, Deadpool, Ash from Army Of Darkness, and Rat from Pearls Before Swine. Yet despite not having qualities we call heroic, we still love these guys.
Why? Why?! The “Dark Triad” may help to explain why:
The Dark Triad of personality is composed of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. Despite the common belief that these traits are undesirable, the media is awash with characters that embody the Dark Triad. Characters like Gregory House M.D., Batman (a.k.a. the Dark Knight), and James Bond all embody these traits and are some of the most popular media franchises today. As entertaining as these characters are, they provide us with a window into the dark side of human nature. Instead of treating the dark side of human nature as inherently maladaptive… despite their costs, traits like these can confer reproductive and survival benefits for the individual.
We also want to be these people. These guys are free. They have opinions and they do not care if you like them or hate them. The antihero is not evil and they will side with the good guys in a pinch, but they have their own desires and thoughts. They want to be their own individuals and stake out their own agency. We want these traits for ourselves.
Donald Trump hits the jackpot of having narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. A lot of people have recoiled in horror that someone with the Dark Triad is about to become President Of The United States. And yet people with the Dark Triad has in the past been effective leaders, like General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart and General George Patton. Many CEOs have been said to have one or more of the Dark Triad traits. America loves our leaders and those who don’t give a fuck about what you think of them.
But having the Dark Triad is not enough. We also love these people because we feel that they are our side. And they often love (or project love) us back. The other night, I praised a hashtag on twitter that I often visit and I meant every word of this tweet. Yet I used grandiose language similar to Donald Trump. The response was swift and positive. Donald Trump projects this love in his speeches too. He may hammer Ted Cruz or the Mexican Government or The Other, but if you watch the speeches he tells us that he LOVES the people who show up and America. Trump wants to make AMERICA great again and people (rightly) eat that shit up.
The reason ¡YEB! is so hated on the right, is that he appears to love illegal immigration and centralized education (common core) more than he loves America. If ¡YEB! was all about the American people first and pushed “American Education” (or something), then this might have been a different election.
The reason why the concept that Ted Cruz being born in Canada is an effective attack (look at his drop in Iowa polls), is because (right or wrongly) people now see him as the other. Being a conservative is nice, but you have to be the unequivocally American Conservative Hero to overcome the American Populist Hero. Just saying.
Again, these are just my observations. And that is why I have endorsed Donald Trump, for now. Despite a huge reservation, Trump has shown to be an effective leader and (he says) he loves America to the hilt. Trump may also be wrong on certain issues, but I don’t see him as corrupt or evil. I see Trump the way Tim Allen sees Trump:
And Trump can’t send everybody to Mexico or whatever the f- he said. But give that guy the roads, bridges, infrastructure, power grid – just have him fix that shit for four years. He’s good at that. And he’s a businessman so he understands how debt load works. Forget the stupid shit he says about immigrants. That’s just ignorant. But he might be able to do the stuff that really needs fixing. …
I’m not opposed to anybody if their workload matches their bullshit load.
Neither am I.
Well, see ya’ later!