At its mythic heart, narcissism is a story of disappointment. The ancient source is the Greek tale of Narcissus, a beautiful young boy who falls in love with his reflection in a pool. Captivated with his beguiling image, Narcissus vows never to leave the object of his desire. But the reflection—forever outside his embrace—fails to reciprocate, and as a result Narcissus melts away (in one version of the story), a victim of the passion burning inside of him. The lover’s inconsolable disappointment is that he cannot consummate his love for the reflection, his love for himself.
Donald Trump is neither young nor handsome, he is a septuagenarian with an orange-tinged face whose most remarkable feature is a mouth that bears an uncanny resemblance to a sphincter.
However like Narcissus of Greek mythology Trump has fallen in love with his own reflection. When the orange troll asks the Magic Mirror, “Who is the fairest of them all”, like a true Trump sycophant the Magic Mirror answers:
“Sir you are the fairest of them all. You have the visage of a Greek god! Your powerful mighty hands hint at the awesome size of your phallus and your head is twice the size of a mere mortal for it houses a humongous brain.
Narcissists have many acquaintances but few friends. They are glib, witty, and charming, and they are always the life of the party. But life isn’t a party and narcissists soon wear out their welcome if you have to interact with them every day at work or at home.
Trump’s biographers agree that he has few, if any friends, but many acquaintances who are attracted by his power, wealth and outrageous behavior.
But Trump’s narcissism hasn’t worn thin with his base, there isn’t an unconstitutional policy, immoral behavior, vulgar tweet or vain boast that they won’t justify, excuse or forgive. This is incomprehensible and frustrating to the normal person who was sick and tired of Trump’s mean tweets, racist comments, and self-centered behavior after just a few weeks in office.
Why haven’t Trump’s evangelical supporters lost faith in him? These true believers would be repulsed by his vulgarity, stupidity and grotesqueness if he was a house guest for a week, but from afar the obese buffoon looks like a dashing and fearless slayer of liberals and godless heathen who has been anointed by God to save White America.
If there’s a God in heaven white evangelicals who support Trump will spend eternity in hell with their beloved false God.