On Friday, Trump flamed the new host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, the former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got swamped (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT.”
He was talking about 2008 ratings for a crass reality show that he still produces. That was nine years ago. In 14 days, he will run a country, and this is what is on his mind. He referred to himself in the third person, always a bad sign, and called himself a “ratings machine,” just as he has boasted about his “very high IQ, one of the highest” for which there is no evidence.
Schwarzenegger responded with statesmanlike dignity.
So. Fractured thoughts, vulgar insults, patent insecurity, misspellings, humiliations, simple-minded analysis, references to himself in the third person.
I feel like a doctor reading a patient’s notes. I would say the patient is ill or at least impossible. I would admit him to a quiet hospital with sweeps of green lawn, give him sedating rather than activating drugs and advise talk therapy though not in groups.