Every once in a while I put myself in the shoes of one of Donald Trump’s countless victims of his verbal/psychological assaults and I deign to conjure a fitting response that might work best to neutralize his wizardry.
Watching the political games from the sidelines, as I do, I have no real voice or stage, but I find that Trump’s tools are so transparent and addressable for someone who knows how to play his game, that I grit my teeth every time I see people blubber blindly into his dialogue field. I want to slap these people up across the head and tell them, “C’mon, what are you, an idiot? Don’t you see that you are precisely fulfilling the trigger response that Donald’s carefully groomed verbal blueprint is designed to evoke?”
I’m mostly amused by Trump’s social intelligence and wily manipulations. I would say “impressed” except that it’s not quite an accurate way to describe it. I’m more impressed by the stupidity of most people who willingly submit to his ploys. Donald Trump’s greatest assets are the hordes of unthinking human sheep who clutter our vast American wasteland (and humanity, by extension) and enervate his blueprint.
One repeated archetype of his which he planted a while back was in describing Jeb Bush as “low-energy.” Before the media and the public took this description and ran with it, my first reaction was “so what?”
With no apparent motive being to defend Jeb Bush (the very least of my motivations), I must say that “low energy” is so incredibly subjective and irrelevant that I see no drawback to such a quality. Low energy is a style of emoting and expression but does nothing to describe the intellectual vigor or principled ardor of a person.
Essentially, Trump was throwing down a gauntlet here that highlights a schism that propels much of our modern society. Groups and books are written about the subject.
It’s the battle of introvert vs. extrovert.
Trump’s method in which he called Jeb Bush “low energy” was explicit to his general campaign strategy, and that of most bully extroverts.
Namely: you activate a neutral descriptor but cloak it in condescension and mockery such that the word, the description, is endowed with an unfavorable image and thus, places the object of the description in a defensive mode. People, being unthinking, lazy sheep, jump on the semantics and imagery, and assimilate the inferred negative connotations of the otherwise neutral descriptor and suddenly, the victim, thus described, is one leg down and will quickly lose the battle before they can lift a finger.
This is what happened in the Jeb Bush-low energy battle. Now this is where I theoretically play Jeb Bush. After Trump launched the opening salvo, calling me “low energy,” my response might have been something like:
“I have no idea what you mean by that. But I am a meticulous, analytical, exacting and introverted thinker; if that strikes you as low energy, so be it. You’re a spaz.”
Would this be a successful retort? I don’t know, but when it comes to Donald Trump attacks, you must be able to reach down and wallow in the mud. It’s your only chance.
Donald Trump obviously demeans the introverted psyche. He sinks to schoolyard appeals of simplistic labeling and he, the spaz extrovert, will win the battle of popularity all the time. Extroverts are “spazzes” by nature. They are chaotic, nervous, impatient, externally focused, unstructured, rattled – and this is how they must be called out each time and forced to answer.
Extroverts, by their very nature, are allowed to frame the conversation while the masses step back and wait raptly for their cue.
Donald Trump frames the campaign discourse with magnificent flair and skill and this is why he will be our President in a little less than a year.