Mr Trump's faults
The Left loathe and abhor Mr. Trump. The main reason for the torrent of verbal poison that they pour out at him is the way he has made America prosper. Almost from the moment his election win was announced in 2016, American multinationals started bring their money and their jobs back home. The American Left was trying all sorts of coercive measures to achieve that but all Mr Trump had to do was ask.
But America does not deserve to prosper according to the American Left. It is a deeply corrupt and racist country that lives off the sweat of the poor, according to the Left. So to them Mr Trump is doing the Devil's work, not that they would put it that way. To them, America deserves drastic reform, not prosperity.
They have to show some caution in expressing such hatred of their own country, however. America is still mostly a land of patriots and those deplorable patriots have a vote!
So the Left have to display their anger at Mr Trump in some other way. And Mr Trump provides plenty of fodder for that. His personal style is such that he has redefined what "presidential" means. During his run for the presidency, the Left mainly mocked his hair, but they have now found many other faults in him. He boasts, he gets facts wrong and he fires back at those who attack him. He is frankly childish.
Mr Trump's personal style is so unattractive that many American writers -- including some psychiatrists who should know better -- have "psychologized" him. They have purported to show that Mr Trump has symptoms of mental illness. That he is a "narcissist" almost goes without saying.
But here's the thing: Conservatives can see all those symptoms too. They can see that Mr Trump's personal style is a great departure from what used to be called presidential. At a minimum he lacks dignity.
But that does not bother Republican voters. They look beneath the surface to his radical policies and very much like what they see there. His approval rating among them is 94% at the moment. As an example of Trump supporters being alive to his faults, take this quote from something I put up yesterday;
Trump, to be sure, is a strange guy. I have never witnessed anyone more in love with himself. If there is a world's record for narcissism, he holds it. I am reminded of Oscar Wilde's comment upon looking at himself in a mirror: "the beginning of a lifelong romance."
That does seem to me to be a reasonable statement but, being a psychologist, I want to put it into a larger context: Mr Trump actually needs to be like that. The torrent of attack and criticism that has been aimed at him would have crushed most people long ago. And yet, as far as we can see, it is all like water off a duck's back to him. To quote a popular metaphor, he "has got the hide of a rhinocerous'.
So you need someone with an extremely high level of self-regard and self confidence to survive what Donald Trump has survived. Narcissism can have a constructive place within the diversity of human society and Trump illustrates that. The great leap in prosperity that he has brought to America could not have been done by a more conventional man.