‘His life is a vacuum of principle’ – The NYT on Donald Trump

In an essay which demonstrates utter and complete familiarity with Trump, the author notes, among other things,

Melania Trump says that her husband “is intensely loyal … he will never let you down.” Then again, she’s his third wife. His first was Ivana Trump, and he then began a dalliance with Marla Maples, culminating in a dramatic made-for-the-tabloids confrontation between the two women while they were all skiing in Aspen. The resulting divorce negotiations were bitter, with Ivana alleging in a deposition that Trump had raped her; she later backed off that. Trump then married Maples. She in turn gave way to Melania, who may well have arrived in the States illegally (Melania Trump denies this but hasn’t furnished a convincing explanation for her immigration)…

And concludes

So what does all this add up to? Whether in his youth, in his business career or in his personal life, Trump’s story is that of a shallow egoist who uses those around him. Even as a child, he personified privilege and entitlement. In business, he proved a genius at marketing himself but grew his fortune more slowly than if he had put his wealth in a stock index fund. He made a mess of his personal life and has been repeatedly accused of racism, of cheating people, of lying, of stiffing charities.

His life is a vacuum of principle, and he never seems to have stood up for anything larger than himself. Over seven decades, there’s one continuous theme to his life story: This is a narcissist who has no core. The lights are on, but no one’s home.

For me, the fact that so many Christians are so filled with hatred for Hillary that they will vote for and support a person like Trump provokes nothing but sorrow for the state of their Christian commitment.  I am constantly forced to ask myself- how is it possible for a Christian to vote for Trump?  How?

4 thoughts on “‘His life is a vacuum of principle’ – The NYT on Donald Trump

  1. Matthew Hamiloton 10/09/2016 at 10:48 pm

    Here is a prediction, the next US President will be either narcissistic Trump who has had multiple adulterous affairs or crooked Clinton who just like her husband has had multiple adulterous affairs

    US Christians have a choice, vote or not vote

    If they vote for whoever they regard as the lesser of two evils, and the other candidate wins, they can at least say they attempted to limit the amount of evil

    If they vote for whoever they regard as the lesser of two evils, and the lesser of two evils candidate wins, they can claim success in limiting the amount of evil

    If they don’t vote – which appears to be the position you are taking Jim – what have they done to limit the amount of evil?

    As an Australian Christian I have to live with the international consequences of the choices made by US Christians

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    • Jim 11/09/2016 at 6:52 am

      One word – “abstain from every form of evil” – that supersedes any political claim.

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      • Matthew Hamilton 11/09/2016 at 6:20 pm

        That was 6 words!

        In any case, if a person has the opportunity to stop the greater of two evils and choose not to so as to “abstain from every form of evil”, is that not itself a form of evil?

        BTW: I notice in your postings that you have a distinct bias – you report on the many failings of Trump with great gusto, but are much more subdued when it comes to the many failings of Clinton

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        • Jim 11/09/2016 at 7:41 pm

          because 1) most of my visitors are christians and 2) most of them more inclined to vote for trump

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