Donald Trump’s hyper-masculine facade
One might think that Donald Trump is brimming with high self-esteem. He is not. What Donald Trump demonstrates is pseudo-self-esteem. He unconsciously hides his fears, insecurities, and self-doubt behind a façade of hyper-masculinity, aggressiveness, belligerence, and hostility. If one were to strip away his macho mask, you’d find a scared little boy, albeit in the body of a man, who is unable to hear any thoughts that run counter to his, who meets resistance by striking back, who judges others as unworthy or less than him in order to conceal his deep fear that he himself is unworthy, loathsome, or even unlovable. Anyone or any action that might reveal his vulnerability will be met with ridicule, contempt, or even violence.
Of course, at his core, Trump is neither the blustering demagogue or the frightened child. He is human. He is one of us. And while it may be easy to castigate Trump for his extremes, we can nonetheless acknowledge his humanity, while taking vigorous steps to counter his and some of his followers’ devastating behavior toward people of color, women, LGBT people, Muslims, immigrants, the disabled, and other minorities.