“He cannot bear being the loser and so now is doing everything within his power to assault the reality he hates,” said Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist who has studied Mr. Trump and written about his appeal to voters. “Once he has exhausted all possible avenues to challenge the election, he will spend the rest of his life insisting the system conspired to deprive him of his victory,” said Dr. Burgo, the author of “The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age.” “He will take refuge in blame, self-pity and righteous indignation to shore up his sense of self, thereby warding off the humiliation of true defeat.” – Advertisement – Meanwhile, many Republican legislators, loath to upset Mr. Trump, are helping to prop up the illusion that he is still somehow in power, in a way reminiscent of the courtiers who flattered, lied and enabled their way through the final days of Emperor Haile Selasse’s reign in Ethiopia in Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “The Emperor.” Interestingly enough, there appears to be some precedent for this within the Trump family itself. When the president’s father, Fred, developed Alzheimer’s, the family reportedly conspired to help him believe that he still ran the Trump organization. According to Vanity Fair, the elder Mr. Trump would show up for work every day, signing blank papers and using an office phone connected only to his secretary’s line. “Fred pretended to work,” a family friend told the magazine.With his vast coterie of enablers willing to believe his baseless assertions about the election, Mr. Naftali said, Trump might be better compared to the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Many of us assumed that Trump’s behind-the-curtain moment — when Dorothy arrived and, thanks to Toto, found out that the Wizard was a humbug — would come because of his handling of the Covid emergency,” he said. “But one of the reasons the president is able to continue this fantasy that he won a second term is that 73 million people don’t agree that he was a humbug. Even though the Wizard is on his way out, Oz still exists.” All these things raise the question (asking for a friend): How do you get someone to face reality and get out of the White House?
Dorothea ThompsonDorothea Thompson, 93, of Oxford, died February 26, 2014, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford.Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, February 28, 2014 from 3 until 8 p.m. A memorial has been established with the Oxford United Methodist Church and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Dorothea was born the daughter of Donald and Edith (Shriver) Nixon on April 9, 1920 in Oxford, Kansas. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1940. Dorothea was united in marriage to Donald Thompson on February 17, 1941 in Greensburg, KS. Dorothea was a farm wife who enjoyed sewing, gardening, bird watching and was very happy to just sit and watch wildlife. She was a member of the Merry Makers Club in Kellogg. Dorothea loved spending time with her family.Survivors include her daughter Connie Morris and husband Butch of Oxford, KS, three grandchildren; Shawn Morris and wife Tammy of Oxford, Shayne Morris of Augusta, KS and Dawn Lee Anne Adams and her four children; and great grandchildren, Cody Morris and wife Shantel of Oxford, Josie Morris of Oxford, Kyle Morris and Sarena Seal both of Augusta, KS and Ellen Brackeen, great great-grandchildren, Brilea Bailey and Tatum Morris.Dorothea was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Donnie L. Thompson and grandson, James R. Thompson, one brother and one sister.Â