When a Leader Just Won’t Go

first_img“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 –center_img “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? last_img read more

Odisha sprinter duo revel in healthy rivalry

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Sep 22 (PTI) On the athletics track, she is her fiercest rival but off it Srabani Nanda is not only like a big sister but one who has inspired statemate Dutee Chand to take up the sprint events as the Odisha duo now reign supreme at national level. Dutee, who has now become the face of womens fight against injustice in sport after winning a landmark gender case, held the 800m national record at junior level before making the switch to 100/200m under the tutelage of Srabanis childhood coach Nilambadhab Deo. “I really respect Srabani Apa (sister) a lot, she has inspired many Odia athletes including me after Rachita Mistri (100m national record holder),” Dutee, who finished on top ahead of Srabani in both 100 and 200m races before both helping Railways win the 4x100m relay at the recently concluded 55th National Open Athletics Championship, told PTI. “I was staying in the same sports hostel in Bhubaneswar and all of us (junior athletes) would hold her (Srabani) in high respect. “It was one fine morning in in 2008-09 Deo sir told me Id be better off in sprint. I gradually came under his tutelage,” Dutee recalled, as she went on to become 100m national junior champion in 2012. But, Dutee admits that relationship with Srabani began to “strain” when she graduated to the senior level and went to pip her to the second place at the 2013 National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship in Chennai. “Srabani Apa stopped talking to me and so did her coach and it really hurt my feelings. Things changed, I moved under the wings of Nagapuri Ramesh sir,” the 19-year-old Dutee remembers. More PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more