|Jonathan MS Pearce
I want to believe the latter is at play when the content of what is said is so bereft of rational justification that it’s just too incredible to think someone would actually believe those things.
The problem is, such people are invariably not rational actors.
Donald Trump, the former President, is a man so mired in legal woes that I am amazed he is showing his face in public. But he is also a man known for self-delusion and for doubling down. Indeed, in a span of some 30 minutes last Thursday morning, Trump made 31 posts about E. Jean Carroll on Truth Social—a woman for whom a jury unanimously found Trump liable for sexual abuse and battery. That’s not the action of a well-adjusted man, and looks like doubling down of the most morally dubious kind.
When it comes to God, Trump has no space in his head for that belief. He is his own God. I’m sure we can all remember that time he was asked to name his favorite biblical verse and book.
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