Donald Trump is our nation’s biggest inspiration; we cannot stop thinking or talking about him. He inspires a wide range of sentiments, from fervid devotion to abject hatred and horrified bemusement. He stands for and proudly boasts what previous presidents could only sit behind closed doors to discuss.
He’s a white savior to conservatives and evil demon to liberals because he speaks to all of our vices and alleged virtues. Conservatives don’t see his faults because he twists them into virtues that they then worship in a cult of narcissistic personality, while liberals only see his faults and use his depravity as a fulcrum to leverage against recognizing the brutal traces of Americanism that exist within themselves. Joe Biden being the best presidential candidate liberals have to offer to defeat Trump is a testament to their disavowed corruption, albeit it is of a different form because conservatives are at least forthcoming about their depravity and don’t go through nearly as many efforts to hide it. Vampires who say they want blood are more virtuous than vampires who claim to be human while sucking blood from sleeping bodies in the night.
There is something morbidly refreshing about Donald Trump, for regardless of how we feel toward or what we think about him, he is clarifying our values and exposing the foundations of cruelty, lies, and distortions upon which White America has always depended.
Perceptions of greatness in a corrupt system are also corrupted, which means that what White America considers great should not be understood to be actually great, but great for White American corruption. It is in this sense that Donald Trump is the greatest White American president of all time, for no other president has demonstrated as steadfast or thorough a commitment to Americanism and all the depravity that commitment entails.
Trump is everything White America has always been about: lies, cheating, entitlement, exploitation, individualism, violence, cruelty, and, most importantly, artifice.
If American cheese isn’t actually cheese, then why should American presidents actually be presidents?
Truth has never been an American virtue. Fake News was around long before Trump named and capitalized off it; it’s how we teach our children American history. How else are we able to celebrate Thanksgiving as a time of peaceful merrymaking between white and Indigenous Americans when in reality there is nothing peaceful or merry about ritualized rape and genocide?
Trump clearly reflects cruel and unusual White American qualities without reservation or hesitation, and yet many of us perceive him as though he is a diabolical system error. The system is working exactly as it was designed to, and yet many of us still seem to individually demonize Trump without acknowledging how accurately he represents White American culture and history.
Trump’s presidency is no accident or aberration; it is a culmination of everything White America has been working toward for the past 400 years. Trump’s presidency only seems like an aberration to some because the white presidents who came before him were not forthcoming about their true intentions, and have successfully manipulated a majority of white people into believing in the integrity of American values.
Trump is the White American shadow incarnate that we White Americans must face honestly instead of disavowing for his evil like we disavow the cruel and unusual parts of ourselves. Carl Jung’s understanding of the importance of integrating the shadow into the psyche is more relevant to American society now than it has ever been. We will get nowhere by othering Trump because he is closer to the troubled soul of this nation than any president who came before him. We must instead understand him as part of who we are and that we will not be able to get rid of him even if he is not reelected.
Donald Trump is the greatest White American president of all time. A ruthless capitalist and malignant narcissist, Trump clearly and fearlessly affirms White Americanism better than anyone who came before him — which is what makes him the greatest White American president we have ever had.
The United States has been the world leader in oppression since our nation’s inception — after all, Hitler was inspired by American eugenics and how we treat Black people— but no president until Trump has been brave enough to clearly embody and fearlessly perform the depth of our violence and depravity. Defeating the Nazis in World War II helped White America feel righteous when in reality this gave us an excuse to ignore our own evil and pretend like the Nazi’s didn’t learn from the book of white supremacy we had been writing for hundreds of years prior to their ascension. The prospect of defeating Trump in the next election appears to serve a similarly defensive purpose, for liberals have clamped white fangs into moral righteousness without recognizing how much they too enjoy the taste of blood.
The left and the right are two wings of the same sick and disheveled bird, and amputating either of them will only create bloodshed and guarantee Americans will never fly again. We need to look within ourselves to realize that the whole American organism is sick and in desperate need of self-care, and that whitemankind is the virus.
Trump is a manifested symptom of much deeper pathologies that White America still refuses to examine. This pathology is called white supremacy, and it has been eating away white humanity for centuries as we collectively and compulsorily imitate a position of superiority that doesn’t actually exist. Joseph Campbell illustrates in The Power of Myth that imperfection is what distinguishes humans from gods, which means that humans are necessarily imperfect and we are destroying our humanity whenever we ignore the imperfections that make us human. A culture based in imitating superiority over others will disavow imperfection and is therefore guaranteed to lack humanity, which is probably why Kendrick Lamar tells us to “Sit down, be humble.”
Previous presidents were too cowardly to say and do what Trump says and does on a regular basis, even though they as white presidents have all had the same agenda, which is to make America great for white people.
Trump’s campaign slogan — Make America Great Again — articulates in easy, accessible language the castration anxiety that forms the affective basis for whiteness in its commitment to maintaining a superiority that doesn’t actually exist. “Make America Great Again” implies that America was once great, but is no longer great, and needs to be made great again. Trump and his flying monkeys don’t go into what used to make America great, when it stopped being great, how we will know when it has become great again, or who gets to decide whether America is great — which are all reflections of the deeper lack of superiority around which White America orbits and attempts to compensate for via grandiose fantasies of power and omnipotence.
Trump shrewdly taps into what Christopher Bollas might call the “unthought knowns” that inform and maintain the behaviors of white communities, which is also part of Trump’s greatness, for no other president has been as effective in speaking to and exploiting whiteness than Trump.
It seems there’s an implicit agreement among Trumpettes that White America’s false sense of superiority was defiled by Obama’s Black presidency, for Trump’s political career began by convincing white conservatives that Obama wasn’t actually an American citizen. It would be too overtly racist to say that Obama is the Black man who made America stop being great, and yet this sentiment is implicated by conservative efforts to undo everything Obama accomplished during his presidency.
The truth is that America hasn’t ever been great and nor will it ever be great again; or, rather, White America used to be great for white people before a Black president sat in the White House for eight years, thus challenging the white supremacist illusion of superiority that previous white presidents worked so diligently to maintain. Trump is the greatest white supremacist our world has ever known, for he is whitely convinced of and will fearlessly assert his alleged superiority without any shred of doubt. Previous white presidents were not nearly as confident in the inherent, alleged superiority of whiteness, but Trump is not only sure of white superiority — he will stop at nothing to prove it to himself and the world.
White American greatness must be seen and understood in its depravity, and Donald Trump has done an excellent job of demonstrating the extent of this depravity in ways that can no longer be ignored. It’s crucial that white people examine the bigger picture of whiteness that Trump represents so that we can begin healing the wounds that make someone like Trump resonate so well with the entire country in the first place. We must not be deceived by presuming resonance must always be positive, for trauma can be just as resonant to a troubled psyche as love can be to a healthy one.
While Donald Trump might be the greatest White American president, he comes nowhere close to Black greatness — why else would Blackness be worth so much in appropriation? We had one president give us a taste of how great Blackness can be, and I am hopeful that we will soon be able to see the greatness of Black womanhood in the vice-presidency. American colors are beautiful when they are not presumed to be either nonexistent, red, white, or blue.