Why Is It Hard For Donald Trump To Accept Defeat?

The US elections results are over. The nail biting elections turned bitter when it found a sore loser.

Donald Trump has lost the election. Joe Biden has won the presidential race. The country knows it. Biden knows it. The only person who does not is Trump.

Donald Trump is pursuing legal action against all the states that he has lost and wants a recount of the votes. As of now he has already lost the suit in a few states.

The country has voted and clearly stated their choice. So what exactly is unclear and why is it hard for trump to accept that he has lost the race.

Political experts and mental health professionals feel that the reasons Trump rose to power are ultimately the reasons why he cannot digest his defeat.

His authoritarian qualities and his whole pitch that won him the last election makes it almost impossible for him to be graceful in his defeat.

Here is what the experts have to say.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history at New York University, has said that Trump had tried to establish an “authoritarian model of the presidency” based on “arrogance, brutality, and the idea that he must be defended from his enemies.” 

“It’s easier to claim the whole election was a fraud than admit that his policies turned his people against him in numbers sufficient to ensure his defeat” added the author of the forthcoming book: “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.” 

Having claimed victimhood at the hands of ignoble forces that coalesced against him, “we can expect him to continue in this vein and delay the public humiliation of a concession speech,” she said.

“We should be watchful of what he might do over the next months in a vindictive spirit,” she warned.

Her thoughts are shared by John Gartner who is a psychologist warned people that Trump is a malignant narcissist. Gartner is not the only one. A growing number of health professionals have warned about Trump’s narcissistic tendencies.

First coined by famous psychoanalyst Erichh Fromm, people of this personality type are quintessentially evil. They exhibit narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, paranoia, and sadism.

Gartner also warned that in such cases Trump may follow the Neo Decree or Scorched Earth strategy.

The president’s niece and one of his most strident critics, Mary Trump feels that her uncle’s decision to declare himself the winner of the election and accuse his rival of cheating spoke of his desperation at circumstances he wasn’t accustomed to. 

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“Donald has never been in this place before where there’s nobody to bail him out, there’s nobody to buy him out,” the clinical psychologist, who wrote a memoir on her uncle over the summer.

Donald Trump’s such antics and behaviour could make the post-election, pre-inauguration period a particularly unstable time for the country.