Thursday, March 3, 2016

Study Shows "I" is #DonaldTrump's Favorite Word! That Should Tell "You" Something?

ThinkProgress recently asked a University of Pennsylvania linguistics professor to analyze Trump's use of language. 

The findings should not be shocking to anyone paying attention. 

"I" is Donald Trump's favorite word. 

This shouldn't surprise anyone given the generally accepted understanding that Donald Trump is a dangerous narcissist. 

Republican candidates seem to know this about Trump. They have for a while. 

So why does such a large group of Republicans still seem to fall in line behind him? 

Why are all the other GOP candidates falling into the shadow of Trump's over sized ego?  

Is he just better at their own game than they are?

Here's but a small sampling of what a few other Republicans have said about The Donald: 

"Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He believes in nothing other than himself. He's not a liberal, he's not a moderate, and he's not a conservative. He's not a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. He's not for anything or against anything. Issues and policies and ideals are not important to him. He's for Donald." - Gov. Bobby Jindal (who has apparently been shuffled into a back room somewhere to fade away)

The fireworks between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump were many and bright. Too soft spoken to compete with the blustering Trump, Bush wound up leaving the race. "We need someone who's not a narcissist" Bush said of Trump. "Donald Trump, you're the loser!"

"He has, I think, some very disturbing traits that I think America should pay attention to. He's a man that said, 'I've slept with peoples' wives,' blah, blah, blah and yet he's also said that he's never had to ask God for forgiveness for anything he's done. He's a narcissist to the highest level and that's exactly the wrong person to put into the Oval Office." - Conservative Mouthpiece Glenn Beck 

"Donald Trump is a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag. A speck of dirt is way more qualified to be president,”- Rand Paul

"Buckley dismissed Trump as a narcissistic and a demagogue, the kind of person who would not qualify to be president." - Bill Kristal in reference to Trump's statement that William F. Buckley would not oppose Trump for president. 

"His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill." - Mitt Romney

"The Republican Party would be split apart if he became the nominee, because we cannot allow the party of Reagan to be taken over by a con man." - Marco Rubio 

Trump is a coward, and like all those who feel the need to boast about being strong and tough, he is neither.” - George Will

Trump has, however, garnered support from a growing number of people and organizations, including the KKK, David Duke, and various other Neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. It isn't hard to wonder why they salute him. 

Although Charles Koch is quoted as saying one of Trump's policy proposals if implemented would "destroy a free society," the Koch Brothers have stated publicly that are not going to throw their money away to block his nomination or influence the primaries, which is in direct opposition to their past heavy investments into influencing campaigns.