Why Donald Trump needs anger management more than Greta Thunberg

Donald Trump, the world’s biggest bully, needs to work on his anger management. And then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend.

 |  6-minute read |   16-12-2019
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Donald Trump may not rank anywhere near the top of the charts of best US Presidents, but he certainly seems to lead by a mile when it comes to being the biggest bully on troll-infested Twitter. The White House resident went after teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg yet again. And she hit right back, and won, yet again.

When TIME magazine featured teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as the 2019 person of the year, our big bully was back in action, going after the 16-year-old. To put things in perspective, Thunberg is over five decades younger than him, three years older than Trump’s youngest son, and four-and-a-half years older than Trump’s oldest grandchild.

If Trump thought he could get away with his snarkiness, he couldn’t have been more mistaken. Greta gave back as good as she got. Her Twitter bio now reads: A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old-fashioned movie with a friend.

main_greta-thunberg-_121319091429.jpgScreenshot of Greta Thunberg's Twitter page.

Ironically, the husband of Melania Trump seems to have forgotten about his wife’s #BeBest initiative and her crusade against cyber-bullying. Keeping in line with her initiative, Melania had, just last week, slammed Stanford Law School Professor Pamela Karlan, who is also a witness in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, for a comment made about Barron Trump — Donald and Melania Trump's 13-year-old son.

But then, the rules of the game can be different when the President is playing bully. We suggest the FLOTUS takes a look at her husband’s track record.

Thankfully, Twitterati got Greta’s back.

However, Greta is not the only one Trump has bullied in the recent past.

Bull(y) in a china shop

In an interview on CBS This Morning in July this year, Rep. Rashida Tlaib had said President Trump is the biggest bully she's ever had to deal with in her lifetime. This came after the President tweeted this about the four non-white Democratic congresswomen:

It has been widely reported how his 30-minute phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 was nothing short of bullying. He drilled down on the Ukrainian President’s weakness (of needing American support) and didn’t relent. It eventually led to Trump's impeachment inquiry.

greta-thunberg-and-d_121319091905.jpgWe wonder who needs anger management. L: Donald Trump and R: Greta Thunberg. (Photo: Reuters and Twitter)

According to American journalist Michael D'Antonio, who authored Donald Trump’s biography Never Enough: Donald Trump and The Pursuit of Success, bullying has always been central to Trump’s character. “In the summer of his thirteenth year, his exasperated parents notified him that he was being sent away to military school because he was too unruly. Cast out of the family home, he did become more disciplined, but he also became the man who would tell me he enjoyed ‘all types of fights, even physical’,” D'Antonio writes.

Trump's habit of giving not-so-polite nicknames to his opponents is also very well-known. For instance, he mockingly referred to Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, as “Rocket Man”. “Crooked Hillary”, “Little Marco”, “Crazy Bernie”, “Lyin Ted” and “Pocahontas” were nicknames for Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and Elizabeth Warren respectively. Chuck Schumer has earned a series of nicknames like “Head Clown,” “Fake Tears” and “Cryin’ Chuck”. Author and psychiatrist Dr Ronald Pies writes that “Trump’s habit of bestowing offensive nicknames opens a window into the psychology of bullying.”

If we were to list all the instances of Trump’s bullying behaviour, this will become a monotonously long read. A simple Google search should satiate your curiosity on the other people he has bullied.

Presidential anger

A year ago, on December 11, 2018, Trump clashed on live television with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over funding for the Mexico border wall. The stunning public spat ended with Trump declaring he’d be proud to shut down the government to get what he wants. (High time someone told him that is not how a democracy works.)

Not surprisingly, Schumer accused him of having a “temper tantrum”.

One could say that the impeachment inquiry got under his skin. But then, this is not the only instance. Again, the instances are way too many to list out. So much so, that #TrumpMeltdown is a returning trend on Twitter.

Political observers and mental health experts have repeatedly pointed out that Trump’s serious temper issues are worrying. That, coupled with a brittle sense of worth that even a perceived slight could lead to him exploding, often pushes him into denial of his wrongdoings. It also leads to Trump often charging out at the world, which he feels is out there to get him.

So who needs the anger management? Greta Thunberg because of her 'stinkeye' to Trump? Or Trump because of, well, being Trump?

A good old-fashioned movie with a friend is sure to help the US President too. Chill Donald, Chill!

Also read: I don't believe you: Donald Trump, world's biggest climate change denier


Rajeshwari Ganesan Rajeshwari Ganesan @rajeshwaridotg

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