Trumpf built his entire administration upon demanding unctuous loyalty from his allies and now finds himself wounded by what he sees as their shabby betrayal of him. He is entirely without integrity, using one standard for assessing the self and another for judging others depending on egoistic motives. This sort of switch can occur more or less consciously. When mental habits are very strong little conscious effort is needed to have them be executed. Hence, they playout more or less automatically.
Should the duplicity become apparent to the self one can use rationalization to feel better (i.e. cognitive dissonance reduction operations). These include: Coming to believe more strongly than ever that one’s positions are right, and denigrating the others as themselves being without integrity. When the treasonous person really starts to lose it they can have psychotic delusions of grandeur that go beyond the distortions of dissonance reduction. Psychosis is the Big Leagues of psychological defense. (By the way when Trump was thought to say ‘Bigly’ he was saying ‘Big League’ in New Yawkese. Few if any seem to have noted this).
In any case, leaders set examples of ‘how to think’ for followers. Currently a bit less than half your neighbors think like Trumpf. The horror of this is illustrated by seeing the ten commandments through the eyes of Trump-like thinking:
The Ten Commandments as seen by a Trump personality
- I am the Lord your God (“I am a stable genius.” )
- You shall have no other gods before me (“I will be very angry at Mike Pence if he doesn’t listen to me.”)
- You shall not take my name in vain (Say whatever comes to mind. Be wild and impulsive.)
- Observe the Sabbath (“Kosher, Shmosher. Let’s play golf!”)
- Honor your father and mother (If they have given you millions of dollars.)
- You shall not kill (Have your followers do it for you.)
- You shall not steal (Stealing assures always winning)
- You shall not commit adultery (Why not?)
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (“To hell with fake news. They always lie about me. It’s a witch hunt”.)
- You shall not be envious of what your neighbor has (“Envy and greed are good…the Dow has hit records during my reign!!”)