It has been opined that much of what motivates Donald Trump is revenge. When one considers Trump’s narcissistic tendencies, this makes sense. The president thinks so much of himself that anyone who would dare to “wrong” him in some way must pay a price. It has even been suggested that the only reason he even ran for president was because Barack Obama once publicly roasted him, and Trump decided to completely undo the former president’s legacy as revenge for this slight.
Another example of the theory of revenge as motivation is Trump’s response to CNN during the campaign. After the network played the now-infamous video of him casually discussing how he grabs women by the crotch, our dear leader sent a personal letter to the president of CNN. A profile of Jeff Zucker, CNN president, relates the story:
For Zucker, the thick-skinned TV executive and newsman, it was just business. For Trump, the thin-skinned TV star and now approval-craving politician, it was tactical but also personal: He believed that he had gotten Zucker his job at CNN and that the network’s increasingly aggressive coverage of him was an act of betrayal.
Trump actually didn’t play a meaningful role in Zucker’s hiring. (“The president is certainly entitled to believe whatever he likes about our conversation,” Kent wrote me in an email, “however, it was not a factor in the decision to hire Jeff.”) But after the second presidential debate in October, when several CNN panelists criticized Trump for dismissing his comments about grabbing women by the genitals as “locker-room talk,” Zucker received an email from Trump, via his campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks:
“Jeff — Too bad you (CNN) couldn’t be honest with how well I did in the debate. The dumbest thing I ever did was get you the job at CNN — you are the most disloyal person. Just remember, I always seem to find a way to get even. Best wishes, Donald J. Trump.”
Donald Trump uses the position of power to which he was elected to wreak vengeance upon anyone he perceives to have done him wrong. His biggest accomplishments as president has been to talk smack to anyone he believes is his enemy. That’s what the president does, right?