Still Think That Vote For Trump Was Worth It, Huh 🤨

Trump Is An Internalized Negative Stereotype of a Leader, which also explains why we are still carrying on with this charade

Such internalizations are surely defeatist. I have found these internalizations to be an Achilles heel for women and minorities in various organizations and it is transparent in the form of the placating style of leadership on display there. On the rare occasion that women or minorities are at the top of these organizations, suspiciously they remain once again the minority 🤔 or the only ones up there.

Only 19 Fortune 500 firms are led by people of color, and only 21 of these companies are led by women, according to recent data. And almost 75% of Fortune 500 boards are mainly comprised of white men.

In light of this data, you might expect that in organizations where women and minorities are at the top, they’ll try to help others like them climb the organizational ladder. Yet, this popular belief is not supported by data. In fact, research suggests, it is women and nonwhites themselves who often impede the advancement of their own peers. They do not advocate for them when positions come open or there is an opportunity for a promotion, and they do not provide the mentorship and support that everybody needs to navigate their careers successfully.

Clearly, the glaring reason for this is the fear of breaking an unspoken and unwritten rule in the appearance of overly favoring diversity: soliciting minorities or women for mentoring, hiring and promoting. This has been a conspicuous facet of my lackluster career thus far.

It is part assimilation and part conditioning that creates this cognitive bias. This deficit transcends over to political leadership. It should not have taken this long for a record-setting moment of female representation to occur in Congress. Nor should it have taken the election of Donald Trump to motivate and get us there. But it has — and it did.

I have discussed at length the narcissistic supply of Trump and their remarkable emboldenment replete with the vanity and insanity of whiteness in tow. What I did not point out was how rampant this is in the organizations outside of government and its psychological footprint.

Freud argued that the psychological process of leadership occurs because a group of people — the followers — have replaced their own narcissistic tendencies with those of the leader, such that their love for the leader is a disguised form of self-love, or a substitute for their inability to love themselves. “Another person’s narcissism”, he said, “has a great attraction for those who have renounced part of their own… as if we envied them for maintaining a blissful state of mind.”

But that is only half of the story. Women and minorities are also to blame, especially the ones who upon arrival fail to look back and invite more diversity to the top.

System justification: the tendency for long-oppressed groups, struggling to make sense of an unfair world, internalize negative stereotypes. — Laurie Rudman, a psychologist at Rutgers University ²

I have worked with minorities under the glass ceiling and I have been a sounding board for their woes about the lack of promotion and hiring of minorities. They were Philipinos and have faced their share of racism and discrimination in the workplace. However, when the national election came and my Filipina colleague was asked who she would be voting for, she uttered Trump. When pressed by her compatriots on why she will be voting Trump instead of Hilary she stated that she didn’t think that such a job is appropriate for women to hold. None of them debated her it seemed that they were all in silent agreement about this.

I am well aware that they were ethnic minorities — groups outside of Latinos— who were in the single digits percentage wise that casted their vote for Trump. No big surprise here. I am sure that in the Mississippi run off Senate election there were steadfast Black republicans who still stuck with Hyde-Smith even as she boasted wanting front row seats at their own lynching. No surprise there either.

System justification theory is unique in postulating a tendency to defend, bolster and justify aspects of the societal status quo — not necessarily at a conscious level of awareness.¹

Like professor of psychology and politics and co-director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior at New York University John T. Jost, PhD, I too had the following questions.

Why do some women feel that they are entitled to lower salaries than men, why do people stay in harmful relationships, and why do some African-American children come to believe that white dolls are more attractive and desirable than black dolls? Why do people blame victims of injustice and why do victims of injustice sometimes blame themselves? Why is it so difficult to get people to stand up for themselves, and why do we find personal and social change to be so challenging, even painful? There are also thorny questions about political economy that keep coming up, such as: Why do so many poor people oppose the redistribution of wealth? Where is the outrage, even after a succession of worldwide financial crises, meltdowns and bailouts?

Do people justify the system because they believe they will be rich one day?

The most popular explanation on the political left and right for why poor people often endorse regressive forms of taxation and oppose wealth redistribution is that the poor believe that they will become rich one day. In other words, the acceptance of inequality on the part of the working class is often assumed to be driven by the anticipation of self-interest. Bill Maher likes to quote Republican Senator Marco Rubio: “When Americans drive through a wealthy neighborhood, they’re not jealous. They say, ‘Congratulations, we’ll be joining you soon!’” But when we surveyed low-income Americans, we saw little evidence that the majority believed that they would end up rich (Rankin, Jost & Wakslak, 2009).¹

That is just plain stupid

I guess there is widespread confusion about the difference between competence and confidence as a defense for Trump of which he is all too willing to brag about each and every time.

President Donald J. Trump is an abject failure of a president, and human being. Today the Washington Post conducted an interview with the president to get insight and clarity on what his plans are for the American people he allegedly serves. Here is an excerpt on his thoughts (if you want to call it that, this word is being used loosely here) on the climate change report published by his government.

WP: You said yesterday when you were leaving that you were skeptical of a climate change report that the government had done. Can you just explain why you’re skeptical of that report?

TRUMP: One of the problems that a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including — just many other places — the air is incredibly dirty. And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.

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Me: before

Wait?!?! Say that again

…a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence…Donald Trump, President of the United States

Go on…

TRUMP: Number two, if you go back and if you look at articles, they talked about global freezing, they talked about at some point the planets could have freeze to death, then it’s going to die of heat exhaustion. There is movement in the atmosphere. There’s no question. As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it — not nearly like it is. Do we want clean water? Absolutely. Do we want clean air to breathe? Absolutely. The fire in California, where I was, if you looked at the floor, the floor of the fire, they have trees that were fallen, they did no forest management, no forest maintenance, and you can light — you can take a match like this and light a tree trunk when that thing is laying there for more than 14 or 15 months. And it’s a massive problem in California.

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Me: after

WP: So you’re saying you don’t see the —

TRUMP: Josh, you go to other places where they have denser trees — it’s more dense, where the trees are more flammable — they don’t have forest fires like this, because they maintain. And it was very interesting, I was watching the firemen, and they’re raking brush — you know the tumbleweed and brush, and all this stuff that’s growing underneath. It’s on fire, and they’re raking it, working so hard, and they’re raking all this stuff. If that was raked in the beginning, there’d be nothing to catch on fire. It’s very interesting to see. A lot of the trees, they took tremendous burn at the bottom, but they didn’t catch on fire. The bottom is all burned but they didn’t catch on fire because they sucked the water, they’re wet. You need forest management, and they don’t have it.

When Mr. Trump was asked about the economy and if he was nervous about it, this was his repsonse.

TRUMP: No, I’m not because what I’m doing is I’m doing trade deals. The trade deals take a little time. The fact is, I think — I disagree with the Fed. I’ve been open about that. I think the Fed is a much bigger problem than China. I think that China wants to make a deal very badly. I think we’ll either make a deal or we’ll be taking in billions and billions of dollars a month in tariffs and I’m okay with either one of those two situations. But I can tell you that China wants to make a deal. I can tell you that other countries want to make deals because they know that I’m not playing around. The USMCA was a very well-received deal. That got done, and a lot of people said it wouldn’t get done. We’re making great trade deals. We lose $800 billion a year with trade.

WP: So who should be held responsible? You mentioned the Fed, but when Harry Truman sat here he had that sign that said the buck stops here. —

TRUMP: Oh, I’m not blaming anybody.

WP: — But Mr. President, it doesn’t seem to stop with you.

TRUMP: I’m not blaming — look, I took recommendations. I’m not blaming anybody. But I will tell you, at this moment in time I am not at all happy with the Fed. I am not at all happy with my choice. I think we have to let it go. You know, if you look at — China is being accommodative. The euro and Europe is being accommodative. We’re not getting any accommodation, and we’re also paying $50 billion, we’re paying down our liquidity, is — you can make the case it’s a positive thing in one way, but another thing, it snaps your liquidity. So I’m doing deals, and I’m not being accommodated by the Fed. I’m not happy with the Fed. They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.

WP: But you’re the president, sir.

TRUMP: I’m not blaming anybody.

The president may not be blaming anyone here, but I know who to blame.😐

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