Rob Porter, The Democratic Memo, and a Self-Serving View of Government


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Not surprisingly, Trump decided to not release the democratic memo. This decision coincided with the resignation of two top aids, Rob Porter, and David Sorensen, a speechwriter for the administration. Look, I get it. When you abuse your position in government, the prestige of it is often enhanced. For a certain cold-blooded segment of the population, there’s allure in that. You don’t even have to be the one in charge. No, as long as you perceive yourself as similar enough to the person in a position of authority, then that in itself is a power trip.

Trump is a vessel for all the narcissistic ideals of government. He supported Rob Porter (and David Sorensen by extension) after his fall from grace out of pathological self-interest.



While the subject of the Nunes and Democratic memos seems worlds apart from cases of domestic abuse, they share a disturbing connection. In Porter and Sorensen, Trump sees kindred spirits. Not only that, but supporting them is tossing bloody meat to a rabid, red-eyed base. In more than one sense, then, it’s very clear that Trump’s actions were incredibly self-serving.

But we could obviously say the same thing about Trump’s decision to withhold a Democratic response to a conservative version of events surrounding the FBI’s decision to spy on Carter Page/the functioning of the FISA courts. Self-serving out the wazoo, but among Trump’s voters, the perfect political message.

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