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‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

JAMES C. MCINTOSH, M.D. | 9/7/2017, 4:17 p.m.
Free association is a process utilized by psychoanalysts that involves stimulating the free flow of a patient’s thoughts. The patient ...
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Coltrane style

Free association is a process utilized by psychoanalysts that involves stimulating the free flow of a patient’s thoughts. The patient is asked to say the first thing that comes to mind after hearing “trigger words.”  It is also a wonderful exercise to engage in for any creative person. The very best poets, such as George Edward Tait, do it all the time. The best “battle rapper” poets, such as B Dot and Loaded Lux, will sometimes, right off the top, string together single words like “the staccato of machine gun fire” during a battle—trigger words—free associated metaphors or, as Tehut 9 says, “meta-fives,” in “sheets of sound,” Coltrane style. Just thinking of the first word or thought that comes to mind after other words and thoughts allows the artist and the analyst to go deep, most say, into the unconscious mind. I engage in it frequently all by myself. When I heard the name of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, I thought of Trumps first wife Ivana. The next thought I had was “extra K.”  Someone inserted a K into the name of Donald’s first wife’s name Ivana and came up with the name Ivanka. I then thought, Ku Klux Klan. Klan members have a thing for the letter K. They call their chapter a Klavern, they call their recruiter a Kleagle and they call a convention a Klonvokation. According to the book “The Invisible Empire” by William Loren Katz, they even weave Ks into their greetings. One person says, “A.Y.A.K.,” which stands for “Are you a Klansman? “and the other responds, “A.K.I.A.,” meaning “A Klansman I am.” Klan made me think of David Duke.

Too many klues in this White House

See, apparently the three Ks in Ku Klux Klan weren’t enough for David Duke. In 1974, he founded an organization called The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan or the KKKK. Even that extra K had not made a sufficient impression on Donald Trump to recognize who Duke was. So, when asked to denounce Duke’s pre-election support, Trump said he didn’t know anything about Duke. Strange—strange fruit. Strange fruit is a term coined by Abel Meeropol and popularized by the singer Billie Holiday, referring to the bodies of the victims of lynchings by groups such as the Klan—bodies hanging from trees. It is strange indeed that the Republican candidate for president wouldn’t know anything about Duke, the infamous former Republican Louisiana State Representative and U.S. presidential candidate, who has, among other things, dressed in a Nazi uniform and been convicted of fraud. Trump never heard of him. Trump carried on this charade, perhaps pronounced karade, to the extent that he still would not publicly condemn Duke after the Charlottesville, Va., incident, in which 19 people were injured and one person was killed when a terrorist supporting an alt-right neo-Nazi Klan rally drove a Dodge Charger into a crowd of people opposed to that rally. Was this violence what Trump had signaled when he had earlier encouraged law officers to let suspects bump their heads on cars?

It’s not slavery its treason, stupid

The Klan was rallying against the removal of Confederate statues. Amazingly, Trump missed the whole point of what the removal of Confederate statues should mean to the president of the United States. The point is not that the Confederacy favored slavery, as he inferred by asking whose statue would be next, “George Washington?” Trump was half right. George was a slave owner, and in fact the entire United States of America at some point supported slavery. Slavery is why I oppose those statues, but the POTUS is supposed to oppose them because Confederates committed treason against the United States of America. Charade and treason made me think of another charade in which Trump and his father Fred, son of Friedrich, had engaged. They used to deny their German ancestry and say they were Swedish. For decades, they carried on this charade.