During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump famously declared, “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament.” One contributor at Fox News — the president’s media outlet of choice — is inclined to agree.
Dr. Keith Ablow, “a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team,” per the latter’s website, has undertaken the task of advising readers about how to emulate the president. The series is titled, “Trumping Your Life.”
In a disclaimer that might have revealed more than intended, the introductory installment was headlined, “Want to improve your life? Be more like President Trump (Not kidding!)” Each of the planned five parts (the second was posted May 27) contains tidbits of wisdom drawn from Ablow’s admiring — not to say worshipful — observations of the leader of the free world’s “extraordinary persona.”
In an interview with Yahoo News, Ablow said his goal was to encourage readers to “use this presidency like a self-help seminar.” Indeed, the columns read like a self-help book, encouraging readers to take to heart such platitudes as, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough to work toward any goal you cherish,” and, “After hard-fought battles, whether you win or lose, don’t assume your competitors can’t become your partners.”
Ablow, a board-certified psychiatrist with a medical degree from Johns Hopkins, is a prolific commentator and author of novels and self-help books, including Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty. As a Fox News contributor, he was outspoken about what he saw as the psychological shortcomings of Barack Obama, including a long-distance diagnosis that the president had a wish to make the country “suffer along with less fortunate nations.”
In the interview, Ablow paid tribute to Trump’s “extraordinary” personal qualities, including those that few other observers have detected, such as his equanimity in the face of opposition. “I believe he interprets criticism as inevitable when you’re attempting to do something revolutionary,” Ablow said. Asked how he reconciles that assessment with Trump’s propensity to repeatedly rehash old beefs with former opponents and the news media, Ablow soberly directed Yahoo News to the third step in “Trumping your life:” “Let yourself be righteously angry when people take you for a fool or a fraud.”
“This is also a man for whom the goal is primary, and so the fact that he may have done battle with opponents in the past doesn’t erase the potential for synergy in the present,” he continued, in what will surely come as welcome news to former opponents including “Little Marco Rubio” and “Lyin’ Ted Cruz.”
Ablow also exalted what he characterized, and others have criticized, as Trump’s spontaneity and informality, saying, “The criticism the president receives for being sometimes off the cuff, or not scripted, or not using political rhetoric that’s soaring is also our guarantee that he’s real.
“Sometimes people do get lost in poetry when they should be focused on deliverables. Poetry has its place, but in the political process, doing has its place as well. And in life, that’s true. Lots of beautiful words can be very moving when you’re dealing with somebody in a relationship, but the real question, where the rubber hits the road, is: Do you love me enough to deliver for me?”
Yahoo News also asked Ablow about the correlation between mental and physical health, given the president’s penchant for fast food and well-done steaks with ketchup, as well as his unique theory that exercise should be avoided, as it depletes the finite stores of energy people are born with. Trump has repeatedly touted his stamina, and Ablow pointed to that as well.
“The best evidence we have of the president’s presence, in terms of his psychological and physical well-being, is that he decimated in long debates, during which he stood on his feet and had to be erudite and active. He decimated people decades younger than him in those debates who are also very intelligent. So anyone who would think that the president has lost half a step need not worry. In fact, the president at 85% of his capacity, when that occurs, and I don’t believe it has, but when he’s at 85% of his capacity, let’s say at 85 years old, he’ll be at 200% the capacity of most U.S. senators. It’s not even close.”
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