“FROM DIVERTED MILITARY FLIGHTS TO DIVERTED FUNDS: HOW DONALD TRUMP IS DISPLAYING CLASSIC CRIMINAL AND ADDICTIVE THINKING BEHAVIORS AND PATTERNS”
By Jay Arrington | September 9, 2019 3:00 PM
Ask anyone whose views and observations are not skewed by political bias to offer an honest opinion of Donald Trump’s behavior and you’ll most likely hear, “corrupt, dishonest and self-centered.” Which bears an eerie resemblance to information I came across while researching material for a substance abuse group session that I was to facilitate.
What I discovered is that experts who study criminal thinking/behavioral patterns and addictive thinking/behavioral patterns see a distinct correlation between the former and the latter. And while I was not surprised by the information itself, I was however surprised at how said behaviors and patterns mirror the behaviors and patterns of the man in the Oval Office.
Take for instance the criminal thinking behavior pattern known as “Victim Stance.” “Victim Stance” is a pattern of criminal thinking that allows a person to blame others for the mess the person finds him or herself in even though the person created the mess.
This is the type of person who never takes responsibility for anything, unless it’s good. Case in point. During the 2016 election cycle Trump explicitly asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. Trump then went on to praise Wikileaks for dumping the hacked info but then blamed US intelligence agencies and democrats in Congress for investigating election interference.
Again, instead of holding formal talks with foreign leaders at Camp David like his predecessors Trump does so at properties he owns. Forcing the Secret Service and US Military support staff to stay at his hotel/s, monies which go directly into the Trump family coffers, courtesy of the American taxpayer. And then Trump blames democrats and public policy groups for suing him for violating the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution.
The latest fiasco being the flight patterns of US Air Force cargo planes flying from Alaska to Kuwait diverted to within 30 miles of Trump’s struggling Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland to an also struggling airport where the planes have refueled to the tune of $11 million. Well above the cost of refueling at a military base. Can you say kickbacks?
The move has transformed the bottom line of the golf club from losing more than $4 million in revenue in 2017 to increasing revenue by $3 million in 2018. Some of which comes from the plane’s crew having to stay at Trump’s golf club, on our dime.
Still, Trump justifies this criminal thinking/behavior by saying that he’s the person wronged. Addicts employ a similar tactic known as “Self-Pity Stance” in which they say, “the world, or the judge, or the probation officer is out to get them.”
Finally, and this is the one that should really raise the hairs on your neck, there’s the “Unique Person Stance.” -watch introductory link. A person employs this type of criminal thinking pattern to convince him or herself that he or she is truly unique. That because of their personal experiences they alone can fix any problem, that rules don’t apply to them and that they are above the law.
And with William Barr as his Attorney General, maybe he (Trump) is.