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1) A bit out of my remit, but it's fascinating when you look at this and the Press Secretary's statement about not having briefings, how this is all all phrased as Trump trying to protect his people from "not being treated well", how this falls into Trump as lifelong abuser.
2) "I'm doing this for YOU" and "This is for YOUR good", that certainly not standard, but definitely not uncommon way some abusers force everyone around them into subservient power positions.
3) When people ask "Why do/did all these powerful men fall under his sway?" I'd suggest this is one of the reasons -- as rich white guys most have never been on the receiving end of this type of manipulation and have zero defenses against it.
4) Trump sees only power: dominance and submission. Most of these men have not earned their power, or fought for it, but had it CEDED to them by the structure of society/family connections/etc. Nobody's even TRIED this with them before.
5) Basically, the fake meritocracy/failson system gave us a power structure of men who wield power with no real understanding of its complex dynamics, structural or personal.
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