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Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:47 AM

If Trump Were an Airline Pilot

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/08/if-trump-were-airline-pilot/596575/

But now we’ve had something we didn’t see so clearly during the campaign. These are episodes of what would be called outright lunacy, if they occurred in any other setting: An actually consequential rift with a small but important NATO ally, arising from the idea that the U.S. would “buy Greenland.” Trump’s self-description as “the Chosen One,” and his embrace of a supporter’s description of him as the “second coming of God” and the “King of Israel.” His logorrhea, drift, and fantastical claims in public rallies, and his flashes of belligerence at the slightest challenge in question sessions on the White House lawn. His utter lack of affect or empathy when personally meeting the most recent shooting victims, in Dayton and El Paso. His reduction of any event, whatsoever, into what people are saying about him.

Obviously I have no standing to say what medical pattern we are seeing, and where exactly it might lead. But just from life I know this:

  • If an airline learned that a pilot was talking publicly about being “the Chosen One” or “the King of Israel” (or Scotland or whatever), the airline would be looking carefully into whether this person should be in the cockpit.

  • If a hospital had a senior surgeon behaving as Trump now does, other doctors and nurses would be talking with administrators and lawyers before giving that surgeon the scalpel again.

  • If a public company knew that a CEO was making costly strategic decisions on personal impulse or from personal vanity or slight, and was doing so more and more frequently, the board would be starting to act. (See: Uber, management history of.)

  • If a university, museum, or other public institution had a leader who routinely insulted large parts of its constituency—racial or religious minorities, immigrants or international allies, women—the board would be starting to act.

  • If the U.S. Navy knew that one of its commanders was routinely lying about important operational details, plus lashing out under criticism, plus talking in “Chosen One” terms, the Navy would not want that person in charge of, say, a nuclear-missile submarine.

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Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:50 AM

1. Or, if anyone knew that putin was the that leader's controller

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Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:36 PM

2. The Stones ask the musical question:

Who's driving your plane?

https://m.

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Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:54 PM

3. He is the luckiest SOB on this planet

Born into wealth, able to play with money and businesses for years, gets himself elected President by a lucky miracle (Russian assisted) and that turns out to be a position with zero accountability for him because the Republicans don't want to stop him. Never sustains any consequences for his mistakes.

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Sat Aug 24, 2019, 05:19 PM

4. if a pilot announced, "I'm the chosen one to take you to your destination"

I'd get off that plane

too bad we are STUCK on this flight

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