I used to teach fifth grade.
I remember about ten thousand conversation where ten year old children were whispering to their friends that “He likes me, but I don’t know if he LIKES me.”
I remember at least 20 thousand conversations where one child confided in another, “I like her, but I don’t LIKE HER like her.”
They were little kids. They were trying to work out the nuances of enjoying someone’s company while a) not necessarily sharing any interests b) not necessarily agreeing with each other c) not wanting to run off and get married and make babies (how do you do that, anyway?)
When I was a teacher of young and innocent kids, these conversations made me smile. They made me appreciate the innocence of youth.
Now that I am a retired old grandmother, and the “He likes me!” comments are coming from the 73 year old, three times married President of the United States, my reaction is somewhat different.
I’m fighting off simultaneous urges to vomit and to run screaming into the night.
Yesterday I listened to Donald Trump’s comments as he left the G7 summit. I listened carefully to his every word.
And I must say, I have not changed my view that this man demonstrates a very significant language disorder.
He made many incomplete utterances. He left out specific nouns and verbs, leaving the impression that his ideas were drifting and pointless.
I suggest that you watch this video. Watch what happens when Trump strays from the script at about 3:18.
Note the incomplete, rambling thoughts. Note this mess:
“From the standpoint of trade and jobs and being fair to companies, we are really, I think, committed, I think they are really starting to be committed to a much more fair trade situation for the United States because it has been treated very unfairly…. Last year they lost 800, we as a nation, over the years, but, the latest numbers 817 billion dollars on trade and it’s unacceptable and everybody was told that.”
And then there was Trump’s assertion that our trade and international relationships were “a ten”, because the members of the G7 were reasonably polite to him.
He insisted that the relationships are fabulous because none of the leaders of the developed world stood up and called him a doody pants.
No matter what they thought of the big lying buffoon, all of the OTHER leaders of the free world had enough self control to be at least marginally civil to Donald J. Trump.
Unfortunately, that gave our incredibly immature national leader the impression that all of those other powerful people “liked” him. And that was enough for him.
He assumed that because they “liked” him, he could safely call them names, accuse them of theft, criticize his predecessors who had been dealing with them for decades, and then tell them exactly what they had to do.
He thought that being “liked” meant that nobody would get mad at him, no matter what.
I must tell you, as a former teacher of fifth graders with autism, oppositional defiant disorder, cognitive disabilities, language disorders and other learning and behavioral challenges, that this underdeveloped ability to comprehend the nuances of human relationships is a major problem.
Our country, our beloved United States of America, is in the hands of a person whose intellectual and emotional development has not yet reached the level of a ten year old. A person whose mastery of the English language is both immature and obviously disordered.
I have no idea what it is that goes on the mind of Donald J. Trump, but I am very, very sure that whatever it is, it is based on the ideas and beliefs of a selfish child. I am very, very sure that what he thinks is never articulated in a way that makes any sense.
I am very sure that we are in a very dangerous place right now. This country is being led by a pouting, angry child whose emotional, intellectual and linguistic development are all dangerously impaired.
“I don’t like him. And I don’t know what to do.”