Donald Trump is not even president of the United States, but he is causing an international crisis of sorts already.
His controversial comments about Mexicans being “criminals” and “rapists,” drew harsh criticism around the world and hit Trump where it mattered the most – the bottom line.
Major sponsors like NBC, Macy’s and Univision have cut ties with Trump since he made the comments in mid-June, during a speech announcing his bid to become Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. As if his comments weren’t enough, the unbelievable escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s top drug cartel boss, has added another dimension to the discussion of immigration.
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Meanwhile, Donald Trump has drawn the wrath of the Sinaloa Cartel. El Chapo allegedly sent a series of threatening tweets aimed at the real estate mogul, which led to Trump beefing up security and an FBI investigation.
Trump is worth $10 billion. But El Chapo has money too. Forbes named him one of the most powerful people in the world, since his cartel nets about $3 billion each year, thanks to the sale of illicit narcotics.
The threats from the world’s top drug lord seem to be nothing to Trump, who continued to rail against Mexico’s inability to control its own country.
In fact, Trump is using El Chapo as a talking point and it is starting to drive his approval ratings through the roof.
According to a poll a new poll released by Suffolk University in Boston, Donald Trump currently has 17% of the Republican vote, with Jeb Bush clocking in at 14%. So what do these spikes mean? Could “The Donald” end up becoming POTUS and ushering in the apocalypse?
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum, a Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, checked in to explain the phenomenon behind Trump’s soaring approval ratings.
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A few weeks ago, Donald Trump was excoriated for comments he made about Mexico and immigration. He was seen as insensitive and ignorant.
However, with the recent prison escape of a notorious and violent Mexican drug kingpin, it’s now giving some people pause. The fact that this drug kingpin furiously threatened Donald Trump [on Twitter], and not our president, implies that he felt Trump was a more important figure or more direct threat to his livelihood.
Trump has a considerable amount of mud on his suit; however, in comparison to the reported evil nature of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Trump looks like an angel. The more Guzman attacks Trump and the more Trump fights back, the more positive Trump will be perceived.
When people cast their vote for president, they tend to seek an emotional connection and wish to vote for someone they can relate to. When some people see Trump successfully standing up to an international bully, they see a part of themselves or a quality they wish they had in themselves.
In previous psychological analyses on Trump, I’ve discussed his ego, his effective use of body language, and his communication skills. When things are at their worst, even people who dislike Trump might still be open to hearing what he has to say.
Dr. Birnbaum is the author of “What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship.” She’s an expert on depression, women’s issues, and attaining happiness. She has been featured on “Oprah” and “20/20” as the oldest woman in the U.S. to have twins!