Is Trump the Chimp at the Top of our Pre-evolution Hierarchy?

❝ Donald Trump’s political stylings…evoke(d) memories of our people’s original civic leader — the large, angry ape.

“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” the anthropologist Jane Goodall infamously opined in the summer of 2016. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”

❝ Goodall was far from alone in this assessment. In his paper “The Appeal of the Primal Leader: Human Evolution and Donald J Trump,” Northwestern University social psychologist Dan McAdams argued that the mogul embodied “the social dominance form of human leadership” — and likened Trump’s Twitter tantrums to the violent rituals performed by ruling chimps.

❝ Trump intended his shutdown to be a spectacular display of his tribe’s supremacy in America’s dominance hierarchy. It became the opposite. Now, there’s a good chance that, over the next two years, this presidency is “going to go weaker, weaker, and just disintegrate.”…

One can only hope. Though I have no confidence in Trump’s echo of Reagan’s failed supply-side economics producing anything of benefit to working families, the mass of rural and urban Americans, the danger of stupidity overruling anything near unto common sense retains a risk of economic and social disaster. Often the fate of petty pimps and their claque…and innocent bystanders.

2 thoughts on “Is Trump the Chimp at the Top of our Pre-evolution Hierarchy?

  1. Footnote says:

    New York Times , May 2016: “Trump, 800-Pound Media Gorilla, Pounds His Chest at Reporters” https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/arts/television/to-understand-trump-and-the-news-media-watch-the-clips-of-harambe-the-gorilla.html
    The Tarzan yell or Tarzan’s jungle call is the distinctive, ululating yell of the character Tarzan as portrayed by actor Johnny Weissmuller in the films based on the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs starting with “Tarzan the Ape Man” (MGM 1932). The yell was a creation of the movies based on what Burroughs described in his books as simply “the victory cry of the bull ape.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Weissmuller%27s_MGM_Tarzan_Yell.ogg

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