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President-elect: Reflections of ‘Capt. Queeg?’

President-elect Donald Trump is revealing some troubling character flaws, personality traits reminiscent of the fictional ‘Capt. Queeg’ of ‘The Caine Mutiny’ A nervous breakdown one day for President-elect Donald Trump is within the realm of possibility.

President-elect Donald Trump is revealing some troubling character flaws, personality traits reminiscent of the fictional ‘Capt. Queeg’ of ‘The Caine Mutiny’

A nervous breakdown one day for President-elect Donald Trump is within the realm of possibility. The weight of the world rests on the shoulders of the POTUS, not something to be taken lightly. Trump’s habit of answering every disparaging critique of his actions with a barrage on Twitter is troubling.

Trump “the Mad Tweeter” unravels when he is criticized. He feels compelled to answer every barb with a rebuke of his own. Wait until he has to deal with the flak that is surely coming. Imagine Trump, the caricature in the Oval Office tweeting furiously in response to stinging rebuke when he should be leading the nation. He can’t conceal it — frothing from orange to red with rage.

This critic shudders to think how President Trump might handle a crisis akin to a “Cuban Missile Crisis” or the possibility of overreacting to a threat by North Korea’s disillusioned dictator Kim Jong-un, who regularly threatens a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States. Does he possess the temperament, one of the key concerns?

One difference about the president-elect already glaringly apparent in comparison to President Obama is he has wafer-thin skin. His reaction to any manner of criticism is to lunge back, tit for tat. As one writer noted, “As pressure mounts, Trump’s tantrums become more frequent.” Twitter is his pressure-release valve. That’s just too much wasted time tweeting. Trump is less than 7 weeks from swearing-in and he’s already showing signs of irregularities as a commander-in-chief.

Like Capt. Queeg , the U.S. Naval captain commanding the destroyer-minesweeper USS Caine in the 1954 film classic, The Caine Mutiny, whose mental instability jeopardized the ship, forcing the first officer relieve him of command, Trump’s mad tweeting, temper tantrums, threats against Hillary Clinton, and assertions like, “I know more than the generals” — referring to seasoned U.S. military commanders as advisors — invites comparisons to Queeg.

Maybe the assertions here are wrong — for the sake of the nation and the world, the critic hopes so. But, if early signs are tell-tale, we all are in for a turbulent, if not disastrous four years.

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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