Describing_Donald_Defining_Trumps_Charac.pdf - Hasselle!1 Corena Hasselle Rhodes College Class of 2017 PS 440 Senior Thesis Professor Cullen 24 April

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Hasselle 1 Corena Hasselle Rhodes College, Class of 2017 PS 440: Senior Thesis Professor Cullen 24 April 2017 Describing Donald: Defining Trump’s Character Through James Barber’s Categories Introduction Throughout the 2016 primary and general election campaign season, Donald Trump was largely considered a unique candidate by those on the Left and Right. Many sources have stated that in terms of personality Trump was unlike any candidate in American history. Senator Mitch McConnell states, for an instance, that, “There is no question that Donald Trump [is] different.” 1 A number of scholars also wrote about Trump’s uniqueness as presidential candidate during his campaign period, including Beth Visser, Angela Book, Anthony Volk and Anton Ashcroft, who question Trump’s mental stability. For an instance, Ashcroft states that—where 17 confirms a psychopathic diagnosis—Trump’s psychopathic personality qualities would top at least 18 on a 0-25 scale using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. As a whole, Trump was more-so characterized 2 as psychotic in Left-leaning media, whereas he was often characterized as a “representative of "McConnell: Trump Is a Different Kind of President." MSNBC . NBCUniversal News Group, 15 1 Feb. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017. Ashcroft, Anton. “Donald Trump: Narcissist, Psychopath or Representative of the People?” Psy 2 - chotherapy and Politics International. 14.3 (2016): 217-222. Print; and Visser, Beth A., Angela S. Book, and Anthony A. Volk. ""Is Hillary Dishonest and Donald Trump Narcissistic? A Hexaco Analysis of the Presidential Candidates' Public Personas.” JSTOR , n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.
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Hasselle 2 the people” in Right-leaning media platforms. Timothy Stanley states that for many on the 3 Right, Trump shared similarities with other Republican presidents—“a repudiation of the grand Republican tradition.” While Trump’s approval still remains divided between parties, Trump’s 4 “presidential character” largely remains unknown. 5 James Barber states presidential character is, overall, a matter of “tendencies,” which make up “the reality of the whole individual.” In his book The Presidential Character: Predicting Per- formance in the White House , Barber places presidential character into four categories: Active- Positive, Passive-Positive, Active-Negative and Passive-Negative. According to Barber, Active- Positive presidents “[enjoy] the exercise of power” and are considered “Adaptive,” “self confi- dent,” “flexible.” On the other hand, Passive-Positive presidents have low self-esteem but also have a “superficial optimism,” are “Compliant,” “reactive” and “easily manipulated” in order to to seek the public’s approval. Third, Active-Negative presidents are those who are “preoccupied with whether [they are] failing or succeeding,” are “Compulsive,” “ambitious [and] power-seek- Ashcroft 217; Glasser, Susan B., Jill Filipovic, Thomas Frank, Jeff Greenfield, and Robert J. 3 Gordon. "What’s Going on With America’s White People?" POLITICO Magazine . N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr.
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