I started off the day with Trump and I’ll end it with Trump, and this Ariadne’s Thread is coming out of the labyrinth of Trump. What is his hold. What is ambiguity and why is trump the Janus king? Do his followers find relief from the tension of ambiguity in their lives through the performance of ambiguity as Trump. Trump is not the yes or no president; Trump is the yes/no president. By playing the Ambiguity Card he trumps everyone who plays the Logic Card. Ambiguity trumps logic because when logic says YES, Ambiguity says NO; When logic says NO, ambiguity says YES.
While this card was his power as a candidate; the wild joker won’t play in the President’s deck, where consistency and logical reasoning is the only game.
Trump affirms ambiguity, which for his base is their terror. The loss of certainty, position, dominance, security, hope, etc, is all the effect of an ambiguous modernity where everything is changing. So what does Trump do? He affirms ambiguity be being intentionally ambiguous, by innocently willfully taking both sides almost at once, often in the same tweet. Trump doesn’t flip flop; Trump is simultaneously both sides at once. This is new.
This is performance art. This is a political Rock Star that is simultaneously male and female. Trump is whole because he embraces his division. And yet….he is dependent, like any performer, on the adoration and applause of his audience. It is their applause that affirms him and validate his inauthenticity. His base validates his self-loathing.
Trump validates the self-loathing of his disaffected base; and they validate his self-loathing. They see themselves in each other’s eyes, and smile in self-recognition.
When you put Trump in a Trump Rally there is a self-generating feed back loop that generates tremendous energy. The same with a rock concert.
A battery needs both positive and negative poles to give you a light. Trump lights up his base because he holds both positive and negative poles in their ambiguity. He provides a way out of uncertainty and confusion, out of the labyrinth. Trump is their Ariadne’s Thread…..but their Minotaur still exists. No one can face our inner Minotaur for us. You can’t get our of the labyrinth in a group.