Trump really believes that he is above the law so that gives him license to create the presidency as Performance Art. His rallies are like tent revivals designed to juice up his base by reaffirming their faith. They have faith in him because he is breaks the rule, plays outside the laws of decency. Trump is the Bad Boy. Some women like bad boys, their fatal attraction. The Bad Boy is an archtype for adventure, for going where no man has gone before. And the Bad Boy is going to take you on an adventure, and it is an adventure because it is risky. There is no adventure without risk, without danger.
Good boys are safe, bad boys make you feel alive. Good boys present a good public image, but good boys hide their bad boy from sight. But once in a while, the bad boy comes out.
America presents itself as a collective image as being a good boy, Christian, democratic, and always with good intentions. But others see our Bad Boy side. I find it telling that the moral Christians, the good Christians love this Bad Boy, because he gives their “bad boy” expression. By affirming their bad boy, they no longer feel that bad boy must stay in the closet of the unconscious. There is nothing more liberating for the Good Boy than being permitted to be bad.
Sailors know this for when they are in a foreign port, the good family sailor at home can become the bad sailor on a broad. It’s called Liberty.
So Trumps appeal is the intoxication of the good who can also be bad at the same time. No more internal conflict. I can be a good virgin and have sex at the same time.
KAV is a good boy who lets his Bad Boy out in the liberty of frat parties. But during the hearing, his bad boy leaked out.
When we look at the relationship between the members and the cult leader, the members take a feminine role and the leader the male role. The Bad Boy is a man who can do things for you and To You. Once you get on his motorcycle you can’t get off until the ride is over.
There are so many ways we look at Trump. Trump as an archetype of the Bad Boy is a new one, as far as I can see. An archetype, a C. Jung term, is a collective image that activates the unconscious forces of the unconscious where our true psychic energy lies. The Madonna with child is an archetype. Bernie Sanders as the wise old man is an archetype. Hillary as a controlling mother is an archetype. Monroe is an archetype of the eternal seductress. Reagan as the man on a horse from the west is an American archetype of the hero savior.
Archetypes in the collective unconscious are used by advertising (political and commercial) and movies to activate the energy of the mind into action. The archetype is as projection of our own psyche onto an external image, and we must possess that image in order to retrieve our own energy that has taken an eternal form. We love that image because that image is ourself.