Does Trump understand democracy? I’m really asking.
His approach to politics is combative — kill-or-be-killed. If you hit him, he will hit you back harder, no matter what the rules of the game are.
That might be a great strategy in a WWE ring. It’s less good in life.
Trump gives demeaning and sometimes racist (“Pocahontas”) nicknames to political opponents. He never apologizes, even when he has been caught admitting to sexual misconduct with women (and been accused of plenty more by a host of women) or making fun of a disabled person.
He appears to believe you are either the winner or the loser, and he must be the winner. His only strategy has been brute force. And he doesn’t seek out solutions in which all parties win.
This approach has been very destructive on the policy front. But it’s not clear whether it’s going to work for him in the long term.