For his supporters, it appears he is delivering on promises. For his detractors, it’s horrifying. For both, it’s a distraction from the real problem: he can’t, or won’t, do anything about the economy, jobs, violence at home and abroad, or the future. The real problems remain unsolved, and as long as we are distracted, they will remain unsolvable.
Perhaps some problems actually are unsolvable: for instance, we live in a violent world and the future is uncertain. That may always be a problem. But it’s a lot more courageous to face it, not deny or avoid it, or pick a scapegoat to channel our fears into.
Anxiety is a funny thing. Anxiety is always about the unknown. And that’s very uncomfortable. So we put a shape on it and turn it into fear — a shape like muslims, Jews, LGBTs. One it has a shape, it’s known, and we think we can then protect ourselves from it. At least we have a target. Problem is, the anxiety doesn’t go away. Maybe it takes another shape, and then you’re always running. In addition, we often do things in response to our fears that are immoral or cowardly, which adds guilt to the anxiety.
Denial has a purpose: it protects us from guilt. Which allows us to continue to do the things we think we need to do to protect ourselves. It’s a game with no end, unless we have the courage to end it.