Trump fears a loss will dim his celebrity star

Donald Trump has been shouting that the presidential election is rigged and that there is a vast conspiracy of demented folks out there who want to nail him to the nearest backboard and dunk on him.

You know why?

Because Trump’s worst nightmare — short of running out of trophy wives — is having his celebrity wane, his star dimmed.

He fears a stinging defeat to Hillary Clinton would do just that.

Five hours of conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio two years ago reveal a powerful driving force emerging from Trump — his deep-seated fear of public embarrassment.

Strange. His undisciplined behavior on the campaign trail would indicate otherwise.

I guess embarrassment is in the eye of the beholder.

The recordings of those conversations reportedly reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status and contemptuous of those who fall from grace. They capture the visceral pleasure he derives from fighting, his willful lack of interest in history, his reluctance to reflect on his life and his belief that most people do not deserve his respect.

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

The transcripts of those recordings have been playing out in real time throughout this debacle of a presidential race.

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