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*We may have identified what drives Donald Trump even more than his massive ego. According to taped interviews given months before he decided to run for president, Mr. Trump made statements that showed, unequivocally, that he is terribly afraid of being publicly humiliated. And as his run for POTUS comes to a close, a defeat would no doubt fit the bill.

According to an article in The New York Times…

The intense ambitions and undisciplined behaviors of Mr. Trump have confounded even those close to him, especially as his presidential campaign comes to a tumultuous end, and he confronts the possibility of the most stinging defeat of his life. But in the more than five hours of conversations — the last extensive biographical interviews Mr. Trump granted before running for president — a powerful driving force emerges: his deep-seated fear of public embarrassment.

Motivational speaker and TV personality, Iyanla Vanzant once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,” and according to the recordings handed to the publication, Trump is revealed as a man who is fixated on his own celebrity (“Celebrities can do anything!”), anxious about losing his status (“It’s rigged!” and contemptuous of those who fall from grace (Scroll down to hear what he says about Arsenio Hall).

The article states Trump once spoke with disgust about the very likable and highly successful Arsenio Hall. Though Hall was considered successful by any Hollywood standards with a great career as a comic, host of a late-night show bearing his name, and even some acting at one time, previously unreleased interviews from two years ago show Trump referring to Hall as “Dead as a door-nail…Dead as dog meat.”

[He] “couldn’t get on television,” Mr. Trump said with disgust. “They wouldn’t even take his phone call.”

The article goes on to say that Trump felt Hall had suffered the most grievous form of public humiliation: His celebrity had waned. His star had dimmed.

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