From Wikipedia: “Agonistic behaviour is any social behaviour related to fighting. The term has broader meaning than aggressive behaviour because it includes threats, displays, retreats, placation, and conciliation.”… “Some forms of agonistic behaviour are between contestants who are competing for access to the same resources, such as food or mates.” [In the case of Trump, election.] “… it involves tests of strength or threat display that make animals look large and more physically fit, — [such as Trump’s behavior displayed in The Apprentice] — a display that may allow it to gain the resource before an actual battle takes place.” Trump won the election just for being himself; it did not matter what he did or say for his supporters, The Apprentice already made him a winner.
In social species, young males are competing with each other to establish their rank in the hierarchy using “agonistic behavior.” As adults, when the time comes to establish the leader of the pack, they do not have to fight at the risk of killing each other, which is good for their survival, their ranks in the hierarchy are already established, they “gain the resource before an actual battle takes place.”
Trump’s role in The Apprentice played such a role of establishing his value as a leader and is THE ONLY REASON why his supporters will still follow him, even if “he kills someone on Fifth Avenue.”
The problem with that is that The Apprentice was an “alternate” reality-show produced by experts to capitalized on his dominant personality. Dominant personality that he builds through all his life, in subsequent “alternate realities” produced by his dad’s money, his lawyers’ legal schemes, The Apprentice producers, and finally by himself, using the power of his Presidency.
Trump is true to himself: he has s dominant personality; nobody else on Earth could indeed still be as relevant as he is after all he has done and say, and has lost; too bad he cannot use his dominance in reality to fix the mess in which we are at the moment! Why not MHGA, Make Humanity Great Again?
I am an optimist. I believe that he could be a definite asset for humanity if he converts himself along with the capitalist economy, although the lack of empathy of both Trump and capitalism would be the main reason why this “conversion” would be challenging.
I am presently writing in absentia a PhD dissertation that will formulate the present destructive conundrum of humanity in solvable terms. This, after having been an outsider of science during my two general BA and my unspecialized MA in ZooAnthropoSociology, undertaken throughout my life to become a learned generalist to find out why science cannot formulate in solvable terms the problems created by progress; this after having read in Buckminster Fuller’s Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth forty five years ago that “Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.” I have become indeed a “learned-ignorant” comprehensive thinker.