A.A.J. DeVille, Ph.D., is associate professor and director of humanities at the University of Saint Francis, Ft. Wayne, Ind. and author most recently of Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power.

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What Freud Can Teach Us About Trump and His Christian Supporters

by Adam DeVille 11-06-2019

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That guilt — whether over the privilege into which he was born, or from a sense of inferiority over never meeting parental expectations, or survivor’s guilt for outliving his brother Fred whose alcoholism led to an early death at 42 — is what I believe has motivated Donald Trump for much of his life.