We think of Donald Trump as borderline deranged, out of control, rabidly narcissistic. And of course he is. We see him as a creation of — an escapee from — a reality television show. That too.
But it's too little noticed that when Trump presided over the Apprentice and the Celebrity Apprentice he was most humane when taking pity on guests, like Andrew Dice Clay, for example, whose careers had tanked, in Clay's case because his trademark misogyny had become too predictably ugly to amuse. Trump could pity guests like Clay, spare a few kind words. The kindness, though, was predicated on his power being absolute.