Excellent post, Steve! Very thoughtful and well crafted.
I'll just add my own "off the top" impressions of Mr. Trump. "Warrior male extraordinaire?" How about "megalomaniac extraordinaire" or "xenophobic protectionist extraodinaire," or "crony capitalist extraordinaire," or "swaggering blowhard extraodinaire." Do we really want a used-care salesman on steroids for president?
In another respect, Donald Trump reminds me of a cartoon character -- an unscrupulous business magnate straight out of Batman's Gotham City, like a Lex Luther. I mean, to look at him with his squinty eyes, weird hair and pompous mannerisms, one realizes that he's absolutely perfect! Central casting needs to hire him for a cameo role! Just think of the box office appeal -- real life imitating art!
Here is another apt characterization:
"In both disposition and physiognomy, Donald Trump resembles the Honey Badger, which is apparently what a growing portion of the electorate wants:
[The Honey Badger: A weasel-like animal with "few natural predators because of its thick skin and ferocious defensive abilities."]
"...the more he exposes himself as ill-tempered, ignorant about public policy, bigotedly protectionist, viewing international relations as zero-sum games in which we must "win" while other losers lose, and with an over-the-map view of governing philosophy that seems as genuinely close to strongman-y nationalistic fascism as we've seen gain any apparent traction in a while (complete with being slow to condemn brownshirt violence by his fans), the more people seem to like the idea of his being president.
"See two unsettling surveys of the reasoning behind supporting Trump for president from GQ and The Atlantic and find stews of rabid nationalism, mania, sheer fanboyishness, comedy, and a confused desire to see some kind of big change that they think will help them that they for some reason believe Trump will bring about."
Can you imagine the election if Trump and Biden become the nominees? Two clowns vying for the oval office. If that happens, it's a true post-mortem for the country. (I really do think Biden will be the nominee, although I don't think that Trump will. But if Trump runs as a third-party candidate, which I think he will, he could hand the election to the Democrats. Will that discourage him? I doubt it.)