Rosalind Wiseman is a bullying expert and educator who wrote the book Queen Bees and Wannabes. Most people know that book better as the basis for a movie called Mean Girls. So Wiseman bully cred is pretty solid. She recently spoke to Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi, and guess who Wiseman thinks is the new Regina George on the scene? Yup, big billionaire bully Donald Trump. “[Trump’s] absolutely operating as an intelligent, manipulative bully who truly does not care about the consequences of his actions,” Wiseman told Nuzzi. “He delights in his own ability to manipulate and to show that nobody can stop him.”
Trump likely only heard the world “intelligent” in that description, if indeed he also fits the narcissist description that others have ascribed to him. “He’s like an eighth-grade girl,” Wiseman says. Eighth-grade girls are often narcissistic by default, but not always bullies. As for a difference between them and Trump: some (many?) eighth-grade girls would prefer to deflect attention, rather than attract it. Deflection is not in the Donald Trump playbook. Whatever he’s doing, Trump’s got people talking about him and that’s something Regina George of Mean Girls can tell you is one of the goals of popularity. Wiseman means to reprimand Trump for being less than a mature adult with his invective and intimidation. Thank goodness though there are plenty of eighth-grade girls — the vast majority, in fact — who aren’t much like him.