I followed one of the links in that article to an article on Scott Adams' blog. Adams is the man who created the Dilbert cartoon. Adams wrote about Trump in the context of Milton Erickson, a medical hypnotist and innovator in hypnotic communication. Turns out Scott Adams is a trained hypnotist and knows a lot about this kind of influence, and has written a series of articles about what he sees Trump doing.
There are several articles worth reading if you want to look into it. I suggest this article next. And this one after that. And if you want even more, read this one.
There are also some YouTube videos of Scott Adams talking about Trump's three dimensional influencing techniques that completely baffle people looking at it from a two dimensional perspective:
- Dilbert Creator Scott Adams on Donald Trump's "Linguistic Kill Shots" (ReasonTV)
- Dilbert's Scott Adams on Politics, Philosophy, Hypnosis, and "Failing Towards Success" (Reason TV)
And lastly, here's a guy who doesn't seem to like Trump, but points out some good examples of Trump's persuasion skills: