While looking at the temperament one would want in a great leader first and foremost, it’s that they put the needs of the people they are serving before themselves. If the nation is to be decided by democratic principles where the citizens are in power and elect their leaders, one cannot put themselves before the people who put them in that role.
Unfortunately, that is not what the United States has with Donald Trump. And while he would make bold claims that his opposition were the ones not to be trusted, you can best be certain, he’s projecting.
However, don’t take my word for it. Psychotherapist John D. Gartner of Johns Hopkins Medical School, who teaches psychiatric residents, knows exactly what is going on with Trump, and it’s absolutely horrifying.
“Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”
Adding that Trump has, “malignant narcissism.”
And while not a clinical diagnosis, it has been defined as such:
- No conscience or “Super-ego lacunae” (Holes in conscience)
- Use of projection (attributing one’s own untoward actions or qualities to another)
“Malignant Narcissists will go to great lengths to achieve their aim. They can be intelligent, high functioning (hold an important job for example) soft-spoken, charming, tearful/seemingly emotional, gracious, well-mannered, kind and have the ability to form relationships. They may lie, falsely accuse, dramatize, smear, cheat, steal, manipulate, accuse, blame or twist to get what they want and feel justified in doing so. Because they are entitled, egocentric and desperate, they do not experience it as wrong. They are determined to gratify their wishes and furious if thwarted. Their desire can be so consuming that there is little comprehension of, respect for or ability to empathize with the other. They lack guilt or remorse and tend to feel or pronounce that it is they who have been mistreated. They can be of any gender, race or social class.”
Worst of all, it’s incurable.
That paragraph could likely be found in a Donald Trump biography one day. It describes him perfectly.
If you need an example of how this can be seen most recently, look at how obsessed he is with losing the popular vote and having a small crowd size at the inauguration. He literally can’t wrap his head around the fact that people don’t like him. Also, look at all the lawsuits he’s been involved with and how he never seems to ever feel bad about any of it. In addition, he never apologizes, or for that matter, even laughs.
According to USNews, Gartner is willing to break the ethical code otherwise knows as the “Goldwater Rule” which is “the informal term for part of the ethics code of the American Psychiatric Association saying it is wrong to provide a professional opinion of a public figure without examining that person and gaining consent to discuss the evaluation.”
And while Gartner has never personally sat down with Trump, he said:
“We’ve seen enough public behavior by Donald Trump now that we can make this diagnosis indisputably.”
Trump seems to be a case study in malignant narcissism, and he’s currently sitting in the Oval Office as leader of the free world. That is horrifying. There’s a man with clear paranoia and entitled behavior with destructive tendencies sitting with the nuclear codes.
He is president, he is not a dictator. He needs to know this, and the balance of power needs to make itself be known. Congress, SCOTUS, and the citizens of this great nation, including the media he is trying to stifle for printing honest criticism, needs to hold Trump accountable. He’s a loose cannon, and worst of all, he doesn’t even see himself that way. He seems to think his behavior is perfectly fine.
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