If you’re a Republican, you’ve probably been telling yourself for the better part of 2 years that Trump’s just “all talk,” and that “he doesn’t mean any of what he says — he’s just a showman, like on his reality TV show!” But, if you’re still saying that after the past 10 days, you might be as delusional as he is. He’s not just “all talk” or being a “showman.” Nope. He’s completely batsh*t bonkers.
According to clinical psychologist, Dr. Julie Futrell:
Narcissism impairs his ability to see reality. So you can’t use logic to persuade someone like that. Three million women marching? Doesn’t move him. Advisers point out that a policy choice didn’t work? He won’t care. The maintenance of self-identity is the organizing principle of life for those who fall toward the pathological end of the narcissistic spectrum.”
Those of us educated voters, who weren’t in Trump’s big “Basket of Deplorables,” have seen this coming from hundreds and thousands of miles away. In the past 10 days alone, he’s displayed actions the likes of a kindergartener who finally got put at the first of the line.
After his shamefully sad inauguration turnout, Trump boasted about “YUGE” crowds — “the biggest crowds in history,” even though pictures all over the internet beg to differ.
He also stood on hallowed ground in front of the CIA Memorial and gave a press conference, also bragging about his giant invisible crowds, rather than actually acknowledge the fallen operatives and their families and friends in attendance. It was later reported that Trump actually filled the front row at the memorial with people planted there to clap and encourage him.
Up until now, psychologists and psychiatrists alike have not been particularly outspoken to the media about their expertise regarding a president or their lack of sanity — this has now all changed.
According to the New York Daily News:
For the past few weeks, psychologists have been speaking out, arguing that their profesional integrity, and patriotism, can’t be silenced. The latest? A top psychotherapist affiliated with the esteemed Johns Hopkins University Medical School said Trump “is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”
The expert, John D. Gartner, went on to diagnose Trump with “malignant narcissism.”
Gartner has joined a growing chorus of experts who are so concerned about the president that they are willing to face the wrath of their professional organizations’ gag rules.”
A group of doctors have now formed “Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism,” and released a manifesto to warn the world about Trump’s mental illness.
“Trumpism” is now a clinical term, y’all. Read here:
Trumpism is a set of ideas about public life and a set of public practices characterized by:
- Scapegoating and banishing groups of people who are seen as threats, including immigrants and religious minorities.
- Degrading, ridiculing, and demeaning rivals and critics.
- Fostering a cult of the Strong Man who:
- Appeals to fear and anger
- Promises to solve our problems if we just trust in him
- Reinvents history and has little concern for truth
- Never apologizes or admits mistakes of consequence
- Sees no need for rational persuasion
- Subordinates women while claiming to idealize them
- Disdains public institutions like the courts when they are not subservient
- Champions national power over international law and respect for other nations
- Incites and excuses public violence by supporters
The manifesto also states, “We cannot remain silent as we witness the rise of an American form of fascism.”
These are frightening times. If the American people don’t open their eyes, and if Congress doesn’t start fighting back in full force, we are doomed to suffer under this psychopath for years. I hope the world survives.
Featured image via Getty/Mark Wilson