Like a Rabid Dog, Trump attacks Anyone who gets in his Way
Trump’s Attacks on Gold Star Family raise Questions about his Sanity
In his Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech, former NYC Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg didn’t just call on Americans to elect Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, he was very specific, “together, let’s elect a sane competent person with international experience,” implying Republican nominee Donald Trump was not sane. Trumps actions in the past few days have served to advance a perception that he is mentally unstable. His reaction to Khirz and Ghazala Khan, parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber, was shocking. Instead of showing deference and empathy, Trump got on his spoilt brat counter-punch beast mode and questioned why a clearly emotional Ghazala, mother of Humayun, was just standing there not saying anything. He said that she was probably not allowed to say anything. This statement earned him a well-deserved avalanche of criticism from all corners of media and political spectrum and engulfed the Trump campaign in it’s latest a self-created controversy only this one seems to have lasting effect. Trump’s lack of empathy did not surprise Tony Schwartz, who wrote Trump’s best selling book, The Art of The Deal. In a stunning statement about his experience knowing and working closely with Trump, Schwartz said Trump would not be moved by the pain the Khans were going through suggesting he was mentally unstable. “He’s a deeply, deeply damaged man,” Schwartz said looking sad for Trump. “He grew up in a way that left him without a heart, a soul without a conscience. He has no awareness of what it is he doing and the kind of pain he is inflicting, he could have watched that episode and not be moved by it. Almost lacking humanity.”
Trump’s lack of empathy raises questions about his temperament and fitness to become president. How can such a man purport to be a champion of the regular guy? Hardly a day passes without Trump creating a controversy that comes across as mean and crass. He attacked Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter with a disability, mocking how he speaks and jerking his hands around to imitate his movements. Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a condition that limits his joint movements. Kovaleski found himself at the receiving end of Trump’s attack after he debunked his lies that “thousands and thousands of Muslims were cheering after Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The Clinton campaign has made ads featuring Trump’s attack on Kovaleski and featured several people with disability as speakers in the DNC. This focus prompted Trump to make one of the most ridiculous justification for the attacking Kovaleski. In a July 30 Huffington Post report of his rally in Colorado, Trump claimed his compliance with Federal Disability Act laws requiring buildings to be accessible to people with disability as evidence that he would never mock a person with disability. Think about that for a minute. That is the level of reasoning from a man running for president.
Trumps exaggerations and use of absolute comparatives when describing things, puts him a class of his own when it comes to unhinged personality in exaggeration and blatant lies. To him everything is either huge (Yuge), a disgrace, a disaster, and so on. With him there is no middle ground like normal people have. His relationships are also in the extremes. He succumbs to flattery so easily like a pubescent teen. He goes ballistic over very small insults no matter the consequences. An example of his bizarre loyalty is his affection to Russian President Vladimir Putin, after a various lies about his relationship with Putin, his new position is he doesn’t know Putin. Numerous records exist that show him claiming to personally know Putin but again this is just another cheap Trumpian lie. Trump has refused to change his perception of Putin despite being made aware of his human rights violation record and his hostile agenda against US. And like everything else Trump, he will not back down. Somebody who is so easily manipulated should not be president.
Well, I’m not a doctor or a psychologist and this is not a diagnosis of Trump but his behavior is consistent with the definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a mental condition defined as a pattern of abnormal behavior displaying an exaggerated feeling of self-importance and lack of empathy.
According to BPD Central, a web site that deals with Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder has several traits.
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
- Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
- Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
- Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
- Is inter personally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
- Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
- Requires excessive admiration
- Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
- Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Trump has exhibited behavior consistent with all these symptoms. Trump can move from liking somebody at one moment and lashing at them in the next moment over a very little disagreement, no matter the consequences. And example, is his current feud with House Speaker Paul Ryan, despite Ryan’s immense sacrifice of his credibility to hold his nose and support his nauseating campaign, Trump could not contain himself but retaliate on twitter choosing to use Ryan’s past words against him, “I’m not quite there yet” in not endorsing Ryan for his upcoming primary contest for his Wisconsin seat. This amazing lack of self-awareness and poor situational judgement is not normal. It is as if Trump does not understand Ryan’s position in the grand scheme of things especially pertaining to the GOP. If Trump wins, he will need Ryan to push his agenda in the House.
Just like he attacked his Republican opponents, Trump has viciously attacked Clinton calling her “the devil.” His blatant meanness and lack of empathy is very unusual in a polite society that uses euphemisms to describe unflattering aspects about things and people. He views his political opponents as enemies who must be destroyed. He would stop at nothing, including character assassination to get his point across. That is deranged. Somebody needs to tell him political opponents are just ideological adversaries not enemies, in the end we are all Americans. It will be difficult to get this point through Trump head, hardened by years of unmitigated narcissism. The man is only instinctive and not intellectual at all. To be successful, a politician must be both instinctive and intellectual radar. Instincts helps to read the mood and understand the issue that needs to be tackled and intellect engages the brain to make good judgment, build credibility and communicate your ideas effectively. Trump’s fearlessness of confrontation under every circumstance and against unequal opponents has exposed him as an irrational thin-skinned person who is over-eager to settle scores even when he should take the high road. His attacks on the Khans follows highly publicized attacks on a federal judge presiding over his Trump University fraud case. In the feud with the judge, Trump illogically and without any basis at all went on media crazy spree accusing the judge of harboring a bias against him because the Indiana-born judge is of Mexican heritage. His attacks on non-politicians did not stop there. Fire marshals are the latest addition on his attack target list. Trump has accused at least two fire marshals of being part of a Democrat conspiracy plot to block his supporters from attending his rallies. His forceful attacks on the fire marshals is similar to his regular attacks on the media whom he has attacked and labelled as the most dishonest human beings on earth threatening to loosen libel laws and open journalists to frivolous lawsuits. His attacks on the media, bordering on threats, undermines the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of the press and states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
These attacks have revealed Trump as a man who cannot be trusted lead in a major democracy like the United States where the leader is accountable to people. His lack of awareness that his inflammatory statements and behavior are causing anxiety among citizens, raises questions about his mental readiness for the job he is seeking.
While Trump’s brash attitude, uncouth behavior and demonstrable lack of empathy raise questions about his mental state, his inability to tell the truth makes it really difficult to view him as somebody capable of being coached to understand the gravity of the role of a US president to to be held to any principles that could benefit anybody but himself. Trump frequently lies, sometimes within the same sentence, without butting an eye or skipping a beat in his speech. In this week alone he has given conflicting answers about his relationship with Russia. In past interviews, Trump said he had a relationship with Putin but now he claims he knows nothing about him and he has no business interests in Russia. He has claimed the debate schedule was unfavorable and that he had received a complaint letter from the NFL but it turns out that he is lying about that as well and the NFL never contacted him.
It may sound as a distant past, but Trump’s current position as the Republican nominee can be viewed as a direct result or reward by Fox News and right wing media for his hateful attacks on Obama alleging that Obama was not born in the United States and his birth certificate is fake. In the build-up to his racist birther attacks, Trump claimed that he had sent private investigators to Hawaii and you cannot believe what they are finding. Up to now, Trump has not released any findings from his investigators leading every credible observer to conclude he was just lying and the so-called investigators existed only in his head.
It is very clear that Trump is not qualified to be president. He lacks the temperament and basic integrity required to be president. The voters who elected him are victims of a professional conman. And Republican leaders supporting him know they are caught in a con, but do not have the courage to call him out because they fear he could lash out at them in an unpredictable deranged manner and unleash the ire of the base on them. But slowly by slowly some in the GOP are growing some spine and refusing to endorse him. The announcement that former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a heavy weight in Republican circles, has endorsed Clinton and has vowed to do everything in her power to get her elected, is one sign that reality is starting to sink in the GOP. Hopefully soon other Republicans will follow. It’s a shame Republicans have not gathered the guts to dump him yet for the good of country, but there is time and it is now.
Trump has made many implausible promises to his supporters during this campaign. But truth be told, if by some very unfortunate happenstance Trump becomes president, he will not build the economy as he has promised, he has no clue how to do that. His understanding of the economy can be boiled down to blaming China for everything. He will not be able to ban Muslims from entering US. That is unconstitutional and a very inane idea. An idea so dangerous that spurns our Muslim allies and instantly expose our troops in Muslim countries to mortal danger that would further complicate our engagement in the region. This foolish idea, is already being used as a recruitment tool by terrorists. He will not round up immigrants as he forcefully tells his supporters, Congress will not allow it. He will not build the stupid wall on the Mexican border as he always raves to his supporters delight and prompted response that Mexico would pay for it. He will not stare down Ford and Carrier to bring back manufacturing jobs back to US, just as much as he will not bring back Trump ties from China to be manufactured here. There are many reasons why his ideas will not come to fruition, but the main one reason is because Trump is incapable and unfit to be president. He will be too busy. Busy with petty nonsensical fights. The kind of fights he has engaged in for the last one year. The kind of fights that are now raising questions about his sanity.