Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trump is mentally ill Co-opted from William Saletan of Slate Magazine

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/10/donald_trump_and_the_paranoid_style_in_american_fascism.html

Donald Trump is mentally ill. After 16 months of campaigning and three general election debates, this has become all too clear. Trump sees himself as the victim of a web of conspiracies encompassing House Speaker Paul Ryan, the FBI, the CIA, and the Iraqi military. He sees events in his life—women who claim to have met him, violence by supporters at his rallies—as tentacles of these plots. He refuses to accept the outcome of the election, and he demands that his opponent be jailed, not because Trump is cynical but because he is paranoid.
In Wednesday’s debate, as in previous encounters with Hillary Clinton, Trump kept his composure for the first 25 minutes. But he couldn’t hide his self-preoccupation. The first question was about the Supreme Court. Trump answered it by complaining that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had made “inappropriate statements towards me.” Later, Trump did what he has done at campaign rallies: recast bad news for others as good for himself. “The end of last week, they came out with an anemic jobs report,” he said. “I should win easily, it was so bad.”
Half an hour into the debate, Clinton challenged Trump to condemn Russia’s attempt to influence the election through cyberespionage. Trump responded with his usual pro-Russian arguments: that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is too strong to play “chicken” with, that we should try to get along with Putin, and that we should soften our commitments to NATO countries. But Trump alsorejected the verdict of U.S. intelligence agencies:
Clinton: We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber-attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. …
Trump: She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else.
Clinton: … Do you doubt 17 military and civilian agencies?
Trump: And our country has no idea.
The moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News, affirmed Clinton’s assessment: “The top national security officials of this country do believe that Russia has been behind these hacks.” But Trump wouldn’t budge. He refused to trust American intelligence officials, even—or particularly—in a dispute with Putin.
Twenty minutes later, Wallace turned to Trump’s treatment of women. “Nine women have come forward and have said that you either groped them or kissed them without their consent,” Wallace observed. “Why would so many different women, from so many different circumstances over so many different years … why would they all make up these stories?”
Trump responded with a demonstrably bogus denial: “I didn't know any of these—I didn't see these women.” He accused Clinton of orchestrating their allegations: “I believe it was her campaign that did it. … She got these people to step forward. … [It] is all fiction, all fictionalized, probably or possibly started by her and her very sleazy campaign.”
In the same answer, Trump blamed Clinton for violence at Trump’s campaign rallies. He cited a recording in which a Democratic operative had discussed how to provoke Trump supporters by wearing anti-Trump or pro–Planned Parenthood T-shirts. Trump took no responsibility for having encouraged assaults at his rallies. “She talks about violence at my rallies, and she caused the violence,” he said of Clinton.
Trump tried to change the subject to Clinton’s emails. But then he had to explain why FBI Director James Comey, a longtime Republican, had decided after investigating the emails that Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted. “What the FBI did” was “a disgrace,” said Trump. In rallies over the past week, Trump has all but indicted the bureau, claiming that Clinton and her henchmen have “corrupted the director of the FBI,” that “this is a conspiracy against you, the American people,” and that a special prosecutor must be appointed to “investigate the investigation.”
With half an hour left on the clock, Trump lost it. Wallace asked him: “You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you. … Do you [pledge] that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?” Trump refused to say yes. “I will look at it at the time,” he said. For one thing, Trump argued, there are “millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn't be registered to vote.”




8 comments:

Judith said...

Just googling "trump narcissist" is interesting.

q1605 said...

If I do that it might crash google and Trump will have to take time out of his busy day and blame it on a Clinton. While all this skulduggery is afoot has anyone kept their eyes on Chelsea. She looks sneaky to me.

q1605 said...

I saw a PBS special on the two candidates formative years last night and if anyone thinks Hillary is stupid they don't have a clue about who she really is. Trump has me re-thinking whether Narcissists are born that way or if they pick it up along the way. He hasn't done a real days work in his life and he thinks it's because he is so special. If I were Hilary I would submit to a drug test just as soon as The Donald is tested for rabies.

Judith said...

I read some article quoting trump from right after he and Ivana split, and he kept talking about how everything he touches turns to gold. That's one whopper of a false reality. He thinks gold leaf is going to cover up the shitshow that are his businesses. He won't release his tax returns because they'll likely prove he hasn't got the Midas touch he pretends to have.

Tundra Woman said...

Dunning-Kruger Effect in action.

q1605 said...

So TW they have a name for this? I just call it my bat shit crazy narcissist mother effect. That where the smartest peron in the room is the person with the biggest gun.

q1605 said...

Yeah Trump reminds me of George W. Both claim to be successful business men yet all traded on their families good name and their ability to broker the power most people have to earn.

q1605 said...

And the fact every business venture they attached themselves to went into an instant tailspin into bankruptcy.