Watching Donald Trump’s assorted sycophants and enablers rationalize his bizarre behaviour brings to mind the children’s fable about the Emperor with no clothes.
One wonders how long these men and women of power and privilege, accomplished in their various fields, will debase themselves in front of the world to satisfy the demands of a mentally unstable President. At what point do sane Republicans and Trump supporters step up and confirm what rational people around the world are seeing—Donald Trump is mentally ill.
Tom Barrack Jr., Trump’s longtime friend, advisor and the organizer of his inaugural, insisted on CNN that Trump should be treated differently from past Presidents because he is not a politician. Speaking as if the 70-year-old billionaire is a child, Barrack entreated Americans to cut Trump slack because he’s new in the Oval Office and has a lot on his plate. His incessant lies are just Trump being Trump, he seemed to intimate, and we should accept him for the liar he is and give him a chance to govern.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer humiliated himself in his first press briefing by repeating Trump’s altered view of reality about the inaugural crowds, reading out a list of falsehoods before walking out without taking questions. He tried to rehabilitate his image Monday by saying he lied because the Trump administration is disheartened by the bad press. Sounding like a beaten down lackey, he told the assembled reporters that their reporting of the facts is discouraging.
Spicer was back at it Tuesday trying to justify Trump’s bizarre claim that the election he won was rigged. When asked if he believed this incredible assertion, Spicer could only reply that Trump believes it, inferring that he is entitled to his opinion in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
CNN’s Erin Burnett came closest to the essence of Donald Trump when she mused that Trump’s inexplicable lies–the size of the inaugural crowd, having the most Time covers, the media is conspiring to instigate a feud between Trump and the intelligence community, he won the popular vote if you discount the 3-5 million people who voted illegally—are either part of a larger Machiavellian plan which involves undermining his own Presidency to distract attention from his political agenda or that Trump is lying or delusional.
There is no plan, people. He doesn’t even know he’s lying. The man is a wingnut. A certifiable narcissist suffering from all the delusions the disorder engenders. It is worth repeating here the Merriam Webster Medical Definition of Narcissism as noted in a previous blog: “a personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, persistent need for admiration, lack of empathy for others, excessive pride in achievements and snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.
It doesn’t take a degree in psychiatry to connect the dots. Donald Trump is questioning the legitimacy of his own election win by initiating an investigation into voter fraud simply because he can’t stand the reality that more people voted for Hillary Clinton. Just as he can’t stand that a bigger crowd turned out to see Barack Obama taking the Oath of Office in 2009, or that more people marched to protest his Presidency than turned out for his swearing in.
Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have discredited his contention of massive voter fraud, which would have involved the largest conspiracy in the history of democracy and been perpetrated under the scrutiny of Republican election watchers. He has graduated from the degrading but otherwise harmless conspiracy to undermine the nation’s first black President to a dark intrigue that questions the foundation of democracy.
His delusions are dangerous for your country, and for the world.
Americans, Donald Trump is standing before you naked and sick. Stop enabling and get him some help.