October 22, 2016

Oct. 23, 2016

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Joy Reid had Tony Schwartz, the outspoken author of “The Art of the Deal” on this morning. Schwartz has taken up the void of the absent mental health professionals who are most qualified to explain the psychopathology of Donald Trump.
Not that these psychotherapists don’t have opinions about Trump, but they been scared away from expressing them publicly by the admonition against doing so by the American Psychiatric Association. Of course this only applies to psychiatrists, by those in other mental health professions have taken this as a rule. 
This doesn’t apply to me since I’ve have written many stories here about my impressions of Trump’s diagnosis. 
The lack of credible experts to explain the unusual mix of narcissistic and other psychopathology that adds up to what some have referred to as “Trumpism” leaves it to others, in particular David Corn, who have only second hand observations of Trump. However, Schwartz is unique in that he spent a year and a half with Trump.
Thus what he had to say this morning is especially illuminating.
  •  He described the neurology (using terms prefrontal cortex and amygdala) to describe how he doesn’t think Trump has conscious control when he say some things. He just talked about deep narcissistic injury… and us shrinks aren’t supposed to talk about Trump’s psychopathology. He pointed to his own head to illustrate how what Hillary said at the debates went into his brain and out his mouth without any intermediate conscious mediation.
  •  Smallest vocabulary of any person that’s ever run for public office … 200 word… Schwartz
  •  "Trump doesn’t know the words irony, nuance, subtly”
  •  "He feels like a cornered rat."
  •  “Narcissism has evolved into paranoia"
  • He suspects hundreds of women have had that experience with Trump
  •  "He isn’t capable of caring about anyone, he’s so needy himself, there isn’t any left to give to anybody else —“
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
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I can’t find any Kos stories about Jessica Drake, the client of Gloria Allred who is the 11th woman to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.
He can’t deny knowing her because she has a photo of the two of them together.
Rather than excerpting biographical sections from her up to the minute Wikipedia profile which ends with ...
On October 22, 2016 Drake and attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference where Drake accused Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump of sexual misconduct and of offering her US$10,000.00 to join him in his suite during a golf tournament in Florida in 2006.
While her life story is unusual among the 11 women what she does share with the 10 others is that like them she comes across as highly credible…. credible, sincere, engaging, and likable. 
Trump stood on hallowed ground today and announced that he was going to sue every woman who dared to lie about him. It occurred to me, and the commentators on MSNBC, that he just might not have all that much time to engage in 11 lawsuits (and likely countersuits) while still being president.
I thought perhaps he could do his presidential work in the wee hours of the morning, though it might be difficult to schedule meetings at 1:00 AM.  But then I realized this would impinge on his Tweeting time.
It’s amazing to me, hell, it’s amazing to all my friends and to — well I assume each and every Cossack —  that three-quarters of Republicans polled by YouGov don't feel that sexual assault attacks by Donald Trump would disqualify him from the presidency.

I was surprised to see that the little piece I wrote below and posted on Daily Kos last night got moved to the Most Shared list and stayed on for 24 hours and was shared an Facebook 1,224 times.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2016
Evening update:

Just letting everyone not watching Rachel know about this.  Another example of her stellar research staff.  They discovered that somebody plagiarized his best joke from an R.J. Matson cartoon (see www.rjmatson.com/… for more of his work) which was on Roll Call.

The New Yorker article begins with this...

The media is even more biased this year than ever before. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. It's fantastic. They think she's absolutely great. My wife Melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case. And I don't get it. I don't know why. And it wasn't her fault. Stand up, Melania. Come on. She took a lot of abuse. Oh, I'm in trouble when I go home tonight. She didn't know about that one. Am I OK? Is that OK?
Here’s the joke video: www.msn.com/...

The New Yorker article ends with this.

How highly Rachel is regarded? Awhile back she got a night before exclusive about the first Newsweek bombshell. Tonight she got an exclusive from the next New Yorker which has an article praising Hillary.

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