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Weds., May 31, 2017
Evening - Surprise news for Lawrence O’Donnell fans in the last 30 seconds of his show when he was bidding goodbye to one of the show’s interns:
It took Lawrence a half hour to confirm this.
"You know where I’ll be next week? You know where I’ll be for the next two years? I’ll be sitting right here?" Lawrence O’Donnell saying goodbye to one of his interns of the intern’s last day.
This means Lawrence has a new two year contract !!!! This is after credible rumors he was going to be fired. Fans rallied behind him and caused enough of an uproar so — There was at east one petition (on Daily Kos) urging his contract be renewed.
I’m sure we’ll find out more tomorrow about what led NBC and MSNBC president, Andy Lack, to change is already made up mind.
Here’s my Tweet to Lawrence:
You know where I’ll be next week? You know where I’ll be for the next two years? I’ll be sitting right here? Lawrence O’Donnell saying goodbye to one of his interns of the intern’s last day. Yea!
This means Lawrence has a new two year contract after credible rumor he was going to be fired!!!!
Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs TomDispatch.com. His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.
Excerpt: (Emphasis added) Admittedly, Donald Trump—and yes, that’s the first time I’ve used his name, but there was no need, was there?—has yet to appoint his horse (or perhaps his golf cart) as a senator or, as far as we know, commit acts of incest in the tradition of Caligula, the first mad Roman emperor. Yet in many ways, doesn’t he feel something like an updated version of that figure or perhaps of Nero who so famously fiddled—actually, according to historian Mary Beard in her book SPQR, played the lyre—while Rome burned?
Fortunately, unlike every psychiatrist in town, I’m not bound by the “Goldwater Rule,” which prohibits a diagnosis of a public figure you haven’t personally examined. While I have no expertise in whether Donald Trump has a “narcissistic personality disorder,” I see no reason not to say the obvious: he’s a distinctly disturbed individual. That he was nonetheless elected president tells us a good deal about where we are as a country today. As Tony Schwartz, who actually wrote his bestselling book The Art of the Deal, put it recently, “Trump was equally clear with me that he didn’t value—nor even necessarily recognize—the qualities that tend to emerge as people grow more secure, such as empathy, generosity, reflectiveness, the capacity to delay gratification or, above all, a conscience, an inner sense of right and wrong.”
Now, that should be frightening. After all, given who he is, given his fear of “losing,” of rejection, of not being loved (or more accurately, adulated), of in short being obliterated, who knows what such a man might do in a crisis, including obliterating the rest of us. After all, he already lives in a world without fixed boundaries, definitions, or history, which is why nothing he says has real meaning. And yet he couldn’t be more meaningful. He’s a message, a warning of the first order, and if that were all he were, he would just be an inadvertent teacher about the nature of our American world and we could indeed thank him and do our best to move on.
Physician - pediatric neurosurgeon - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam called Trump a narcissistic maniac on Meet the Press Daily. Northam suggested viewers look up the criteria for narcissist. Chuck Todd says he’s trashing the president. Northam gave as good as he gots - better in fact. He is very personable, serious and articulate. I sent both of them Tweets:
My comment on the NYT article about Trump pulling out of the Paris Accords
Tuesday, May 30, 2017…
Today’s Daily Kos story:
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Quote of the day (so far):
He looked like a thug, looked like a goon,” Joe Scarborough (Republican host on MSNBC) said, watching video of Trump shaking hands with French President Emmanuel Macron and then shoving aside Montenegro’s prime minister, Dusko Markovic. “You look at the handshake — look at this. What a thug. What an embarrassment — he’s mauling him like an idiot. What an embarrassment to the United States.” from AltNet
Such dangerous times call for pulling out all the stops on any legal means to press for the peaceful removal of the diseased human occupying the Oval Office. Not only am I utterly convinced of his immorality, corruption, ineptitude, and baseness, but I am fully persuaded that he is mentally unfit for the presidency.
As a board-certified psychiatrist, with over 20 years of professional experience, I write those words with the greatest care. I feel completely certain that Donald Trump suffers from two conditions, either of which should exclude him from a position of leadership.------------
Monday, May 29, 2017
And to all, a good night….
Late night news from the Washington Post:
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Trump’s White House minions aren’t spared from the the malignant narcissist’s barbed complements.
From Washington Post today: Snubs and slights are part of the job in Trump’s White House
In Trump’s White House, aides serve a president who demands absolute loyalty — but who doesn’t always offer it in return. Trump prefers a management style in which even compliments can come laced with a bite, and where enduring snubs and belittling jokes, even in public, is part of the job.
Allies say the president’s quips are simply good-natured teasing, part of an inclusive strategy meant to make even mid-level staff members feel like family. But others consider Trump’s comments pointed reminders to those who work for him that he is in charge — barbs from the boss that keep aides on guard and off kilter, and can corrode staff morale.
Trump sometimes refers to his 45-year-old chief of staff, Reince Priebus, as “Reince-y,” a diminutive nickname that some aides and outside rivals recount with gleeful relish. The president also frequently reminds Priebus that when “Access Hollywood’ tapes emerged during the campaign on which Trump could be heard boasting about groping women without their consent, Priebus urged him to drop out of the race.
The psychology of a malignant narcissist:
Critics say the president often demeans those in his orbit, a tendency they say reflects a broader fragility beneath his bluster.
“Trump is so deeply insecure that not even becoming president of the United States quenched his need to make others feel small to build himself up,” said Tim Miller, a former spokesman for an anti-Trump super PAC. “Choosing to work for him necessitates a willingness to be demeaned in order to assuage his desire to feel like a big, important person.”
Principles of Right Reason:
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To believe Donald Trump, you must believe two largely contradictory things.
You must believe that there are a slew of leakers in the executive branch who are providing damning details to the press illegally, and who must be rooted out and punished. (See tweets here, here, here, here and here.)
You must also believe that the press makes up imaginary leakers simply to slowly and incrementally report false stories that are tangentially embarrassing to the president. The most recent examples of Trump making that case came on Sunday (“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names,” he said on Twitter, “it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”), but he’s been railing against this idea that some media sources are not real since the campaign. (See tweets here and here.) Continued
Today’s thought exercise.
Trump once bragged he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. Now constitutional scholars are asking this question:
Quote of the day from Charles Blow in The Gateway Degenerate (New York Times) writing about the election of Montana’s Greg Gianforte:
This is all an outgrowth of Trump’s degradation of common decency. Trump was the gateway candidate. When Republicans allowed themselves to accept and support him in spite of his glaring flaws and his life lived in opposition to the values they once professed and insisted upon, they moved themselves into another moral realm in which literally nothing was beyond the pale.
It is a sort of by-any-means-necessary, no-sin-is-too-grave, all-facts-are-fungible space in the moral universe where the rules of basic human decency warp.
The moment that they allowed themselves to vote for a man who bragged on tape about assaulting women, appeared in at least two pornos, and once joked about dating his own daughter, they surrendered the mantle of morality.
When they allowed themselves to vote for a man who insulted Mexicans and Muslims, who mocked a disabled reporter, who called for executing the Central Park Five and who had “a long history of racial bias at his family’s properties, in New York and beyond,” according to an extensive report by The Times, Republicans surrendered the mantle of morality.
Republicans sold their souls to this devil and now are forced to defend as right what they know full well is wrong. They must defend his incessant lying, clear incompetence and dubious dealings. What was once sacrilege among Republicans is now sacrosanct.
“When it comes to diplomacy, President Trump is a drunk tourist….Loud and tacky, shoving his way around the dance floor. He steps on others without realizing it. It’s ineffectual.”
But far more concerning, the official said, was Trump’s “arrogance” in threatening to single-handedly thwart the Paris Agreement, which obliges member states to slash carbon emissions to combat global climate change. Trump’s reality-show declarationthat he’ll make a final decision on his commitment to the accord “next week!” is, in the official’s terms, “an abdication of American leadership.”
“One hundred and ninety-five nations never agree on anything, so when they do, accepting the measure should be easy. The United States needs to be out front on this pact.”
“Still, we continue to hope for the best.”
Sun. May 28, 2017
Local: An Appalled Dan Rather Goes After Trump for Failing to Condemn Portland Murders as Terrorism
So what else is new department: Trump stole his Trump properties Scottish coat of arms from another family with a one word change. Integrity was replaced by Trump. New York Times
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When I read this the image that came to mind was someone in a car without brakes careening out of control speeding down a curvy mountain road with the driver desperately pumping the brake pedal. Politico
Age has nothing to do with it. I am tired of hearing “you don’t change a 70 year old man” referring to Trump. My many senior friends, and hopefully I, are open minded and can be swayed in our beliefs with rational argument. For example here’s a statement that applies to Trump that is hard to disprove: you don’t change a narcissistic narcissist’s core beliefs.
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Fox News Is Losing Its Grip - If they weren’t conscious political liars, they’d be as delusional as Trump
The network is desperately downplaying the biggest political drama of our time—and viewers are tuning out.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Another must read about Trump’s mental health:
For those who are wondering what happens to a malignant narcissist like Trump when his defense unravel and the delusional world he has construction and resides in cracks and crumbles around him:
*** Additional indications Trump’s mental and physical health is deteriorating:
1) Lawyers may be tasked with vetting his Tweets.
2) He opted to follow behind other G-7 world leaders who were walking a mere 700 yards using a golf cart.
*** World leaders catch on to Trump’s macho-dominance dance:
1) The handshake.
2) President Macron’s ultimate diss
*** Local atrocity shows the bad and good of Portland:
2 Men Killed On Portland Train After Trying To Stop Anti-Muslim Rant, Police Say Three good men intervene, two of them are killed.
*** The last refuge of the guilty... "Lawyer: Kushner ‘has no recollection’ of reported undisclosed Russian contacts” Officer, I just woke up with this dead body in my bed and blood all over my hands but I don’t remember anything….
Friday, May 26, 2017
David Frum, The Atlantic, Trump's Moral Holiday
- The anti-alliance pro-Russia tilt of administration policy
- Collusion with hostile foreign nations for domestic political advantage
- Use of political power for personal financial advantage
- The breakdown of inhibitions and the weakening of sanctions against political violence.
Notice anything Trumpian in this photo?
“It is ... abundantly clear to me that he has never forgiven his father for being a Jew,” wrote one psychiatrist about Barry Goldwater.
Thursday, May 25, 2107
Quote of the day on J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feed about this GIF:
"You tiny, tiny, tiny little man."
As Donald Trump careens out of control in Europe those therapists who have been warning about his dangerous malignant narcissism continue to make the news.
My first impression: Trump’s narcissism results in big fail at NATO:
First he asks for a moment of silence for the Manchester victims… that would have been May’s job.
Then he spends minutes railing about payments for NATO, USA paying more than their share, having never asked how much the new NATO building cost. This has several in the audience whispering to each other.
Wait and see how the foreign press reacts. MSNBC commented on the faces of the people reacting to Trump scolding them about funding. Guest: "This speech was a fail. He hectored them about cost.”
By now you’ve all seen the seven second clip Trump aggressively pushing the Montenegro PM aside to get to the front of the line for a photo op… his smug look is puke-inducing and should be embarrassing to all Americans.
Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: “We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues … our survival as a species may be at stake”
"Malignant reality is taking hold" in American politics, says shrink who held conference on Trump's mental health
The psychiatric debate over diagnosing Trump, explained
Weds. May 24, 2017
Evening: We can only hope someone recognizes when the president becomes dangerous. This can happen when Trump’s denial no longer functions and he realizes that the handwriting is on the wall. Indeed, the malignant narcissist will have to psychologically cope with the growing evidence the Russian scandal has metastasized. WCGW?
Italians are already calling him “molto pazzo.”
ROME ― As President Donald Trump makes his Italian debut in meetings with Pope Francis and government leaders on Wednesday, many Italians can already express their impression of the new U.S. president with a single word: “pazzo.”
“People think he’s a little crazy,” said Benedetta Alabardi, a pharmacist whose store sits a few hundred yards from St. Peter’s Square.
“The first impression is that he’s crazy and dangerous,” said Orasti Gionti, a project manager for a telecommunications consulting company, who allowed for the possibility that Trump’s outrageous statements were an act. “Maybe he’s tricky.”
Fruit vendor Chowdhury Rafiquizzaman saw no need for any such qualifier.
“He is crazy,” he said. “Not only crazy, he is very crazy.”
“Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes, man,” Trump told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a bilateral meeting at the palatial Ritz Hotel in Riyadh on Sunday. It was a bonding moment with an authoritarian leader President Barack Obama never invited to the White House. From Politico article on how Trump’s aides have kept him from Tweeting (so far).
“Four score and seven years ago — that’s a long time ago, very long — our fathers, who spoke about this at great length, did what perhaps has virtually never been done before: brought forth on this continent, a new nation, a very great new nation — there’s no question about that — conceived in liberty — and that is so important! — and dedicated to the amazing proposition — and they felt very strongly about this, I can tell you — that all men are created equal. Number one for me.”
As Melania slaps the president’s hand away, every stop so far in the Middle East and Europe has seen the treatment of women as second-class beings.
Saudi media played up the presence of the fashionable Americans, implying that Saudi men, too, appreciate a woman’s looks. Melania was the talk of the town in her bespoke dresses and jumpsuits and Ivanka was praised for giving a talk on gender equality to a crowd of women for whom that is at best a theoretical construct.
Feminist writer Anushay Hossain summed it up nicely in an op-ed for CNN: “The headscarf should be the least of the Trump family’s worries,” she writes. “Because the Saudi press have embraced Melania (and to a related but lesser extent, Ivanka) for basically doing for the kingdom what they do for Donald Trump: provide the perfect cover for misogyny and tyranny by being beautiful, poised, and often silent.”
One might ask if perhaps the president likes what he saw in these capitals of inequality. After all, his administration clearly lacks gender diversity and his recent budget shows that women’s issues are not a priority. Not only has he signed legislation that strips funding for organizations that provide abortions, his replacement of the Affordable Care Act penalizes women in unthinkable ways, including stripping valuable maternity benefits and essentially turning owning a set of ovaries into a pre-existing condition.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Quotes of the day from Trump’s budget director Mike Mulvaney being interviewed - apparently unbeknownst to him, by a reporter from Sputnik News:
On benefits for working families which will be denied to illegal immigrants. “It’s not right when you look at it from the perspective of people who pay the taxes.”
But Andrew Feinberg, a reporter with Russia’s Sputnik news outfit, pointed out that many of the children who would be cut off under Trump’s proposal are U.S. citizens. “Whether they’re here illegally or not,” Feinberg noted, “those families have American-citizen children.”
Mulvaney argued back, saying that Feinberg wasn’t duly considering taxpayer and that “we have all kinds of other programs” for poor kids. At this, another reporter in the room interjected: “You’re cutting that, too.
There’s more on the Washington Post. Bottom line is that Trump’s budget is a cold hearted proposal to devastate the social safety net.
It comes just one day after she rejected his hand on the tarmac in Tel Aviv.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed:
Trump's entry in a Holocaust memorial guestbook reads like a half-baked yearbook message
EXCERPT: In addition to protecting his ego, Trump also tries to enhance his self-worth. What makes him look childlike are his unsubstantiated claims about his popularity. Despite the verifiable evidence, he repeatedly refers to his unprecedented electoral college victory and the unmatched size of crowds at his inauguration.
Trump’s use of self-enhancement tactics also helps explain why he feels he has been treated worse and more unfairly than any other president in history. Despite their (short-lived) popularity, most bullies are hypersensitive to negative feedback — and ironically feel mistreated.
Revealingly, in his interview with his biographer Michael D’Antonio, Trump says he is the same person as he was in first grade. He may well also be very similar to the person he was in middle school: Indeed, there are many parallels between Trump’s behavior and the facts and findings of developmental science on social reasoning and behavior. But if the pattern holds, he won’t remain popular for very long.
Trump puts the Manchester bomber in the same category as Cher, Rosie O’Donnell, and every other loser Trump railed about…
This is my Daily Kos story about this:
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Monday, May 22, 2017
I NEVER THOUGHT I’d give Chris Mathews a quote of the day - about Trump’s scandals: "It’s like a fuse burning from both ends.”
Okay, I did some editorializing on this link. In fact, we’ll never know how this story became bigger and bigger over the last year. In part it may have been because the Goldwater controversy made it media-sexy. It also no doubt is because Trump’s behavior proved the point Duty to Warn therapists like John Gartner, Lance Dodes, myself and many more had been trying to make. Whatever the reasons the story now certainly “has legs” and every informed person knows that the 25th Amendment solution is.
The article lays out both side of the argument between the Goldwater psychiatrists and the Duty to Warn psychotherapists. These are excerpts from our point of view:
1/10 of a second going viral - Melania swats Trump’s hand away:
For some reason this story brought this to mind:
Clues about Trump’s current mental health:
One adviser said Trump said in a conversation last week that he felt that "there are a lot of people out to get him," musing that he should not have attacked the intelligence community so vociferously. An administration official who spoke to the president said he "seemed down more than angry," even though Trump defiantly tweeted that he was facing a “witch hunt.” From Politico
How about GOP intellectuals who still support Trump?
Sunday, May 21, 2017
To the decision makers at Comcast, NBC-Universal News Group, and MSNBC:
I live in a senior community in Portland, Oregon - mostly liberal highly educated residents - we count on MSNBC to provide in-depth opinion and, especially in the case of Rachel Maddow, investigative reporting. We are in general agreement that best two hours in political reporting during the week is the one-two punch of Rachel and Lawrence O’Donnell. Each has their own style and approach and together they not merely complement each other, but they are more than the sum of their two parts.
While Rachel, who I assume has an excellent staff of investigative journalists and archivists, breaks some stories before the New York Times and Washington Post, Lawrence covers other aspects of politics with penetrating and insightful analysis with just the right amount of outrage and incredulity.
He was the first host on any network to have highly regarded mental health professionals on (disclaimer, they are my associates — Drs. Lance Dodes and John Gartner) explaining why Trump is a malignant narcissist and thus not merely unfit to be president, but dangerous to the country.
I venture to say that Rachel’s unique way of presenting a White House calamity with a unique bemusement and a smile is offset by Lawrence’s much needed gravitas. He is an incredible asset to MSNBC. The fact that when it’s appropriate you allow the flexibility of Rachel “going upstairs” to reappear on Lawrence’s set is as far as I know unprecedented.
My friends and I don’t know what to make of Andy Lack’s notion that MSNBC should be some kind of "all things to all people politically." You already have Greta Van Susteren with her middle right viewpoint, although she has proved not to be a Donald Trump apologist. And what’s with George Will? Nicolle Wallace is fine as a guest; but she doesn’t need her own show, and likewise Hugh Hewitt. If anyone is ready for retirement it’s Chris Mathews. Recently as a few months ago he was to normalize Trump and it was as if he never had a basic psychology course in college when it came to recognizing that Trump was, to put it mildly, abnormal.
I had doubts about Brian Williams at first, but once he recaps the day’s news, he has proved to be a first class interviewer. He also manages to get excellent guests. I am glad the show is now an hour long. Because I’m in Oregon I watch all your evening shows three hours earlier, but if Brian is doing comparatively well in the 11PM EST ratings I think he should stay there.
If you want to see an uproar, try doing anything to lessen Joy-Ann Reid's weekend role. She is the reason I wait around weekend mornings before going to our coffee shop. With her I see the dilemma - she deserves to have her own prime time evening show but I don’t know how you’d shuffle your lineup around. All I can say is that I hope you are paying her a tidy sum since she is the best substitute host when regulars aren’t available.
You have three treasures on MSNBC: JoyAnn, Rachel, and Lawrence. As a Freudian, I have to wonder if Andy Lack needs to resolve some Oedipal issues is his psychoanalysis.
I don’t know what you’re grooming Steve Kornacki for - he certainly wasn’t the calibre of Lawrence O’Donnell - and it was no secret that he probably was auditioning to replace Lawrence.
Chris Hayes may be less attention grabbing leading in to Rachel, but he works for me.
Chuck Todd is uninspiring.
Hal Brown, MSW, Duty to Warn therapist since April, 2016
“The MiSK Foundation is committed to promoting the responsible use of social media, especially among young people. That President Trump should attend during his first foreign tour, together with other political and business leaders, shows the relevance of Tweeps Forum 2017. MiSK is honored to be able to bring these leaders together with young people, to help facilitate dialogue that can lead to a more harmonious and secure future for us all.”
Beyond Trump’s mental illness:
“Weekend Update” also featured a brief in memoriam tribute to what co-anchor Colin Jost called “all the people Trump has lost this year”: a montage that included his former campaign chief Paul Manafort (“RESIGNED,” an onscreen caption read), Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser (“FORCED TO RESIGN”), Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey (“THROWN UNDER A BUS”), Rudy Giuliani (“WOODEN STAKE”) and the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer (“SHHH, HE DOESN’T KNOW YET”).
Seven minutes from the best amateur psychologist who actually interviewed and observed Trump in person… well worth watching
More on The Cult of Trump:
Saturday, May 20, 2017
My friend John Gartner gets the cartoon treatment:
Trotsky explains Donald Trump to you: Our idiot president is a “substitute” who represents America’s mass ignorance and bottomless narcissism
How Trump's ludicrous rise mirrors the process that brought Stalin to power — and, mercifully, how it doesn’t.
Late afternoon:Yes-sir-re Howdy Doody, I am trying to keep the focus on Duty to Warn but sometimes know that Russians are reading this, I like to put links on that may be blocked in Russia, with a dollop of snark.
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I changed one word, can you see what it is:
White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distinct
possibility that President Donald Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office, two people briefed on the discussions tell CNN.
Did Nancy finally consult with shrink?
Afternoon: Not related to Trump’s mental health except that it could push him over the edge:
The most dangerous to Trump is from the Washington Post. Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say…. Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The New York Times story adds to it. President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
Midmorning: Related to Trump’s mental health:
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My focus here is on Duty to Warn and all matters relating to Trump’s psychopathology. From time to time a feel I need to post a few things related only indirectly to his being mentally unbalance, such as this:
What conservative WaPo columnist Charles Krauthammer has to say about using the 25th Amendment”
Krauthammer was a psyhiatrist so he has no excuse except his own bias for not recognizing that there’s an apples to peanuts comparison between garden variety narcissism and NPD (let alone malignant NPD) - EXCERPT
Excerpts: “I’m struggling not to discuss He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named,” a psychiatrist named Jerrold Post said last week, speaking on the phone from his office, in Bethesda, Maryland. Post, who is the director of the political-psychology program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and the founder of the C.I.A.’s Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, has made a career of political-personality profiling. However, he is also a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, whose professional code of conduct forbids members to publicly comment on the psyches of living public figures whom they have not personally examined.
The psychiatrist John Zinner took the argument further, suggesting that, as doctors, who swear an oath to protect their patients, psychiatrists have an obligation to speak out about the menace posed by Trump’s mental health. “It’s my view that Trump has a narcissistic personality disorder,” Zinner said later. “Trump is deluded and compulsive. He has no conscience.” He said that psychiatrists have a constructive role to play in advising policymakers to add checks on the President’s control over nuclear weapons. “That supersedes the Goldwater rule,” he said. “It’s an existential survival issue.”
On the Comey firing: Post said that it reminded him of other leaders he had studied, including Vladimir Putin, “a quintessential narcissist,” whose “way of handling criticism is to eliminate—literally—the critics.” After the Comey episode, Post said, he worried that “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s leadership is imploding.”
Trump thinks he’s under attack. That’s very dangerous. Gene Robinson, Washington Post
Excerpts and my comments:
"So that’s how Trump really took the news about Mueller’s appointment: not well at all. The idea that he would be treated poorly, compared with the way other presidents were treated, seems to trigger an atavistic response. It is as if he went to a fancy restaurant and was shown to a table in a cramped corner, near the kitchen. “ Atavistic… good word Gene - in our language narcissistic rage
"Meanwhile, Trump remains president. He has access to the nation’s most closely held secrets but cannot be trusted to safeguard them. He runs the White House like a family business, valuing loyalty over experience or expertise. He has no real grasp of policy, foreign or domestic. He feels himself under attack. Four months into his term, he brags to White House visitors about how he won the election. And there’s not another one until 2020.” ("He feels himself under attack.” — Because he is… again leading to narcissistic rage…..)
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Evening: As the news breaks hour by hour, and Rachel Maddow scraps her entire planned show for several major stories, Trump’s mental health is still being addressed almost every day in various publications here and abroad. Just now on Lawrence O’Donnell, Rick Wilson from the Daily Beast said Republicans are afraid of Trump going “rip-shit bonkers” on them.
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What do this Republicans have in common?
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Excerpt: There is a semi-charitable explanation for much of this chaos. Trump does not have any experience as a CEO—at least in the sense that most of corporate America would recognize. One telling irony: Many of the banking executives now trying to curry favor with him would never have lent him money in the past. His skills were in dealmaking, rather than running a large organization. The core Trump company had barely 100 people. It’s possible that if he takes on some of the basic management lessons to do with structure, process, and delegation, then he may be able to run America. The question now is whether he has already made enough mistakes for the board to get rid of him. The closest thing America has to a board is the group of Republican senators who must decide what to investigate. Trump will hate the analogy, but at this moment, their leader, Senator McConnell, is his chairman—and the CEO has a lot of explaining to do.
Weds. May 17, 2017
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More signs of Trump’s mental decompensation:
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
During the campaign, several psychologists contacted by HuffPost declined to diagnose Trump. (In media coverage of this issue, the informal diagnosis that sources usually offer is narcissistic personality disorder ― although Allen Frances, the psychiatrist who wrote the formal criteria for NPD, has argued against that conclusion.)
Still, some experts are speaking out, like Dr. John Gartner, a psychologist who argues that his colleagues have a “duty” to do so.
“If we could construct a psychiatric Frankenstein monster, we could not create a leader more dangerously mentally ill than Donald Trump,” Gartner said during a February appearance on MSNBC. “He’s a paranoid, psychopathic narcissist who is divorced from reality and lashes out impulsively at his imagined enemies.”
Another Bomb Drops: Initial Thoughts on Trump Asking Comey to Kill the Flynn Investigation - from LawFare By Helen Klein Murillo, Jack Goldsmith, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Matthew Kahn, Paul Rosenzweig, Benjamin Wittes
I turned the TV the morning on to hear a guest say about Trump “he needs to study better.” As if this is normal. As if? As if! Now (update) early evening I am on MSNBC listening to today’s news (I’m tired of saying “breaking” all the time, “bombshell” is so yesterday… ) Below is what I put on this morning and it goes double tonight.
All I can say is this (image). Reminds me of a time years ago when my wife and I were listening to the audio-book of Dreamcatcher while driving (Stephen King thriller about kids vs. deadly aliens) and this was one of the favorite expletives of the kids. My wife and I adopted it for a couple of years.
What could go wrong department: We have a president who is 1) a malignant narcissist, 2) an autocratic, authoritarian, thin skinned, impulsive, kleptocratic, bully, and 3) is showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s bigly:
It's time to start talking about President Trump's mental health.
Trump is correct that his terrifyingly expansive powers as president allow him to reveal whatever classified material he wants. But it's still baffling why he would do such a thing. Intelligence sharing is generally supposed to be done after careful discussion, and between intelligence agencies, not civilian leaders. You have to be very careful with language, so as to not reveal more than intended — and especially not to the Russians, given that American forces are at odds with them in Syria and several other global hotspots.
If you're at all familiar with the way Trump tends to ramble and boast, a simple explanation presents itself: He just got carried away and started running his mouth. That is unquestionably the most probable explanation.
Of course, that in and of itself does not mean that America's president is mentally unwell. There is, however, so much more.
As Kevin Drum points out, Trump has been showing many other signs of mental decline over the past year, especially since he took office. He has bursts of temper, forgets people's names, mixes up the names of countries he's bombing, and forgets to finish simple tasks. CONTINUED
Duty to Warn therapists finally got the attention of - "Roger Stone and Alex Jones warn of attempt to remove Trump claiming he has Alzheimer’s"
Today’s extraordinary news. Trump says he knew exactly what he was doing when he revealed top secret information:
Just published on BBC website:
Moved up from yesterday as this is being discussed on Morning Joe right now:
Here’s a must read story on the explosive story of the day-week-month from the LawFare blog about the non-denial denials, the carefully parsed defensives coming from Trump lackeys.
Monday, May, 15, 2017
WHAT A NEWS DAY
Here’s a must read story on the explosive story of the day-week-month from the LawFare blog about the non-denial denials, the carefully parsed defensives coming from Trump lackeys.
I already figured Trump was flying the Russian flag over the White House. If this is true, we might as well change our national anthem.
While I think Trump has had malignant narcissistic personality disorder all or most of his adult life, that doesn’t rule out that he is developing dementia. If this is the case, combined with his psychopathology it could lead more quickly than we anticipated to his become so obviously unfit to be president that there will be a public outcry for him to be removed under the 25th Amendment.
‘Morning Joe’ Hosts: Conway Said She Needed A Shower After Defending Trump
First watch on MSNBC on Stephanie Ruhle show, Quote: "Donald Trump thinks he's playing at Lincoln Center and he's really playing at the Hurry Back Lounge.” Eddie Glaude. His comment led to Stephanie cracking up.
I just found this list of articles explaining Trump’s mental illness.
Saturday Night Live - Lester Holt and Donald Trump.
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Yet another reason Donald Trump is bad news: He’s utterly lacking in “integrative complexity” — and that’s dangerous
Trump's lack of "balance, nuance and sophistication" is obvious — and it's likely to get many people killed
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