Search This Blog

November 27, 2016

Nov. 27, 2016

Previous November posts here

Read Read the nearly 200 of my Daily Kos articles or don’t.  Some of my photos  

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
1:00 AM
This is on Daily Kos where you can comment and read comments.
This article got a coveted place on the Daily Kos
recommended list.

I woke up and my mind was racing about this latest Tweet and what it means. I knew I wouldn’t fall asleep unless I got up to write… I was trying to think what I personally could do as far as writing to get the word out as to what this means. How can a mere retired social worker in Oregon alert the electoral college, or Pence, or the APA, to take action .
The first indication that Trump had a delusional paranoid aspect to his personality came when he believed that thousands of Muslims cheer the fall of the Twin Towers from across the river in New Jersey. Trump discussed this on the Alex Jones radio show. Jones believes that the 9-11 attack was an “inside job.”

——————below from Business Insider---------
In his very first question to Trump, Jones asked about the attacks.
Jones declared that Trump has been repeatedly "vindicated" in his widely disputed claim that thousands Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the World Trade Center buildings fell.
"I knew it happened and I held my line. People wanted me to apologize, and we can't do that. People like you and me can't do that so easily," Trump told Jones from his Trump Tower office in New York.
This defied all logic because if such an unlikely event occurred the local press would have reported it. Rational people know there aren’t thousands of radical America hating Muslims in New Jersey, and probably not even in the entire United States.
But Trump got away with this indication of pathological and delusional thinking because, well, he had already become The Donald and people expected outrageous untruths and exaggerations from him.
He’s gotten away with not believing in climate change, and cited the unscientific reason in his recent New York Times sit-down: “You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind… it’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know.” 
Now we have a another indication that he is unable to engage in critical thinking, and far worse (if that’s possible) he has a serious delusional part of his psyche. He believes manifestly impossible statements coming from the prime purveyor of conspiracy theories in the United States, Alex Jones. 
We are appalled at his selection of Steve Bannon, whose stock in trade is publishing hateful articles. However, as much as we don’t want to, we can excuse Bannon for doing this out of bigotry and greed. At least he isn’t dealing in conspiracy theories that appeal to those who are mentally ill because they support their delusions.
But Bannon isn’t a conspiracy believer, Jones is. And now we have further proof that the president elect is as well.
It is impossible that there could have been a vast conspiracy to get millions of illegal immigrants to vote for Hillary. It defies all logic. However, it fits into Trump’s need to protect his ego, to be a winner not matter how he can bend and distort the facts to admit to himself he lost, in the case the popular vote.
It matters little whether we come up with a psychiatric diagnosis for Trump. What matters is that the one person we count on to have the intellect and rationality to make difficult decisions, sometimes on short notice, believes what he needs to believe in order to bolster his ego. 
The safety of the country and the world now hangs in the balance. When the international community puts two and two together after this Tweet they will be even more wary of Trump than they are now.
This is beyond appalling. We must do what we can rally those who have more credibility than we do to take this seriously.
The American Psychiatric Association must break their silence, perhaps take out a full page ad in the New York Times, and explain why this easily influenced conspiracy believing man must not be president.
Mike Pence should step down and explain that in good conscience he cannot serve with such a man.
Trump’s own children should pressure him to resign once he’s sworn in.
Finally, the Electoral College meets on December 19th. There’s still time for them to come to their senses and keep this manifestly impulsive delusional conspiracy believer from being president.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016
Click image to comment or read comments on Daily Kos.
Scroll down for updates explaining where Trump got this story.
Trump is a malignant narcissist, which means among all the characteristics of those with this personality disorder, he lacks a capacity for empathy and is incapable of introspection. 
Most narcissists aren’t pathological liars, or bullies, or misogynists, or hedonists, or prone to believing conspiracy theories. Certainly most narcissists can be said to lack intellectual curiosity, something that alone should disqualify him to be president. However, one of these characteristics makes him potentially dangerous as president.  This is his impulsiveness in combination with his having something of  split Jekyll and Hyde personality, the later being mean spirited with a streak of evil a mile wide. When the meek and mild Dr. Jekyll transformed into the dangerous bloodthirsty Mr. Hyde nobody was safe. 
Now we get to the Tweets and what that tell us about Trump.


After Trump met with Obama he Tweeted “A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting. great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!” 
Normal amiable Dr. Trump. Then Mr. Hyde takes over and writes, first bragging (albeit mildly for him): “Just had a very open and presidential election.” But he couldn’t leave it at that: “Now professional protestors, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair.”
Not worth of a horror movie monster, but still
a hostile turn from his earlier Tweet. He also showed this in the opposite direction when he Tweeted about the “failed New York Times” and then praised them effusively during the meeting g with their editors and writers.
A bit less than half the country clearly have elected a president with a more benign version of the split personalty made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson in his classic book about a dual personality.  Adapted from my “Two Tweets prove Trump really is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”


Stevenson’s Mr. Hyde was a vicious murderer who reveled in the blood sport of killing. He was an outright psychopath.  However, and this is important, he was not delusional. 
Here’s where Trump’s latest Tweet opens the possibility, perhaps the likelihood, that he has a third aspect of his personality. 
The very notion that there could have been literally millions of people who not only voted illegally, but only voted illegally for Hillary, is beyond rationality. 
Of course, here’s a man who couldn’t wrap his mind around the science of climate change, so we have not come to the expect the level of rational thinking that most of us learned in junior high school science.
The full transcript of his remarks to the Times reveals that Trump appeared to have little knowledge of the issue and continued to express skepticism at the near-universal scientific consensus on climate change.
“You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind,” he said, later adding that “it’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know.”
We also have to add into our understanding of Trump the statement he made about the thousand of Muslims across the river in New Jersey who celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers. It was an easily debunked lie. Who was that Donald Trump?
It would appear that the celebrating Muslims Trump may be the same personality that wrote this latest ludicrous Tweet. This is a downright delusional and paranoid Tweet. We know that Trump is a pathological liar, therapists have speculated about whether he can even discern the truth as he’s spinning a lie. I even wrote about how when some people lie frequent the brain changes so they can’t tell the truth from a lie.
Did Trump believe this Tweet when he wrote it? If he did, ladies and gentleman, we have an even bigger problem with the president elect than we thought we did. The only other conclusion is that he meant it as an attempt at hither-to unseen humor, as self-satire. If the media nails him for this Tweet I expect Kellyanne Conway will claim it was meant as a joke.
But we know different.
What this all adds up to is that the next president of the United States may have a psychiatric disorder far more dangerous than what has been suggested by psychotherapists, including by me in my 20 some Daily Kos articles about the psychology of Trump.
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 · 5:43:22 PM PST · HalBrown


If true, this would mean that Donald Trump still won the contest despite widespread vote fraud and almost certainly won the popular vote.
“We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens,” tweeted Phillips after reporting that the group had completed an analysis of a database of 180 million voter registrations.
“Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team,” he added.
According to current indications, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes, although around 7 million ballots remain uncounted.
Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton, meaning Trump might have won the popular vote when this number is taken into account.
Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election.
On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.
Holy shit, if there is where Trump gets his facts.
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 · 6:06:50 PM PST · HalBrown
Nobody seems to be getting it…. This goes so much more beyond into the rumors that Ronald Reagan may have based important decisions on Nancy’s astrology. Trump is believing lies spun by Alex Jones who certainly has an agenda.
To restate it here: This is an important Tweet but not for the reasons most everyone is saying. It shows he is more psychologically unstable than psychotherapists like me ever thought. Not only does he have a Dr. Jekyll and a Mr. Hyde personality, or technically called "a splitting of the self"; but a third personality that is delusional and paranoid. That is who posted this ludicrous Tweet. We must stop using layman terms for psychiatric disorder. He is not, for example "thin skinned." He is dangerously reactive when he percieves a slight to his ego. We must understand that this makes him more dangerous than psychotherapists (and others) previously thought.

Excerpts: Donald Trump, and the Republican majorities in the Senate, are poised to wipe out the signature victories of his predecessor in areas ranging from health care to the environment. He will enter office as the first explicitly anti-free trade president since Herbert Hoover, committed to unraveling a series of agreements that underpin the root assumptions of global commerce. His list of potential Supreme Court nominees include judges who reject not simply the jurisprudence that led to the gay marriage and abortion decisions, but the arguments that led the Court to uphold New Deal legislation some 80 years ago and to bind states to the protections of the Bill of Rights.
… the idea of a Republican House and Senate acting as a brake on Trump seems almost fanciful. Yes, Rand Paul’s civil libertarian and anti-globalist impulses may lead him to oppose a nomination of an Attorney General Jeff Sessions or a Secretary of State John Bolton. But his would be a lonely voice—especially given the fact that the Republican base is in the hands, at least for now, of an incoming President who won by running head-on against the congressional wing of the party.
Is it odd that a Ronald Reagan, who won historic landslides, could change so little while a president who “lost” by a million or more votes might change so much? Chalk it up to the quirks of the Electoral College, or a late intervention by an FBI director, or a tone-deaf Democratic candidate, or to a simmering fury at the political-media elite by just enough disaffected voters to turn three states red, or to whatever contingent forces you choose. But the reality is those forces have brought us to the very real prospect of the most profound, unsettling changes in public policy in close to a century.

Joy Reid, on MSNBC, is doing a story about how Scots feel about Trump… she showed this newspaper:

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

We keep reading about the possibility that Trump will make major changes to policy that the majority of Americans don’t support. Some fly in the face of logic, climate change for example, and others in attitudes about issues like abortion and most forms of birth control.
We read today on Daily Kos that a radical anti-abortion group is ready to help Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions prosecute Planned Parenthood. Most Americans support Planned Parenthood.
We have a president that supposedly has no objection to same sex marriage but a vice president that doesn’t, and who actually believes in conversion therapy. Most Americans support same sex marriage and know that sexual orientation is not changeable by therapy.
I don’t have time to find citations for the following, but I hope the polling statistics back up my conclusions. Even if “most” isn’t exactly correct, I would say that it can be said that a significant number, i.e., close to 50%, feel this way about these issues. 
Can you think of any more besides the following? 
  • Most Americans don’t want us using torture.
  • Most don’t believe in a registry for Muslims.
  • Most don’t think undocumented children should be deported.
  • Most don’t think Hillary did anything that should end her up in prison.
  • Most don’t think we should undo the newly established relationship with Cuba.
  • Most don’t want the most important parts of Obamacare rescinded.
  • Most won’t want the wall to be built if it increases the deficit.
  • Most don’t want the very rich to have a tax cut.
  • Most don’t want us out of NATO.
  • By far most want medical marijuana both legalized and researched.
  • Most want recreational marijuana to be legal.
  • At least most seniors or soon to be seniors do not want Medicare privatized.
The more unpopular changes Trump makes, the less he will have the nation’s support. 
He ran like he didn’t care what half the nation thought, what the most educated segment of the population thought about him, and what the press thought. But now he is about to be president of all of us. 
I doubt he really will feel good just because he’s admired by thepeople who buy the National Enquirer, which as of this week is blaring “Trump Must Build That Wall” on its front cover (I was at the supermarket this morning). Plus, when he doesn’t build the wall, even those people will be angry at him.
The power of the president through executive order and through the various departments is vast.  He has the power to royally fuck up the country and the world. In doing so may find the adoration he enjoyed from his supporters has eroded to the point where this narcissistic who thrives on admiration may not be able to maintain his psychological equilibrium. 
My fellow psychotherapists know that the ego of a narcissist is fragile, and that even a successful boisterous blowhard like Trump has a breaking point. We can expect protests around the country, marches on Washington, ever more irreverent SNL sketches, and more snarky New York Daily News front pages. There are likely to be continued investigations and revelations about his conflicts of interest. He will be called out on every unpresidential utterance and Tweet.
Even his poor grammar will be mocked: "I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign….” “So greatly!”
I expect that we’ll see failures of signature programs so obvious that even Fox News has to report on them.
My online support group of psychotherapists debate whether deep down inside, or as we say, in the unconscious, Trump just wants to get the love he never received from his parents. He certainly seems to need to be admired and thought to be the smartest and best looking person in the room, irritable to attractive women and worthy of fealty from powerful men.

When Trump looses all this he could become a dangerous president.
Back from the emporium of stuff, Fred Meyer’s (right), I still don’t have an original thought worth sharing, so will offer a good quote:

This election, American voters elected a con man, a swindler, a bluster bag who articulated a twisted set of mores and a horrific vision for our country. In fact, that Pew graph effectively shows voters knew exactly what they were doing and did it anyway. 
The inescapable message was that a candidate being overtly racist, sexist, and downright ignorant and unqualified was forgivable and even laudable as long as he wasn't a she.Any Trump voter who is now surprised by what they get from his administration—whether it be in the form of horrors they didn't take seriously or broken promises they had counted on—will be getting exactly what they asked for and deserve.  By Kerry Eleveld, "The rampant sexism of 2016 and the law of unintended consequences."
My caption
Excerpt from Politico article:
Romney, for his part, who remains interested in the role, “is taking all of this stuff in stride, and would like to serve the country,” according to a person in his orbit who has spoken to him since he met with Trump last week. The person denied published reports that Romney was drafting a formal apology for his comment during the GOP primaries that the developer-turned-reality-TV-star was a “phony, a fraud,” who was “playing members of the American public for suckers.” 
The idea of forcing Romney to sign some kind of mea culpa is being mulled by transition officials hostile to his nomination, several senior Republicans said.
Even less clear is where Trump’s increasingly influential son-in-law Jared Kushner, a fierce supporter of Israel, stands on the candidates. Transition sources told POLITICO Kushner has said broadly positive things about both men, 
As that battle plays out, there are indications advocates for both candidates may be losing – and that the Trump team is looking to Petraeus, the four-star general who served as President Obama’s director of the Central Intelligence Agency until 2012 when he was removed for sharing classified documents with a biographer who was also his mistress.
My hunch is that Gen. Petraeus will be the eventual selection.

I haven’t thought of anything to write about yet. I’m sitting here waiting for inspiration: 

No comments: