Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Quote of the day about Trump, he’s “less than particularly hinged” from panelist Jonathan LaMire of The 11th Hour. Brian Williams completed him for his coming up with the term.
Perhaps Trump’s best defense about the FBI Tweet would be that he was delusional when he wrote it. Perhaps when he Tweeted he wasn’t oriented to what he knew then and what he knows now? This actually fits with the diagnosis of rapidly decompensating reality testing.
I try to find and post all articles abut Trump’s mental health and the Duty to Warn movement, even when they present arguments and opinions I disagree with. Here’s the latest example. I won’t bother to critique his argument since anyone reading this website on a regular basis can do so themselves.
This is the comment I put on the story:
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Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
For the record Mister President, either everyone else on the bus was delusional or it’s you. (HB)
He said it. “Grab ’em by the pussy.”
Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.
We now know better.
Also from the long NY Times OpEd by Billy Bush:
None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president. But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success.
Ten years later, I did speak up. Soon after Mr. Trump declared his candidacy, I let it be known on “Access Hollywood Live” that I thought this was an absurd idea.
In the days, weeks and months to follow, I was highly critical of the idea of a Trump presidency. The man who once told me — ironically, in another off-camera conversation — after I called him out for inflating his ratings: “People will just believe you. You just tell them and they believe you,” was, I thought, not a good choice to lead our country.
Sat. Dec. 2, 2017
|From the Weekly Observer in the UK|
"When we put this book (“The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”) together seven months ago, people probably thought we were outlandish, and a little extreme," Lee said. "But within that time, the public caught on and [nearly] everything that we predicted in the book came true."
Lee said the book's writers predicted that Trump's "condition was far worse than what we were seeing" in early 2017.
Citing ethical rules, Lee would not say how she would diagnose Trump, based solely on his public comments and demeanor. But she said that based on his behavior, he seems to be reacting adversely to the stress of an ongoing criminal probe of his presidential campaign's contacts with Russia, saber-rattling by North Korea, and his decreasing popularity among the public.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment by CNBC on Lee's comments.
“It's one thing if he’s saying it to you, or to me, or to the base, or from the podium to just kind of excite his base and play with people’s uglier suspicions about life,” CNN's Chris Cuomo said Wednesday, when interviewing New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin. “But if he's saying it in private, like he means it, what does the reporting reveal?”
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote on Thursday that “it is one thing to create a fantasyland for political ends — appealing to some voting group’s prejudices or giving supporters a reason to excuse bad behavior. It is another thing altogether, however, for Trump to fall into his own rabbit hole and actually believe what he once knew to be untrue.”
The psychological pressure on Trump built this week culminating in the guilty plea by Michael Flynn. The questions being raised in the media about his mental stability, below, reflect this. HB
Excerpt (emphasis added):
|The author of this is a Trump ditto-head, a novelist who is ignorant about psychology.|
|The author of the HuffPost article is a Trump ditto-head as his Twitter Tweets show. Here’s how I responded.|
Give such a man the power and trappings of the most powerful office on earth, give him a few months, and such delusions will get worse. Sane men and women are corrupted by the wielding of power; a psychologically disturbed figure from the get-go will degenerate into deeper and deeper forms of madness…...
Fox News: This is relevant as far as the pressure on Trump’s psychic stability because we know he watches Fox News. Fox regular on legal matters says it is a nightmare for him:
‘Tip of a prosecutorial iceberg’: Fox’s Judge Napolitano explains why Flynn plea is ‘a nightmare for Donald Trump’
“This is probably the tip of a prosecutorial iceberg, so to speak,” Napolitano told Fox’s Outnumbered. “It’s a nightmare for Donald Trump, because General Flynn was his constant companion on foreign policy and national security matters from June of 2015 to the time the President fired him in February of 2017.”
Napolitano noted the downside for Mueller’s investigation is any information Flynn has is “coming out of the mouth of someone the government itself has acknowledged is unworthy of belief,” considering the former adviser’s guilty plea. But he added “the downside for the president is this keeps the Russia story front and center at the time the president is beginning to move towards the achievement of his legislative agenda.”
|This is a short letter but it is significant because the NY Times put it online highlighted in the Opinion section (above left)|
We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability — in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.
According to the New York Times, Trump has recently held “closed-door conversations” to revisit the racist birther campaign he used to launch his political career, again raising the non-issue of President Obama’s birth certificate. Aides note that Trump has “repeatedly claimed he lost the popular vote last year because of widespread voter fraud,” a theory widely debunked by multiple voting experts with actual research and numbers on their side. In a general sense, staffers report, Trump “continues to privately harbor a handful of conspiracy theories that have no grounding in fact” and Axios notes Trump is now particularly “prone to confidently indulging wild conspiracies and fantasies.” The president has “expressed certainty” the Russia investigation will wrap within the next six weeks, “complete with an exoneration from Robert S. Mueller III,” according to sources who spoke with the Washington Post. Trump has even suggesting that 2005 footage of him bragging about grabbing women's pussies—which he previously verified as authentic and even tepidly apologized for—may not be real. “We don’t think that was my voice,” Trump told an anonymous senator, according to the Times.
paranoia, narcissism and schizotypal thinking, the failure to recognize plainly observable reality is a classic marker of aspiring despots and tyrants; a character and personality flaw that, to put it mildly, tends to get worse as time and power accrue. What’s far more alarming than Trump being Trump is the response from those around him, who recognize how aberrant his behavior is, but do nothing as his decline accelerates. The most frightening aspect of Trump’s deteriorating mental state is how many of his confidants, colleagues and advisers seem totally okay with pretending everything is fine, at least publicly, indicating their willingness to endanger us all.
The Times cites a senator who listened as Trump ranted about Obama’s birth certificate and “chuckled” when he “recalled the conversation,” as if it was a bit of comic relief and not an awful sign about the president's lack of mental clarity. Trump seriously attempts to float the idea that the Access Hollywood tape is part of some grand conspiracy against him, and instead of sounding a warning bell, “most of Mr. Trump’s aides [have] ignored his changing story." When Trump asks advisers to support his completely unbelievable new storyline about the video, they simply keep things rolling, despite the elephant of mental illness in the room.
Donnie Deutsch was taken in by what DTW psychiatrist Lance Dodes called the veneer of normalcy by this malignant narcissist. This doesn’t detract from his current observations. HB
Moment of zen: Bebe Neuwirth sings and dances with Donald Trump