Trump Unhinged: The Mounting Evidence
Last week a friend of mine was sitting in the press box at the commencement exercises for the United States Coast Guard Academy, quite impressed that the president had made it through just about three quarters of his speech without wandering off point.
It was then that the banality of decorum became overwhelming for Trump, so he began to ad-lib his woes regarding mistreatment by the media.
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately — especially by the media. No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that’s why I — thank you. I guess that’s why we won.”
The self-promotion is not the issue here, that has been present from the inception of his candidacy, more in question is his inability to remain focused on the task at hand.
Mental health professionals have begun to step forward with critiques of Trump’s pathology using terms such as narcissist, psychosis, paranoia, and dangerously hypersensitive among several other things.
When pressed on his behavior and seemingly disproportionate reactions to criticism he shot back with “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” comparing his own perceived discrimination to the attempted genocide of millions.
Much more dangerous than just “undisciplined behavior” as it has been labeled by some in Washington, he has proven time and time again that self-promotion and self-image are more important than national interest.
As of today, 55,588 mental health providers have taken a career risk and signed the “Mental Health Professionals Declare Trump is Mentally Ill and Must Be Removed” petition created by John Gartner Ph.D. via Change.org.
These mental health clinicians are attempting to invoke article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution put in place to remove a sitting president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
According to Fred Greenstein, Professor of Politics, Emeritus at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Politics and Public Policy the single most important characteristic in a successful president is “emotional intelligence” — the ability to remain “fundamentally free of distracting emotional perturbations.”
Proving a lack of emotional intelligence is not the only deficiency Trump suffers. His recent visit with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Saudi Arabia captured audio of Fattah al-Sisi complimenting Trump’s “unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” In turn, the Egyptian president was offered commendation on his shoes – “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man…” Trump was overheard saying as reporters cleared the room.
Let’s be honest, the early morning tweets, the unintelligent banter – we Dems revel in each and every misfire from the Oval Office, practically salivating at the prospect of another free for all unscripted press conference.
Yet though we relish a good Trump aberration, fear and uncertainty inevitably prevail, and with the disastrous budget proposal on the table, cuts to Medicaid, Social Services, and food programs will devastate the well-being of our nation’s most disenfranchised citizens, ironically a large portion of Trump’s loyalist base.
We have no control over the mental health of Donald J. Trump, but we have control of our own.
Though many red flags have been raised in-regards to the mental well-being of the leader of the free world, we will do what is right here on the left.
We will work tirelessly to find funding for community services, we will feed the hungry, we will advocate for families and children.
Sometimes we need to take a break from the ugliness of this administration, turn off the television, mute phone notifications to preserve our sanity and renew our faith in democracy – then turn it back on for a good laugh at late night monologues.
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