Why does Trump act like he does?
This is a very long article, but it is sort of like a “greatest hits” album. You have heard all or most of this before. It simply appears in a new framework.
If we examine each of the traits the DSM lists for Narcissistic Personality Disorder we can match each trait to actions Trump has taken or things Trump has said. We do not even have to make an exhaustive or complete list relative to each trait in order for the evidence to be fairly damning.
Has this particular mental disorder kept rulers from having powerful effects on world history? Not at all. In fact it is probably true that many rulers displayed signs that they had this particular form of mental disorder. However many of these leaders were authoritarian and the legacies they gave civilizations that came after them were not always positive. (Hitler) Narcissism does not seem as compatible with a democratic form of government. These character traits almost always lead eventually to an authoritarian style of leadership even if the way of governing purports to be something more egalitarian.
First Trait: having an exaggerated sense of self-importance:
I could shoot some on Park Ave…
Billy Bush and Trump disrespect women…
Second Trait: expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it:
Trump exaggerating inauguration crowd…
The crowd-size controversy began on Saturday, Jan. 21, a day after the inauguration, when President Trump claimed the media had misrepresented the number of people attending his inauguration. Trump spoke at CIA headquarters and said that “one of the networks” had shown “an empty field,” while he saw a crowd that “looked like a million-and-a-half people” and “went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”
Trump claimed that “we caught [the media] in a beauty, and I think they’re going to pay a big price.”
Cabinet members awkwardly praising Trump…
Third Trait: exaggerating achievements and talents
I (Trump) will give you the best health care plan and it will cost less… Here is piece of the full timeline you can find in The Atlantic.
September 27, 2015: Repeal and replace
“Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced,” Trump told Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes. “Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 45, 50, 55 percent.”
He was vague on the details, but insisted that all Americans will have insurance. “There’s many different ways, by the way. Everybody’s got to be covered… I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”
November 11, 2016: No preference
Jump ahead to right after the election. Trump told The Wall Street Journal he has no fixed position, but would consider just trying to fix the existing law. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” he said.
November 13, 2016: Simultaneous repeal and replace
Two days later, Trump was again on 60 Minutes, where he told Lesley Stahl he wants both to eliminate the law and to put in place a new one at the same time.
January 9, 2017: Simultaneous repeal and replace
Despite Trump’s statements, Republican leaders began floating the idea of repealing Obamacare first and replacing it later, likely recognizing that while a majority of the GOP caucus in both houses favors repeal, they have divergent views about what a replacement look like. (After seven years of promising repeal, leaders still had no viable plan.) But Senator Rand Paul believes that Congress should do both at once, and he convinced Trump to go along with it. The Wall Street Journal reported:
“I believe we should vote on replacement the same day we vote on repeal,” Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said in an interview Monday. Mr. Trump called the senator on Friday night “to say he agrees completely,” Mr. Paul said.
January 15, 2017: ‘Insurance for everybody’
March 7, 2017: Trump backs House plan
On March 6, House Republican leaders unveiled their repeal-and-replace plan, which immediately took fire from all sides. Conservatives saw it as far too timid, but it also failed to meet the criteria that Trump had laid out. It increased premiums, slashed Medicaid (despite a Trump campaign promise not to touch entitlements), and would result—the CBO said a week later—in 21 million more uninsured Americans by 2021. Nonetheless, Trump backed the plan:
March 24, 2017: Wait for Obamacare to collapse
On March 24, the House bill collapsed, with Speaker Paul Ryan pulling it and acknowledging he didn’t have the votes to pass it. “I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” Trump says in the Oval Office. He said he planned to move on to tax reform and let Democrats come to him when the current system collapses.
(As you know, there is much more to this time line and you can find the rest of it here:
I will build a great wall
I can be more presidential than anyone since Lincoln
Best ever list
- “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” America needs jobs. The Donald will deliver.
- “I’m really rich! I’ll show you that in a second. And by the way: I’m not even saying that in a brag.” Trump is richer than you. And more humble, too.
- “I’m the most militaristic person.” Is that actually a good quality? I would have gone with Genghis Khan . . .
- “I will build a great wall . . . and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.” We will probably have to take The Donald’s word on this one.
- “Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States. Hillary was the worst. In the history of the United States there’s never been a secretary of state so bad as Hillary.” Whoa now. Don’t sell John Kerry short.
- “I would use the greatest minds. I know the best negotiators. I’m in New York — I know the good ones, the bad ones. I always say: ‘I know the ones people think are good.’ I know people you’ve never heard of that are better than all of them.” The man behind The Apprentice will stock his cabinet with the best of the best.
- “If you really love this country you have a very, very hard time convincing people that what you’re doing is right and that you’re really smart. And, like, a lot of us are really smart. I’m really smart — I went to the Wharton School of Finance.” Trump attended an Ivy League school, so he’s not like those bozos George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
- “I would hit [ISIS] so hard your head would spin.” Trump is probably right about this one. He has, after all, been inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame. — Mark Antonio Wright is an intern at National Review. Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its initial publication. Share article on Facebook Tweet article Plus one article on Google PlusRead more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423003/trumps-superlatives-mark-antonio-wright
Fourth Trait: believing you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people.
Reporter with disability
Insulting Rosie O’Donnell
At last night’s presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump engaged in a number of activities no rational person could have anticipated a presidential candidate might do, such as accusing an unnamed, hypothetical person “that weighs 400 pounds” of hacking the DNC, suggesting Clinton does not have the “stamina” to be president, interjecting that not paying federal taxes “makes me smart,” and sniffing with wild abandon throughout. He also brought up Rosie O’Donnell. Why does he keep doing that?
“Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her and I think everyone would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said, for some reason, in response to the allegation that he says terrible things about women. This seemingly random feud, as we’ve been made continually aware, has been going on for a while.
Donald Trump’s Cabinet richest in U.S. history, historians say
“And one newspaper criticized me, ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’” Trump said at a Des Moines, Iowa rally. “Because I want people that made a fortune. Because now they’re negotiating with you, okay?”
How rich? CBS News estimates seven of Trump’s picks are worth a combined $11 billion.
Betsy DeVos, nominated for secretary of education, comes from a family worth more than $5 billion; Linda McMahon, picked for small business administrator, has family wealth worth $1.2 billion; And Vincent Viola, the choice for Army secretary, is worth $1.77 billion.
“I guess they have a few poor millionaires on it, but mostly it’s billionaires,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Critics like Sanders say Trump’s choices fly in the face of his populist campaign message. “You don’t appoint a Cabinet of billionaires to be taking on the establishment,” he said on Sunday’s “Face The Nation.”
Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s Treasury pick has been estimated to be worth as much as $655 million. He and commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross, worth $2.5 billion, recently said they were attuned to the plight of working Americans.
“It’s also not true all jobs are created equal. A guy that used to work in the steel mill, now flipping hamburgers, he knows it’s not the same,” Ross said in an appearance on CNBC.
Having millionaire and billionaire cabinet secretaries is not unprecedented. They tend to attract slots at Treasury and Commerce. But neither President Obama nor President George W. Bush had a single billionaire in their first Cabinets.
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Trump like to surround himself with Generals (reflected glory)…
Fifth Trait: requiring constant admiration
First President to hold eight campaign-style rallies after inauguration.
Since the 2016 election, President Trump has held eight campaign rallies across the country. President Trump claims the rallies allow him to speak directly to the American people, but others believe they are meant to distract the public and massage Trump’s ego—rather than further his agenda. While it is not uncommon for sitting presidents to hold rallies leading up to their re-election, many are surprised as to why the president has held so many his first year in office. What do you think?
Following President Trump’s controversial rally in Phoenix, many are asking why a sitting president continues to hold campaign rallies so early in his term. President Obama held his first post-inaugural rally nearly six months into his presidency, which specifically focused on garnering support for a fellow Democrat’s re-election campaign. President Trump’s rallies, on the other hand, do not appear to be designed to support other candidates or pushing specific policy objectives.
“Trump’s tactics aren’t new, but his agenda is. His emotional campaigning serves solely as a tool for self-aggrandizement, rather than fulfilling its historic function of channeling voter enthusiasm toward a particular legislative program. His rallies, which are notably about him and not about policies, raise deep concerns about a president who uses emotional politics to build a cult of personality rather than to pass laws.”
Someone on a news show (I don’t remember which one) suggested that Trump’s rallies are like the visits of the aging soap star to malls because signing autographs lifted her spirits and her ego. (Sally Fields)
Wants Hillary to run against him in 2020
Trump hopes Hillary runs against him in 2020 (He probably wants to hear the Trumpers say “lock her up”.)
Sixth Trait: having a sense of entitlement:
He has golden toilets.
Best chocolate cake
Trump doesn’t have to obey the emoluments clause ( which says Presidents can’t earn money from foreign sources while in office).
Trump doesn’t have to pay attention to traditional taboos on nepotism (or laws, apparently).
Trump thinks the White House is a dump
He is quoted in this article in Vox.
Trump: the White House is “a real dump”
Seveth Trait: expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectation.
Trump fired James Comey even though it made Trump look guilty of collusion with the Russians.
Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from presiding over the Russian investigation and for not being a Trump Toady.
He is irate that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can’t get health care to pass. He expresses his anger in early morning tweets and he pretends to turn to the Democrats which the Republicans, now in charge of our entire government will definitely hate.
Perhaps he has abandoned making sure “we the people” all get affordable health care (but not Obamacare) as retribution for the demonstrations against the House and Senate plans.
He refuses to show us his taxes.
Eighth Trait: taking advantage of others to get what you want.
There is a possibility that Trump used Paul Manafort for his Russian connection, unless Putin was using Manafort to connect with Trump. Perhaps it was mutual.
Sending his children to take a meeting ostensibly about “Russian adoptions” or Hillary Clinton “dirt” but possibly about sanctions against Russia that Russia wanted lifted and then writing them a note as an “excuse”.
He surrounds himself with generals to give him more cachet.
(There are too many examples of this to list and some are too personal for us to know about, I am thinking.)
Ninth Trait: having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feeling of others:
Puerto Rico tone deafness-
Soldiers assigned to the 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve, move cases of bottled water while working to clear roads of debris near Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
President Donald Trump said the military shouldn’t have to distribute the “massive amounts” of food and water that have been delivered to storm-battered Puerto Rico.
When a reporter asked Trump about disaster relief on the island, the president said that food and water had been brought to Puerto Rico, but it wasn’t being distributed by local people.
“They have to distribute the food to the people of the island. So, what we’ve done is, we now actually have military distributing food, something that really they shouldn’t have to be doing,” he said in a wide-ranging, hastily scheduled press conference on Monday.
The remark follows comments Trump made last week, where he partly blamed the island for the devastation and said emergency responders can’t stay in Puerto Rico “forever.”
Puerto Rico has been reeling in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which left most of the U.S. territory without power or access to clean drinking water. Over the weekend, local authorities raised the death toll to 48 after reviewing medical records.
A local economist projected that the wreckage may have set back Puerto Rico’s economy so much that it will now take more than a decade to recover.
Trump said Monday that aid operations in Puerto Rico are “very tough” because the island “was in very poor shape before the hurricanes ever hit.” The island had more than $70 billion in debt before Maria landed.
The president has faced criticism for an apparent lack of empathy for Puerto Rico amid the disaster response.
During a trip to the island earlier this month, Trump said the hurricane destruction had thrown his administration’s budget “a little out of whack.” Later that day, he tossed packages of paper towels to hurricane victims.
While Trump has said his administration has done a great job responding to the crisis on the island, a recent poll found that most voters disagreed. Fifty-five percent of American voters say the Trump administration has not done enough to help the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria struck, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last week.
Trump willing to take away health care while telling people they will have great health care.
Trump telling people his tax plan will benefit the middle class when the biggest benefits go to the wealthy.
Tenth Trait: being envious of others and believing others envy you.
My golf courses are the best.
My Towers are the best.
I went to the best college – Wharton.
Has Lindsay Graham tell his great golf score.
He still envies Obama and wants to erase him (and, incidentally is doing a pretty good job of it.)
He now claims that Obama never called the families of soldiers killed in wars.
Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Troops (headline from tonight’s New York Times)
Eleventh Trait: behaving in an arrogant and haughty manner:
And that’s why Trump does what he does.