I have not really recovered from the shock and utter despair I felt on November 8th, 2016. So, I no longer expect my hyper-vigilance and obsessive focus on current politics to evaporate within the confines of this administration–as it had in others. I *cannot believe* that Donald Trump is president of the USA. An orange monkey who never evolved past the ID is the President of the United States.
You see, I had not allowed the thought to even enter my brain, prior to the election. However, I did spend my time trying to rally friends to vote–just in case. I can still vividly remember the traumatic moment I realized the impossible worst-case-scenario was actually happening. I was watching the election results with my mom and she was freaking out (my mother errs on the side of overreacting). I kept reassuring her not to worry, ‘they only counted the red districts’, ‘there are still plenty of votes left to count’, ‘the cities will even out the count’. But, my mom kept repeating that it didn’t “look good“. Then, I noticed that the faces of the MSNBC news anchors (shout out Rachel!) had changed; they started to look somber, anxious, and deflated. The real moment of impact happened when my mother showed me the NYTimes prediction/results arrow on her phone which had flipped completely in the opposite direction from something like 85% Clinton to 78% Trump. And suddenly, realization came at me like a mack-truck going full speed right in the heart–I was hysterical crying (I might also err on the side of overreaction). I made my boyfriend come bring me a cigarette and he found me to be absolutely inconsolable. “THE RUSSIANS! THE RUSSIANS HACKED THE ELECTION!!! How do we get it back?”, I cried (womp womp).
You see, at that time, we already knew all the worst things about the psychologically-stunted orange man that we now call POTUS. We knew he has a severe personality disorder (narcissism), believes himself infallible, knows next to nothing about government/foreign policy, and even less about science and medicine. We knew that he was a birther and an anti-vaxxer, who doesn’t know the difference between HPV and HIV. We knew him as an avowed misogynist, with racist tendencies, who brags about sexual assault. We already knew him as a pathological liar that cheated on all his wives who was not really involved with raising his children until they were old enough to enter into the family business. We knew he was a man who does not “believe” in climate change. A man who has a shallow understanding of all things complex. A man who exploits and divides people by appealing to their baser instincts and against their higher executive functioning. A man who is motivated solely by personal gain. The Jim Jones of the Republican party. An American Stalin with half the charm and none of the principles or intellect. We knew that Donald Trump is a perfect example of the phrase, “just because you are a character does not mean you have character”. He’s an emperor who wears no clothes. A man who built his business empire on corruption, braggadocio, and bankruptcy. A man so full of shit that he truly believes himself to a better judge, on every topic, than any expert in the topic’s field.
And in the last two years what have we learned, really? Only that the Trump’s corruption has roots like a massive mangrove tree. But, for anyone who has been paying attention, that is not news either.
It is not good that he is incompetent and erratic, but the USA has had a few Presidents with mercurial temperament and we did not self destruct. I think, what it really comes down to and make Donald Trump a different type if threat, is simply that he is a bad person. He just does not care about the hardships of the individuals in the electorate. He does not really care about coal miners or factory workers. He doesnt care about human rights. He doesn’t even really care about illegal immigration or the wall. He only cares about himself and making himself feel good. He will exploit, lie, blame, cheat, steal, whatever it takes–to get what he needs.
Toxic Tabloid Real-Estate Clown
I’m from NYC, where Donald Trump has been widely considered a sorry joke of a Homo Sapien since at least the 1980’s (fun fact: in 2012 I made a twitter account just to respond to Trump’s obnoxious and inane farcical tweets). Where his personal life drama (ahem Marla Maples) has played out in the daily papers for decades. Legitimate New York real-estate moguls have considered Trump toxic for decades because seemingly everything he touches decays to bankruptcy. In-spite of this, there are still plenty of otherwise rational people within my orbit who have fallen for the orange conman hook, line, and sinker. I don’t know whether to feel disgust or pity… there is probably a word that describes both equally…pathetic?
And with–what is starting to look like–the rapid deterioration of his reign, there is no joy in saying ‘I told you so’. In the end, when the Trump administration falls down into the abyss, as Americans, we will all suffer. We have that in common.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
It’s not that Donald Trump is a pathological liar, it’s just that every day is opposite day in the Trump Administration!!
Narcissism is a cluster B personality disorder.
Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional, or unpredictable thinking or behavior. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder —Mayo Clinic
Much has been written about Donald Trump’s pathological narcissism. So, I’m only going to press on the key tenets of Narcissistic Injury and Narcissistic Supply, which are illustrated to absurdly transparent level in his tweets.
People with NPD have extremely fragile and underdeveloped egos. Because they are completely empty inside they depend on others for self-esteem aka to make them feel good about themselves. Narcissistic supply is anything that helps them feel the way they want to (superior to others) and helps hide their true self (which is empty and self-serving). Narcissistic injury is anything that makes them feels criticized or less-than, and reveals their true self. The narcissist’s reaction to injury is Narcissistic Rage. Narcissistic rage is exhibited on a spectrum: from ignoring the person perceived as injurious to disruptive behaviors to aggression and violence. In a lot of relationships, people with NPD will often start spreading false slanderous rumors about the person they feel has insulted them. All the rage reactions have this one thing (at least) in common: it is the NPD person’s revenge toward the person/place/thing that caused the narcissistic injury and forced them to face a part of their [not infallible] true self.
We have all seen how Donald Trump reacts to criticism–no matter how minor or legit: he must insult. In fact, it is now the White House spokesperson, Sarah Sanders’, mundane reaction to declare that POTUS will always ‘hit back’ when he feels attacked. People who have healthy self esteem do not feel the need to respond to every insult. It is made more absurd to live this way knowing that the office of the president is the most publicly scrutinized job on the face of the earth. He is not analyzed/scrutinized because he is ‘Trump’, as the right-wingers seem to believe, but it is because he is POTUS.
Tweets as Evidence
It is a cumbersome task to try to list every insult and/or lie that comes from the mouth (and thumbs) of dear POTUS. Yet, some news organizations have done an excellent job of keeping track. Below, I have gathered some highlights from the New York Times list of Trump twitter insults since 2015.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the President of the United States:
Rand Paul (R Senator): “truly spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain”
Frank Luntz:“a low class snob”, “a total clown”, “a low-class slob”
Mayor of San Juan/Carmen Cruz: “such poor leadership”
Don Lemon (CNN): “dumbest man on television”
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC): “bad people” “psycho joe”, “low IQ Crazy Mika”, “bleeding badly from a facelift”
Rex Tillerson: “dumb as a rock”, “lazy as hell”
Jeff Flake (R Senator): “a weak and ineffective guy” “doing a terrible job”
Andrew Gillum (Senate candidate/mayor of Tallahassee): “will make FL the next Venezuela”, “a thief”
Maxine Waters: “crazy”, “most corrupt”, “ranting and raving” “extraordinarily low IQ person”, “unhinged”
James Comey: “lies to congress”, “either very sick or very dumb”, “a proven liar and leaker”, “not smart”, “stupid”, “weak”, “lied to congress under OATH”
Andrew McCabe: “lies to congress”, “a total disaster”, “committed many crimes”
Peter Stzork: “lies to congress”, “clown”, “loser”, “the FBI’s sick loser”
Lisa Page: “clown” “loser”
Tom Steyer: “stumbling lunatic” “wacky”
Omarosa: “deranged”, “that dog”, “a loser”, “a lowlife”, “begged for a job with tears in her eyes”, “unhinged”
Christopher Steele (MI6): “a lowlife”
Stacey Abrams (former candidate for governor in GA): “crime loving”, “totally unqualified”
Robert DeNiro: “a very low IQ individual”
Justin Trudeau: “acted so meek and mild”, “very dishonest and weak”
Bob Iger (Disney exec): “never called Donald j. trump to apologize”
Richard Cordray (former head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau): “socialist”
John Kerry: “MESS”
John Tester: “Tester should resign”, “very dishonest and sick”
James Clapper: “a lying machine”
Nancy Pelosi: “going absolutely crazy”
Joe Biden: “crazy Joe”, “he is weak, both mentally and physically”
Dianne Feinstein: “a disgrace”
Steve Bannon: “cried when he got fired”, “begged like a dog”
Kirsten Gillibrand: “disloyal”, “begged for campaign contributions”
Bob Corker: “incompetent”, “sad”
Oprah: “very insecure”
John McCain: “let Arizona down”, “dummy”, “has failed miserably”, “graduated last in his class”
Richard Blumenthal: “cried like a baby”, “begged for forgiveness like a child”, “a joke”
Adam Schiff: “sleazy”, “little”
Sadiq Khan (mayor of London): “pathetic”
Chuck Schumer: “Clown”
Paul Ryan: “does zilch”, “very weak”, “disloyal”
Alicia Machado (Miss USA): “disgusting (check out the sex tape and past)”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “an incompetent judge”, “her mind is shot”
Elizabeth Warren: “very racist”, “goofy”, “fraud”, “Pocahontas”
Ted Cruz: “desperate”, “weak”, “liar”, “loser”
Megyn Kelly: “crazy”, “sick”, “dopey”, “very bad at math”
Marco Rubio: “little”, “phony”, “a joke”, “lightweight”, “cheater”, “a nervous wreck”, “puppet”
Angela Merkel: “ruining Germany”
Hilary Clinton: “corrupt”, “crooked”
ABC: “fake news”
CNN: “fake news”
NYTimes: “fake news”
CBS: “fake news”
NBC: “fake news”
MSNBC: “fake news”
Washington Post: “fake news”
The mainstream media: “fake news”, “being mocked all over the world”
FBI: “a tool of anti-trump political actors”, “no credibility”, “an embarrassment to our country”, “crooked”
I notice that a good amount of Trump insults are things that are said about him and projected onto the object of derision, like people laughing at him (SNL, Late Night TV, foreign leaders, etc.), calling people liars (7 lies a day), corruption (Trump corporation/real estate/university) and lazy (“executive time”).
Projection: the least developed–most immature–of all the defense mechanisms
Primitive psychological defenses are projection, denial, dissociation or splitting, and they are called borderline defense mechanisms. Also, devaluation and projective identification are seen as borderline defenses. … Examples include: denial, fantasy, rationalization, regression, isolation, projection, and displacement.
Some Themes popular in Trump tweets:
People “begging” him for money and/or notoriety
Accusing others of being laughed at, “everyone is laughing at ____”
Trump is the best, smartest, the only one who can do it
People who criticize him: low IQ, unpopular, low ratings
Repetition. The more repeated the more pathological the lie.
fear of being perceived as weak, thus calling others weak
Trump on Trump
Nowhere is The Donald’s pathological narcissism more obvious than when he talks about himself.
Trump on Trump:
“I’ve developed great relationships with all of these leaders. Nobody’s written that.”
“I’m, like, really smart”
“My two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart”
“I have a very good brain”
“I always told people, you know I’m a very smart guy. I got good marks. I was all this, I went to the best college: the Wharton School of finance, which to me is like the greatest business school” (interview with Piers Morgan)
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it”–Twitter 2013
“Well, accurate is that nobody’s ever done a better job than I’m doing as president. ” —to Bob Woodward
and sometimes his tweets are borderline psychotic:
“any negative polls are fake news”