From the New York Times and “Rocket Man, Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump…” by John Gartner
A Voice in the Wilderness ???
“…As we’ve learned from history, a person can be an authoritarian and also a sociopath.
They actually help each other. Nobody with a conscience could really be a good dictator.
Trump’s spokesman Rudy Giuliani has been doing the media rounds, making threatening remarks about James Comey and Robert Mueller. This is banana-republic dictator behavior. There is also the memo where Trump’s attorneys argued that he could pardon himself and is a de facto king who is above the law. Given his personality, how does this impact Donald Trump emotionally and cognitively? Is he excited? Titillated?
I think he does feel that way. Giuliani really is his alter ego. This is what he wanted in his spokesman and lawyer. Someone who would just make up vicious lies and just keep slashing and burning and hurling mud and threats, devaluations and false accusations and conspiracies to muddy the waters, to make Trump look like the victim. You’re right, this is not a metaphor. This is organized crime stuff. It is the same psychology where there are all kinds of open extortionist threats
In a move that risks exposing them to even more vicious rants of “fake news” in unhinged presidential tweets, The New York Times today published an anonymous Op-Ed essay from a senior official in the Trump administration who openly admits that he and other ‘like-minded colleagues….have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
The newspaper prefaced the essay with a statement explaining the departure from their usual policy of requiring that the identities all Op-Ed authors to be verified and disclosed.
“The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers,” the paper’s editorial board explained.
The content of the Op-Ed quickly demonstrates why the author requested anonymity and why the White House today must be a hive of whispers and intrigue as the staff tries to determine who is behind the damning content.
The author begins his essay with a confirmation of one of the worst take-aways from the portrait of the Trump White House as portrayed in noted journalist Bob Woodward’s new book.
“President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.”
“It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.”
“The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
“I would know. I am one of them.”
An admission like that means that the author is risking not only their job, but potentially their liberty as the notoriously litigious Trump is sure to scream treason in a belligerent tweet as soon as he reads it.
The anonymous source takes pains to differentiate their stance from the typical public notion of the “resistance.”
“To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.”
“But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”
“That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
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John Gartner the Author….
‘…Trump’s behavior is either based on a faulty premise or some kind of paranoid conspiracy theory or a denial of reality. On that basis, Dr. Reiss argues that if Trump were a policeman, he would take away his gun. In the book, other contributors such as Dr. Steven Buser and former Gen. William Enyart argue that Trump would not be able to qualify for a security clearance to be a nuclear missile launch officer…”
Dr. Buser argued in a New York Times op-ed that Trump’s behavior and character suggest that he is not stable. Trump is not trustworthy; he’s not of the highest character.
He’s not of the highest honesty. Therefore, Trump would fail to gain the clearance that allows an airman to handle nuclear weapons. He would be disqualified.
Yet this person who is not qualified to even load the bombs onto the planes is the commander in chief and has the unilateral authority for any reason at any time to launch nuclear weapons.
Trump also has a blatant disregard for expert knowledge, which signals to a broader problem with American culture at present and especially to how American conservatives embrace anti-intellectualism. Trump bragged that he would not need to prepare for his meeting with Kim because he works on instinct.
Is Trump even capable of processing the seriousness of his meeting with North Korea’s leader?
No. Trump’s grandiosity is such that he actually believes he is an expert on everything. Based on his speeches and interviews, Trump is apparently the world authority on 25 different issues. This also speaks to a bigger problem, which is the death of expertise. For authoritarians and malignant narcissists like Trump an independent source of authority, whether it’s the press, the bureaucracy or the experts, are threats to his authority. Trump leaves positions at the State Department unfilled because he doesn’t want experts telling him what to do. He knows that he knows more than everybody else. What’s really frightening is that he actually believes that he has this kind of papal infallibility.
How would you explain to Republican leaders and other right-wing elites the seriousness of Trump’s mental and personality issues and the danger he poses to America and the world?
I truly believe that the elected Republican politicians are completely lost souls. They are like the characters in a zombie movie who keep their father in the basement because they don’t really understand that he is a zombie. He’s not coming back. I really, truly think it’s that bad.
There a few Republicans who are trying to sound the alarm about Trump, but the Republican Party as a whole is like organized crime at this point, and Trump is the boss. There’s absolutely no other conclusion you could draw.
Now today from the White House an Insider breaks Ranks….
“…The author in the Times then explains the source of the problem these rebellious White House insiders see with the president.
“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”
“Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.”
“In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.”
To make it clear that they are not left wing idealogues opposed to the Republican agenda, the author cites their support for deregulation, the repugnant tax breaks for billionaires, and out of control military spending.
However, they cite these “successes” as having been accomplished despite the president’s “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” leadership style.
“From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.”
“Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”
“’There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,’ a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.”
They then go on to try to reassure the American public that they and their like-minded colleagues are the last bulwark of hope preventing the administration and the country as a whole from descending into chaos, in a somewhat self-serving assessment.
“The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.”
“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”
They then continue to describe a “two-track presidency” where Trump is advocating practices and policies that would feel right at home in an autocratically-controlled society, while what the right-wing refers to as the “deep state” — rebranded the “steady state” by the author — ignores his rants and maintains a modicum of normalcy.
The most shocking revelation contained in the Op-Ed is the admission that even at the beginning of the administration “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment” to remove the president due to his inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office. Unfortunately, they decided to avoid precipitating a constitutional crisis and simply vowed to do what they could to contain the president’s worst impulses.
The Op-Ed concludes with a lament on the current state of the body politic and a call to the American people to transcend politics to come together.
“The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.”
“Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.”
“We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.”
“There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.”
After a day of labeling all the tales of internal strife in the Oval Office contained in Bob Woodward’s book as lies promulgated by Democratic shills, the White House is sure to label this latest desperate plea from rogue administration officials as “fake news,” and his gullible supporters will continue to place their faith in the false and dangerous quasi-deity that they have transformed him into in their minds.
“….Let’s hope that, whatever their motives, some adults remain in control in the administration,
even after the inevitable purge occurs in the coming days….“
Psychologist John Gartner on Trump’s behavior:
“It’s a coup that’s not moving slowly anymore”
Former Johns Hopkins professor argues Trump is getting worse, may be “on the boundary of psychosis and reality”
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I do find myself feeling like, “Dear God, why can these people not see it? And what can we do to open their eyes?” It is like a 1950s or 1960s horror movie where nobody would believe that there was actually a monster that’s about to destroy the town and there are these Cassandra-like figures trying to warn people. But the townspeople remain in denial and they are doomed.
Trump’s political movement meets the criteria for a political cult. You are a psychologist. Is it possible to reach someone who is stuck in Trump’s cult? Why does he have such influence over these people?
It does meet the criteria. You’ve got the charismatic leader, and his followers subsume their identity into his group, which makes them feel larger and more powerful. Once you have that kind of blind belief and loyalty, the leader, as Donald Trump has said, could really shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and nothing would happen. The cognitive dissonance is such that the cult members will rationalize anything. For example, something like 50 percent of Republicans say that if Trump wanted to cancel the 2020 election, that would be fine with them.
Faux News and the White Nationalist Movement of Bannon, Steve Miller, and Don the Con…
“While the exaggerator-in-chief is well known for his habitual lying, the most common psychological diagnosis he’s been given by experts in the field is narcissistic personality disorder.
While any diagnosis should require a full mental examination before accepted as clinical truth, the mountains of behavioral evidence for Trump’s narcissism arguably provides more justification for the label than any standard clinical test. At this point, the claim can hardly be debated, and even staunch supporters would admit that Trump thinks he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It takes a special kind of narcissist to shamelessly compare their book to The Bible in front an audience full of conservatives. His narcissism knows few limits, and it’s hard to imagine even the man himself denying such an obvious fact,,”
Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham’s monologue some weeks back about immigrants destroying America was so racist it got the endorsement of David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
During the opening to her primetime show The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham complained that “the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people,” she said, in the form of documented and undocumented immigrants.
“….When a narcissist’s self-esteem or self-worth is badly injured, their whole identity begins to fall apart, and they often respond with what is referred to as “narcissistic rage.”
When this happens, the lashing out, bullying, threats, and erratic behaviors rise to new levels. Rather than accepting the blame one deserves for their own actions, narcissists tell themselves that others are responsible, and that they deserve to be punished. They often become obsessed with revenge, which comes in many forms, such as verbal or even physical abuse.
Modern technology like social media provides the narcissist with the perfect medium for attacking perceived enemies, and Donald Trump has certainly taken advantage of it.
But his threats have gone beyond personal enemies. When the possibility of impeachment became a reality for the president, his instinct was to tell the world on national television that if such a thing were to happen, it would cause the economy to crash.
“I think everybody would be poor,” he told Fox News last Wednesday, trying to strike fear into the hearts of all Americans.
David Duke and White Genocide
It should be no surprise that Ingraham’s rhetoric a few weeks back in her “Rant and Rave Show” got the endorsement of an open white supremacist.
Ingraham’s fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson also echoed white nationalist rhetoric when he said immigrants were leading to “the collapse of the American family” in June.
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Ingraham and Carlson’s monologues borrowed the rhetoric of what white nationalists falsely call “white genocide,” an innuendo that refers to racist fears about people of color coming to outnumber white people in the United States.
A large segment of white nationalists also hitch their fears to the claim that the left and/or Jewish people are encouraging immigration to dilute the white race.“White supremacists talk a lot about the inherent threat posed by immigrants and refugees, particularly those of color,” she previously told The Daily Beast. “This is obviously a shout-out to the sense that white supremacists have of being under siege.
It’s a shout-out to the concept of white genocide, which is a popular trope among white supremacists and it’s something they use as a recruiting tool: a sense of fear of the other.”