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Monday, August 08, 2016

Donald Trump- the volatile psyche of a potential world leader

Who is Donald Trump, "no-seriously"? (as Senator Elizabeth Warren often asks on Twitter).

"How does his mind work:, asked psychologist Dan McAdams in The Atlantic.

"How might he go about making decisions in office, were he to be elected?"

It's time to wake up America! Candidate Donald Trump is a dangerous man and this article gives a bunch of reasons to be very concerned.

Now that the bombastic businessman, with 6 bandruptcies, is only one election away from moving into the Oval Office, questions about his "unique psychological makeup" have taken on greater urgency.

Trump's combination of grandiose narcissism, sky-high extroversion and deeply rooted anger--- coupled with his view of life as a series of "Darwinian" struggles between winners and loosers--- suggests a leader "that could be highly combustible". If elected to our nation's most powerful position, Trump will probably be, "a daring and ruthlessly aggressive decision maker," who doesn't worry about unforeseen consequences. He's likely to be "tough. Bellicose. Threatening. Explosive."

Indeed, Trump's "abject inability to tolerate criticism is a telltale sign of a narcissistic personality," said Jennifer Rubin, in WashingtonPost.com.

Rather than taking a gracious victory lap after securing his nomination at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, the real estate mogul, instead, went on a senseless grudge tour against anyone who had ever slighted him----"infuriated that they will not bow to kiss the ring."

He turned on the GOP's only female Hispanic governor, New Mexico's Susana Martinez, after she failed to show up for his rally there. Then, he launched into an ugly tirade against a federal judge presiding over a civil lawsuit at his now defunct Trump University. Judge Gonzalo Curiel is presiding over a civil lawsuit asserting fraud, and Trump is angry because he "happens to be, we believe, Mexican," Trump said, pointedly.  

In the past, "We have had presidents before who nursed grudges or sought to punish their enemies," said Paul Waldman, in TheWeek.com.  "This is a guy who once mailed a columnist a copy of a negative article she's written but him, with her picture cirrcled and the words, 'the face of a dog!' written alongside. Now, think about having a president who acts that way."

When a foreign despot, such as North Korea's Kim John-Un, "rattles his saber at Trump, will be be able to resist the urge to strike back (with nuclear weapons)?" 

Yet, it's Trump's shameless lying that really boggles the mind, said The Washington Post in an editorial.  Trump made a huge show of raising what he said was $6 million for veterans' groups, "including a $1 millin donation from himself. When this newspaper (The Washington Post) found no evidence of that donation, Trump hurriedly wrote a $1 million check and claimed he had never said he raised $6 million, "despite video proof."  All politicians lie and flip-flop, of course, but Trump "has created a powerful reality-distortion field" in which truth is entirely irrelevant and Jack Shafer in Politico.com.  He insists he opposed the Iraq War, when recorded interviews prove he didn't; also, he claimed, "Ted Cruz's father was photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald before the Kennedy assassination, then said, "of course, I don't belie that." He's taken conflicting positions on abortion, immigration, taxes, health-care policy and ISIS, often contradicting himself in the same interview. 

So, why do his supporters put up with it?, asked Juan Williams in TheHill.com.  Trump, they way, "is the great Disruptor!

They say he's not afraid to call out Washington politicians, President Obama and the Republican establishment they loathe.  

If their hero, "kicks out the bums," the die-hard Trumpists say, who cares if he says some crazy things? Besides, Americans are used to politicians who lie out of political convenience, said Bret Stephen, in The Wall Street Journal. After all, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama opposed gay marriage in 2012, only to "evolve" on the subject, no one was surprised; on the Left they said, "we always assumed the position to be dishonest in the first place."

Trump takes this "political doublespeak" and turns it into performance art---a "wink and nod" routine that delights his supporters. "He's out Clintoning the Clintons." 

All politicians may lie, said Jonathan Chair, in NYMag.com, but Trump doesn't even concede that "objective truth" exists.

In Trump's Orwellian world, "the only measure of truth he accepts is what he claims at any gven moment."

When critics mocked his many failed companies, Trump piled steaks on a table and insisted that Trump Steaks was still a going concern--- even though it's out of business and the steaks bore telltale labels from a local meat store.  

Trump admitted posing as his own public relations spokesman in talking to reporters, but now denies it. Like all authoritarians, he bends the rules to his own will and demands that "his supporters place undying faith in him"---the truth be damned. 

Frightfully alarming! It's a display of dominance" reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, or Vladimir Putin's Russia, and makes Trump "uniquely dangerous."

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