Trump is not mentally well, and is not fit to be president. This does not address conservative philosophy or policies. This is not political, but is about his mental state. This should be obvious to any objective viewer for the following reasons.

1) His inability to discriminate between fact and fiction. This is a pathology completely unacceptable in a public servant in charge of national security and defense. He is so driven by his ego needs that he can’t distinguish real from imaginary phenomena. He drives his press secretary and spokesmen to repeat his lies when he feels offended.

2) Related to this, his naïve acceptance of conspiracy theories. He does not know how to vet information or its sources, and is prone to believe anything that feels good. He does not accept objective scientific information unless it serves to stroke his ego.

3) His breathless rush to sign executive orders. He has both houses of congress, which will happily pass any rational legislation that fits within the conservative philosophy. But his gag orders on government agencies indicate fear of working with people. All of his life he has sent out mandates. He has no experience in cooperative efforts, and so cannot risk debate and discussion in congress. Thus, in his rush to self aggrandizement, he ignores the legislative branch of government and shuns established alliances such as NATO.

4) He has angry outbursts and meltdowns, typical of narcissistic personalities, usually driven by events that don’t support his agenda. Meltdowns could be catastrophic in times of crisis.

5) He has to keep his family (mainly his sons and daughter) close by to help him govern, much like an Alzheimer’s victim. He needs help remembering what he’s doing, what he’s already done, and what he must do next. These functions fall to relatives rather than to advisors and outside collaborators. Ronald Reagan similarly used his wife to manage his affairs and even press conferences. This is an embarrassment that puts the US in a position of weakness.

6) His thoughtless treatment of his wife, and his infatuation with his daughter are other indicators of serious personality disorders.

7) His obsession with criticism and his need to get revenge. Personal slights reverberate for days, weeks, or in some cases, years. This is a distraction from important business, and in international cases, is a weakness that could cause injury to the nation’s diplomatic status.

We have dealt with many twists and turns in our history, but this is a crisis we’ve not faced before. How long will Pence and the Cabinet allow him to continue like this?



Author: Samuel A. Johnson

This blog is about hiking, thinking, and writing.

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