How do you handle an unhinged president

❝ …Trump’s tweets reveal a leader who is compulsive, abusive and easily triggered. Trump describes all this as “modern day presidential.” Lincoln had his Gettysburg Address. Franklin Roosevelt had his Four Freedoms. But modern schoolchildren will learn the Mika bloody face-lift tweet.

What we are witnessing is not a new age in presidential communications. It is an ongoing public breakdown. And the question naturally arises: Is this the result of mental dysfunction?

❝ Most psychiatrists are (understandably) uncomfortable with diagnosing from a distance. And the particular diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder requires significant impairment — which is a hard case to make of a figure at the pinnacle of American politics…

❝ Much of the prudence and courage required to confront this problem will need to come from Republicans and conservatives. Where to start? How about refusing to play down revolting lunacy?

❝ Trump’s conservative defenders are attempting something extraordinary: to politically normalize abnormal psychology. Their sycophancy enables a sickness.

RTFA for more analysis and commentary. Informative. Not sure if it aids your own sanity in this useless fake-governing episode we seem to be stuck into.

11 thoughts on “How do you handle an unhinged president

  1. Hatchet man says:

    The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers on ‘A Duty to Warn’ http://billmoyers.com/story/dangerous-case-donald-trump-robert-jay-lifton-bill-moyers-duty-warn/ “There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump’, the work of 27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts to assess President Trump’s mental health. They had come together last March at a conference at Yale University to wrestle with two questions. One was on countless minds across the country: “What’s wrong with him?” The second was directed to their own code of ethics: “Does Professional Responsibility Include a Duty to Warn” if they conclude the president to be dangerously unfit?”

  2. stay woke says:

    (5:45 AM – 23 Sep 2017) President of The United States of America, Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
    (9:17 AM – Sep 23, 2017) LeBron James* @KingJames (reply): “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/352044-lebron-james-hits-trump-it-was-an-honor-to-visit-the-white
    See also “NFL Players Union: We Will Not Back Down on Right to Protest” http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/nfl-protest-player-football/2017/09/23/id/815289/
    * LeBron James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). James has won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has also been selected to 13 NBA All-Star teams, 13 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, is the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer, and is the NBA career playoff scoring leader.

  3. Tweety Pie says:

    3:59 AM (EDT) 5 Oct 2017: Donald J. Trump‏, President of the United States of America @realDonaldTrump. “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!”
    [Day 257: U.S. President tacitly defends Russian propaganda news outlets while calling for the Senate to investigate the American free press]

  4. Man Friday says:

    “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” (Psychology Today, Sep 30, 2017) https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-time-cure/201709/the-dangerous-case-donald-trump
    “Trump makes ominous remarks about ‘the calm before the storm’ in appearance with military leaders” (Business Insider 10/5/17) http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-military-photo-opportunity-white-house-rex-tillerson-2017-10
    An excerpt from “Ninety-Three” by Victor Hugo, in which he describes a loose cannon and “How to control this enormous brute”. https://thingsthatmadeanimpression.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/excerpt-from-ninety-three-by-victor-hugo-loose-cannon/
    “Will We Ever Return to Normal After Trump?” by James Wolcott (Vanity Fair October 6, 2017) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/will-we-ever-return-to-normal-after-trump

    • Mum's the word says:

      On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to elaborate on what, specifically, the President meant [when he slyly told reporters they were seeing “the calm before the storm.”] “As we have said many times before … we’re never going to say in advance what the President’s going to do, and as he said last night in addition to those comments you’re going to have to wait and see,” she said when asked by reporters if he was referring to military action.
      Pressed further on how seriously the public and adversaries should take his comments, Sanders replied: “I think you can take the President protecting the American people always extremely serious. He’s been very clear that that’s his number one priority, and if he feels action is necessary, he will take it.” http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/politics/donald-trump-military-dinner/index.html
      President Kennedy addresses the nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 22, 1962) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgdUgzAWcrw

  5. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, after President Trump attacked him in a Twitter tirade this morning.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/08/trump-attacks-gop-sen-corker-didnt-have-the-guts-to-run-for-reelection/ Trump’s public lashing of a fellow Republican comes after Corker made headlines last week when, in response to being questioned about reports the U.S. Secretary of State called the President ‘a fucking moron’, he told reporters that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly “are those people that help separate our country from chaos.”
    In an unrelated story: “Trump Is the Star of These Bizarre Victorian Novels : And the Internet is losing its mind.” http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/07/baron-trump-novels-victorian-215689

  6. HAR says:

    Fox News host rips Trump: “You’re the president, why don’t you act like it?” http://thehill.com/homenews/news/361308-fox-news-host-rips-trump-youre-the-president-why-dont-you-act-like-it
    NIGEL WILKINSON‏ @NS_Wilkinson Replying to @TeamCavuto (2:45 PM – 20 Nov 2017)
    “We are Fox viewers and my wife and I were very offended by how you addressed the President. It sounded like we were listening to CNN. You owe us and the President an apology.”

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