Donald Trump Turns on Babies

I get it; he was having a bad day. But when you’re president, all days are bad days–people are constantly questioning your competence, your intelligence, your decency, your good will, your patriotism. You get a certain amount of deference (Marines saluting you, people calling you Mr. President), but nowhere near the deference that a billionaire or a TV star commands. Puny congressmen, small-town newspapermen, even nobody authors on Facebook, are not just allowed to push back but are expected to.

Trump is an “I alone” kind of guy, and for that he would need to destroy the institutions of the US government. As Masha Gessen put it in the New York Review last week (was it really just a week ago?), that’s not because they would prove an obstacle to any one thing that he wants to do (his attention span is short) “but because they are an obstacle to the way he wants to do them. A fascist leader needs mobilization. The slow and deliberative passage of even the most heinous legislation is unlikely to supply that. Wars do, and there will be wars. These wars will occur both abroad and at home.”

Trump yelling at Gold Star mothers and babies and kicking dogs (he hasn’t done that yet, but if things keep going this way he will) is comical. Trump pulling the levers of power–and empowering a whole army of Lewandowskis in appointive positions–is something else entirely.

It’s not that his ideas and attitudes are unprecedented–they have been simmering just below the surface of our politics since we have been a country. Neither his racism, his isolationism, his anti-intellectualism, his authoritarianism or his conspiracism are new. But Trump has made them his brand proposition, and he stands a good chance of putting all of them to the test. We are getting into Civil War territory, and he is no Lincoln.

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    By Mayo Clinic Staff
    Narcissistic personality disorder is one of several types of personality disorders. Personality disorders are conditions in which people have traits that cause them to feel and behave in socially distressing ways, limiting their ability to function in relationships and other areas of their life, such as work or school.

    If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.

    At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior. Or you may feel depressed and moody because you fall short of perfection.

    Many experts use the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, to diagnose mental conditions. This manual is also used by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.

    DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

    Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
    Exaggerating your achievements and talents
    Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
    Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
    Requiring constant admiration
    Having a sense of entitlement
    Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
    Taking advantage of others to get what you want
    Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
    Being envious of others and believing others envy you
    Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner
    Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence, it’s not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal and value yourself more than you value others.

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