The person who knows and understands Trump the best isn’t a psychologist. It is Tony Schwartz who wrote “The Art of the Deal” and spent many hours with Trump over a year and a half. He was on “AM Joy” today and said that if Trump had the power of a true dictator he would be as murderous as Kim.
He said Trump is a mix of paranoia, grandiosity, and cruelty.
He said, “his cruelty is a way of punishing people who he thinks are his enemies.” He went on to say that the things Trump said about Kim demonstrate that Trump has no conscience.
Schwartz emphasized that Trump has no empathy, no heart, and no soul. He said that he grew up with a deep inner emptiness.
“Trump isn’t in the business of empathy, he’s in the business of Trump.”
Schwartz is not a trained mental health professional. However, as a layperson, he has an excellent understanding of psychopathology. He doesn’t make a precise psychiatric diagnosis beyond saying Trump is acting out a severe personality disorder marked by dangerous & pathological narcissism, grandiosity, and paranoia.
I believe the media needs to give up the pretense of treating Trump’s behavior as something to analyze on any rational grounds. This is entirely a story about a man acting out a severe personality disorder. Reporters don’t know how to handle that, so they avoid it.
What I have been thinking about today — watching the monster I helped to create – is … teach your children well. Help them understand how critical their values are. Every choice matters. There are no redos in life.
The fact that Trump would brag about his “special bond” with one of the worst mass murderers on the planet is tone deaf and horrifying. It’s also absurd. Trump has no “special bond” with anyone but himself.
The video is from one year ago.
I would add to Schwartz’s last Tweet “The Republican Party long ago sold its soul…. to a president who has no soul.”
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