CNN reporter John Avlon claimed on Thursday that former President Donald Trump was suffering from mental illness, using Trump’s own statements.
“There is something known as the Goldwater Rule that bars diagnosis of a candidate or president’s mental health by professionals or otherwise,” said Avlon. “Armchair diagnosis can be dangerous and misleading because it often reflects the partisan bias of the self-appointed analysts. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the evidence provided by the people closest to the president. Like his former chief of staff who called Trump ‘unhinged.’
According to his secretary of state, Trump is a “moron.” His senior strategist is said to have compared him to an “11-year-old child who lost a step.” According to a previous communications director, he is a “madman.” According to his economic adviser, he is an “idiot surrounded by clowns.” These are just a handful of examples.
All of this contrasts with right-wing media’s efforts to portray President Joe Biden as mentally unfit for the office, for which Avlon used LexisNexis data.
“Fox News described Biden as ‘senile’ 47 times over the past two years, invoked ‘cognitive decline’ 48 times, raised the specter of ‘dementia’ 22 times, and used the euphemism ‘confused’ 157 times,” said Avlon. “So much for the Goldwater Rule. This isn’t subtle, and these are just some of the phrases that could be picked to make the same point.”
“What is striking is how Trump’s hardcore supporters believe they know their man better than the people who actually know him. They seem willing to follow him past facts to the point of idolatry,” said Avlon. But, he added, “all the whataboutism in the world cannot deflect from the fact Donald Trump tried to overturn an election, tried to destroy our democracy just to soothe his own fragile wounded ego. And the reason isn’t just awful history, it’s that he seems to be his party’s frontrunner in the next election, and that’s why this can’t be ignored. And that’s your reality check.”
It was recently revealed in the upcoming book “Peril” that Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) conducted significant research on psychological problems in preparation for dealing with former President Donald Trump, according to new reporting by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
Ryan was caught off guard when Trump unexpectedly defeated Democratic contender Hillary Clinton in the election. The book claims that after Republicans gained control of the House and Senate, Ryan realized he would have to work with Trump and began researching how to deal with someone who is “amoral and transactional.”
Ryan was reportedly astonished to see Trump win the 2016 presidential election, after which he recognized he’d have to figure out how to have a fruitful relationship with the new president.
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Ryan was contacted by a Republican fundraiser in New York who also happens to be a doctor, who told him that he would “need to understand what narcissistic personality disorder is.”
The doctor sent Ryan more information about the condition, including an email with “thoughts on how to best deal with a person with an anti-social personality disorder.” Ryan was initially surprised that the doctor said the incoming president had a psychological disorder,
Ryan did further research after that and became increasingly convinced that Trump was a pathological narcissist.
This was demonstrated in another paragraph in Woodward and Costa’s book, in which Trump couldn’t understand why he should bother denouncing neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville because “these people love me.”
“We must be clear,” Ryan tweeted after the riot. “White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”
According to the book, Trump called Ryan afterward and blew up at him over the statement, shouting, “You’re not in the foxhole with me!”