Donald Trump’s tendency to live without a moral compass is a threat to all of mankind.
Since moving into the White House, Trump has passed a number of policies that have been incredibly cruel and cynical to society. Trump’s immigration policy is the latest of his controversial acts, which have displaced children from their parents when families cross the border as undocumented immigrants.
In an effort to reverse the public outcry, last month the former reality star signed an executive order, which has taken 2,000-plus children from their parents and placed in detention centers. In terms of rationale, Trump’s front office decision making is similar to the characteristics of a malignant narcissist, according to mental health experts.
In a 2017 USA Today report, Otto Kernberg, a psychoanalyst who specializes in borderline personalities, defined malignant narcissism as having four components: narcissism, paranoia, antisocial personality and sadism. Coincidentally, four traits that Trump often exhibits.
Earlier this year following Trump’s tweet about the potency of his nuclear button, 100 mental-health professionals released a statement to Politico on the dangers of the president’s mental health.
“We believe that he is now further unraveling in ways that contribute to his belligerent nuclear threats,” the statement read. “We urge that those around him, and our elected representatives in general, take urgent steps to restrain his behavior and head off the potential nuclear catastrophe that endangers not only Korea and the United States but all of humankind.”
Among the elected officials who have protested against Trump’s controversial immigration policy is Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif). In recent months, Waters has publicly encouraged her supporters to confront and “push back” against the Trump Administration staff in public.
As expected, Waters’ remarks prompted criticism and several death threats, and haven’t gone unnoticed by The Celebrity-in-Chief, who tweeted late last month:
“Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!”
Trump’s response to Waters adds to the list of traits of a malignant narcissist. As New York Times columnist David Brooks once noted.
“With each passing week, he displays the classic symptoms of medium-grade mania in more disturbing forms: inflated self-esteem, sleeplessness, impulsivity, aggression and a compulsion to offer advice on subjects he knows nothing about,” Brooks wrote in a 2016 New York Times op-ed piece.
“His speech patterns are like something straight out of a psychiatric textbook,” he added.
“Manics display something called ‘flight of ideas.’ It’s a formal thought disorder in which ideas tumble forth through a disordered chain of associations.”