The malignant narcissism of Donald Trump was observed years ago and documented by psychiatric professionals such as those who contributed to the book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” And as the pressures of the civil and criminal investigations of his aberrant behavior have mounted, his condition has noticeably worsened.
In a statement released on Wednesday by his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill, Trump presented another exhibition of the severity of his psychoses. And in the depths of his egomaniacal obsession with drawing attention to himself it is clear that it doesn’t matter if that attention is driven by positive or negative news.
Consequently, Trump’s statement consisted of him boasting about a Pew Research survey showing that a significant majority of the American people blame him for the violence that took place during the January 6th insurrection as his rioting mob stormed the Capitol. The tweeted message noted that “Fewer Americans now say Trump bears a lot of responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot.” To which Trump appended that it was…
“Very much appreciated—but there would have been no January 6 had Nancy Pelosi, as strongly recommended by me, sent in Soldiers or the National Guard days before the event took place. She is in charge of Capitol Security—not the President. The Unselect Committee would have been able to work on another Hoax, Scam, or Witch Hunt had Nancy done her job. The Capitol would have been secure!”
Apparently Trump was comforted by the direction of the poll, despite the fact that it still found that a year after the acts of domestic terrorism in Washington, D.C., 67% of the respondents – including 41% of Republicans – said that he “bears some or a lot of responsibility for the violence and destruction committed by some of his supporters when they broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.” That really isn’t something to brag about. Particularly when the trend was mostly driven by Republicans softening their judgment of the event many months later. Or maybe what he’s bragging about isn’t getting the blame for the violence, but “credit” for it.
The fact that in the passing of time some Republicans moderated their view of Trump’s criminal culpability is a reflection of how the Party has devolved into a Trump worshiping cult. That transformation was affirmed by prominent members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, including Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and more.
Nevertheless, Trump continues to insist that he is blameless. And despite his rapidly progressing political impotence, he acts as though he has some overarching authority that permits him to order a halt to the investigations. And like every other criticism of him, he tediously dismisses it as either a “Hoax, Scam, or Witch Hunt.”
Trump’s assertion that Pelosi could have prevented the riots if she had taken his advice has been debunked repeatedly. And contrary to his claims, it is the president who is the commander-in-chief of the District of Columbia National Guard, not the Speaker of the House.
What’s more, Trump expects people to believe that he recommended to Pelosi that she call on the National Guard to protect Congress from his own supporters. Really? If he knew that his supporters presented a security risk, maybe he shouldn’t have told them to march to the Capitol, and then waited nearly three hours – while ignoring pleas from Pelosi, Pence, Sen. Chuck Schumer, GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy, and even several Fox News hosts – before making a public statement wherein he told them that he loved them and politely asked them to go home.
Now, after Trump, Fox News, and other rightist propaganda dispensers spent a year propounding a false narrative absolving Trump of any liability, a majority of the American people still regard him as guilty of planning and inciting the insurrection. And in his diseased mental state he considers that something to celebrate. Seriously? That’s a cognitively contorted conclusion that only a confirmed malignant narcissist could muster.
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