It’s Time the Media Starts Seriously Discussing One of the Most Dangerous Aspects of Trump

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We need to be discussing whether or not Donald Trump is suffering from some form of legitimate mental illness.



When I’ve said this on Twitter or Facebook, I’ve had a few people accuse me of throwing around the term “mental illness” irresponsibly, using it as hyperbole to criticize someone I don’t like, which is disrespectful to people who suffer from legitimate mental illnesses.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. I am in no way using the term “mental illness” to belittle or mock Donald Trump. When I say that I believe he’s suffering from some sort of legitimate form of mental illness, I am being completely serious. I truly believe that he’s not well and needs serious help.

I’m not a doctor, but qualified mental health professionals have weighed in on Trump’s behavior. Such as John D. Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, who says he believes Trump suffers from “malignant narcissism,” a more severe form of narcissistic personality disorder.

As reported by U.S. News:

Gartner acknowledges that he has not personally examined Trump, but says it’s obvious from Trump’s behavior that he meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder, which include anti-social behavior, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and grandiosity. Trump’s personality disorder (which includes hypomania) is also displayed through a lack of impulse control and empathy, and “a feeling that people … don’t recognize their greatness.”

I’ve met people who are extremely insecure, self-absorbed, cocky, arrogant, egotistical, and I’ve dealt with bullies — but I’ve never seen anything like Donald Trump. So Gartner’s analysis makes a lot of sense as Trump fits that description perfectly.

Just think about some of the realities and facts about him.

Donald Trump is someone who — months after being declared the winner of the 2016 election — is still making it a point to push a ridiculous conspiracy about “millions of people voting illegally” because his fragile little ego can’t handle the fact that Hillary Clinton received more votes than he did.

It takes a level of insecurity that I can’t fully comprehend to witness someone who was declared the winner of the election for the most powerful office on the planet and even that wasn’t enough to satisfy his ego. To be so mentally fragile that being in control of unparalleled global power still isn’t enough to satisfy a childish need to have people say “you’re the best” is a mental illness.

It’s one thing to have trouble coming to grips with a major defeat or something that might have emotionally scarred us. That’s human nature; usually the events that cause us to have trouble accepting failure or overcoming an emotional wound are extremely negative and traumatic.

Not when it comes to Trump. He’s someone who, even when he wins, can’t help but play the victim.

He’s someone who resides in a place of enormous power, yet can’t handle criticism from a former Miss Universe or a union leader from a Carrier plant in Indiana. People who pose absolutely no threat to him at all, who he felt the need to lash out at simply because they dared to call him out on something.



To paraphrase something Hillary Clinton said during the election, a person who can be baited with a tweet shouldn’t be in the position of power in which he currently sits.

This is a person whose mental stability is so weak that he needs people to tell him he’s the greatest, his crowd sizes were “YUGE,” and everything he does is better than it’s ever been done — even if it’s all lies. And if he doesn’t get that, he obsesses about it. It eats away at him to know people are saying that his “win” over Clinton was weak, Obama’s inauguration crowd was much larger, and most Americans voted against him.

Trump is someone who (if you take him at his word) seems to actually conjure up elaborate, though completely fact-less, conspiracies in his mind to help him cope with something he doesn’t want to believe. Every time he loses, or thinks he’s going to lose, he claims there’s some sort of conspiracy or that something was “rigged” against him.

His mental insecurities are so massive that — in an election that he won — he’s publicly claiming that “millions” of people voted illegally. It’s so impossible for him to accept the fact that his opponent received 3 million more votes than he did that he’s literally calling into question the legitimacy of the results of the election he won because he desperately wants people to say that more people voted for him than Hillary Clinton.

We’re not dealing with some 12-year-old spoiled brat who hasn’t learned how to control his emotions. Donald Trump is a 70-year-old man, a father of five, and a grandfather who often uses Twitter like a tween who constantly needs attention.

Again, this is not me trying to mock, poke fun at, or belittle Donald Trump because I can’t stand him. I honestly believe that the man who replaced Barack Obama as the leader of this country has legitimate, serious mental illnesses that make him completely unfit for the presidency.

We’re currently dealing with the reality that a man who exhibits signs of extremely dangerous personality disorders is in charge of the national security of this nation.




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Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Hammond

    For those interested in pursuing the characteristics of such personality disorders, a little googling will bring up a copy of “DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS FIFTH EDITION-(DSM-5) More than one personality disorder may be in play but “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” certainly seems to be one possible diagnosis.