It’s 2017 and we are nearing the eve of President-Elect Donald Drumpf’s inauguration. Very soon he will assume the role of leader of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of our military, and essentially the most powerful man in the world and it doesn’t seem like enough people are talking about the elephant in the room:
Donald Drumpf is mentally ill.
Most reasonable people don’t need to be psychiatrists to have enough of an understanding of mental disorders to agree that Drumpf must have a diagnosis of some kind. If people in government aren’t talking about this right now, we have a bigger mental health problem in this country than we think. It’s no longer early 2016 and we’re not joking about the blonde brillo pad on his head or his orange cheeto-like complexion. It’s January 2017 and we’re talking about the safety and security of our nation and its citizens. And we’re running out of time. (But please, for the sake of sanity, keep the jokes coming)
He would not the first person elected President to suffer from mental illness. A study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders in 2006 compiled historical biographical information resulting in the findings of mental disorders in 18 Presidents from Washington through Nixon, including bipolar disorder, depression, and alcoholism. Some of these Presidents have been favorites of the American people and others less so.
There is one thing, however, which separates President-Elect Drumpf, who, by the way, meets every single criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV/V) for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, from the others. None of those Presidents were in office during the era of the internet and social media. None of those presidents had the ability to instantly spew his maniacal and narcissistic-inspired rants all over the world at any given time and place.
Since elected Donald Drumpf has, repeatedly and unapologetically, disrupted the lives of individuals, organizations,the financial system, and our relationships with foreign countries and their governments, leaders and citizens around the world with the use of social media. His tweets almost always contain manipulated or completely false information, which is then often walked-back or interpreted by his transition team. As entertaining as it might seem to some, mostly supporters of Drumpf, and as exciting and his “movement” may seem to them, it has become abundantly clear that his actions have already and will have devastating consequences. After one single tweet made by Drumpf, which was (of course) completely false, Toyota’s stock plummeted by $1.2 billion within five minutes, which is great for Drumpf’s “ratings”, but disastrous for possibly millions of people. It is this behavior that has persisted through Drumpf’s campaign and that has become increasingly more frequent and dangerous that threatens the safety and well-being of our country and its relations around the world.
Most alarmingly has been his continued and absurd (and downright insulting) public rebuke of the findings of Russian influence on the 2016 election by our national intelligence agencies. It is his narcissism-induced, unrelenting pride that will not allow him to “put on his big boy pants” or “man up”, put his ego aside and admit that, yeah, maybe this hacking thing is real and it might have influenced the voters’ decisions and we should really do whatever we need to do to make sure this never happens again.
He just can’t do it. Drumpf hangs on (for dear life) to the notion that the election was “absolutely” legitimate for the mere fact that the voting booths were functioning. He will hang on to it forever..and just enough to undermine the intelligence and possibly threaten our national security. This, along with his continued admiration for Vladimir Putin, may be the grossest example of the negligence of his imminent responsibility as the leader and protector of our country.
And yet nobody seems to be able to stop him. It seems that as long as he has a cellphone it’s a safe assumption that nobody will. He has given no indication of letting up and his transition team actually applauds this new way of communication between a President and the rest of the world. Yes, an impromptu concoction of 140 characters or less, about foreign policy regarding nuclear weapons, which can be seen all over the world in under a second, seems like a great idea.
Expect from him more of the modus operandus of a narcissist: taking credit for successes that aren’t his, blaming others for anything that seems like a failure, and ensuring that all admiration is on him, which explains his rallies and his post-election campaign, which he refers to as his “Thank You Tour”. Drumpf voters, don’t be fooled. It’s all for him. And another thing, if you’ve been paying attention lately, you should be getting really pissed off by now, especially since the 5 states containing the most recipients of ObamaCare are all red states. You’re about to lose your insurance as promised by the guy you put in office.
Past Presidents who suffered from mental illness may have benefited from treatments that are only now available. Many others who have served in public office with mental illness have been extremely successful and effective during their tenures. But even if Drumpf were to come to terms with his mental illness (a true narcissist never would) there is no treatment for NPD that has been overwhelmingly successful. It is often said that admitting you have a problem is the first step. Has Drumpf ever admitted to anything or taken any responsibility for anything he has said and done? Well, sure, but only if the outcome was positive.
Donald Drumpf is hellbent on reversing the progress made, some over the past 8 years and some over the last 50+ years by either changing or completely scrapping policies put in place for the safety of our environment, the health of our citizens, the protection of the civil rights of women, members of the LGBTQ community, and our immigrants, who always have and continue to represent the very fabric of our being.
I will say this about Donald Drumpf. He is not a stupid man. He might be sick, but he’s a calculated (sad excuse of a) man. He is so skilled at the use of words that he convinced his followers that this is all for their own good-that he’s going to make America great again.
But we know differently. We see him. We must remember that we are dealing with a very sick person who is about to take to oath of office. It is our responsibility to make sure that this mentally-ill person does not remain in this position long enough to cause the imaginable, unimaginable, and possibly irreversible harm some of us are already fearing.
Donald Drumpf clearly loves himself more than his country and its people. And maybe the truth is that he can’t help it. We need to save ourselves from him before it’s too late. If there ever were a time to Baker Act someone to prevent him from harming others, it’s now.