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sonality is his loose grasp of fact and fic- mostly false, false or “pants on fire”), but it stead, he’s the most severe and toxic form of tion. When narcissism veers into NPD, it also means that he will continue to cater to mental illness that can actually still funccan lead to delusions, an alternate reality his minority base, which, Pincus contin- tion. I mean, in his first week in office, he where the narcissist remains on top de- ues, “happen to have his ear and tell him threatened to invade Mexico, Iran and Chispite clear evidence to the contrary. “He’s he’s great. Then he’s shocked when courts cago. And thank God someone finally stood extremely quick, like nanoseconds quick, and states have a different opinion, and he up to Australia, you know? Glad someone to discern anything that could conceivably has to denigrate the courts and the states had the balls to put them in their place.” threaten his dominance,” says biographer rather than question his own position.” It Indeed, it was Gartner’s fear that “Trump Gwenda Blair, who wrote The Trumps: means that he will continually recast nega- is truly someone who can start a war over Three Generations of Builders and a Presi- tive events in his favor: “All four corporate Twitter” that led him to start a petition on dent. “He’s on it. Anything that he senses – bankruptcies, were they a sign of failure for January 26th that called on mental-health and he has very sharp senses – that could him during the debates?” asks Blair. “No, professionals to “Declare Trump Is Mentalsuggest that he is anything except 200 per- they were a sign he was smart.” And he will ly Ill and Must Be Removed,” invoking Seccent total winner, he’s got to stomp it out continue to double-down on delusions, like tion 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Conimmediately. So having those reports, for having been wiretapped by Obama, despite stitution, which states that the president example, that he did not win the popular all evidence to the contrary. should be replaced if he is “unable to disThat’s what concerns Wilentz. “We’ve charge the powers and duties of his office.” vote? He can’t take that in. There has to be another explanation. It Gartner’s petition curhas to have been stolen. rently has 40,947 signaIt has to have been some tures. Congresswoman illegal voters. It can’t be Karen Bass’ petition, the case that he lost. #DiagnoseTrump, has That’s not thinkable.” 36,743. But hav ing verif iNot that any of these able facts be “unthinkpetitions are likely to able” is, Dodes explains, make a difference. In “a serious impairment order for Section 4 to of what we call ‘reality be invoked, Congress testing,’ so it creates an or the vice president obvious risk for somealong with a majority body whose job it is to of Trump’s handpicked gather information and Cabinet would have to make decisions. It crecall for his removal, ates an inability to know which has never hapwhere you have gone pened under any preswrong because you can’t idency. A nd even if let yourself self-correct Trump did something by hearing contrary evithat war ranted imdence.” This is particupeachment, 25 Republilarly true when the incans in the House would formation is viewed as have to break ranks to an ego blow, which goes CROWD CONTROL “He’s extremely quick, like nanoseconds quick, to discern anything pass the resolution on that could conceivably threaten his dominance,” says biographer Gwenda Blair. a long way toward exto the Senate, where plaining Trump’s first two-thirds of that body day in office, his blustering assertions of su- had some very troubled presidents in our would have to condemn him, meaning that periority, the speed with which he turns on past, but their troubles are things like alco- no fewer than 19 Senate Republicans would former allies, and his selection of a wealthy holism, paranoia, you know, sort of garden- need to vote in favor of an ouster. Many and inexperienced Cabinet – a so-called variety psychological maladies,” he tells me. of those Republicans come from districts narcissistic bubble from which anyone or “This is different. This shows a dissociation where #MAGA is practically gospel, meananything that questions his dominance is from reality. We just haven’t seen anything ing that these numbers are not just dauntlike this before.” Gartner’s take is even more ing, they’re all but unthinkable. ejected. “When it comes to negative informa- pointed: “He’s acting crazy, and he’s mad n ju ne 29th, 1999, tion about themselves, narcissists devalue that other people aren’t seeing and believTrump gave a eulogy at his it and they denigrate it and they don’t ac- ing what he’s making up in his own head.” father’s funeral at Marble This dissociation from reality, paired cept it,” says Pincus. “They’ll push it away, Collegiate Church in Manthey’ll distort it, they’ll blame it on some- with Trump’s knee-jerk need to assert his hattan. Others spoke of their body else, they’ll lie about it, because they dominance, has led many mental-health need to see that superior, ideal image of professionals to feel that, no matter what memories of Fred Trump and his legathemselves, and they can’t tolerate the idea the specific diagnosis, the traits themselves cy as a man who had built solid, middlethat they have any flaws or imperfections are enough to render Trump unfit for office, class homes for thousands of New Yorkers. or somebody else might be better than and that a shrink’s “duty to warn” overrides But his middle son, according to most acthem at something.” This not only means the Goldwater Rule in this instance. “Psy- counts, used the time to talk about his own that Trump has no qualms about lying (a chiatrically, this is the worst-case scenario,” accomplishments and to make it clear that, PolitiFact tally of candidates’ statements says Gartner. “If Trump were one step sick- in his mind, his father’s best achievement during the 2016 campaign found that only er, no one would listen to him. If he were was producing him, Donald. Presidents unite nations under narra2.5 percent of the claims made by Trump wearing a tinfoil hat, if he were that growere wholly true and that 78 percent were tesquely ill, he wouldn’t be a threat. But in- tives of what they stand [Cont. on 56]

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