The word is getting out. Finally. After numerous psychotherapists weighed in on assessing Trump as being not only psychologically unfit to be president, but alarmingly (as the expert contributors to a best selling book put it in their title) a dangerous case.
Jeffrey Sachs is an “ American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty. He is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.” (Wikipedia).
“Much more likely, Trump is just mentally unstable and narcissistic,” he added, calling the new announcement of tariffs on exports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union part of a “psychopath’s trade war.”
Sachs uses the word gibbering in his title which is an unfortunate choice in my opinion because the crucial word in the title is delusional. This is a psychiatric term. Addressing trade policy and tariffs, the economist says Trump is “mentally unstable and narcissistic.” Exactly! He could just as easily be trying to make sense of Trump’s approach to N. Korea.
On CNN Sachs said that we “probably never before had a delusional president, one who speaks gibberish, insults those around him including his closest associates, and baffles the world. We strive to make sense of Trump’s nonsense, implicitly assuming some hidden strategy. There is none.”
There’s no reason for an educated person to be “baffled” by Trump’s behavior. Every Trump utterance, every decision, which has caused sensible observers to be puzzled and troubled because they seemed abnormal, unhinged, and incoherent can be explained by Trump's psychopathology.
Last year clinical psychologist Dr. John Gartner started a petition demanding that Trump be removed under the 25th Amendment: “We Have a Duty to Warn the World About Donald Trump.”
This came at a time when few people even knew what it was. Now everyone following the psychological decompensation of Trump knows what it is, including economist Sachs:
The “real answer” is to remove Trump from office using the 25th Amendment to replace him, Sachs concludes.
“Trump is unwell and unfit to be president. He is a growing threat to the nation and the world.
“The emperor had no clothes. This president has no sense,” he concluded.
It is gratifying that more and more experts in fields other than psychology are putting it all together.
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