Trump’s ‘exceptional narcissism’ makes him ‘wholly unfit’ for the presidency — and made his impeachment ‘inevitable’: George Conway
On Wednesday night, December 18 — when President Donald Trump was being indicted on two articles of impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives — he angrily railed against pro-impeachment Democrats at a MAGA rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Trump was especially angry at Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, who was among the many Democrats who voted for his impeachment. But conservative attorney George Conway is one person on the right who has no sympathy whatsoever for Trump, and in an article for The Atlantic, he stresses that the president’s “narcissism” made his impeachment “pretty much inevitable.”
Trump, the 56-year-old Conway explains, is devoid of self-control, and he was bound to do something impeachable. Trump’s impeachment, Conway writes, “was inevitable because of Trump himself, his very character, whose essential nature many who now support him have long understood.”
That “very character” that Conway is referring to is Trump’s severe narcissism.
“Trump’s exceptional narcissism defines him,” Conway explains, “and it’s what makes him wholly unfit for his job…. In essence, Trump thinks everything should be about him, for him, for his benefit and glorification — and he can’t comprehend, and doesn’t care about, anything that isn’t.”
Because he puts his own interests over the good of the country, Conway writes, Trump “can’t comply with his duties to the nation, and (that is) why he now stands as the third president ever to have been impeached.”
Trump is the fourth president in U.S. history to face articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives. But in the case of President Richard Nixon, the articles of impeachment against him never came up for a full House vote: Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974, realizing his impeachment was almost certain — and Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as president the next day. President Andrew Johnson and President Bill Clinton were both indicted on articles of impeachment in the House but later acquitted in Senate trials — which is likely to happen with Trump as well given that pro-Trump Republicans control the U.S. Senate.
Trump was impeached because of the Ukraine scandal. But Conway notes that he has committed other impeachable acts as well — for example, he “repeatedly and criminally obstructed” the Russian investigation led by former special counsel Robert Mueller. That alone, Conway writes, merited impeachment, but Trump committed another impeachable act when he tried to “shake down Ukraine to obtain an electoral advantage over a political rival. That, too, violated his oath of office — an oath the Framers of the Constitution viewed as sacrosanct — and thus constituted, as the House rightly found, an impeachable offense.”
“Ever the narcissist,” Conway warns, “Trump can admit no wrong.” And the conservative attorney — who, ironically, is married to Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway — wraps up his Atlantic article by emphasizing that when a Senate trial comes about, Senate Republicans who overlook the facts will be judged harshly by history.
“Should they choose to violate their oaths,” Conway asserts, “history will long remember them for having done so — not simply because of the insurmountable evidence of what Trump has already done, but also, because Trump, by his nature, will assuredly do it all again.”