Insanity – “Mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.” (law.com).
Or, “1. A deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia);
2. Such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility;
3a Extreme folly or unreasonableness;
3b Something utterly foolish or unreasonable” from merriam-webster.com.
And of course: Paranoia – “a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system. It may be an aspect of chronic personality disorder, of drug abuse, or of a serious condition such as schizophrenia in which the person loses touch with reality.”
Or, 1. A psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations;
2. A tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others, also from merriam-webster.com.
Or, finally, “Paranoia is an unfounded or exaggerated distrust of others, sometimes reaching delusional proportions. Paranoid individuals constantly suspect the motives of those around them, and believe that certain individuals, or people in general, are ‘out to get them.’” from medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/.
It seems like almost daily some person of note chimes in with a public statement that “donald trump is insane” or that “donald trump is insane to say ….. [add in whatever latest rant or idea he has espoused]”. The press has reported such pronouncements from
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|Michael Bloomberg, Rob Reiner, Louis C.K., Bill Maher, and the press itself has repeatedly used this adjective to describe trump’s opinions, trump’s ideas, and trump’s positions.
Mental health professionals have also
“Trump and the other airheads on the GOP stage today offer a distorted vision of the world that, like the Donald’s orange wig, helps to cover up genuine feelings of vulnerability and impotence.”
In a lengthy article in Atlantic Magazine, Dan P McAdams, Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, provided a detailed psychological assessment of trump and his candidacy and compared his strongest personality traits to former presidents. While he made no overall assessment of paranoia or senility, he did diagnose trump, as many others have, as being a classic Narcissist, in fact a model of narcissism perfect for clinical study. Further, he assessed the closest comparisons among past presidents as to psychological and personality traits to be richard nixon and Andrew Jackson. (“The Mind of Donald Trump”)
trump himself of course has often used mental health insults to disparage others that he hates, of course starting with Pres. Obama. In 2014 during the fake ebola “crisis” he tweeted that the President’s not stopping all airline flights (itself an insane and paranoid idea) meant that he was a “psycho” and that there was “something seriously wrong with President Obama’s mental health”.
At various times, as compiled by the Washington Post, he has called “Jeb Bush a ‘basket case’, Bernie Sanders a ‘wacko’, Lindsay Graham a ‘nut job’ and Ted Cruz ‘nuts’ and
First was his irrational and despicable diatribe against a fire marshall in Colorado. When the number of attendees allowed in to an event in Colorado Springs was limited by the on site fire marshall, who clearly was following the law, trump’s immediate and absurd response was a diatribe about how they did not know what they were doing, that “That’s why we’re going to hell”, and that “Hey, maybe they’re a Hillary person.”
He followed that up by saying that, of the fire marshall, that “He’s probably a Democrat”, “He’s probably a guy that doesn’t get it”,
The particular fire marshall, identified as Brett Lacey, was in fact a well respected veteran of the job, and a local hero, recently honored by the city as “Civilian of the Year” for his role in helping the wounded at the 2015 mass shooting at the local Planned Parenthood office.
At trump’s event, well over 2,500 tickets were given out for the 1,500-seat venue, and trump was angered by the fact that when the crown inside was limited to 1,600, hundreds more unable to enter.
Also escaping trump’s radar and the very idea of issuing a “thank you” to the local fire department, was the fact that trump was late arriving to his event because he and several other had been stuck in an elevator, and that he and the others had been rescued by the members of the very same Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Perhaps even more troubling and a more pronounced symptom of paranoia and insanity is trump’s outrageous criticism of the upcoming presidential debates. Supposedly, trump just learned that two of the three scheduled debates were up against what he called “Major
trump compounded this even more when he lied to the American public by saying that the NFL was upset about the conflict, and that the league complained to HIM about it. The NFL response to this outrageous lie? NO SUCH COMMUNICATION WAS EVER SENT! (“NFL denies contacting Donald Trump about schedule clash with debates”)
Now, go back and re-read those definitions of paranoia and insanity, and decide just how fast trump is descending into a world of mental illness and legal incompetency.