trump’s Fast Descent into Insanity

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.” (

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

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

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

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
frequently chimed in as to their assessments of trump’s mental health and stability. Early on in the primary process, psychologist Michael Bader wrote:

“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

'unstable' and has repeatedly referred to Ben Carson’s 'pathological disease'.”

All of this has been going on for so long, it’s easy to ignore trump’s deep-rooted sickness, but in a couple of recent statements, it is very clear that the signs of paranoia and insanity are becoming more and more evident, primarily with his immediate and irrational claims that specific groups have caused him grief for
no other reason than their personal animosity towards him.

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

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NFL games”. His response? He tweeted that “As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates”.

Either his mental illness has taken a giant turn for the worse, or he is just to f**king STUPID to EVER have any position of power. What candidate for leader of the free world, for the position of
most powerful and important person in the world, what nominee for President of the United States, who presumably has watched a presidential debate or two in the past, does not know that presidential debates are set and overseen by the independent and bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates? AND if he had any semblance of actual concern for the election process he would have KNOWN that the debate schedule was set by the Commission in September of LAST YEAR. Oh, and by the way, the bipartisan commission is co-chaired by Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., former head of the Republican National Committee.

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.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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