By Amanda Marcotte
On Saturday [3/2], Donald Trump was scheduled to give a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). What the audience got, however, can hardly be described as a speech. Instead, Trump unleashed a two-hour-plus rant that sounded at times, more like the delusional ramblings of someone hopped up on drugs or suffering a mental breakdown than anything resembling a normal political speech.
If that sounds like an exaggeration informed by partisan bias — seriously, it’s not. Trump kicked the thing off by hugging the American flag, and that might have been the least strange part of the whole spectacle. Reporters Daniel Dale of the Toronto Starand Aaron Rupar of Vox live-tweeted the whole thing, and captured, for those of us who can’t stand watching the president monologue for two hours, how straight-up weird the whole event was, even by Trumpian standards.
Mainstream media outlets’ routine failure to focus on the most critical issues, in a bid to sound neutral or objective, isn’t serving their audiences, nor any standard of truth or fairness.
Trump pinged wildly from topic to topic, ranting about how Democrats want to take away electricity and murder newborns. He engaged in a lengthy rape fantasy about how female immigrants take “massive amounts of birth control” because they supposedly get raped so much. He also veered into peculiar personal anecdotes, such as the one about how a rich friend of his — who he assured the audience is very famous — is afraid of public speaking. And, of course, he raved about how unfair it is that he’s under investigation for possible criminal conspiracy with Russian intelligence to throw the election, and whined about how it should be easier for him to obstruct justice. …
But those who learned about the speech from glancing at mainstream news headlines the next morning would have no idea how flat-out bonkers the whole thing was.
Yale Psychiatrist: Trump’s Pathology Is Spreading Like A Disease & America Might Not Be Able To Save Itself
By Tana Ganeva
Raw Story (3/5/19)
n Tuesday, President Donald Trump attacked Democrats for conducting investigations into potential misdeed by the Trump campaign and administration.
“The greatest overreach in the history of our Country,” Trump tweeted. “The Dems are obstructing justice and will not get anything done. A big, fat, fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime, when in fact the real crime is what the Dems are doing, and have done!”
“PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” he added.
The attack on Democrats echoed his rambling speech at CPAC over the weekend, in which the President accused
Clinton foundation staffers of being killers.
After a certain point, you start using the formula of taking the opposite of what the person is saying to be true, and taking all assertions to be projection—and by now I have more high-quality data on Mr. Trump than any patient I have ever treated.
Raw Story spoke with Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee about the President’s recent outbursts.
Lee is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine who teaches at Yale Law School. She edited the New York Times bestseller, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” to be released in an expanded edition later this month. She is president of the World Mental Health Coalition and currently organizing an interdisciplinary conference with top experts of multiple fields from around the country, to happen in Washington, DC, on the date of the book’s launch.
Raw Story: President Trump’s CPAC speech seems to have brought his mental health back into the spotlight over the weekend. Lawrence O’Donnell even quoted from your book the other night. What are your thoughts about the speech?
Bandy X. Lee: A member of the public asked, “When Donald Trump wrapped his arms around the flag, it evoked Lennie from Of Mice and Men squeezing the mouse until it’s dead. Is the president going to destroy our country?”
I didn’t tell her this, but my answer would have been that he is well on the way, as long as we let him. How are we letting him? By colluding on the most basic point: by telling ourselves that the mental unwellness we see is not what we are seeing. Allowing him to give as long a speech as he did, allowing him to continue on Twitter, allowing him to remain in his position, and allowing his staff to turn over so that he has no one left but those who enable his illness—all this is the opposite of the proper treatment that he needs. …
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“Treacherous goons put a gleam in his eye.”