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Dems in “I told you so” mode as Trump’s sickness becomes apparent



“I told you so” is a natural human response when you know you were right about something, and someone else didn’t believe you. We members of the anti-Trump Resistance are in full-fledged “I told you so” mode these days, as all but the most unconscious of Republicans are starting to realize what a disaster this orange-haired monster is.

Every day is worse than the preceding one. He is incapable of governing.. What’s worse, the entire country—no, the entire world is seeing how insane he is. When Senator Jack Reed was caught on a “hot mike” the other day whispering to Senator Susan Collins, “I think he’s crazy,” and Collins, a Republican, replied, “I’m worried,” they were simply emblematic of the dawning realization throughout Washington that the President of the United States is mentally ill. When I heard that, my only question was, “What took you so long?” Some of us saw Trump’s paranoia, narcissism, and other clinical abnormalities well before the election. Now, as the scales fall from their eyes, everybody is seeing them

Have you noticed, though, how reticent the media are to talk about a mentally deranged Trump? There’s a reason for that. Back in the 1964 election (yes, I remember it well), there was overt speculation that Barry Goldwater was insane. The media got a lot of criticism for that, and maybe it’s well that they did, so they stopped calling politicians mentally ill, even when most of them thought one was—Nixon, for example, who was widely viewed by reporters as crazy as a loon. That reticence was called “The Goldwater Rule.”

But then Trump came along. A few days ago, the prestigious American Psychoanalytic Association notified its 3,500 members that they are now allowed to “use their knowledge responsibly” in interviews, which means that, for the first time, all those psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, therapists and social workers [will be able] to diagnose Donald Trump” if asked to do so on television, radio, print, blogs, or any other medium. That means you can expect Trump’s mental health to become a very hot topic of national conversation, starting soon.

Mika Brzezinski already got the ball rolling on national television when, following Trump’s assault on her, she said on Morning Joe, “It’s possible that he is mentally ill…At the very least he’s not well.” While it may take Republicans a little more time to come ‘round to the conclusion that Trump is mentally sick (many Republicans are “not well” also, which makes rational thinking impossible for them), Daily Kos reports that “It’s slowly dawning on Republicans that Trump just might be the worst president ever.” That’s good news: it means that even people who have trouble processing reality eventually stumble into the truth. From my point of view, I don’t care if Republicans think Donald Trump is mentally sick, or if they simply think he’s the worst president ever. It works the same either way: his base starts to erode, craven Republicans like Ryan and McConnell start to sense it’s okay to be against a dangerous president, and then we’re in the home stretch towards impeachment, or Article 25, or whatever form the eventual denouement takes.



  1. Bob Rossi says:

    “It’s slowly dawning on Republicans that Trump just might be the worst president ever.”

    Recently, when I made a comment to a good friend about Trump, which included as reference to George W. Bush, my friend said that he thought that Bush, not Trump, was the worst president ever; but Trump is the craziest.

  2. This isn’t a correction per se, because nothing you said was incorrect, but the recent announcement by the American Psychoanalytic Association has been often misinterpreted, as has the Goldwater Rule itself.

    This article from Slate has some good background. Basically, there are three separate organizations with similar-sounding names (and identical acronyms):

    The American Psychoanalytic Association is the smallest, with 3,500 members. They didn’t create the Goldwater Rule, and have never required members to adhere to it, so the recent “announcement” doesn’t really change much.

    The American Psychiatric Association (37,000 members) is the organization that created the Goldwater Rule, but according to the Slate article, there are no actual professional consequences for violating it.

    And the largest of the three “APAs,” the American Psychological Association (115,000 members), doesn’t require members to adhere to the Rule.

  3. Thanks Jim B for the info!

  4. Bob Henry says:

    “A Professional Opinion: You Don’t Need a Psychiatrist to Know There’s Something Wrong with Donald Trump”

    By Matthew Goldenberg
    Assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine


    “. . . the American Psychiatric Assn. issued a statement this month [August] reminding its physician members, myself included, to avoid psychoanalyzing the presidential candidates.

    “That ethical standard has been in place for decades. In 1964, thousands of psychiatrists, in response to a magazine survey, openly questioned then-GOP nominee Barry Goldwater’s fitness for White House duty. Several psychiatrists offered specific diagnoses. The fact that so many psychiatrists were willing to casually diagnose a person they’d never met embarrassed the profession and led to the codification of the so-called Goldwater Rule — no professional opinions on people we have not personally examined.

    “. . . there are several reasons why we should resist using a psychiatric framework to describe Trump. . . .”

    [And Goldenberg goes on to elaborate those reasons. ~~ Bob]

  5. Bob Henry says:

    From The Atlantic
    (June 2016):

    “A Psychologist Analyzes Donald Trump’s Personality””

    By Dan P. McAdams
    Professor of psychology and the director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at Northwestern University

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