I Googled “Delusional Cult Leader” And Trump Showed Up!
I’ve know for years that Donald Trump was mentally disordered, but now Google shows him as #2 in images if you Google “Delusional Cult Leader”! Try it!
I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and before Trump was elected in 2016, I shared with friends my opinion that Donald Trump was a sociopath. I was not prepared to actually diagnose him as such (a question of certainty as well as ethics), but then, after he was elected, a tidal wave of mental health professionals started making the same assessment, most notably in the book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.
Then there was the gruesome murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump, who was privy to spy-level intelligence of who did what, immediately covered for his friend Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and vouched for his innocence, when MBS was immediately implicated as the one who ordered the assassination! They had photos of MBS’s men and recordings of the murder at his embassy! Now I believed Trump was a psychopath, worse than a garden variety sociopath, and still more professionals came forward, citing characteristics consistent with the disorder.
It was hard to believe that this pathological liar, fraud operator and serial sexual predator had been elected POTUS. But it happenned. Then he got worse.
We all know that the presidential election is essentially a popularity contest, and popular and well-known he was. So, I attributed the fluke of his winning the election as a product of clever marketing. But then, he started exhibiting truly bizarre behavior, right on TV, like advocating for Russia’s trustworthiness over our own national security people. We had heard about weird behavior, but I thought it just could have been political sniping. However, this weirdness was on TV right before our eyes! Then he started playing doctor, suggesting we inject bleach to treat COVID-19, and advocating for snake-oil treatment that people were later indicted for selling as a cure-all. Holy smokes!
Meanwhile, his MAGA hat-wearing fans grew more and more disconnected from reality, like cult…