Abnormal Psychology

Trump’s Ascent to Authoritarianism and Crash in the Presidential Polls are both due to his Mental Illness


It isn’t surprising that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is making bold authoritarian noise right now: sending paramilitary forces to various Democratic-led cities to violate the Constitutional, civic, and human rights of American citizens and laying the groundwork to delegitimize the election and to challenge the validity of ballots in November. The root cause of his authoritarianism is his narcissism: whatever he thinks is true and accurate and whatever benefits him, benefits everyone.  L’état, c’est moi. His mental illness has led to his authoritarian attempts. That’s right. We’ve given the keys to the nukes and our coordinated national pandemic and civil rights movement responses to a flagerently, extragently, incredibly mentally ill person.

However, according to FiveThirtyEight, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is in trouble electorally. As of this posting, he trails Biden by 8.2 points and his popularity is 13.6 points under water. I like the image of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber being under water, don’t you; not that I’m wishing harm on him or anyone else, honest. I’m not, but let’s face it, he belongs face down in a puddle.

His mental illness also explains why all of the dIsAfFeCtEd, dIsEnGaGeD, dIsInTeReStEd iNdEpEnDeNt vOtErS are abandoning him. All he’s got left are the rural Christian white voters who habitually, regularly, and frequently vote against their own best interest. The so-called base. All the other rats are fleeing the sinking USS Royal McDumb Ass. Hell, even #MoscowMitch has gone against his benefactor (Putin, not the Ol’ Pussy Grabber, silly) and said senators could distance themselves from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. Don’t worry, he’ll still be serving up Putin’s interest over America’s even if the Repubes lose the senate and WH. He’s been bought and paid for.

Trump’s Mental Illness

Here at Ye Olde Blogge, we have written extensively about the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s mental illnesses. We have given ample support for a diagnosis of unproductive malignant narcissistic personality disorder. Unproductive because he has no executive functioning. Malignant because of his sadism. And narcissistic personality disorder because he fits the DSM-5 criteria to a textbook tee.

Diagnosing the Ol’ Pussy Grabber


I’ve decided to collect all my posts concerning the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s mental health into one place. After the presser, it seems relevant.

Dementia

America’s Favorite Parlor Game: Diagnosing Trump, the Dementia, edition


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By now it is pretty clear that something is pretty darn wrong with the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s thinking thingee. It just don’t seem to work well. There’s lots o’ speculation about him having some kinda dementia, well, here we explore the relationship between stress-related disorders and neurodegenerative disease in later life and a primary vascular component. And, all three say the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is demented.

We needn’t go back and rehash all of that. If you want, you can go to the linked posts and read all about it. If you haven’t, you should. Those are highly entertaining and informative posts about each and everyone of his diagnoses. We will, however, briefly discuss how each of his mental illnesses contributes to his authoritarian aspirations and attempts.

Executive Dysfunction

His executive dysfunction means that he cannot plan or execute plans. He cannot manage his impulses or emotions. If you insult or challenge him, it creates a narcissistic wound because it threatens to deflate his bloated delusional facade of perfection. He has to hit back and distract. In other words, he can’t help himself because he can’t manage his emotions or impulses. He has to do it. He’s out of control because he has no control over himself. Okay, I’m going to move on because I’m starting to scare myself with this explanation.

His mental illness puts us all in danger. Luckily, everyone who would do the US harm has figured out that all you have to do is manipulate and emolument the little bastard to get everything you want instead of pick a fight with him. That ain’t no more comforting, is it? Okay. Really. I’m moving on.

Malignance

Sadism by any other name is just as cruel. In this case, we call sadism malignant. He is enjoying killing Americans by the thousands. He is enjoying watching governors — Democratic and Republican — squirm in order to hope to get what they need from the federal government (L’état, c’est moi, remember?). He enjoyed denying Andrew Cuomo, Gavin Newsome, and Gretchen Whitmire the supplies and PPE they needed. He’s enjoying the position that Repube governors of Texas and Arizona are in, but especially Ron DeathSantis. He likes the injuries that less lethal weapons cause protestors. All this stuff adds up to him being pathetic, which he thinks of as powerful. It stokes his ego. His mentally-ill ego.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

His narcissism means that he literally cannot distinguish between his needs, wants, and desires and those of the government, his campaign, the country. For him, his ego consumes all. Have you noticed that his executive dysfunction and malignance both serve his narcissism? His narcissism is the seed that his mental illness sprouts from and drives his authoritarianism forward.

His authoritarian ugres and attempts stem from his narcissism. His executive dysfunction means that he wants to rule by edict. He wants to say what he thinks and wants and have everyone else jump up and make it so. His malignance means he enjoys grinding his enemies — anyone who inflicts a narcissistic wound — to dust under the jack-booted heels of his stormtroopers. Ergo pop tarts sum cum loud, his mental illnesses are driving his authoritarianism.

Nothing tells you more about how his narcissism drives his every thought, statement, and action than this two-minute video of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber bitching about how much more popular Dr. Fauci is than he is. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, you should.

It is relatively easy to see how the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s narcissism is driving his autocratic urge, but how is it related to his plunge in the polls? Admitedly, the relationship is a bit more complex, but it is just as direct. They are based on our societal beliefs and cultural norms that stigmatize mental illness. Our reactions to mental illness fall into three categories: cognitive, emotional, and behavioral.

Trump’s Standing in the Polls

We all know two things about mental illness, right? First, it is wrong stigmatize, stereotype, and, otherwise, make fun of mental illness and mental health issues. Like racism and sexism, we know not to make those kinds of jokes any more because of the social consquences of disparagement humor. And, second, we is all ascar’t of the mentally ill. They might be violent, aggressive, or, otherwise weird, but not weird in a good way, you know, like that one friend who always loudly exclaims, “You so CRAZY!” See, that was weird in a predictable, conventional, safe way. Crazy people are crazy in unpredictable, unconventional, and dangerous ways. Ways that should be avoided.

Fear, Revulsion, and Shunning

Our cognitive reaction to mental illness is to rely on our stereotype of the mentally ill being dangerous, which gives way to our emotional reaction, FEAR and REVULSION.

Look at the world’s reaction to Kanye West’s recent and very public manic episode. That was the third category of reaction, behavioral. People tend to do two things in the face of mental illness: (1) flee and (2) make fun of it. When you’re different, people feel justified in making fun of you. It is a way of putting emotional if not physical distance betwen you and the odd person. Ask any high functioning autistic kid, and they’ll tell you. People were making fun of Kanye West. We all make fun of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. And, some of us make fun of the homeless guy talking to someone who is not there on the street corner.

Shunning people who are different is a very human thing to do. We depend on the group to survive. The group has to work effectively. Using a common set of norms to guide our behaviors would help us work together more effectively. Anyone violating those norms to a significant extent would threaten the group. Our hunter-gatherer forebears lived so close to the edge that shunning individuals who were incapable of cooperating with and contributing to the group would make sense. Isn’t it fascinating, though, that there is substantial evidence that early humans and humanoid species kept physically disabled people among them until their deaths. They probably had a pretty wide tolerance for mentally challenged folks, too.

Nowadays, we live in very large social groups with hundreds of thousands of not millions and even billions of members. No individual member’s behavior will destroy the group. Or will it?

#COVID19 and the Absence of a National Response

We’ve given one person extensive authority over our society. If that person makes incredibly poor choices, like, I dunno, handling a deadly pandemic so badly that it spirals completely out-of-control infecting millions, killing hundreds of thousands, and causing long-term disabling damage to tens of thousands , then a society of hundred of millions could be imperiled, right?

In some ways, we all instinctively feel that.The Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s mental illness is putting us all in danger. Our very lives are in danger from this disease, but our economy and government are in real danger, too. The country just feels like it is going haywire. You cannot help but connect the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s indifference to the pain and suffering of millions due to the pandemic and economic calamity to his narcissistic inability to care for anything other than himself. Even the mainstream media is sitting up and taking notice. They’re scratching their collective ass and wondering if the Ol’ Pussy Grabber will do the right thing now that significant milestone X has been reached, and, then, almost immediately, but sometimes still days later, complaining about the stink.

His authoritarian urges and attempts have sprung from the deep and abiding well of his narcissism. His plunging poll numbers are also caused by his narcissism by the public’s disdainful reaction to witnessing a distressingly mentally ill person struggle to cope with an overwhelming situation. The covfefevirus has shown us all just how mentally ill the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is… well, almost all of us. The cabinet and Repube senators and governors still seem to be suffering from gaslighting and groupthink and making the piss poor immoral decisions that go along with it. But, the rest of us know enough to get the fuck off of a rapidly sinking ship, so, maybe, just maybe, we ain’t the United Fucking States of Fucking Stupid after all.

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This image was found using a Creative Commons search for noncommercial reuse licensed material. It is a screenshot of a video produced by Public Health in Bracknell Forest and posted to Vimeo.

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  1. Much as I want to add something to this, I can’t. You’ve covered the ground quite thoroughly. The spectacle of Mitch directly, publicly, and emphatically contradicting Donny about postponing the election was telling. In the “negotiations” about the next Virus Relief Bill, Trump is fully disengaged, sending Mulvaney and Meadows to talk to the Democrats (GOP Senators are, perhaps hopelessly, deadlocked among themselves). Donald is playing golf and Tweeting.

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    • Howdy Bob!

      The other telling split between McConnell and Trump is McConnell telling GOP senators running in November that they could distance themselves from Trump. That is a major split. McConnell is acknowledging the damage Trump is doing to the GOP. It’s a little late. Probably too late to actually save any of the toss up GOP seats like Maine, Arizona, or Colorado. It won’t matter in the Trump-base states like Tennessee, Mississippi, or Oklahoma. It might matter in states like Iowa, Texas, or Georgia.

      Here’s the thing. If the GOP loses the Trump base, who is left to vote for them? Dem voters won’t and most independent voters are leaning Democratic this year. So, who’s left? The Trump base may not be a large percentage of the electorate (20 – 30% or thereabout). Independent voters who voted for Trump in 2016 were good for another 15 to 25% of the electorate. Assuming that Trump has lost most of the independents, and that running away from Trump loses most of his base, how does a GOP candidate win in a tough re-election like in Maine, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, or North Carolina? Especially, when it is possible that Trump will have alienated enough voters to have put Texas, Kansas, and South Carolina in play.

      McConnell needed to split with him a long time ago if he had wanted to salvage the senate. I figured McConnell (a) didn’t think the majority would be threatened until well into the COVID pandemic disaster and (b) was cutting his loses in 2020 and looking towards 2022 and 2024 to either win the senate back or expand their majority. I don’t think it occurred to him that they could lose their majority until quite recently. And, now, it is too late. They’re committing suicide by dragging their feet with the pandemic relief bill. See my gaslighting and groupthink post.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      • Add to that that the GOP in the Senate is imploding with internal division (hard core, not up for reelection deficit hawks versus up for reelection Blue & Purple State types) over the COVID relief proposals. Mitch is faced with the absolute need to pass something and the reality that he can’t do it without some Democrats or most of them. And, the Repubs there don’t dare just vote on the bill from the House. They would be in trouble with at least half of their constituents which ever way they voted. Sometimes, I wish I could feel sorry for them, but it doesn’t last long.

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