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  • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
    Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, says leading psychoanalyst

    A leading psychoanalyst and clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine has claimed that president Donald Trump suffers from “narcissistic personality disorder”.

    Dr John Zinner, the former head of the Unit on Family Therapy Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), made the claim in an interview with Yale forensic psychiatrist Bandy X Lee for Raw Story.

    During the interview, that was published on Tuesday, Dr Lee asked the psychoanalyst what he thought of the claims made by the president’s niece Dr Mary L Trump about her uncle’s mental health.

    Dr Trump, a clinical psychologist, claimed that Mr Trump is a “narcissist,” in her memoir, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, that was released in June.

    Dr Zinner, who researched narcissistic disorders during his time at the NIMH told Dr Lee that he agrees with the diagnosis.

    “We are being struck by a perfect storm, a combination of a deadly pandemic combined with an utter failure in leadership by the very person who should have been in charge of preventing this terrible national emergency,” Dr Zinner said.

    “Donald Trump has failed us because he is, as he has always been, incompetent, and he suffers from extremely severe mental disorders, which render him incapable of attending to any issue beyond his own personal need for adulation.

    “The mental condition he suffers most from is formally known as a severe instance of narcissistic personality disorder,” he added.

    Dr Zinner said that the disorder “is the failure in childhood and beyond to develop an inner sense of worth or self-esteem,” and added that it “makes one’s worth entirely dependent upon admiration from others.”

    In 2017, Dr Zinner claimed that the president’s mental health posed an “existential threat” to the world as he has the ability to launch nuclear weapons at any time.

    “[He] has a particular kind of character that’s very well known, especially by psychoanalytically orientated mental health people,” Dr Zinner said about the president in 2017.

    “What it involves is a fundamental self-esteem problem; an insecure self-esteem, side by side with a sense of grandiosity. So the person has a very contradictory image of themselves,” he added.

    Dr Zinner did not diagnose the president with anything specific in 2017, but he is now among 37 other mental health professionals who have speculated on the state of Mr Trump’s mental health, following the release of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, edited by Dr Lee.

    Many of the long-standing claims made by Dr Zinner and Dr Lee about the president’s mental health have drawn judgment from some in the psychiatric establishment.

    The American Psychiatric Association states it is unethical for members to speculate about the mental health of a public figure they have not personally examined, under the Goldwater rule.

    However, Dr Zinner claims that the rule does not apply to the president, and he told Dr Lee that “the basic guidelines for the ethical canons says that a psychiatrist’s responsibility, ‘first and foremost,’ is to his or her patients and to society and to his colleagues and himself, in that order. It does not include a public figure.”

    In 2016, after multiple journalists asked for the organisation to comment on Mr Trump’s mental health, the American Psychological Association president Susan McDaniel said that the ruling does apply to public figures and added that she and her colleagues could not comment.

    She added: “Our Code of Ethics clearly warns psychologists against diagnosing any person, including public figures, whom they have not personally examined.”
    But but but the GOLDWATER "RULE"...!!!

    Let's see, a psychologist sees the average patient for a couple hours every month, or every couple of weeks. But let's say it's every week.

    Donald Trump is on display, raw and uncensored, practically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And has been for years. Decades, even.

    There's no comparison between the two.
    He presents probably the most classic example of someone who exhibits the Seven Deadly Sins hands down.


    • Trump Had No Response When Asked If He Regrets All His Lies

      Donald Trump, a president whose persistent untruths and obfuscation led to a disastrous pandemic response that has left more than 165,000 people dead in the U.S., was asked if he regrets all the lies he’s told to the American people. He skipped the question.

      HuffPost senior White House correspondent S.V. Dáte asked the president during Thursday’s coronavirus task force briefing if, after 3½ years, “do you regret at all all the lying you’ve done to the American people? All the dishonesties?”

      “That who has done?” Trump replied.

      You have done,” said Dáte, who wrote at length about Trump’s “Ministry of Untruth” earlier this year.

      Trump paused and then moved on to the next question.

      In his report, Dáte noted that Trump’s stream of falsehoods across nearly every topic and in any setting is corroding America’s democracy as it normalizes lies coming from the nation’s highest office.

      According to a running fact-check database by The Washington Post, Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims since taking office. Last month, as the tracker passed the shocking milestone, the project’s editor, Glenn Kessler, and fact-check reporters Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly wrote, “The notion that Trump would exceed 20,000 claims before he finished his term appeared ludicrous when The Fact Checker started this project during the president’s first 100 days in office.”

      In that time, its authors noted, Trump on average made fewer than five false claims a day. “But the tsunami of untruths just keeps looming larger and larger,” they said.

      The events of the past 15 months ― including Trump’s impeachment trial, the coronavirus pandemic that’s infected millions and shattered the economy, and nationwide anti-racism protests over the death of George Floyd and other Black men and women in police custody ― have filled an entirely new ballpark of falsehoods from the president, and the tally continues to climb.

      According to the database, he reached nearly a thousand false claims about coronavirus alone in just a matter of months. His persistent downplaying of the virus, suppression of warnings from experts and repeated pushes to prematurely reopen businesses, speculating that the virus will just “go away,” has contributed to a resurgence of COVID-19 in the U.S. that’s killing more than a thousand people each day.

      Somebody finally said it, point-blank. Trump of course had nothing but a blank look in reply.

      It's a shame that a female reporter hadn't asked that question. Trump would've scurried out of the room like a scared little bitch as usual.
      "Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy" ~ Judge J. Michael Luttig


      • Too many things i want to underline and bold in this op-ed so i'll just let it speak for itself. From June. But i can say i'm not surprised by the findings.

        The Myth of Systemic Police Racism | WSJ (op-ed) | Jun 02 2020

        Hold officers accountable who use excessive force. But there’s no evidence of widespread racial bias.

        By Heather Mac Donald
        June 2, 2020 1:44 pm ET

        George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist. On Friday, Barack Obama tweeted that for millions of black Americans, being treated differently by the criminal justice system on account of race is “tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal.’ ” Mr. Obama called on the police and the public to create a “new normal,” in which bigotry no longer “infects our institutions and our hearts.”

        Joe Biden released a video the same day in which he asserted that all African-Americans fear for their safety from “bad police” and black children must be instructed to tolerate police abuse just so they can “make it home.” That echoed a claim Mr. Obama made after the ambush murder of five Dallas officers in July 2016. During their memorial service, the president said African-American parents were right to fear that their children may be killed by police officers whenever they go outside.

        Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz denounced the “stain . . . of fundamental, institutional racism” on law enforcement during a Friday press conference. He claimed blacks were right to dismiss promises of police reform as empty verbiage.

        This charge of systemic police bias was wrong during the Obama years and remains so today. However sickening the video of Floyd’s arrest, it isn’t representative of the 375 million annual contacts that police officers have with civilians. A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.

        In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.

        The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. The Post defines “unarmed” broadly to include such cases as a suspect in Newark, N.J., who had a loaded handgun in his car during a police chase. In 2018 there were 7,407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year, those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019. By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.

        On Memorial Day weekend in Chicago alone, 10 African-Americans were killed in drive-by shootings. Such routine violence has continued—a 72-year-old Chicago man shot in the face on May 29 by a gunman who fired about a dozen shots into a residence; two 19-year-old women on the South Side shot to death as they sat in a parked car a few hours earlier; a 16-year-old boy fatally stabbed with his own knife that same day. This past weekend, 80 Chicagoans were shot in drive-by shootings, 21 fatally, the victims overwhelmingly black. Police shootings are not the reason that blacks die of homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined; criminal violence is.

        The latest in a series of studies undercutting the claim of systemic police bias was published in August 2019 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that the more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that a member of that group will be fatally shot by a police officer. There is “no significant evidence of antiblack disparity in the likelihood of being fatally shot by police,” they concluded.

        A 2015 Justice Department analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department found that white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects. Research by Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer Jr. also found no evidence of racial discrimination in shootings. Any evidence to the contrary fails to take into account crime rates and civilian behavior before and during interactions with police.

        The false narrative of systemic police bias resulted in targeted killings of officers during the Obama presidency. The pattern may be repeating itself. Officers are being assaulted and shot at while they try to arrest gun suspects or respond to the growing riots. Police precincts and courthouses have been destroyed with impunity, which will encourage more civilization-destroying violence. If the Ferguson effect of officers backing off law enforcement in minority neighborhoods is reborn as the Minneapolis effect, the thousands of law-abiding African-Americans who depend on the police for basic safety will once again be the victims.

        The Minneapolis officers who arrested George Floyd must be held accountable for their excessive use of force and callous indifference to his distress. Police training needs to double down on de-escalation tactics. But Floyd’s death should not undermine the legitimacy of American law enforcement, without which we will continue on a path toward chaos.

        Ms. Mac Donald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of “The War on Cops,” (Encounter Books, 2016).
        Who's listening ?


        • Heather MacDonald is hardly the voice of reason and objectivity.

          Several Conservative columnists are out on her and say she missed the th ebook mentioned in the article.

          She has never met a complaint against police she wasn't willing to joust at.
          “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
          Mark Twain


          • She isn't the only one saying they can find no evidence for systemic institutional bias against blacks when it comes to law enforcement.

            Already posted about Roland Fryers work


            • Who wants to go on a riot over Cannon Hinnant ?

              Media Bias by Omission: 5-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant Shot and Killed in His Front Yard | All Sides | Aug 13 2020


              • DE,

                I am an adjunct professor of American History. I know my country's sordid history and embedded racism. To deny it is to

                I see it on a daily basis. I have numerous Black friends who get pulled over repeatedly for the crime of "driving while black"...I have been in the car with them on 3 occasions. Oh, and on one occasion everyone in the car was a serving United States Army officer.

                I can name you towns where this happens regularly....Colonial Heights, VA, Prince William County, VA, Montgomery County, MD, and on and on and on.

                There are plenty of reports of systemic racist issues in American policing...see the the attached article.

                So, how many American police officers do you know? What first hand knowledge do you have on the topic here in America?

                “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                Mark Twain


                • Antifa/socialists / haters of the USA, topple another George Washington Statue.


                  • Originally posted by Double Edge View Post
                    Too many things i want to underline and bold in this op-ed so i'll just let it speak for itself. From June. But i can say i'm not surprised by the findings.

                    The Myth of Systemic Police Racism | WSJ (op-ed) | Jun 02 2020

                    Who's listening ?
                    Here are the ratios from this story, just the Black/Total numbers.


                    Remember, African Americans make up 13.8% of the US population ...
                    Trust me?
                    I'm an economist!


                    • 'Antifa' website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia

                      WASHINGTON — At his press briefing Wednesday, President Trump, as he usually does, called for a question from Chanel Rion, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative One America News network, which has at times replaced Fox News as the president’s favorite news outlet. Rion’s question had nothing to do with COVID-19 or the economic recovery Trump had been boasting about, but instead brought up an obscure website,

                      “I wanted to highlight a kind of odd situation. In the last hour or so, if you googled ‘,’ it would take you straight to Joe Biden’s website — his official campaign website — odd situation,” Rion said, adding, “We don’t know who’s behind that.”

                      Rion went on to suggest the site posed “an interesting leadership question” for the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

                      “Should Joe Biden, the Democrat Party, Kamala Harris, should they publicly denounce the antifa as a domestic terrorist organization?” Rion asked the president.

                      It’s not clear why she thought it raised that question, though, since there is no evidence that the Biden campaign had anything to do with, or vice versa. Instead, the phenomenon cited by Rion had a clear link to Russia.

                      The people in control of any website can redirect to another, without the permission or even knowledge of the second site. Nothing Rion described would indicate direct involvement by Biden’s campaign, which did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

                      Records for “” in the domain name database show the site was registered in the Russian Federation from 2013 through last July. Starting last November, the site’s registration was moved to Panama, The website has always been anonymously registered and its owners could not be reached for comment.

                      After briefly redirecting to Biden’s page on Wednesday, the site went dark. Based on copies of the site on the Internet Archive, it was blank from 2013 until June of this year when it began to feature a message in support of the protests that erupted around the U.S. following the killing of George Floyd. The page declared, “we are actively increasing Membership” but provided no contact information for anyone interested in joining.

                      “We Are Antifa: Join Us & Take Action,” the note said, adding, “More to come ... Check back regularly for updates & How you can be part of something that is changing the world.”

                      The U.S. intelligence community concluded the Russian government conducted a campaign to intervene in the 2016 election in order to help Trump and hurt his Democratic opponents. That effort included extensive usage of disinformation, Kremlin owned media outlets, and social media. U.S. intelligence officials have said the Russian government is engaged in a similar effort during this year’s race.

                      Russian state media have highlighted tensions around the Floyd protests. In June, a Department of Homeland Security bulletin indicated the agency was aware of “covert proxies and social media accounts” that were working with foreign rivals and their state media outlets to use the demonstrations to paint a bleak picture of the situation in the U.S.

                      “Russian influence actors, in particular, have a history of using online tools to covertly amplify content concerning protest activity in the United States, including rhetoric that may seek to incite violence at such events,”
                      the bulletin said.

                      Rion’s question provided Trump an opportunity to highlight one of his favorite campaign themes, the supposed far-left stance of Biden and, as of this week, Harris. Trump claimed leftists who have been protesting and engaging in vandalism around the country are “part of” Biden’s campaign. While many of the protesters oppose Trump, they do not all support Biden. Antifa, short for “antifascist,” is a movement that has no clear organization. Trump went on to tout his administration’s efforts to clamp down on looting and vandalism by protesters with an aggressive response from federal troops.

                      “It’s virtually a part of their campaign, antifa,” Trump said. “The Democrats act like, ‘Gee, I don’t know exactly what that is.’ ... Take a look at any place you want to. ... They’re all over the place.”

                      Rion did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Her channel, One America News, which was founded in 2013, bills itself as “straight news,” but it has a clear pro-Trump bent. The channel’s owners have reportedly directed staff to promote Trump and downplay Russian aggression. One of the network’s reporters, Kristian Brunovich Rouz, simultaneously worked for Sputnik, a Russian news site that U.S. intelligence officials pegged as playing a role in the Kremlin’s propaganda campaign pegged to the 2016 election. A 2017 investigation by Yahoo News found Sputnik employees were specifically directed to “stay true to the national interest of the Russian Federation.” Rouz’s work for One America News have included segments that falsely linked Democrats to antifa.

                      Rion has previously drawn attention for unusual questions and for peddling conspiracy theories. Since March, she has been attending White House briefings in defiance of social distancing rules designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus among the press corps and staff. Rion has said she was explicitly invited to attend by Trump administration officials.
                      "Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy" ~ Judge J. Michael Luttig


                      • Originally posted by surfgun View Post
                        Antifa/socialists / haters of the USA
                        You're slipping there surfgun: You forgot "Communists" and "BLM" and probably a few others as well.

                        Are you feeling all right?
                        "Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy" ~ Judge J. Michael Luttig


                        • A beginning, a political activist, deep state operative to plead guilty to his corruption.


                          • 'Urine Trouble Trump' Sprays Twitter As New Golden Showers Allegations Emerge

                            Donald Trump got a splash of publicity on Thursday after his former personal attorney Michael Cohen published an excerpt from an upcoming book.

                            And it’s not the kind of publicity the president typically craves.

                            Cohen, who eventually turned on Trump and is now serving a 3-year prison sentence in home confinement, wrote in the foreword of Disloyal: A Memoir:

                            “From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers, I wasn’t just a witness to the president’s rise — I was an active and eager participant.”

                            The passage called to mind allegations in the unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele that Trump had hired prostitutes in Moscow to pee on a bed once used by then-President Barack Obama.

                            Although Trump once reportedly visited a night club in Las Vegas known for a simulated golden shower routine, it’s not known if he ever witnessed that specific act, according to the 2018 book, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.
                            "Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy" ~ Judge J. Michael Luttig


                            • Meet Donald Trump, The Incredibly Shrinking President
                              The Editorial Board, USA TODAY

                              It seem eons ago now — though only a few years — that Donald Trump capitalized on the soaring stature of the Oval Office to shatter equilibriums with his brand of edicts and outrage. He would roil public discourse for weeks with his claims — that he won the popular vote in 2016 because millions voted illegally, enjoyed the largest inaugural crowd in history, was wiretapped by President Barack Obama, saw moral equivalency between white supremacists and those who oppose them, and threatened "fire and fury" against North Korea.

                              It was all false, phony or came to nothing. But the point was his towering ability back then to shock people.

                              And today? Not so much.

                              Does anyone really believe Trump?
                              When a massive explosion vaporized the center of Beirut last week, Trump that same day declared it an "attack ... a bomb of some kind" with a level of certainty that should have sent ripples of concern through foreign governments. As it was, few paid any attention. His comment barely registered as news, and evidence quickly surfaced that the blast was almost certainly a terrible accident.

                              And there have been other pronouncements recently that, all things being equal, should have generated quite a stir. Except they didn't.

                              The president promised July 19 that within two weeks, he'd produce a long-awaited plan for overhauling the nation's health care system. Days later, he committed to unveiling a strategy for defeating coronavirus "that's going to be very, very powerful." And recently, Trump said that if reelected, he'd strike a deal with Iran in four weeks.

                              All have been met with a collective shrug, probably because Americans sensed they would come to nothing. There has been no health care plan and no grand COVID-19 strategy, even as U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus surpass 165,000. And does anyone really believe Trump will reach an agreement with an Iranian regime that refuses even to speak with him?

                              Smoke and mirrors
                              So what has happened? Trump's ability to shock and awe has gotten smaller. He's the incredibly shrinking president.

                              Even his dramatic declaration last weekend that he would "save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers" with a series of executive actions hasn't moved the dial on his low approval ratings.

                              And that's because it's all smoke and mirrors.

                              The promise to provide enhanced unemployment benefits with money pulled out of an emergency relief fund (during a major hurricane season) may not be legal. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it "unconstitutional slop."

                              The $400 in additional weekly payments would work only if cash-strapped states kick in 25% and would only last about six weeks. In addition, a payroll tax holiday Trump is promising is really a deferral of taxes that will have to be paid back. And his commitment to block evictions amounts to little more than a recommendation to landlords.

                              The reality is that the public has grown weary of a president whose words mean very little. It probably began with all of the unkept campaign promises — 4% annual economic growth, repeal and replace Obamacare, invest in infrastructure and build a wall paid for by Mexico.

                              Certainly a growing mountain of lies and falsehoods haven't helped. The Washington Post estimates now more than 20,000.

                              But what might have finally tipped Trump toward triviality is the grotesque way he dismissed (and continues to dismiss) a deadly pandemic as something that will simply disappear, even as it ravages America.

                              Don't worry Donald, there's still a sizable chunk of useful idiots that'll happily swallow everything you give them to swallow, and then beg for more.
                              "Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy" ~ Judge J. Michael Luttig


                              • A Connecticut Congressional candidate was arrested on domestic violence charges just days ago -- but GOP insiders knew of the allegations against him for months

                                The arrest of Connecticut Congressional candidate Thomas Gilmer on the eve of this week’s Republican primary threw the race into disarray. But details of his alleged violent domestic assault were known in Republican circles for more than two months before anyone contacted authorities.

                                Gilmer’s primary opponent, Justin Anderson, spent weeks showing a graphic video of the alleged attack to his fellow Republicans as he worked to defeat the party-backed Gilmer. The state party chairman, J.R. Romano, acknowledged he knew about the allegations as early as May.

                                Anderson did not report the matter to the police until whispers of Gilmer’s past behavior spilled onto social media in late July -- two months after the party’s nominating convention. Other Republicans who were shown the video or informed of the allegations also did not contact the police, nor did party leaders alert rank and file Republicans, who selected Gilmer as the nominee.

                                At a time when the #MeToo movement has triggered a national reckoning on sexual harassment and violence against women, top Republicans are facing strong criticism for failing to take decisive action as Gilmer continued to seek the Republican nomination for Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District.

                                The victim -- who asked to remain anonymous because of concerns about her safety -- said Republican party officials had several opportunities to vet the allegations against Gilmer, but did not seem interested in taking action.

                                “They had multiple opportunities to make this situation right but they turned a blind eye,’' she said. “This is exactly why people don’t come forward to report these things.”

                                Rob Simmons of Stonington, a well-known Republican who held the 2nd District seat from 2001 to 2007. said Republicans in the 2nd District deserve a full accounting of who within the party leadership knew about the allegations against Gilmer before he was overwhelmingly endorsed at the May 11 nominating convention.

                                “It’s disgraceful,’' he said “We rely on our party structure to vet’s tremendously embarrassing to have the party promote a candidate who’s been involved in a vicious attack against a woman.’

                                “If, in fact, it is important to have a healthy two-party system here in Connecticut,’' Simmons said, “then the party leadership must be held accountable [for] what seems to me to be a major failure of leadership. A coverup.”

                                I don't know what Rob Simmons is bitching about, Republicans have known for years that Donald Trump enjoys assaulting women (and bragging about it) but that didn't stop them from nominating, electing, and then defending him against all comers, for any reason.
                                "Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy" ~ Judge J. Michael Luttig