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As mental health professionals, we cannot remain silent: Trump’s authoritarian presidency is a national emergency

Donald Trump is a malignant narcissist with antisocial proclivities and a core sadism. It is this combination of psychopathology that leads him to be intensely attracted to the powers of a dictator. Indeed, Trump has proven repeatedly that he wants America to be an autocracy, not a democracy. He has systemically and purposefully guided our country toward dictatorial rule during the past four years. He has frequently embraced, admired, complimented, envied and even fawned over autocratic leaders throughout the world.

Donald Trump in a second term would be unstoppable. And America might be changed forever.

Trump seeks complete power and control. According to him, the president has absolute, all-encompassing authority. As such, Trump does not abide by norms or rules. He breaks laws with impunity. He interferes with all attempts at oversight and accountability. He believes that he is free to exert his power as he sees fit, no matter the motivation or legality or well-being of anyone other than Donald Trump.

Despite taking the presidential oath, Trump exhibits no intention to uphold or defend our Constitution. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He has demonstrated his belief that the executive branch holds all power. Look at how he has politicized the Department of Justice; he has been able to get investigations of himself and his cronies stopped. Branches of government in a dictatorship exist solely for the benefit and pleasure of the leader. Trump treats our judicial branch as an extension of himself, and as a vehicle for obtaining power and hiding his corruption.

Trump does not believe in the value of the free press because its function is antithetical to his needs and wishes. His constant proclamation of “fake news” is his way of trying to undermine and even destroy the credibility of the free press. Trump asserts that he has the right to jail journalists. He tries to portray journalists as “the enemy of the people,” even though their role is to serve as a watchdog of government and to inform the citizenry. In a similar vein, Trump believes he has the right to jail political rivals. He sees them as his mortal “enemies” because they have the audacity to compete against him or to speak out in opposition. He seeks to exact sadistic vengeance on his political rivals in order to destroy them and to enhance his power.

For Trump, gaslighting the American public is real, while facts and information are “fake.” Reality for Trump is not defined by data or rationality but by his own needs and wants. To reach his goal of control and power, Trump is more than comfortable with his lies, misinformation, conspiracy theories, magical thinking, scapegoating, denials and rambling blather.

There is more information and the rest of the article at the link above, I suggest people read it.  It is not really long.    Hugs

3 thoughts on “As mental health professionals, we cannot remain silent: Trump’s authoritarian presidency is a national emergency

  1. Nan says:

    The article doesn’t say anything that most of us don’t already know …

    BTW, on the same lines … as we know –and he has admitted– Trump has not addressed the situation with Putin related to paying to have our troops killed, yet it’s been reported he’s talked with him numerous times (18?). I sometimes wonder if the core reason for the calls is to get Putin’s viewpoint on various issues so Trump can emulate them here in the states. After all, we already know he “admires” the guy.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Nan. Yes what you say is true. I am still unsure if Putin has something on tRump or just plays him like a very useful idiot. The way tRump came out of that meeting in Helsinki, so forlorn and dejected while Putin was bouncing with happiness still haunts me. Pelosi says she is sure that tRump is compromised and Putin has something on him, and she gets the intel briefings when they can force the intel people to do it. Either way tRump is a clear and present danger to national security. Hugs

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      1. Nan says:

        I would say the thing that Putin currently has on Trump is VOTES.

        But yes, I totally believe he’s compromised. There’s been way too much reported about his financial connections over the years with Russian companies not to think so.

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