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I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.

Politics: Trump Shows Signs Of Psychopathology

The pundits are at a loss to explain Trump’s behavior. Obama said it’s not normal. Others said it’s Trump being Trump. My take: We are dealing with a psychopath who is extremely dangerous because of his power as POTUS.

Trump is on a rampage because of the above anonymous Op-Ed piece was presumably written by a high-ranking White House official. The content should alarm Americans and international leaders; however, the focus is a witch hunt to identify the writer. Doesn’t it concern Americans that we live in a democratic republic yet an official within Trump’s administration was too fearful to express his concerns to the president or to speak publicly? Doesn’t Trump’s response alarm Americans? Trump wants the attorney general and the department of justice to go on a witch hunt to unmask this person.

The anonymous WH official is not alone in expressing concern that Trump is a national security threat to this country. Several have written books sounding the alarm about Trump. I believe Bob Woodward’s book,

Fear: Trump in the White House

Fear: Trump in the White House

is due out next week.  How many people familiar with the administration need to express concern about Trump’s mental health, ethics, and competence before he is forced to undergo an independent medical and psychological evaluation at the very least?

People within the Trump White House know Trump is not fit to be President. So who are the people making the “right” decisions for Trump?

The pundits don’t realize to understand Trump they need to think like a psychopath. Of course, Trump thinks the attorney general should investigate his adversaries or political opponents. But that is not because Trump doesn’t understand the general principles of the US government or the constitution, it’s because he is a psychopath with too much power who now believes he is the supreme ruler that no one should defy. Take a look at Table 1 and think about Trump.

Trump needs a psychological evaluation.   Psychopathy is a constellation of symptoms that begin in early childhood. It is surprisingly more common than most think. According to the NIH, it is twice as common as schizophrenia, anorexia, and bipolar disorder. It is as common as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and panic disorder.  Psychopaths can be incredibly charismatic, but they lack empathy or a conscience and can be very volatile and manipulative.  They don’t accept responsibility for their actions unless doing so gets them what they desire. They are pathological liars. Also, they are promiscuous and often have many marital and extra-marital relationships.  They are impulsive, lead parasitic lives, and show poor self-control.

If Trump loves America and wants to make it great, shouldn’t he reassure Americans of his mental health?

Table 1

The 20 Items Listed on the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (Hare 1991; 2003)

The items corresponding to the early two-factor conceptualization of psychopathy,89 subsequent three-factor model,90 and current four-factor model are listed.91 The two-factor model labels are Interpersonal-Affective (Factor 1) and Social Deviance (Factor 2); the three-factor model labels are Arrogant and Deceitful Interpersonal Style (Factor 1); Deficient Affective Experience (Factor 2), and Impulsive and Irresponsible Behavioral Style (Factor 3); the four-factor model labels are Interpersonal (Factor 1), Affective (Factor 2), Lifestyle (Factor 3), and Antisocial (Factor 4). Items indicated with “–” did not load on any factor.

Item

2 Factor Model

3 Factor

4 Factor

1

Glibness-Superficial Charm

1

1

1

2

Grandiose Sense of Self Worth

1

1

1

3

Need for Stimulation

2

3

3

4

Pathological Lying

1

1

1

5

Conning-Manipulative

1

1

1

6

Lack of Remorse or Guilt

1

2

2

7

Shallow Affect

1

2

2

8

Callous-Lack of Empathy

1

2

2

9

Parasitic Lifestyle

2

3

3

10

Poor Behavioral Controls

2

4

11

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior

12

Early Behavioral Problems

2

4

13

Lack of Realistic, Long-Term Goals

2

3

3

14

Impulsivity

2

3

3

15

Irresponsibility

2

3

3

16

Failure to Accept Responsibility

1

2

2

17

Many Marital Relationships

18

Juvenile Delinquency

2

4

19

Revocation of Conditional Release

2

4

20

Criminal Versatility

4

Source of the table:  THE CRIMINAL PSYCHOPATH: HISTORY, NEUROSCIENCE, TREATMENT, AND ECONOMICS  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4059069/