Ego above all: a reflection on President Trump


Grace Swanson, Reporter

President Trump is mentally and morally unfit for office. We have watched the reign of Donald Trump, from his sickening sexual claims, his racial discrimination, to putting the lives of millions at risk to prove he has more power than Kim Jong Un. So I ask you Mr. President, is your ego really above all?

By definition a narcissist is an ‘extremely self-centered person who has an exaggerated sense of self-importance.’ With the new New York Times best seller, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” psychiatrists not only address his symptoms of narcissism, but dive deeper into signs of psychopathy and other illnesses.

“We warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency,”writes Judith Lewis Herman of Harvard Medical School and Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine.

With his dangerous and unstable temperament, combined with his control over the armed forces, including our nuclear arsenal, not only is he affecting the lives of people in America but he is also threatening the world as a whole.

In a egotistical battle between Kim Jong Un and himself, Trump angrily tried to prove his power over Un’s after he threatened to Nuclear Bomb America.

“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” tweeted Trump.

Telling a country to “Bring it on” in a nuclear war threat, puts at risk the lives of the people in the country. Someone with an eye for destruction should not be accountable for the lives of millions.

Kim Jong Un isn’t the only world leader to experience Trump’s insanity – he screamed at the Prime Minister of Australia over the phone and shoved the Prime Minister of Montenegro to be in the front of a NATO photo op.

Apart from his obvious power to implement disastrous policies – from nuclear war, to mass deportation, irreversible climate policies, racial discrimination, gun violence – his basic interactions with the humans around him, including his family and advisors, are totally erratic.

For example, let’s examine his interactions with women.

“Grab them by the pu**y… I can do anything,” said Mr. President in a nauseating video. He once noted that, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, I would be dating her.” He claimed a tough question from a female journalist, Megyn Kelly, was due to her menstrual cycle. He further suggested that a female Senator would ‘do anything’ for a donation. If this is how he talks about in public, imagine how he treats them in private.

Apart from his comments about women, his treatment towards non-white people’s is appalling. Calling Mexicans ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’, saying that developing nations are ‘s***holes’, and calling black NFL players ‘sons of b****s’ is unfortunately common for many private citizens. However, for a sitting President to say this on national television, in front of the entire world, only offers a glimpse of his anger and lack of temperament.

“Trump shows indications of sociopathy, including lack of empathy, absence of guilt and intentional ma­nipu­la­tion. Put it all together and you have “malignant narcissism” stated  the Washington Post, with evidence backup from the aforementioned psychiatrists.

Trump’s tendency to react without thinking and boost his self-esteem has carelessly typed into twitter countless times, without a consideration of the consequences. He casually called for the government to revoke licenses of media outlets that criticize him, openly criticizes his own Cabinet officials, staff members, and fellow Republicans.

“Trump displays signs of extreme present hedonism… Combine hedonism, narcissism and bullying, and you get an impulsive, immature, incompetent person who, when in the position of ultimate power, easily slides into the role of the tyrant.”wrote psychologists Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword.

It’s not even safe for his own staff members. Trump flagrantly fires people who question him or seem unloyal, and, along with a 34% staff departure rate, he has had the largest staff turnover rate of any first year President.  Even those who support his monstrous agenda can’t work under his tyrannical nature.

Proof of Trump’s uneasy health provides clarity that he is truly fit for the role of presidency. Let’s hope we can survive his erratic actions in the future.