We all remember 2016, when Donald Trump said he would only accept the election results if he won. So it is no surprise that he won’t accept the election results now that he has lost.
Never mind that it defies the constitution and threatens national security. Trump has provided adequate evidence that he doesn’t care about either. He only cares about himself and his fragile ego.
My July 2nd “Talking Turkey” reported on Dr. Vincent Greenwood’s psychiatric analysis of the president as meeting most of the 20 criteria of a psychopath. Refusal to accept loss is not one of them, but it is certainly consistent with them. Reviewing those 20 criteria now makes them ring truer than ever. Only two or three don’t apply:
1. Glibness/superficial charm
2. Egocentricity/grandiose sense of self-worth
3. Proneness to boredom/low frustration tolerance
4. Pathological lying and deception/gaslighting
5. Conning/lack of sincerity
6. Lack of remorse or guilt
7. Shallow affect
8. Callous/lack of empathy
9. Parasitic lifestyle
10. Poor behavioral controls
11. Promiscuous sexual behavior
12. Early behavioral problems
13. Lack of realistic long-term goals
16. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
17. Many short-term marital relationships
18. Juvenile delinquency
19. Revocation of conditional release
20. Criminal versatility
News Flash: Trump’s a Loser
Yes, Donald Trump is now a loser, whether he accepts it or not. He is even on record saying that he’s a bad loser.
A Nov. 7 Fast Company column by Joe Berkowitz has the simple headline, “Donald Trump is a Loser,” In it, he wrote that Trump has in fact been a loser in many ways (e.g. getting Mexico to pay for his wall) and lists 14 things we will lose with his departure:
1) The “fascist cruelty of Stephen Miller.”
2) Acceptance of white supremacy, “making racists feel happy, comfortable and validated.”
3) Loss of international esteem.
4) Denial of climate change.
5) Conversations about building “the wall.”
6) The “top-down politicization of the pandemic.”
7) A Trump-dominated news cycle.
8) Distrust of White House announcements, which typically focus on Trump’s inherent greatness.
9) Spite “as the prevalent motivating force,” aimed at “making liberals cry again.”
10) Loyalty to the president as the primary employment qualification.
11) The concept of “alternative facts”
12) The idea that the media is the opposition party and “enemy of the people.”
13) The president as a negative role model for children.
14) The president’s sense of infallibility, that he can do no wrong.
But this is such a limited list, isn’t it? I can think of several more things I look forward to losing.
1) “Shooting from the hip” without thinking and without consultation with advisors. Example: Middle-of-the-night tweeting in general, but specifically announcing troop withdrawal from Syria, abandoning our Kurdish allies.
2) The president thinking he knows it all — more than the generals, more than epidemiologists, more than climate scientists or scientists in general.
3) The president making policy decisions based solely on the desire to reverse the policy of his predecessor, regardless of whether the policy was a good one.
4) A president who is a psychopath, unable to express compassion, such as upon the death of Sen. John McCain, calling him a “loser.”