Is Donald Trump mentally ill?

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    Aug 02, 2016 10:13 PM GMT
    Apparently some reputable Democratic and Republican writers think so. I'm not a mental health professional, so I can't make that judgment. But, let's see what these writers are saying (courtesy of Dylan Stableford):

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    Is Donald Trump insane?

    That’s the question being asked in recent days by prominent columnists, both liberal and conservative, about the Republican presidential nominee.

    “During the primary season, as Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox,” Eugene Robinson wrote in an op-ed (“Is Donald Trump just plain crazy?”) published Tuesday in the Washington Post.

    “Now I am increasingly convinced that he’s just plain crazy,” Robinson continued. “I’m serious about that. Leave aside for the moment Trump’s policies, which in my opinion range from the unconstitutional to the un-American to the potentially catastrophic. At this point, it would be irresponsible to ignore the fact that Trump’s grasp on reality appears to be tenuous at best.”

    Robinson was not the only newspaper writer to recently ask such a blunt question about Trump’s fitness for office.

    “One wonders if Republican leaders have begun to realize that they may have hitched their fate and the fate of their party to a man with a disordered personality,” Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote in a separate Washington Post editorial on Monday. “We can leave it to the professionals to determine exactly what to call it. Suffice to say that Donald Trump’s response to the assorted speakers at the Democratic National Convention has not been rational.”

    Vox founder Ezra Klein made a similar observation following Trump’s press conference the day after last month’s Republican National Convention. Instead of focusing on a unifying message, Trump resurfaced the debunked conspiracy theory that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was linked to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    “Have we stopped to appreciate how crazy Donald Trump has gotten recently?” Klein asked.

    “There was no reason for Trump to say any of this,” Klein wrote. “Trump had just accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Cruz had been vanquished, booed off the stage. Trump’s opponent, now, was Hillary Clinton. But he couldn’t help himself. He couldn’t stay on message, he couldn’t suppress the crazy, for 24 hours.”

    “Yes, Donald Trump is crazy,” Steven Hayes added last week in the conservative Weekly Standard. “And, yes, the Republican party owns his insanity.”

    “I almost don’t blame Trump,” David Brooks wrote in the New York Times on July 29. “He is a morally untethered, spiritually vacuous man who appears haunted by multiple personality disorders. It is the ‘sane’ and ‘reasonable’ Republicans who deserve the shame.”

    It’s not just op-ed columnists questioning Trump’s sanity.

    At last week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Hillary Clinton while suggesting his fellow billionaire is not of sound mind.

    “Let’s elect a sane, competent person,” Bloomberg said.

    Another billionaire, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, also questioned Trump’s sanity.

    “Donald initially — I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there,” Cuban told CNN while campaigning with Clinton in his hometown of Pittsburgh on Saturday. “But then he went off the reservation and went bats*** crazy.”

    “We can gloss over it, laugh about it, analyze it,” Stuart Stevens, chief strategist to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, wrote on Twitter. “But Donald Trump is not a well man.”

    Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio, though, argues that Trump is not crazy but instead “sees the world as a constant struggle for victory and lacks a moral compass.”

    “The word ‘crazy’ conjures up a person who is so plagued by delusions, or perhaps hallucinations, that he makes no sense at all,” D’Antonio wrote in an op-ed for CNN.com. “Consider his success, both before and during his pursuit of the presidency, and it’s hard to argue that Trump suffers from such a profoundly distorted view of reality. In fact he has long demonstrated a keen awareness of how our society worships celebrity and rewards those who can attract the limelight and hold its focus.”

    The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But when the Toronto Star asked about the recent onslaught of questions surrounding his mental health, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks referred him to the candidate’s medical report.

    “I’m sure you saw Mr. Trump’s medical report released in December of last year, which described him as perhaps the healthiest individual to ever be elected President,” Hicks wrote in an email to the paper. “I refer you to that.”

    But as the Star’s Daniel Dale noted, that report addressed physical — and not mental — health.




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    Aug 02, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
    Let's take some quotes from this:

    Yes, Donald Trump is crazy,” Steven Hayes added last week in the conservative Weekly Standard. “And, yes, the Republican party owns his insanity.”

    “I almost don’t blame Trump,” David Brooks wrote in the New York Times on July 29. “He is a morally untethered, spiritually vacuous man who appears haunted by multiple personality disorders. It is the ‘sane’ and ‘reasonable’ Republicans who deserve the shame.”

    It’s not just op-ed columnists questioning Trump’s sanity.

    At last week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Hillary Clinton while suggesting his fellow billionaire is not of sound mind.

    “Let’s elect a sane, competent person,” Bloomberg said.

    Another billionaire, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, also questioned Trump’s sanity.

    “Donald initially — I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there,” Cuban told CNN while campaigning with Clinton in his hometown of Pittsburgh on Saturday. “But then he went off the reservation and went bats*** crazy.”

    “We can gloss over it, laugh about it, analyze it,” Stuart Stevens, chief strategist to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, wrote on Twitter. “But Donald Trump is not a well man.”


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    Aug 03, 2016 3:18 AM GMT
    So it would seem some columnists and a few members of the 1% think the Donald is crazy.

    I would expect columnists and political establishment types to say he is crazy for ideological reasons.
    Any member of the 1% may see him as a threat to their wealth.
    Status quo continuity is what Hillary offers- she says. The 1% can rest easy.

    The 99% (of the voters) who used to have decent paying middle class jobs are probably unmoved.





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    Aug 03, 2016 1:45 PM GMT
    yes
    maybe as a younger man he had a grip but i just cant see any corporation or bank doing significant business with Trump Inc. He is over 70 years old and not a sharp tool any more.
    a Washington Post article:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-reaches-new-level-of-panic-over-trumps-candidacy/2016/08/03/de461880-5988-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html
    from NBC news:
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-allies-plot-candidate-intervention-after-disastrous-48-hours-n622216
    New York Times
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/opinion/bipartisan-attacks-on-donald-trump.html?_r=0

    The Republicans brought us George Bush who was an idiot and now Trump the certified tyrant. I mean why not?
    we have reason for fear.

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    Aug 03, 2016 3:27 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]desertmuscl said[/cite]So it would seem some columnists and a few members of the 1% think the Donald is crazy.

    I would expect columnists and political establishment types to say he is crazy for ideological reasons.
    Any member of the 1% may see him as a threat to their wealth.
    Status quo continuity is what Hillary offers- she says. The 1% can rest easy.

    The 99% (of the voters) who used to have decent paying middle class jobs are probably unmoved.

    During a Trump presidency, how do you think the personal wealth of IVANKA, DONALD JR. and ERIC TRUMP will be affected?
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    Aug 03, 2016 5:38 PM GMT
    Mental illness runs rampant in society. I've an adopted nephew with severe issues that my brother and sister in law have been angels in dealing with and giving this kid all the time & skills and every chance to make it in this world. A narcissistic cousin completely screwed me, never mind all through life, but in spades right when I was in deep mourning for my mother and my partner and my mentor and, yup, even my dog who all died concurrently. This cousin who could never get along with her own family, who we'd taken into ours for decades, betrayed us completely after having taken such advantage of our love & hospitality.

    So be it adopted or by blood, this shit is born into our families. Now leave the house. Oh nooos. There's more. In my office for many years--as I'd only later realize because I used to pride myself on giving everyone the benefit of the doubt--our receptionist was a pathological liar. That & other issues there got so nasty that I started working out of the house.

    But having a mental illness doesn't mean that many of those afflicted can't be quite high functioning. Indeed, their mental illness might even benefit them, given certain structures of society, such as, say, a CEO who has no conscience about firing people. Whereas those of us who are afflicted with what we might judge as the better qualities of life such as empathy, wind up restrained by our conscience from certain activity. I left the corporate world when the job I had pioneered as prototype turned real so that instead of investigating what was possible, we were about to institute it. That would have meant me going around the country, automating and thereby ruining the lives my colleagues by making redundant their positions. It would have meant more money for me. It would have looked great on my resume. But I wouldn't have been able to live with myself. It had been fun to explore when I thought of that as supplemental to our efforts, but to then use those methods to destroy people's livelihoods by replacing them. Noooooo thank you. I left.

    I could not be president. I could not send our troops to war. That's not me. So even when we talk about the lesser of two evils, news flash: anyone wanting that position is somewhat evil, no matter how Green you make yourself out to be. If you are not an anarchist, you are a control freak and you've got some mental issues. But that is the world, Because anarchy doesn't work either. Why? What, be responsible for ourselves and don't harm others, heaven forbid? There is that much mental illness in the world.

    So the better question is, does he have the right mental illness for that job. And the answer to that is no. We don't need someone with attention deficit disorder have twitchy finger on the button, even be it a tiny finger.

    You can't be overly empathic to take that job, but you can't simply fake empathy either. That might work well enough in his relationships, but not as president. Too much of a connection with empathy can prevent from carrying out necessary but difficult decisions. No connection, faked connection assures wrong decisions. Trump himself has shown us that he is not fit to be president.
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    Aug 03, 2016 8:54 PM GMT
    Mentally Ill as most gay guys???? hahaa

    Think about all the similar qualities?? HAHA

    Most humans have some kind of disorder.
    It goes with being a human! Right?