THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
As always, top scribes are surprised: Full disclosure! We've never met him, but Daniel Goldman seems like the nicest guy in the world.
He also seems like a thoroughly capable legal analyst. That said, on last evening's All In show, he brought the analysts right out of their chairs at one point.
The One True Channel still hasn't posted last night's "Full Episode" tape. For that reason, we can't transcribe Goldman's exact remarks—but we jotted quick notes at the time.
The scribes were discussing one of the tweets Trump laid down after the riot. "That tweet—it's really sociopathic," Goldman said, seeming perhaps a bit shocked.
Alas! Here in Our Town, we've never allowed ourselves to discuss a blindingly obvious fact. Almost surely, the former commander in chief is diagnosable as a sociopath.
Why does his behavior seem sociopathic? Because he's a sociopath! He's simply behaving the way a sociopath would.
Is the former commander a sociopath, whatever that might mean? For the millionth time, this is the way his niece, a clinical psychologist, describes his many psychopathologies:
MARY TRUMP (pages 12-13): None of the Trump siblings emerged unscathed from my grandfather's sociopathy and my grandmother's illnesses, both physical and psychological, but my uncle Donald and my father, Freddy, suffered more than the rest. In order to get a complete picture of Donald, his psychopathologies, and the meaning of his dysfunctional behavior, we need a thorough family history.
In the last three years, I’ve watched as countless pundits, armchair psychologists and journalists have kept missing the mark, using phrases such as "malignant narcissism" and "narcissistic personality disorder" in an attempt to make sense of Donald’s often bizarre and self-defeating behavior. I have no problem calling Donald a narcissist—he meets all nine criteria as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)—but the label only gets us so far.
[Clinical] experiences showed me time and again that diagnosis doesn't exist in a vacuum. Does Donald have other symptoms we aren't aware of? Are there other disorders that might have as much or more explanatory power? Maybe. A case could be made that he also meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder, which in its most severe forms is generally considered sociopathy but can also refer to chronic criminality, arrogance, and disregard for the rights of others...
The fact is, Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neuropsychological tests that he’ll never sit for.
In her widely-reviewed best-selling book, Mary Trump explicitly said that Fred Trump was a sociopath. Perhaps at the behest of her publisher, she was a bit more careful in discussing the former commander himself, but her account of his (many) "psychopathologies" left little to the imagination—except to major opinion leaders here in the streets of Our (low-functioning) Town.
Over Here, our tribunes agreed that we mustn't conduct such discussions. For that reason, we're still exuding surprise when we dare to say that one of the commander's tweets may seem sociopathic.
As far as we know, it isn't exactly a sociopath's fault if he's a sociopath. We'd like to see a medical / psychiatric expert discuss that point, but such discussions still aren't allowed in Our Town.
Instead, our tribunes play their reindeer games in standard Groundhog Day fashion. Here were Anderson Cooper and Jim Acosta, surprised again last night. They may have been discussing the same (sociopathic) tweet Goldman and Hayes discussed:
COOPER (2/10/21): Reaction now from the [former] president and the defendants...
Jim, this new video played by the House Managers today, showing former Vice President Pence and his family being whisked away as the mob was within a hundred feet of where him and his family were sheltering in place, it was certainly—
You know, it's terrifying just to watch it. To know that the former president also had then just, you know, in those moments tweeted against the vice president, adds, you know, insults and even more horror to it.
Do we know whether the former president had any reaction to that, or the rest of today's proceedings?
ACOSTA: ...What I'm hearing from my sources, Anderson, is that Donald Trump still does not feel any remorse for what happened on January 6th, as incredible, or perhaps as believable, as that sounds.
And one of the awful aspects of all of this, that he is not remorseful about it, is what happened to Vice President Mike Pence. When you see that footage of the vice president at the time and his family being whisked away by the Secret Service, it is—it is an affirmation of what I heard from Pence aides at the time, he said, they were furious with Donald Trump because he had been sending out those tweets.
There they went again, on this all-new Groundhog Day.! According to Acosta's breaking news, the former commander is not remorseful about the danger he directed at Pence.
The former commander isn't remorseful, the CNN star reported. As incredible as that may sound!
Sociopaths don't feel remorse, or so it's routinely said. Also, here in the streets of Our Town, our major upper-end star journalists just can't seem to get it together.