We offer one possible semi-correction!

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021

Is Donald J. Trump some version of "mentally ill?:" We generally put the term in quotes to signal the fact that it's a technical term.

Having said that, we'll  add this: 

In this new post, Kevin Drum says that Donald J. Trump seems to be "clinically delusional." We think the actual term would be something like some version of "mentally ill."

Kevin is responding to reports that Trump actually does believe that he'll be reinstated this summer. Kevin's responding to credible reports that Trump really does believe that.

We said, all along, that it looked to us like Trump did believe his various crazy claims. It would take a clinician to explain how something that strange could be possible. 

Instead, we get the successors to Chris Matthews—the entertainers, jugglers and clowns the cable nets put on the air. Around here, the analysts always say that they know what we need but the cable clowns know what we want.

Kevin has come to believe that Trump is "obviously delusional." It has looked that way to us for some time, but isn't the technical term for that "some version of mentally ill?"

Dr. Bandy X. Lee has been booted from Yale. All along, through all the lunacy, the cable stars—Lawrence O'Donnell excepted—agreed that we must never, ever hear from such medical specialists.

The suits didn't want them to raise such concerns. All across the cable landscape, the stars did what they were told.


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  1. For the billionth time, I ask: what possible difference can it make to debate whether Trump is delusional, a sociopath, or mentally ill? Would the shouts of “he’s mentally ill” coming from the hated mainstream media convince Trump supporters, or would it amplify their devotion? Has beloved Somerby even succeeded in convincing his die-hard right-wing fans David in Cal and Cecelia that Trump is mentally ill?

    It’s also been mentioned a thousand times, that “delusional”, “sociopath” and “mentally ill” aren’t synonyms. After all, Somerby is no psychologist.

    And I ask why it makes any difference because there are Trump loyalists and Trump-supporting GOP officials and legislatures auditing elections and putting laws in place to enable the madman to be re-installed or to ensure that a Biden or Biden-like victory does not happen again. Whether it’s delusion, madness, or naked fascism, it is happening right now.

    And that indicates that Trump may not be truly delusional.

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  4. "but isn't the technical term for that "some version of mentally ill?""

    "Some version of mentally ill" is nothing like a technical term. It is everyday language. A clinician talking to another clinician about Trump's condition would sound as opaque as two physicians or surgeons talking about a case.

    Somerby is majorly clueless about psychology and psychiatry. He really shouldn't be throwing terms around anyway, since he has no idea what he is talking about.

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  5. "Dr. Bandy X. Lee has been booted from Yale."

    Lee lost her job for violating the ethics of her profession. Back before she was fired, I said here several times that she was doing so. That apparently doesn't matter to Somerby. Phooey on ethics, as far as he is concerned.

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  6. When did Kevin Drum complete a residency in psychiatry? Why is his opinion any more important than the next guy on the barstool?

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  7. We would love to call your dembot-friend Kevin "clinically delusional", but he most certainly is not, dear Bob.

    He is, plain and simple, a garden variety dembot. And that explains him sounding "clinically delusional" all the time.

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    1. “The scale of Trump’s delusion is quite startling.” National Review senior writer C.W. Cooke.

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    2. Mao,
      You were funnier when you pretended you didn't LOVE the establishment. Sure it was ridiculous, but it was good shtick.
      This lazy, warmed over George Wallace act you've turned to, is Cecelia-level unfunny.

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  8. From Alan Blotcky, Salon (Commentary), via Rawstory:

    "The role of the free press is critical in a representative democracy. It is covered in the First Amendment of the Constitution for a reason. The overarching purpose of the press is to keep in the spotlight every deliberation and decision that is made in our government. The press is the watchdog of our elected officials.

    Politicians have tried to undermine the importance of the media by questioning their motives and intent. The most obviously self-serving and disingenuous case in point is Donald Trump, who spent his entire presidency trying to convince the public that the mainstream media is "the enemy of the people." Whenever he didn't like a story, he called it "fake news." His purposeful and relentless effort to undermine the public's trust in the media will be one of his worst legacies. Why? Because a free press is indispensable to democracy. We depend on it to inform, to explain, to interpret and, yes, to warn. To a large degree, that is what separates us from authoritarian regimes and "managed" pseudo-democracies."

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    Somerby has aided Trump and conservatives by continually attacking both the press and its role in our society.

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    1. Are there any situations where the press can be criticized? Have they been 100% successful watchdogs of our elected officials? 80%? Press criticism is off limits?

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    2. 9:43,
      Bob isn't criticizing the press. He's running interference for the Right.

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