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The Only GOP Platform is to Appease One Man's Malignant Narcissism

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As we move past the 2020 election with a President Joseph R. Biden, there is one group in America that is stuck in the past, Donald J. Trump and his supporters. Trump and his minions have chosen not to accept that defeat and are in turn waging a war on reality itself, choosing to eradicate all those who think differently about the outcome.

The core reason for this inability to accept reality? For Donald J. Trump it is clearly a case of malignant narcissism.

Understanding Narcissism

The article, How to Recognize a Malignant Narcissist, by Dr. Elizabeth Scott lays out malignant narcissism in simple terms as we read below:

Although there is only one official diagnosis for narcissists, there are different types of narcissists, and narcissism comes in varying degrees of severity. Grandiose narcissists, for instance, require excessive praise and attention, while vulnerable narcissists, tend to have a lot of anxiety and need a lot of supportive attention.

Among the different types, malignant narcissists are by far the most harmful to others. This subset contains the general traits of NPD, including regular egocentricity. But it also has some antisocial traits and even a sadistic streak as well as a poor sense of self and lack of empathy. There is often some paranoia involved with malignant narcissism as well.

Some experts see little difference between malignant narcissists and psychopaths in that both have antisocial behavior and low empathy.

Malignant narcissists can be highly manipulative, and they don't care who they hurt as long as they get their own way.

Other signs of malignant narcissism include:

  • Seeing the world in black-and-white terms, including seeing others as either friend or foe
  • Seeking to win at all costs and generally leaving a great amount of pain, frustration, and even heartache in their wake
  • Not caring about the pain they cause others—or may even enjoy it and experience it as empowering
  • Doing what it takes to prevent themselves from loss, inconvenience, or failing to get what they want in any situation

A Veritable Checklist of Donald J. Trump Traits

What is even more telling when looking at malignant narcissists, is the signs and symptoms that Dr. Scott notes. As one goes down the list, simply ask yourself whether each sign and symptom applies to Donald J. Trump.

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary, but the following are often characteristic in malignant narcissists:

  • Preoccupied with fantasies about beauty, brilliance, success, and power
  • Unable to handle criticism
  • Tendency to lash out if they feel slighted
  • Likely to take advantage of others to get what they want
  • Overly concerned about their appearance
  • The expectation of being treated as superior
  • Lack of empathy for others
  • Inflated sense of self and inability to self-regulate
  • Having no remorse for hurting others and no interest in apologizing unless it benefits them
  • Having an attitude of deserving the best of everything
  • Tendency to monopolize conversations and/or mistreat those who they perceive as inferior
  • Hidden insecurity and a weak sense of self
  • Tendency to blame others for their own bad behavior

When Leaders Became Followers

After reading the list of signs and symptoms, it should be fairly evident that Donald J. Trump suffers from malignant narcissism. Unfortunately, this is who the Republican party thought would make a great leader of the United States.

There was a moment right after January 6, 2021 where elected Republican leaders had a chance to break away from the chokehold that Trump had on their party, but they were too spineless to do the right and just thing and hold him accountable for his role in organizing and inciting his supporters to attack our own Congress based on the lies that forge that fake reality.

Instead of acknowledging the truth of what happened during the 2020 election, they abase themselves to those who have been convinced to follow the lies made by a man whose sole purpose is to convince others that he is not unpopular, not a loser. Instead of leading the party, they are following its most popular falsehood.

Donald J. Trump is petty and vindictive. He has made his platform one of retribution against those that stood up and did the right thing in 2020. What should scare most Americans should not be the natural inflation from a reopening economy, critical race theory not even being taught in schools, or the passage of bills that add one quarter of the debt of 2017's tax cuts, but the fact that Trump is systematically going about replacing all of those elected leaders and election workers who stood up for the truth of his loss.

With the exception of Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, the entirety of the Republican party now has a platform based on appeasing one man's inability to accept reality. While the majority of the party sat back and allowed Trump to convince people of his lie that the election was 'stolen' or 'rigged,' despite being one of the most secure and engaging elections in the country's history, sixty percent of the party became convinced of this man's fake reality. The lack of forceful pushback from within the party by its 'leaders' allowed Trump to make it a party with its core mission to fight for the right to live in an alternate reality.

The most incredulous thing about this is watching so many follow a mentally ill human being, some even being led to commit violent acts based on the lies that create the fake reality that he lost an election. To see what should be highly educated elected representatives defend that violence for political survival is extremely saddening. These are people that know the truth, but are unwilling to fight for that truth, instead acting as political cuckholds.

The leaders are following the extremists

The leaders are following the extremists

Putting This in Sports Terminology

Many within the Republican party now prefer that the party has become one of grievance and not of policy. The fight is more important than the governance.

In many humans, there is a competitive spirit and the basest motivation of playing to win can be satisfying. Setting aside fair play though leads to one that is not competing, but cheating. In being convinced that your opponent is your enemy, the empathy to win with humility or accept defeat with grace disappears.

In every sport, there are unwritten rules about respect for the game. The dehumanizing of the game and one's opponent turns sport into something ugly.

In 2020, Trump disrespected the game. He refused to concede his loss. In his warped mind, the scoreboard had him as the winner despite losing by two touchdowns. The other team cheated despite the referees never calling a penalty and instant review validating each and every play.

Trump incited a riot that broke the norms of the peaceful transfer of power within our country. He refused to shake hands with the opponent after the game and congratulate them on a well-played contest. Instead, he encouraged his fans to attack the referees in the parking lot. He was a poor sport and sixty percent of the Republican party backs that horrible display of sportsmanship.

Even worse, they back Trump's move to install his own referees and replay reviewers that see the game exactly how he does. Ones that will declare him the victor even if the other team scores more points. This is what America should be truly scared about, the installation of those that follow a malignant narcissist into his alternate reality.

The Dangers Going Forward

In understanding Trump's narcissism, one should be aware of the psychosis of a spiteful man that feels betrayed by much of the nation. Do we really want to elect his candidates that want to exact his retribution on the country?

We saw some of his vindictiveness already. While all other past presidents made public service media appearances when they got their vaccines, Trump undermined that message to his followers by not telling anyone until the media reported it to the public. Then, and only then, did Trump confirm that fact.

Trump endorses candidates against those that voted for his impeachment, those that voted for bipartisan legislation, and for those that voted to uphold the legitimate election.

Prior to the 2020 election, many psychologists called the outcome of Trump's loss in an article titled, What happens when a narcissist loses? Expect "rage" and "terror" psychologists warn.

We saw the outcome of his rage and terror on January 6 when he incited a riot against Congress. Does the country really want to elect those he endorses to inflict more of his rage and terror at the country turning away from his destructive narcissism?

Let's hope not, but at this point, it just might happen as that seems to be the most unifying policy platform for the Republican party. And that should terrify the majority of Americans.

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