It’s not an easy subject to address especially at a time when we are searching for unity, but it’s also a subject that can’t be ignored. The sadness is that it squarely involves mental illness, which is such a difficult matter and one for which the sufferer often deserves compassion even as the consequences of the condition require action, especially when those consequences affect so many not just here but around the world.
The sad and dangerous reality — ever more apparent than when I first raised it in these columns beginning over six months before the last Presidential election — is that President Trump is a sociopath with the further indication that he is paranoid. He suffers from a damaged sense of self-worth resulting in a very low self-image that can only be offset, however fleetingly, by his sense of having vanquished others. That good self-feeling never lasts long, however, and must be constantly refreshed. When a sociopath lies, there is a good chance that he has even persuaded himself that a readily documentable untruth is in fact “the truth” because, in his mind, no reality contrary to his own self-aggrandizing view could possibly be correct.