by Evert Cilliers aka Adam Ash (original visuals by David Thall)
Here are the main traits that distinguish a psychopath:
1. A lack of empathy
2. A disregard for the rights of others
3. A failure to feel remorse or guilt
4. Grandiose self-worth
5. Pathological lying
6. Glib and superficial charm
7. Cheating, conning and defrauding others for personal gain
8. A tendency to display violent behavior
Remind you of somebody running for president of America?
1. Donald Trump, in the way he responded to the charges of the Khan family, showed a stunning lack of empathy.
2. Donald Trump, in the way he talks about Mexicans and Muslims, shows a stunning disregard for the rights of others.
3. Donald Trump, in the way he jauntily smears John McCain, Mexicans, Muslims, women, and even fellow Republicans, shows no remorse or guilt.
4. Donald Trump, in his stunningly high regard for his own amazingness, has a sense of grandiose self-worth second to none. Nobody in public life has ever exhibited such an amazing degree of narcissism.
5. Donald Trump can lie and then lie about that lie in the same sentence. PolitiFact states that 72% of Trump's public remarks about factual circumstances are false.
6. Donald Trump has an amazing amount of glib and superficial charm.
7. Donald Trump, who all his life has stiffed his business suppliers by not paying them for goods and services rendered unto him, has always been a cheating, defrauding con.
8. Donald Trump has encouraged his followers to commit violence and threatened Hillary Clinton with assassination. He said of the Democratic convention that he felt like hitting many of its speakers. “There was one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was going to hit this guy so hard, his head would spin. He wouldn't know what the hell happened.”
All of this is very true, but when did it become apparent that Trump was actually a psychopath?
It came home to me when he attacked the Khan family.
Who would have thought it would take a Muslim to finally smoke Donald Trump's ass?
He called the Mexicans rapists and they didn't take him down.
He said John McCain is no war hero because McCain was captured and McCain didn't take him down.
He said a judge couldn't be impartial in his Trump University fraud case because the judge was Mexican, and that couldn't take Trump down.
He called sixteen presidential candidates all sorts of names (low-energy Bush, little Marco, lying Ted), and they couldn't take him down. In fact, he took them down.
Then he made the mistake of screwing with the Muslims, and a Muslim family took him down.
To the point that he has revealed himself for what he really is: not simply a bigot, a racist, a sexist, a serial liar and an extreme narcissist, but an actual psychopath.
There is something beautifully karmic that a Muslim couple finally exposed Trump for what he is.
In further interviews, Mr Khan has said that Trump did not deserve to be our leader because he had “no moral compass, “lacked empathy,” and in a final putdown, had “a black soul.”
Mr Khan, a Harvard-trained lawyer, has given us the surest and final word on Trump.
And after the Khan affair, the media finally stopped cutting Trump any slack.
The Khan affair became Trump's Rubicon. That's when he went so far over the line, it became unforgivable. For Romney, it was his 47% comment. For Dukakis, it was giving an unemotional reply to the question about how he would react if someone raped his wife.
These moments reveal the true nature of folks who ask us for their vote, and Trump revealed himself fully in how he reacted to a Gold Star family's legitimate critique of himself.
He just couldn't leave that one alone, like any normal human being would have. He had to go and reveal himself as lacking any empathy at all.
He totally underscored Hillary's comment that he does not have the temperament to be our president or, as she has so succinctly put it, “a man you can bait with a tweet, is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
BTW, being a psychopath is a very useful thing to be in business. That's why 4% of CEOs are psychopaths, four times the normal ratio.
Trump, as a psychopath who feels no empathy for people, regularly stiffed his suppliers, in fact, made some of them bankrupt because he didn't pay them for their goods and services.
This psychopathic trait has served him very well in business.
1% of humanity are psychopathic, and Trump is a shining example of this horrible disorder. Clinical psychologist George Simon has said that Trump is “so classic that I'm archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there's no better example of his characteristics.” He conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior exhibited by narcissists, psychopaths and sociopaths. “Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He's like a dream come true.”
The Raw Story reports as follows:
Trump's dishonesty in his business dealings is shocking and unprecedented for a presidential candidate. Recently, the New York Times published an investigation about Donald Trump's business dealings and discovered, inter alia, that Trump was a defendant in literally thousands of law suits primarily brought by service providers and vendors whom he failed to pay for services rendered to him or his business organizations. It is abundantly clear that failing/refusing to pay vendors is part of Trump's business model. What type of reputable businessman — with a shred of integrity — would conduct business in such a manner? For this, and other reasons, several major financial institutions including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs flatly refuse to do business with Trump. Indeed, Trump's reputation in business is as a scam artist; as Mitt Romney, the last candidate for president of the Republican Party, put it, Trump is a “con man” and “snake-oil salesman.” Readers should look no further than the allegations involved in the Trump “University” scandal to find serious support for Romney's conclusions.
A fellow called Mark Singer in the late 1990s worked on a profile of Trump for The New Yorker. He wondered what went through Trump's mind when he was not playing the public role of Donald Trump. So Singer asked Trump: what are you thinking about when you are shaving in front of the mirror in the morning? Trump seemed baffled. So Singer tried a different question:
“O.K., I guess I'm asking, do you consider yourself ideal company?”
“You really want to know what I consider ideal company?,” Trump replied. “A total piece of ass.”
Singer might well have asked: Who are you, Mr. Trump, when you are alone? He never got an answer. He concluded that the real-estate mogul — before he became a reality-TV star and then a candidate for president — had achieved a remarkable feat: “an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.”
So there you have it. This is the man whom America has raised to the stature of the candidate of a major party running for president.
What does it say about America? What does it say about the Republican Party, and Republican members of Congress? Do 40% of Americans — the ones who say they will vote for Trump — themselves have “no moral compass,” “lack empathy,” and have “a black soul”?
One can only wonder. Trump has given us a look into our own souls which is a very black look indeed.
So, go ahead, vote for Trump. You will only prove that you yourself have psychopathic tendencies.