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Does Trump Suffer from NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)?

Updated on January 21, 2017

Who was Narcissus?

Wikipedia:

"Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one's physical appearance.

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was attracted to a pool of water, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with his own image. But he did not realize it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus lost his will to live. He continued to stare at his reflection until he finally died."

What are the Traits of a person who suffers with NPD?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), individuals with NPD, typically have most or all of the following symptoms:

  1. Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment from others
  2. Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
  3. Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions
  4. Needing constant admiration from others
  5. Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others
  6. Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain
  7. Unwilling to empathize with others' feelings, wishes, or needs
  8. Intensely envious of others and the belief that others are equally envious of them
  9. Pompous and arrogant demeanor

It should be noted NPD is not a psychological disorder, but rather a personality disorder. The following paragraphs connect Trump's behavior to the symptoms of NPD.

Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment from others

His grandiosity was on display with the video tape that shows him talking to Billy Bush about grabbing women's private parts and trying to go to bed with a married women ( Nancy O'Dell) who is a star of TV. show. He also said, "when you are famous, women will allow you to do anything to them."

During the elections, Trump said he wanted to be treated fairly, however he never treated his opponents fairly with name calling, slander and many untruths.

When Trump had his meeting with Mexico's president Vicente Fox, he said President Fox agreed to pay for the wall, when in fact the next day, the president said, he didn't say that.

1/7/2017: Trump now says, we the tax payers are going to pay for the wall, but we will be reimbursed by Mexico. He doesn't say how or when.

Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.

He fantasizes about being the smartest person in the room and constantly talks about how he is a winner, he knows how to win and others are losers.

He had two beautiful trophy wives and now has a third one. He is quick to insult, without remorse, others who don't meet his standards for beauty and success.

He has the Trump name brand plastered on everything he touches, including his Airplane, Helicopter, buildings, casinos, golf courses, and even liquor.

Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions

He admires Putin and his percieved strength over Obama. He sees the world, as narcissist do, as winners and losers. if he sees you as a loser, then more than likely he will despise you. According to many studies, what narcissist are really doing is covering up for their own deficiencies and inferiority.

Look at his cabinet picks. His cabinet is made up of elitist billionaires and generals. During his campaign, he constantly stated that the economy was a disaster and he was the only one who could fix it.

One of the traits of people with NPD is they have to have co-dependents who serve them. That's why he has put his surrogates on CNN that can spin his every move. He has Kellyann Conway as his senior adviser on all the talk shows. She is really his Minister of Propaganda as she spins and weaves every question that is thrown at her. His children are co-dependents as well. They are just an extension of him.

Needing constant admiration from others

Even as president elect, he is still in campaign mode and holds rallies to thank those who voted for him and show him admiration. He thrives on that feedback of "love" and the attention to feed his ego. At his rallies and now at his press conference, he still keeps bringing up how he beat everybody in the race to the White House.

In his first press conference, he said, "If Putin likes Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability." That is clearly a sign that he wants to align himself with a person of power that he admires, but he also sees that as a gesture of admiration from Putin.

1/21/2017: Trump met with the CIA today. After the meeting, he addressed the CIA staffers and he talked about how there were so many people at his inauguration. He didn't even thank them for the service and sacrifice. But he talked about how great he is going to be as their president.

Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others

He is a master at dividing and conquering. He divided and conquered the whole republican primary field by using name calling and labels with all of his opponents. Hillary Clinton was called "crooked Hillary", and Bernie Sanders was called "Crazy Bernie." Just recently, he called Chuck Schummer "The Clown." He made Christie, Giuliani, and Romney his lackeys, until he didn't need them anymore and then he discarded them.

While campaigning against Hillary, he said if she wins, the system is rigged. It turns out he won, so now he never talks about the system being rigged.

1/13/2017: Based on Trump's edict, some GOP congressmen are having second thoughts about repealing and replacing Obama care so quickly. I have a feeling, he will do what he does best and that is divide and conquer to get the resistant ones to come to the table.

Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain

When asked about John McCain as being a war hero, he said he didn't consider him a hero because he was shot down and was in prison. He likes people who aren't captured. Trump likes to do this not so much for the person he is attacking, but for the people who are watching. He sees McCain as a loser because he was captured.

When Trump was exploiting the Obama birther movement, he would say things like, " An extremely credible source’” had called his office to inform him that Mr. Obama’s birth certificate was “a fraud.” it took him five years and many accusations to almost admit that he was wrong about where Obama was born and where he went to college.

Unwilling to empathize with others' feelings, wishes, or needs

A classic sign of NPD is a total lack of empathy. He does not care who he hurts, he feels nothing. During the Democratic Convention. There was a Muslim couple on stage who lost their son in Iraq. He accused the parents of being controlled by the Clinton campaign and that Hillary wrote the script. Then he said his wife never said anything.

During a campaign rally, Trump mocked a reporter with a disability, by making spastic moves and gestures. It turns out this reporter challenged Trump about his 911 claims that he saw 2,000 Muslims in New Jersey cheering the destruction of the Trade Center as it was coming down and that they were having tail gate parties.

1/9/2017: Meryl Streep in her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes awards made reference to Trump mocking the reporter. Trump tweeted the next day attacking Meryl Streep. The tweet follows below.

Pompous and arrogant demeanor

Just because he went to military school, he claims he knows more about the military than the people and generals who are actually in the military. He said he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings because he’s a “smart person.”

In his first press conference, he placed on the table in front of him all the alleged stacks of legal documents in binders and manila folders that were to prevent him from having a conflict of interest with his financial holdings as president. He even had his lawyer read the legal briefs. The problem was that none of the documents had any titles or labels. When asked if people could read, them, his reply was, "no you cannot, these are company documents." What is the possibility that these are just props?

How Trump uses Rhetorical Devices

  • I won't say it, and then he says it anyway.
  • Example - When talking about Carly Fiorina he said, “I promised I would not say that she ran Hewlett-Packard into the ground, that she laid off tens of thousands of people and she got viciously fired,” he said. “I said I will not say it, so I will not say it.”
  • Indirect Speech
  • Example - "Russia if you are listening, I hope you find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
  • Glad Words - in propaganda parlance, glad words are adjectives that are used to exaggerate a point. They include terrific, huge, fantastic, beautiful, spectacular, magnificent. If you were to remove those words, would the meaning of the speech change? He also uses them in negative connotations, words like disaster, train wreck, failure, sad, so sad.
  • Repetition - If Trump wants to drive home a point, he says the same words over and over again, sometimes in the same sentence. When he says "believe me." it is better not to believe him because the chances of him not telling truth are pretty strong.

Conclusion

After doing the research and analysis for this piece, I have come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is a complex person and a master salesman and marketeer. He knows how to reach people by coming down to their level and acting like he understands what they are feeling, much like Bill Clinton said, "I feel your pain." However, his NPD, gets in the way of him being genuine and authentic. His behavior is becoming more predictable every day he is on the world stage. He now uses tweets to lash out at people who criticize him or don't agree with him. When he is talking to his audience his rhetoric is almost down to the fourth grade level. It will be interesting to see how he behaves as president and whether he will be able to control his NPD. I have learned from writing this piece that he may exhibit several symptoms of NPD in a single setting. That is an indication of how complex this person is. The next time you see and hear him try looking for these symptoms and see if they fit what I have described.

After reading this entire hub page (article), do you think Trump suffers from NPD?

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      Mike Russo 3 months ago from Placentia California

      Thanks for dropping by Catherine. I think between the two of us we pretty much nailed it. It is getting to be like a soap opera on steroids. Things are happening so fast, it is hard to keep up with the scandals. I think they want us to become complacent, so they can slip their underhanded policies in without us noticing. But people like you and me are not going to stop paying attention.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I just wrote a hub about Trump's various kinds of "crazy," and you commented about your hub on Trump's narcissism. You have done a great job going into more detail than I had space for because I wanted to include the many other personality disorders Trump manifests.

      This is a great explanation of Trump's narcissism. I think most people know that Trump is a narcissist, but they don't realize how dangerous it is for this kind of person to be a U.S. president. We all have a little bit of narcissism, but trump is a extreme narcissist or a "malignant narcissist."

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      Mike Russo 4 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: Your comment doesn't seem to fit the narrative of your previous comment. This is what you said:

      "Obama is still holding on the world stage after leaving office.

      What do you call that?

      Most ex Preseidents leave Washington and write their memoirs and build their libraries...

      Why is he still in politics?

      http://www.talkativeman.com/hitchens-"

      I'm no shrink, but it is hard to deny that his behavior does not fit the profile of DMS-5. I'm aware that it is illegal for a shrink to diagnose problems without having the person in session. That is called the Goldwater Rule, because Barry Goldwater sued some shrinks for diagnosing him to be unfit to be president. He sued them for 6 million, so now they are protecting themselves with this rule. But that doesn't apply to me because I'm not a shrink. Have a great day.

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      Jack Lee 4 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, I am just pointing out no one can really diagnose a condition based on public persona.You can have an opinion and that is fine. I do think Trump is an egotist. That in itself does not disqualify him from being the President. I draw the line with psychiatrists who claim Trump is insane...they are just talking heads on TV and conducting malpractice of their profession.

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      Mike Russo 4 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: How is Obama holding onto the world stage? Are you talking about the "deep state?" I watched your video and also read the text. He only states that Obama's speech was about the future looking backward. And then he calls Obama a narcissistic megalomaniac and that no one will remember a word of his speech. Here is what he said:

      "not a single memorable phrase in it … time isn’t going to make people not remember a word Obama said in Philadelphia … most boring speech ever made … [saying] this will be the moment we will look back on as when the oceans started raising … so just by getting the delegate card, he has arrested the climate crisis and no one thinks it is funny except me … this is a megalomaniacal narcissist …"

      This is the same thing Trump does with name calling without any justification. Anybody can give a person a label. That doesn't necessarily mean it's true. My article about Trump gives concrete examples as to why he fits the profile of NPD. He demonstrates it in his behavior every day. Did you see the video of him wrestling with the guy who they replaced his head with a CNN logo? He tweeted that to the world. He has divided the news into those who support him, like when he is on Fox News, and says all others are fake news and "the enemy of the people." He hates CNN because they speak the truth about him. They even have his surrogates on their shows. I never thought about it, but Trump is also megalomniacal when he says things like, "Only I can fix the country, believe me."

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      Jack Lee 4 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Obama is still holding on the world stage after leaving office.

      What do you call that?

      Most ex Preseidents leave Washington and write their memoirs and build their libraries...

      Why is he still in politics?

      http://www.talkativeman.com/hitchens-obama-megalom...

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      Mike Russo 4 months ago from Placentia California

      Catherine: Thank you for stopping by and your comments. I'm honored to have such an accomplished writer read my article. I think you are right about the balloon about ready to burst, but when it does burst, not only will hot air come out, but a whole lot of smoke.

      I think the first to feel the balloon burst will be the coal miners and steel workers who will not get their jobs back who will be part of the 22 million who will lose their health care insurance.

      Thanks again for stopping by, cheers.

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      Catherine Giordano 4 months ago from Orlando Florida

      You did a terrific job with this piece. Your examples made the case that Trump exhibits all the signs of NPD. I think the stress of being president is making his personality disorder(s) worse. Additionally, everyone-- from his cabinet, to his staff, to foreign leaders--knows they have to feed his ego. Imagine what happens when you constantly blow air into a balloon. It gets bigger and bigger, and then it bursts. I think we are seeing the balloon on the verge of bursting right now.

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      Norine Williams 9 months ago

      Amen!

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      Norine: I don't know time will tell. If praying makes you feel at peace then pray and hope that he will do the right thing.

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mike....I never expect that someone is going to instantly "argue" with me when I make a simple comment of my opinion. I'll answer a question but in fact, I will refuse to argue. IMO, you and & I understand one another's position & that's that. If you'll notice, I can disagree w/ people without getting into a back & forth. In fact, that's not my style. I'm one who knows we're all entitled to our own.

      Let's HOPE we don't all act like what you accuse DT of doing, please!

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      Norine Williams 9 months ago

      If Trump REALLY wants to expose the corrupt political system, I'm all for it but if he has ulterior motives other than "for the good of the country" which exemplifies symptoms of NPD; I worry because as Mr. Rousso has stated "He now has the nuclear codes!" This is a GREAT concern and my spirit is not at peace!

      Although we have rights under the Constitution, he's a master at finding "loopholes" and my concern is "What is he going to do with ALL of the "Ignorant" (aka "losers") people?"

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: Not only the XL pipeline, but also the Dakota Access Pipeline. Time will tell if it is a good deal or a bad deal in a country where we are trying to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels. There is a price that is paid for every decision Jack. What is the environmental impact on the pipeline? It probably will create more jobs in the beginning, but once it is in place, I understand it doesn't take but about 50 people to run it. I don't know if it is what the people wanted or what the oil companies wanted and made the people believe that is what they wanted.

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      Jack Lee 9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, you can hold your own opinion. I am not interested in Clinton either. We agree there.

      As for Trump, he just signed the order to build the XL pipeline which Obama rejected. That will mean many thousands of jobs for Americans. And guess what, this was something a majority of Americans wanted... what a novel idea... An elected official doing what the people want.

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      jackclee lm, My Two Pennies, fpherj48: I'm not going to argue with any of the three of you. Hillary is out of the picture now and that is exactly what conservative and the GOP has wanted for years. It's a done deal. I only agreed with Shyron and I still hold my beliefs as you hold yours.

      My concentration is on Trump right now. He already seems more dangerous to me than Hillary could ever be. Even today, he is still hung up on insisting the popular vote was in his favor. That is a classic symptom of narcissists who can't stand to be criticized. It drives him crazy. He has to fight back. What concerns me, is he now has the nuclear codes. That portends for more danger than anything Hillary could have done in all her years. He has already shutdown media access to the EPA and the USDA, what's next? The last time I looked. The first amendment states, congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. But it doesn't say anything about the president doing it.

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MTP.......Perhaps (re:Biden) But I for one am damned glad he didn't run! He would surely have given "The Corrupt One" a major, vital position in his cabinet, which by the way was in direct contrast to the # ONE goal of eradicating her from politics completely! PLEASE.....let that lovely couple keep moving on their way to Never Never Land.....far far away.

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      My Two Pennies 9 months ago from United States

      Right on Jack ^. I can't get over the disconnect that people have with this election. Anyway insisting that Hillary Clinton is not corrupt, for the average American, cares about the plight of the majority in this country, or was anything other than an arrogant elitist who thought she was going to be crowned queen is just misguided. DNC should have really rolled with Biden. He was certainly their best establishment bet.

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      Jack Lee 9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Sorry I had to jump in. Hillary destroyed herself without any help from outside or Trump. She was a flawed candidate from the start. She had a huge resume but little accomplishments. She was part of the system along with Wall Street, Goldman Sachs..., she was corrupt by her dealings with the Clinton Foundation and the foreign donations and quid pro quo...She created a home email server to avoid the FOIA requests. Her lies on Benghazi sealed her fate and will follow her to the end. The investigations started because of lies and one thing lead to the other and the whole thing unraveled. The truth hurts. The DNC would have been better if they ran with Bernie Sanders. At least he was honest.

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      Norine: Let's hope and pray that he does not violate our rights. Let's just be vigil. If he does violate our rights, then we do have the right to take action under the Constitution.

      Thanks again for your comments.

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      Shyron: Always great to hear from you. Hillary has been a threat and the target of the GOP and conservatives for many years and now they found the guy who can take her down and he did. Trump and his dream team are just what they have been waiting for. But Trump is a divider and conqueror. I believe it is in his DNA, so they better be careful.

      Thanks and many blessing to you as well my friend.

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      Norine Williams 9 months ago

      "He sees the world, as narcissist do, as winners and losers. if he sees you as a loser, then more than likely he will despise you."

      Mr. Rousso, this statement worries me! My spirit is uneasy! What do you suppose he is going to do with all the "ignorant" people who are the "majority" in his eyesight? Have we no place in *his* world?

      You've certainly proved that he possibly suffers from NPD, and GOD have mercy on us IF he does! We need to pray America! We can't fight against one with such power and a possible disorder even exercising our "rights" under the Constitution!

      There's nothing left for us but PRAYER!

      LORD HELP US!

      I pray!

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Mike, you did such a great job on this by showing this creep as the rude, crude and vulgar excues of a human being.

      Thank you for setting the people straight about Hillary, I have followed her career for over 30 years and saw the lengths to which these people will go to destroy someone who is so much more intellegent than any of them. I would suggest that anyone who thinks she is so bad read the story of Susan McDougal.

      Thanks and many Blessings, my friend.

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      Norine: I don't know, I don't think the American people will allow that to happen. We shall see, but Thank you for dropping by and thanks for your "Excellent" rating.

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      Norine Williams 9 months ago

      EXCELLENT!

      You know, I pray this man doesn't demand a "registry" of all that disagrees with his philosophy and take action against those in disagreement! OMG! What's going to happen to democracy?

      Mr. Russo do you think there's a possibility of America becoming a regime?

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      as you have disregarded mine on "Fake News".... I can't help it if I'm running out of creative expressions and phrases to describe your lack of depth and obsession with parasitism... I will try harder! Hub is out already.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      MTP: Again, you have not answered a single one of my questions or provided a single source for your statements. All you can do is give your opinions and insults. I looked up the Socratic method and I don't think you are using it. You are supposed to be asking questions that delve deeper into the truth on both sides. I haven't seen you do that in any of your comments. Somehow, you think giving your opinion and insulting others is the Socratic method that you so proudly think that you are using. Maybe I'm missing something, please enlighten me if you can. I think you really enjoy putting down others who do not agree with you.

      The truth is you seem to use the same terms in all of your comments. It is getting quite boring: "tantrum, arrogance, elitist, condescending, left wing talking points, tolerant leftists, blinded by ideology, liberal hypocrisy, west coast liberal, playing victim" just to name a few. I don't think this is what Socrates meant by his method. I'm looking forward to reading your next hub.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      If I was going to discredit your liberal links, because I am a conservative and used conservative websites to do so, how is that providing an acceptable source?

      Should I just label everything you provide as fake news? Because that is your predictably pathetic tactic of countering anyone who presents any sites you don't agree with. News flash, the people labeling right leaning sites as "fake news," are leftist ideologues like you that wish to silence and limit any opposition (you either know this already or cannot accept the very obvious truth).

      I do admit that it continues to give me a good laugh to see you go off on these long rants, condemning and belittling anyone that disagrees with the liberal agenda. Jack's absolutely right, you live in a bubble of west coastism....

      I saw that you smugly mentioned polls to Jack above, which is ironically the subject of my newest hub. See you in the comment sections, if you dare ;)

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      MTP:

      "Your own words once again leave you with egg on your face... "Jack: If you google the Federalist, you will find that it is considered a fake news site with extreme right wing bias" So, it's my opinion that you, "discredit other individual's sources as fake news because a liberal website says so (really, who's making the determination? I bet it's not unbiased...), when you still cling to some misguided notion that CNN is legitimate."? Your hypocrisy fully on display once more as you did just that to Jack. That is not my opinion, it is exactly what you did..."

      Again, you provide no sources, but want me to validate my sources. I don't know if these are liberal websites. They are just a service that is provided.

      http://www.fakenewschecker.com/fake-news-source/fe...

      https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-federalist/

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/24/us...

      "Speaking of which, just because I don't "Watch" news doesn't mean that I am not constantly reading and obtaining information online. Cable news is your generation's means of acquiring information, not the only method..."

      Obliviously, I get information on line as well, or we would not be having this conversation. Reading is just not limited to conservatives. I read as well, you should try reading the Art of the Deal, by your favorite President Elect and then read the review that the person who actually wrote it has to say about Trump. Here is the link.

      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donal...

      "Are you really going to resort to playing victim again, in lieu of presenting an argument that doesn't start with citing Wikipedia? For someone so enlightened, predictably disappointing of a challenge to counter as always..."

      I don't consider myself a victim at all. I was a technical writer for 30 years and a online course developer for 10 years. That is called an outline so that the reader knows what to expect and then I followed my outline with irrefutable information. I'm sure such a learned person as yourself who uses the Socratic method, knows the old adage of Tell them what your going to tell them; tell them; then tell them what you told them.

      You have not answered any of my questions and you have not given me any sources, other than you don't watch cable news, you read, and you get your information on line. How do I know from that, that your sources are not all right wing propaganda?

      By the way is tag teaming with Wild Bill and Paula, part of the Socratic method? I bet you won't answer any of my questions again, but again tell me I'm the victim. You notice, I reply specifically to everyone of your paragraphs. I don't generalize like you do.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      Your own words once again leave you with egg on your face... "Jack: If you google the Federalist, you will find that it is considered a fake news site with extreme right wing bias"

      So, it's my opinion that you, "discredit other individual's sources as fake news because a liberal website says so (really, who's making the determination? I bet it's not unbiased...), when you still cling to some misguided notion that CNN is legitimate."? Your hypocrisy fully on display once more as you did just that to Jack. That is not my opinion, it is exactly what you did...

      You are the definition of a partisan, who cannot escape the narrow perspective of what the mainstream media tells you to think.

      Speaking of which, just because I don't "Watch" news doesn't mean that I am not constantly reading and obtaining information online. Cable news is your generation's means of acquiring information, not the only method...

      Are you really going to resort to playing victim again, in lieu of presenting an argument that doesn't start with citing Wikipedia? For someone so enlightened, predictably disappointing of a challenge to counter as always...

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      MTP:

      "Peoplepower, I think it's hysterically hypocritical and simplistically small minded to discredit other individual's sources as fake news because a liberal website says so (really, who's making the determination? I bet it's not unbiased...), when you still cling to some misguided notion that CNN is legitimate."

      Again, it's your opinion.

      "They completely outed themselves this election as perpetuators of a biased outlook, with a complete disdain for any that oppose the left. They did absolutely everything they could to ensure Hillary was elected and Trump was destroyed, and I challenge you to say otherwise, or even begin to defend them as a trusted source."

      For someone who doesn't even watch any news sources, you certainly have some very strong opinions. Where do you get your information about what you stated? Do you even know that CNN has a team of Trump surrogates on their shows who are allowed to spin and defend Trump's behavior and they are allowed equal time?

      So have you been using your Socratic methods on me? It looks like your Socratic method consists of insults and opinions with no verifiable evidence of your statements. Is that the way Socrates would have done it?

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      MTP: What you wrote is in quotes, followed by my reply.

      "You were right, it's hard for me to find anything that I even begin to agree with haha. Obama is not only a foolish ideologue and failure (watch as Trump undoes that "legacy" he was so hell-bent on having at everyone else's expense), but a complete egocentric narcissist. Anyone who can't see that is completely blinded by ideology, politics, or party loyalties. His arrogance is near palpable in every speech he gives, crediting who else, but himself."

      The difference is that is your opinion without any verifiable sources. Everything I have stated about Trumps behavior is verifiable and even the world, including you know it.

      "I'll admit Trump has an ego and is partially why I voted for him. We need someone whose willing to get down in the mud after eight years of Mr lead from behind (it doesn't even feel right having the word lead that close to Obama, but necessary for context)."

      Lead from behind is a right wing "bumper sticker slogan" that means nothing. Would you rather have Obama commit troops to go to a 3-way civil war where we don't even belong?

      "Friendly tip, even for basic info, I would never cite anything from wikipedia. Anyone can edit this, so you're better off using a dictionary website. Opening with this in any article is an immediate discredit for me as not being of academic standards (I'm seriously just making a recommendation and not criticizing)."

      Now who is being condescending? It doesn't meet your academic standards. Well excuse me. HP doesn't like duplicate content. That's why I referenced Wikipedia. There are many valid source for NPD that all list the same symptoms that Trump has.

      "Anyways, as promised here's my two cents. If we made it through Mr apology not being used as a puppet by Putin, we can all drop the talking points as Trump will be no one's puppet. I know, you guys seemed to miss that being the reason Trump beat out your disgraceful candidate, but he's not a bought for politician."

      Trump is no one's puppet because he is like a child and can't stand to be criticized. He will lash out at anybody that criticizes him. Trump beat out our "disgraceful candidate" because he "acted" like he could relate to the "forgotten ones", when if fact, it was all a big act. He is already in trouble with his edict to repeal and replace ACA immediately with no plan and to destroy ISIS with no plan. He is leaving the GOP wondering how they are going to do all these wonderful things with no plan.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      Peoplepower, I think it's hysterically hypocritical and simplistically small minded to discredit other individual's sources as fake news because a liberal website says so (really, who's making the determination? I bet it's not unbiased...), when you still cling to some misguided notion that CNN is legitimate.

      They completely outed themselves this election as perpetuators of a biased outlook, with a complete disdain for any that oppose the left. They did absolutely everything they could to ensure Hillary was elected and Trump was destroyed, and I challenge you to say otherwise, or even begin to defend them as a trusted source.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      You were right, it's hard for me to find anything that I even begin to agree with haha. Obama is not only a foolish ideologue and failure (watch as Trump undoes that "legacy" he was so hell-bent on having at everyone else's expense), but a complete egocentric narcissist. Anyone who can't see that is completely blinded by ideology, politics, or party loyalties. His arrogance is near palpable in every speech he gives, crediting who else, but himself.

      I'll admit Trump has an ego and is partially why I voted for him. We need someone whose willing to get down in the mud after eight years of Mr lead from behind (it doesn't even feel right having the word lead that close to Obama, but necessary for context).

      Friendly tip, even for basic info, I would never cite anything from wikipedia. Anyone can edit this, so you're better off using a dictionary website. Opening with this in any article is an immediate discredit for me as not being of academic standards (I'm seriously just making a recommendation and not criticizing).

      Anyways, as promised here's my two cents. If we made it through Mr apology not being used as a puppet by Putin, we can all drop the talking points as Trump will be no one's puppet. I know, you guys seemed to miss that being the reason Trump beat out your disgraceful candidate, but he's not a bought for politician.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike,

      The polls were wrong all along. When was the poll in his favor?

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: Isn't it interesting, when the polls are in Trump's favor, they are O.K. When they are not in Trump's favor, they are rigged.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Why do you believe these polls when they were so off regarding the election 2 months ago?

      Who is taking the polls?

      I wrote about this a while ago. The poll does not make any sense.

      How can 62% of Americans thinks we are heading in the wrong direction and yet President Obama's job approval in over 50%...

      What is one to believe?

      I say stop taking polls. They are biased and fake news...

      It is part of this corrupt culture that are trying to lead the American people down a false path. If wikileaks has shown us anything it is that you can't trust any of the media today.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Trump's approval ratings are at an all time low. Now he tweets the polls are rigged. He is becoming so predictable. If you can't handle the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: I'm not going there. She is out of the picture now. We would just end up in an argument, but you are trying to compare Hillary to Trump and in my view, there is no comparison. Those were not controversies until they spent years and millions of dollars of tax payers money investigating them. Trump is out there for all the world to see and hear. Talk about creating controversy on his own.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      These things are not biased news. What is biased about travelgate, her private email server, lies about Benghazi, and all the scandals in between?

      You can't lay that on the vast right wing conspiracy. She created these controversy on her own... so did Bill Clinton with his Foundation and Monicagate and Chinese monk donations ...

      You can close your eyes to these scandals but not the rest of America.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Paula: I can appreciate your contempt for her. As they say familiarity can breed contempt. But from my viewpoint, what I see is a person who as a Senator was highly rated by her colleagues on both sides of the aisle. She is also a person who has been a threat to the GOP ever since she appeared on the political stage. For thirty years, they have worked on her character assassination. The Benghazi investigations lasted 3 years and cost the tax payers 7 million dollars. The FBI tab for the emails was 20 million dollars and they still have not come up with anything. We can argue whether she was guilty or innocent, but that is not my point. My point is she has always been investigated or maligned for one thing or another. But they have to have investigations that take time and lots of money. . We don't need any investigations to see how bad Trump is. He has been and is being recorded in real time for the world to see. Every time he opens his mouth or tweets, he is showing the world what a terrible person he is. That's my point of view. I'm sorry for your negative experiences with Hillary. If you want to email me your information, please feel free to do that.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: I haven't lived in a bubble for the last 25 years. I simply don't believe right wing biased news, like the Atlantic Monthly.

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      Paula 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mike, Yes, I'm aware how you feel about HRC. I also know you and I see her differently to the extreme. I'll pass on sharing my long list of reasons here in your comment thread. However, I have a stack of notes (a rough draft) which I had intended on using to create a hub, prior to the election. I may still decide to do that. If not, since you seem interested to know my take on your girl, I can always send you an email.

      All that I will mention here is you need to be aware that I'm a New Yorker....NOT NY City!! For 8 years I experienced HRC up close and personal. I'm a lifelong NYer, have worked for decades with the public over a broad Tri-County area, been active in civic, political. educational & Health-related arenas....Know a LOT of people from all walks of life, some quite high profile. I've had the opportunity to attend many seminars locally and spent many hours in Albany involved with our Assemblies, etc. When I tell you I K N O W Hillary....I know her. Have shaken her greedy hand, seen her behavior, experienced her disingenuous attitude & empty lip service. Most of the people who ran the political events in our area are people I know well via one group or another. In fact, the man who ran her headquarters here, was a good friend of mine who just recently passed away. Mike, I could talk to you for hours.....days. I'm afraid you would not like a thing I could share with you. My only consolation would come from the fact that I know that Hillarites don't believe the cold hard truth about the woman. She failed due 100% to her own FAILURES. There is no...was no and never will be now at this point any damned "Right Wing Conspiracy" against Bonnie & Clyde Clinton. She gave birth to that foolish expression at the time of MONICA! Well Mike, that certainly was blown wide open to be NO Right wing conspiracy, now wasn't it? Nor was any other issue, scandal, allegation or rumor....able to be blamed on the right. Hillary is a bona-fide self- destroyer. She alone destroyed her reputation and career. She needs to stay GONE.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Peoplepower, you must be living in a bubble last 25 years. The problems of the Clintons were well documented. I might add, many of them were their own creation and not due to the vast right wing conspiracy.

      Here is the link -

      http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/1...

      Perhaps it will refresh your memory...

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Hi Paula: Thanks for your comments. I don't see Hillary the way that you do. I can't see how she is destructive, evil, morally bankrupt, or even dishonest. But I do see that in Trump. If you want, you can enlighten me with why your opinion of Hillary is so bad. I know why my opinion of Trump is so bad. It has been recorded for the world to see and hear. I believe the GOP has been trying to destroy Hillary for years and now Trump is just the weapon they needed to do it. Her career has been completely ruined by this guy. We shall see how he does once he gets in office, but I'm not holding out much hope for him. Thanks again for dropping by.

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      Paula 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hello Mike, I'll be glad to give a combination personal opinion & professional diagnosis on your favorite President elect. LOL....(just kidding Mike~~don't lose your sense of humor pls.)

      No one in the nation should have a shred of doubt that Donald Trump is a classic narcissist. Every time he speaks, he confirms & reconfirms the fact that he is "all that and more..." and further, anyone who does not recognize his greatness or admire his status, brilliance & enormous success, is a pathetically ignorant idiot.

      Yes, I freely agree with the general consensus that Donald loves Donald & he erroneously believes everyone loves him......because, of course they do~~how on earth could anyone not love him?

      This established, the jury may remain out for some time as to whether his narcissistic personality, & behavior was precisely what earned him the White House or did he win despite being a blow hard?

      This particular character flaw (if it is indeed a flaw) is not at all uncommon in very highly-powered, high-profile, wealthy executives.

      This raging ego is not only what drives these individuals but it is what continually pushes them toward bigger, better, more. In order to maintain their superiority & earn the respect & admiration of others, they are compelled to take center stage in every situation, all eyes and ears on them to be mesmerized in awe.

      My question is, what is your point in asking the question about DT & NPD? In other words, so what if he does have NPD?

      Mike, I could speak for many many people but now will speak only for myself. Nothing Donald Trump would be, do, have, think or express, could in any way come even close to the disgraceful decades of ugly, destructive, evil corruption & moral bankruptcy of the rude, arrogant, wholly dishonest Hillary R. Clinton. The woman HAD to be undone once and for all. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'd have voted for an orangutan against that egregiously shameful woman. She's as bad as it gets.

      The good news is you did a fabulous job on the hub! You always do. Paula

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: Thanks for your comments. At least we somewhat agree on something.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Peoplepower,

      You may be right about Trump. I am not a fan of his even before he ran for President. You can read my hub on"Trump State Park" which was written 10 years ago. However, he is doing exactly what works for him. His strategy is to defend himself and hit back twice as hard... That seems to work against many of his critics and detractors which I have no love for either. The problem with past GOP candidates was they didn't respond with kind and were destroyed by a corrupt media. I am thinking of McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: This is not about an egotist. This is about a man that exhibits all the classic symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Even if your link is true, you are comparing apples and oranges. He will lash out at you if you criticize him. Look at what he said about Meryl Streep and now what hi is doing to John Lewis. He has no capacity for empathy. Even if he knows he is wrong, he won't apologize. These are classic symptoms of NPD.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Peoplepower, you misread the piece. Obama mentioned himself 119 times during a speech about Hillary. If that is not a definition of an egotist, what is?

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Thanks HSchneider: I'm looking forward to reading your hub when it is published.

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: If you google the Federalist, you will find that it is considered a fake news site with extreme right wing bias. So even if Obama did mention Hillary 119 times in one speech, I don't think that is enough to qualify him as NPD.

      http://www.fakenewschecker.com/fake-news-source/fe...

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      Mike Russo 10 months ago from Placentia California

      Thank you: HS, we will have to see how this all plays out. Right now, I feel he can't control his behavior. I hope it does change. Perhaps, Kellyann Conway can control him. I agree with you about Putin, he is playing him like a puppet.

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      Howard Schneider 10 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Mike. I completely agree with your analysis. Donald Trump is the perfect poster boy for a narcissistic personality. I fear greatly as to what that is going to mean for America economically, socially, and on the world stage. I am almost finished with a new Hub which in great part details what this personality could mean to NATO. Vladimir Putin is going to use this personality disorder to advance his and Russia's interests. I greatly fear the consequences that this will cause.

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      Jack Lee 10 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, Good point, but to be fair, President Obama mentions himself 119 times in a speech about Hillery -

      http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/28/obama-mentions...