Psychologist Mary Trump was interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday about a report on former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) that appeared in the forthcoming book Peril.
O'Donnell said, "I'm eager to get your reaction to the [Bob] Woodward and [Robert] Costa account of Paul Ryan doing his psychiatric homework on narcissistic personality disorder during the presidential transition as he was trying to figure out President-elect Donald Trump."
"As is often the case, it's shocking but not surprising," Trump replied.
"One of the things that's shocking about it is that Paul Ryan was allegedly found flat-footed after the election when anybody who was paying attention, anybody with some modicum of intelligence and insight who had met Donald for five minutes would have known what a deeply psychologically disordered person he was," she explained.
"So for Paul Ryan to have waited for Donald to be in the Oval Office before doing his homework and attempting to put up safeguards, long after he actually could have done something to make a difference is, I think, testament to how we got where we are, the kind of fecklessness of people like Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake, who instead of taking a stand against what was clearly a dangerous and incompetent person, they just stood aside and let him ascend to power and then have left the rest of us to deal with the quite serious fallout."
Mary Trump described Ryan as a coward.
"So the problem is because potentially moderating influences -- and I'm not suggesting that he ultimately would have been, but at the time, the belief was that people like PaulRyan would be some kind of moderating influence, because they chose to be cowards and get out of public life, we now understand that Donald is not the end result of how bad the Republican Party can be, he's the leading edge of it," she explained.
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Lindsey Graham failed spectacularly at repairing Trump’s relationship with Mike Pence: Woodward book
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) failed in his efforts to get Donald Trump to apologize to Mike Pence.
"Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify," Trump tweeted on January 6th.
According to the new book, Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Graham worried he had to repair the relationship or it would hurt the GOP's chances in the 2022 midterm elections, Business Insider reported Thursday.
"The main thing you've got to do is repair the damage with Mike Pence," Graham reportedly said. "I think there's universal belief that Mike Pence was incredibly loyal to you and you treated him poorly."
But Trump reportedly responded, "No way."
"You got caught up in losing the election you thought you won. I get that. But you asked more of Mike Pence than he could deliver, and you said things about him that were unfair. And I think the best thing for you, Mr. President, is to fix that if you can," Graham reportedly went on, to silence from Trump.
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Florida chiropractor who gives mask exemptions to anyone who asks shrugs off all responsibility in CNN interview
CNN's Randi Kaye on Thursday conducted an interview with Florida-based chiropractor Dan Busch, who has made national news for giving out mask mandate exemption forms to any family that requests them — a development that has led Sarasota public schools to limit who can give out exemptions only to medical professionals like doctors and nurse practitioners.
"Why were you signing these forms?" asked Kaye. "Why were you exempting children?"
"Because as a parent I felt like they took my rights away, and it upset me," said Busch. "So I find out that I wasn't alone. Many parents felt the same way. They had their rights infringed upon, so, you know, they were upset as well."
"You said this was about freedom?" Kaye pressed him.
"It is a parental right to be able to choose these things," said Busch. "It is Florida law."
"These choices and freedom that you talk about — they are putting people in danger, and the statistics show that," said Kaye. "So how do you feel about that?"
"So keep in mind, I'm not making the decision on how a parent should send their child to school," said Busch. "For those kids that qualified or those teachers and administration that qualified, this is nothing more than a permission slip to give them their choice on how they feel they should go to school."
"You say you are pro-freedom, but can't you be pro-freedom and medically irresponsible at the same time?" Kaye said.
"I'm sure somebody could be, but do I feel that I was? Absolutely not," said Busch.
"You don't feel you are medically responsible at all?" said Kaye.
"Not at all," said Busch.
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