Whether they’re Democrats or Never Trump conservatives, President Donald Trump often has an insulting name for his political opponents. One of Trump’s favorite targets during the House impeachment hearings has been House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who he has described as a “dog,” a “deranged human being” and a “very sick man.” And according to Dr. Lance Dodes, a well-known Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, Trump’s Schiff-related insults are a prime example of what people in the mental health field call “projection.”
Dodes has been expressing his views on Trump’s mental health for two years, and he has had a lot to say about Trump this week. As Dodes sees it, Trump could be talking about himself whenever he insults Schiff and others.
During this week’s NATO summit in the U.K., Trump went off on Schiff during a Tuesday press conference — telling reporters, “I learn nothing from Adam Schiff. I think he’s a maniac. I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he’s a very sick man, and he lies.”
Countless Trump critics, of course, have pointed out that he has a long history of lying — the thing he accused Schiff of on Tuesday. And Dodes, this week, told MSNBC, “(Trump) tells other people that they are what he is. It’s a common enough mechanism in early childhood, but as an adult using it all the time, it is what we would call primitive.”
Some conservatives are quite capable of having an intelligent debate with political rivals. Many liberals and progressives have asserted that although the late William F. Buckley was wrong on a long list of issues, his intellect was undeniable. Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has stressed that when liberals and progressives have intelligent conservatives to debate with — as opposed to buffoonish carnival barkers — it makes them better debaters. But according to Dodes, Trump is incapable of having an intelligent debate with political rivals.
“If Donald Trump were capable of giving a reasonable discussion of something he didn’t agree with, he would make some sort of logical case,” Dodes explained. “But he is unable to do that. He runs a kind of a simple program in that way, so he tells you that other people are what he is being accused of and what he actually is.”
Dodes went on to say of Trump, “Everything is about him…. He doesn’t have actual knowledge; so, he just says what feels right to him and especially what is for him, what he thinks is in his personal interest.”
Attorney George Conway reveals two ‘great’ questions — that Trump can’t answer
Prominent Republican attorney and Lincoln Project member George Conway on Monday offered his analysis of how reporters should question President Donald Trump.
Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, made his comments after watching video of Trump refusing to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Who do you think poisoned Alexei Navalny in Russia?”
“Uh,” Trump replied. “We’ll talk about that at another time.”
Jaime Harrison says ‘I am living rent free in Lindsey Graham’s head’ — and he might be right
Jaime Harrison, the Democrat challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Monday said that his upstart campaign is panicking the incumbent.
Harrison was interviewed on MSNBC by "The Last Word" anchor Lawrence O'Donnell, who noted the most recent polling shows a tied race.
"Have you experienced any extra fund-raising surge over the weekend?" O'Donnell asked.
"Well, Lawrence, we have gotten tremendous support and we really appreciate it," Harrison replied.
"Do you believe you have the resources and the campaign team and the ground troops you need in South Carolina to actually pull this off?" O'Donnell asked later in the interview.
Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.
“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.
"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.
Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.