HBO’s John Oliver lost it over Republican nominee Donald Trump’s “self-serving half truths from a self-serving half-man, who has somehow convinced half the country that sacrifice is the same thing as success,” referencing a recent Trump interview. Oliver went on to point his finger at the unavoidably sad truth about the Republican Presidential nominee – that his narcissism is pathological.
In the interview, Trump attacks the Khan family, the parents of a fallen soldier, who spoke at the DNC and claimed that Trump has never had to make sacrifices like they have.
Trump’s response to the reporter about the sacrifice remark was shallow, first asking the interviewer if Hillary Clinton wrote the question. Then Donald Trump replied that sacrifice – the act of giving up something important in order to help someone else in this context – was actually hiring people, which is ironic considering the way he does business by paying workmen sparingly if at all, to build real estate on which he slaps his worthless brand name and preens over.
Only a narcissist could lash out at a Gold Star family like the Khans, or Muslims in general who are peaceful and millions of whom are fully integrated into the fabric of thousands of American communities. Trump’s two dimensional response, noting that Khan probably looked like a nice guy… it looked like [his wife] had nothing to say,” shows how devoid of empathy the Republican candidate truly is. He could not read from Khizir Khan’s face the pain and torment of discussing his lost son and he could not read from Ghazala Khan’s face the internal struggle she faced standing on that stage.
Even the last Republican in the White House, President George W. Bush, whose two terms are widely condemned for causing two failed wars and an epic financial crisis, managed to respect Gold Star families, and even to answer without insulting her, and while he isn’t setting any records for empathy, he did shed an actual, very likely real tear in public at this Medal of Honor Ceremony in 2008.
“Incredibly, we may be on the bring of electing such a damaged sociopathic narcissist,” concluded John Oliver, “that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of foreign soldiers may be beyond his capabilities, and I genuinely did not think that that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at.”
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition