The thing about pathological narcissists is that empathy is a completely foreign concept to their psyche. While that may explain Donald Trump’s inability to emulate the ability of our best presidents to absorb and understand the pain of Americans undergoing suffering and comfort them in their time of pain, his apparent psychological malady does not excuse his despicable behavior and attitude.
Trump’s narcissism also leads him to believe that he alone knows better than any so-called experts in their fields simply by virtue of the fact that the ideas he’s expressing stem from the mind of the only person he trusts, himself.
The president today decided that his medical expertise exceeds that of any neurologist while answering a question from a reporter at a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where he’s spent the last few days pretending that he wasn’t fighting for the survival of his presidency as his impeachment trial begins in Washington DC.
The reporter was asking Trump to explain the discrepancy between the original reports that no U.S. service members were injured after Iran retaliated for the American assassination of its top general with a missile strike on a U.S. base in Iraq and the recent revelation that 11 armed forces members were airlifted to Germany to be “treated for concussion symptoms from the blast” as the Pentagon is now admitting.
Trump’s response was telling of his absolute disdain for the health and welfare of U.S. troops and of his contempt for basic scientific concepts.
“I heard that they headaches and a couple of other things,” Trump began, referring to the 11 victims of the blast. “But I would say and I can report it is not very serious.”
The intrepid reporter refused to let Trump’s claim go unchallenged.
“So you don’t think that a potential traumtic brain injury is serious?” she immediately asked.
After initially trying to deflect the question by saying that she’d have to ask the Department of Defense, Trump opened his mouth yet again to firmly insert his foot.
“No, I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I’ve seen. I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops. I’ve seen people with no legs and with no arms. I’ve seen people who were horribly, horribly injured in that area, that war. In fact, in many cases, put those bombs put there by Suleimani who’s no longer with us. I consider then to be really bad injuries. No, I do not consider that to be bad injuries, no.”
It’s obvious that the proper healthy functioning of one’s brain is not a top concern of this president, but his own mentally-deteriorated behavior should have predicted that attitude long ago.
When asked about the 11 U.S. servicemen injured in the Iran airstrikes, President Trump told @weijia he didn't "consider them serious injuries relative to other injuries I've seen." https://t.co/anmIdCHO6a pic.twitter.com/boSjvDujCS
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 22, 2020
Senator Chis Murphy (D-CT) saw the president’s comments and couldn’t decide if the initial lie that no injuries had taken place after Iran’s retaliatory attack was worse than Trump’s cavalier attitudes towards the collateral damage of the results of his potential war crime in illegally assassinating a foreign government official without an actual imminent threat.
I’m not sure which is more infuriating –
that the Trump Administration lied and claimed that there weren’t injuries in the Iran missile strike
that once caught, Trump called the traumatic brain injuries “headaches”
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 22, 2020
By this point, the outrage factor over every single idiotic statement uttered by this president has been dimmed by the sheer overwhelming number of such statements. However, every time Trump displays his heartless and self-centered world view, the imperative of his removal from office becomes even clearer.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.