During a Wednesday televised press conference, Donald Trump once again exhibited many of the traits present in someone suffering a personality disorder.
That became apparent when he responded to a question by CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who persisted in asking the president about the Russia investigation into interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“I tell you what,” the president eventually responded. “CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person.”
After his tirade against Acosta, Trump called on NBC News reporter Peter Alexander, who tried to come to Acosta’s defense as a “diligent reporter.”
Trump turned on Alexander.
“Well, I’m not a big fan of yours either,” he said. “You aren’t the best.”
At another point during the news conference, Trump accused PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, a black, of asking a “racist question” when she asked him a legitimate question about his embracing of the term “nationalist.”
Trump has had several combative news conferences since he declared he was running for president in 2015, and he has consistently attacked media outlets for any coverage he considers unflattering, which he characterizes as unfair.
Now, let’s return to information I quoted from Mayo Clinic in my blog three years ago about how a person suffering from a personality disorder might be expected to behave:
“Personality disorders are conditions in which people have traits that cause them to feel and behave in socially distressing ways, limiting their ability to function in relationships and other areas of their life, such as work or school.
“If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having ‘the best’ of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.”
Wednesday, we heard and observed evidence of a president who exhibited many of these traits, which should concern anyone interested in preserving a government by and for the people.
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Postscript: I was disappointed when the entire press corps failed to walk out of the news conference after the president belittled reporter Jim Acosta.