Aardvark welcomes his new readers today in the United Kingdom and in Hungary. Üdvözöljük to all of you.
Over here in the Dysfunctional States of America we are still trying to find out whether our new President is an actual crazy person or a really eccentric person pretending to be crazy. (In Germany Chancellor Merkel is said to be scrutinizing Trump’s nonsense to answer the same question. Please let us know what you find out, Chancellor.)
Put another way, to what extent does he believe his own nonsense?
Apparently embracing the crazy like a fox theory, Ezra Klein insightfully writes, “Trump’s real war isn’t with the media. It’s with facts. Trump needs to delegitimize the media because he needs to delegitimize facts.”
I think Ezra is right, as far as he goes. But there is, I think, an important qualification to be added.
Narcissistic personality disorder begins, though it does not end, with a series of highly distorted views of reality. Don’t take it from Aardvark, who is a retired shyster, not an expert in mental illness. Go check out the official criteria in DSM-5.
Insofar as the concepts of truth and belief apply at all to Trump’s tortured thinking, my suspicion is that he pretty much believes whatever nonsense he asserts, at the time he asserts it.
There is a lot we could say about the potential consequences of such a frame of mind, but let’s end with a note of levity. You know that Sean Spicer guy? Aardvark hopes they are paying him a shit load of money to stand up a repeat, with straight face and solemn demeanor, the bullshit that Trump makes him say. Whatever they are paying him, he deserves more.
For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul?