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Destroying Our Country From Within: Trump's Assault on America (Part three: The Pandemic)

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Part one of this article examined three aspects of Donald Trump's sociopathic makeup identified by clinicla psychologist and niece Mary Trump -- chronic criminality, arrogance, and disregard for the rights of others.

Part two of this article discussed Trump's inability to process information and his broader refusal to learn when the learning triggers his deep fear of having his humiliating ignorance exposed.

But, much worse than Trump's learning disability and his morbid fear of having his humiliating ignorance exposed is another psychological problem; what Mary Trump calls Donald Trump's possible "dependent personality disorder."

The "hallmarks" of dependent personality disorder "include an inability to make decisions or take responsibility, discomfort with being alone, and going to extreme lengths to obtain support from others."

As Mary Trump puts it, "His egregious and arguably intentional mishandling of the current catastrophe has led to a level of pushback and scrutiny that he's never experienced before."

What catastrophe is she referring to? Actually, it is a gigantic catastrophe made up of three concurrent catastrophes - the Covid-19 pandemic, the severe economic depression that resulted from the shutdown of the economy which, in turn, was necessitated by Trump's early failure to deal adequately with the virus, and the "the worst civil unrest since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr." in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd. This article will confine itself to the first two.

Mary Trump asserts, "Donald didn't drag his feet in December 2019, in January, in February, in March because of his narcissism; he did it because of his fear of appearing weak or failing to project the message that everything was 'great, 'beautiful," and 'perfect."

On January 16th, a German lab developed a test for coronavirus and offered it to the world. The U. S., however, rejected the offer."'[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed their own test four days after the German lab did. C.D.C. officials claimed that the American test would be more accurate than the German one, by using three genetic sequences to detect the virus rather than two. The federal government quickly began distributing the American test to state officials.

But the test had a flaw. The third genetic sequence produced inconclusive results, so the C.D.C. told state labs to pause their work. In meetings of the White House's coronavirus task force, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C. director, played down the problem and said it would soon be solved.

Instead, it took weeks to fix it. During that time, the United States had to restrict testing to people who had clear reason to think they had the virus. All the while, the virus was quietly spreading.

By early March, with the testing delays still unresolved, the New York region became a global center of the virus - without people realizing it until weeks later. More widespread testing could have made a major difference, experts said, leading to earlier lockdowns and social distancing and ultimately less sickness and death" ((David Leonhardt, "The Unique U. S. Failure to Control the Virus, New York Times, August 6, 2020).

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Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San (more...)
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