It’s been a considerable amount of time since the declaration of the election results but Trump has not once called to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory.
It’s not the first time that a sitting American president lost the election. George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover are some of the names from recent memory who couldn’t conjure reelection to the oval. It’s also not the first time a Republican president has been unable to land a second term. However, its definitely the first time that the incumbent president Donald Trump has fallen into a state of denial and has forced many to raise an unnerving question —
Is President Trump depressed?
A recent report in the New York Times certified the possibility of Trump being depressed. The report states that the President has taken a back seat in the day-to-day White House affairs and is barely carrying out his responsibilities. The only time he can be seen steering the wheel is when he raises claims of fraud in the elections results. It further goes on to state that Trump is “moody and depressed”. He hardly attends his office and is continuously ignoring the alarming state of the country and the economy, gripped by the pandemic. Trump is increasing the list of his interpreted enemies which now even includes allies such as some notable supporters from the GOP and anchors from the right-wing media siren Fox News. He is hellbent on punishing ‘his enemies’ and trying to retain admirers by rewarding friends and supporters in the White House.
The State of Presidential Denial
Ever since Trump lost the election to the Democratic candidate Joe Biden, he is living in a state of denial and is asserting the claim that ‘he will still win the elections despite Biden’s fraudulent victory’. In the last week of November, Donald Trump sent a spree of 145 tweets and retweets lashing out on the election results, declaring them fraud and reinforcing that he will still win. If this wasn’t enough, he proved America during his recent rally in Georgia that something is wrong with their president.
During his recent Georgia rally, Trump shared his feelings with loyal supporters in a multitude of statements:
“You know we won Georgia, just so you understand.”
“They cheated and they rigged our presidential election, but we will still win it.”
“We just need somebody with courage to do what they have to do.”
Watch: Trump repeatedly making ‘cheating’ claims at Georgia rally
It’s been a considerable amount of time since the declaration of the election results but Trump has not once called to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory. He hasn’t invited him to the White White for a conversation before the transfer of power process starts, a tradition that has been followed by all modern presidents.
The Documented History of Trump’s Psychology
Leading psychologists have suggested, on multiple occasions, that President Trump is an extreme case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
Mental-health professionals find Trump easily diagnosable but still “slightly confounding”. Harvard Professor and Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner calls the President “Remarkably narcissistic.”. Clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis mirrors the sentiment adding the word “Textbook” to Trump’s NPD diagnosis. George Simon, a clinical psychologist like Michaelis, and a prominent speaker on manipulative behavior, archives Trump’s video clips to use them in his workshops to exemplify NPD characteristics.
But what happens when a person suffering from NPD is forced to go through a reality check? How would they react? What’s the behavior of a person suffering from the extreme narcissism when the bubble bursts?
How Trump is Feeling right now
Trump has fired people all his life. Now the country he leads has collectively fired him.
Like a classic case of a person with NPD who has been exposed to his position, Trump is witnessing a variety of psychological symptoms. He has suddenly become very evasive by avoiding all the presidential duties. He is articulating half-truths, conjuring up lies, and spreading misinformation about the sanctity of the American election mechanism, in his bid to rewrite the course of actions that have followed in the near past. For him, he has won the elections and is not going anywhere for another four years.
But more horrifying is the fact that Trump is trying to maintain his grip on his supporters and friends by rewarding them in the White House. As claimed to be an extreme case of NPD, many Washington analysts expect Trump to create unforeseen hurdles in the transition process. In a rigorous state of denial, not many expect the president to give up the power he has easily. Nevertheless, if such an unlikely condition arises, there is a constitutional remedy to it, explained in detail in an earlier DKODING article.