Out of tune | Tom Camfield

Tom Camfield
Posted 7/6/22

NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER—*Has excessive feelings of self-Importance. *Reacts to criticism with rage. *Takes advantage of other people. *Disregards the feelings of others. *Preoccupied …

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Out of tune | Tom Camfield


NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER — *Has excessive feelings of self-Importance. *Reacts to criticism with rage. *Takes advantage of other people. *Disregards the feelings of others. *Preoccupied with fantasies of success, beauty, intelligence and power.

I saved this preceding bit on my computer desktop and use it periodically, as it always applies so precisely to what Donald (or one of his sons) is doing or saying — as compared to selfless beings such as Stacey Abrams or Joe Biden.

Five years before he won the presidency and became one of the most powerful people on the planet, Donald Trump was just a reality-TV famous real estate mogul from New York who had been spreading criticisms and conspiracies about then-President Barack Obama. One of those — that Obama wasn't born in the United States and thus didn’t qualify to be President — came back to haunt him in infamous fashion, after Obama released his birth certificate and roasted Trump for his role in the so-called "birther" movement at the April 2011 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The dinner — traditionally an event in which the president offers good-hearted jabs at the journalists who cover him and other D.C. notables — was held just three days after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, a document Trump had repeatedly insisted didn't exist.

Trump was in the audience and became the butt of prolonged humor based on his own lies.

So now, with all else that’s going on, Donald Trump Jr. posted a meme just the other day suggesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade by his father’s Supreme Court directly resulted from then-President Barack Obama making fun of father Donald at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner — 11 YEARS AGO! That’s why Junior’s picture is above.

“Getting even” (if one even can even call it that) apparently is more important than human rights in Trump circles.

Pretty much as expected, in reaction to the former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony Tuesday of last week, ex-President Donald Trump Senior immediately unleashed a dozen social-media posts in the wake of the testimony of the former top White House aide before the January 6 committee, calling the staffer a "total phony" and "third rate social climber," as well as suggesting that she was a "whacko" because of her handwriting.

"There is no cross examination of this so-called witness. This is a Kangaroo Court!" Trump wrote on his social-media platform.

It shows how far both Trumps will go to establish a “new truth” of sorts for the history books. The world can wind up up in shambles — but the image of Donald Trump is all-important.

Jan. 6 committee members have praised Hutchinson for coming forward, highlighting their confidence in her testimony. At the close of the hearing, select panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) addressed Trump World alumni who haven’t been forthcoming. “Because of this courageous woman and others like her, your attempt to hide the truth from the American people will fail,” he said

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Mark Meadows while he was Trump’s White House chief of staff, gave jaw-dropping testimony that indicated Trump knew his supporters were armed and potentially violent but encouraged them to help him overthrow the 2020 Election anyway on Jan. 6, 2021.

I think Stacey Abrams also said more of consequence and timeliness when she spoke briefly of her opponent GOP incumbent Brian Kemp. “The governor of Georgia has already said he does not care about women and their bodily autonomy. He does not care about their health," Abrams said in a recent interview. "Because he not only has already adopted and signed into law the most restrictive abortion law in Georgia's history, with the constrictions at six weeks. He has said in interviews that he also supports eliminating access for incest and rape."

And President Biden said last week that the Senate should make an exception to the 60-vote filibuster in order for abortion rights to be codified after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Speaking at a NATO summit press conference in Spain, Biden called the recent ruling “outrageous.” He said (quoting the National Beast) that “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that . . . And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision.”