October 6, 2022

An ex-Harvard psychiatry professor just gave a dire warning about Trump’s mental health after his “King of Israel” brag

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Yesterday was by far one of the wildest Trump days we’ve had in a long time.


In the space of twelve hours, the President of the United States promoted himself as the “King of Jews,” announced that he was the “chosen one,” threatened to end birthright citizenship, issued new rules allowing migrant families to be detained indefinitely, feuded with Denmark, threatened to deport ISIS prisoners to Germany, and told a crowd of veterans that he wanted to give himself the Medal of Honor.

His erratic behavior has set off alarm bells around the nation, and medical professionals are starting to speak out.

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A former assistant psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lance Dodes, joined MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the president’s obviously declining mental health and tenuous grasp on reality.

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Trump has “a fundamental need to be all-powerful and all loved and can’t stand challenges. He can’t stand anything that disagrees with him, and the more you challenge him, the more unhinged he becomes, the more paranoid, and the more violent, potentially,” Dodes said.

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“He doesn’t really love anyone except himself. That’s not a slur, that’s a psychological fact. People like him are about him. If he’s not useful to him, he stops loving him. That’s part of the essential emptiness of Donald Trump. He doesn’t have real relationships with people…There’s something fundamentally different about him from normal people. It’s a psychotic-like state. The more you press him, the more you see how disorganized and empty he is. The more he flies into a disorganized rage.”

That much is painfully obvious to anyone who has observed Trump for even a little bit. As time goes on and the pressures of office take their toll, Trump’s already hyperactive insecurities, paranoia, and delusions of grandeur have become much more pronounced.

Yesterday was yet another of the seemingly endless signs that the President is mentally unfit to enjoy the office he holds — and yet another stunning indictment of his Republican enablers who would rather watch him drag our nation through the mud than give up an ounce of power.

Original reporting by Brendan Cole at Newsweek.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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