-Trump’s lack of EMPATHY: Sign of mental illness

He pisses ice water.” This is what Donald Trump’s notorious mentor, attorney Roy Cohn, had to say about Donald’s empathy or caring about other people. This is a telling statement coming from Cohn who was an attorney for gangsters and Senator Joseph McCarthy during his 1950s discredited televised red-baiting anticommunist campaign known as McCarthyism. Cohn was ultimately disbarred for deceit and fraud. Trump too has been accused of deceit and fraud – settling lawsuits out of court. Trump faithfully follows Cohn’s dictum of always attack, never apologize.

The President – lacking empathy – takes little or no responsibility for his abhorrent actions. For example:

  • Having to read from a cheat sheet of empathy tips during a news conference about a Florida school shooting.

  • Insulting Ghazala and Khizr Khan whose son Humayun was killed in Iraq while serving with the U.S. Army.

  • Bragging about sexually assaulting women.

  • Mocking a disabled reporter.

  • His condescending remarks about the island of Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Lack of empathy is a strong characteristic of three personality disorders: Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder (psychopathy). An assessment of a large number of commentaries, from a wide array of credible sources, suggests Donald Trump may be suffering from these mental illnesses.

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