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Opinion: Decorum in the White House – Trumped by Narcissism – The Griffin



Francesca McKernon

Assistant Editor of Opinions

The position of president of the United States requires a certain amount of decorum, or propensity, to positively represent the nation. The decor of the president and his staff is not just about them, but about the country of which they are the spokespersons. The reputation of the United States is based on political, social and economic factors. One factor that wins everyone (the most understood wordplay) is the behavior and actions of the president inside and outside of the nation.

In particular, our country reputation depends on the president's presence in real life and on online social media, including; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and press agencies. The famous Twitter of Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump, has always put me in crisis because he had to specify that his account was, in fact, the real one. With nearly forty thousand tweets to his name and over fifty-five million followers, Donald has a large enough audience to listen to his inner thoughts and feelings … something that I thought we would stop doing on Facebook in 2007?

However, as is the correct behavior, Donald Trump has exposed numerous times that he can not manage himself in front of questions, statements or anything that does not align with his political agenda. Several psychologists in the articles of The New York Times and The New Yorker expressed their concern for an emotionally and mentally unstable president who governs our nation.

These psychologists claim that Trump's inability to perform a reserved, correct and appropriate behavior for age is potentially characteristic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines the Narcisistic Personality Disorder (NPD) as "a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, problematic relationships and a lack of empathy for others." fascinating of this disorder is that behind the extreme confidence shown by these individuals, there is a fragile self-esteem that is vulnerable to the slightest criticism. With this in mind, we can begin to understand why Trump says the things he does. He does not justify his actions or behaviors, but at least he makes his actions comprehensible in the realm of human thought. I say this as an expert in psychology fascinated by a subject; unfortunately this topic is the leader of our country.

His statements at the mid-Wednesday press conference show this narcissism. Some of his most used words are and were; great, fantastic, huge, success, incredible, disaster, false news, tremendous, losers, stupid, etc. The words he commonly uses are simplistic but dramatic enough to attract the attention of those around them. These words are examples of the inflated sense that Trump has of the "incredible" conditions of the country, despite the clearly distressed nation with mass shootings occurring, in some cases, twice a week.

He declared at the start of the conference how the mid-term Republican elections last night "challenged history to expand the majority of the Senate, while it significantly beat expectations in the year in half". The syntax and diction are important, because it reveals his psyche as a person. The words associated with the "historical" Republican victories were positive, while those associated with the Democrats were just as dramatic, but negative.

I'm listening to Bee Gees's "night fever" to calm down, because it's frustrating to hear him take a stand on false information while constantly contradicting himself. He claims to have created more jobs for miners and to have brought back the iron and steel industry, but juxtaposes this statement by stating that he cares about the environment. His goals, he said, must have "crystal water" and "perfect air". If I'm right, despite my lack of knowledge about environmentalism and the steel industry, these two are direct contradictions of one another. How can you create jobs in factorial positions, but claim to want "the perfect air?". If ever the real "hoax" as he calls it is not the Russian scandal, but his assertions.

A pivotal moment in the press conference was when Trump was questioned by Jim Acosta, one of CNN's, on Trump's definition of caravan and invasion and, ultimately, if he demonized immigrants in his campaign of 201

6. Trump immediately became defensive and verbally attacked him, telling Acosta that "I think you should let me drive the country and run CNN, and if you did well, your ratings would be much better." He continued to repeat "Enough" to Acosta while trying to ask Trump more questions and had been told to "put the microphone down". Trump then intensified the situation and told Acosta that "CNN should be ashamed of itself, have jobs for them, you are a rude and terrible person."

Often, when people feel distressed and their ego it's at stake, they defend and hurl by attacking the other person with a blow of name and personal shots. This is a manual psychological defense mechanism. When things are too overwhelming for us, our brain devises coping mechanisms to alleviate the anguish caused by external or internal sources. One of these coping mechanisms to get rid of the negative sensation is denial and defensive tactics.

Later in the night, Trump was also openly rude to foreigners who had thicker accents, and said condescendingly "I can not understand you". One theme of the conference was his aversion to the questions he did not like and the digression to other topics such as "big" the economy and the ICE are doing. When he was not talking about his great achievements, eventually increasing his self-esteem and his image, he was mistreating the Democrats.

Last night the Democrats secured the House of Representatives, while the Republicans took the Senate. Prior to this half-term election, the Republicans held a majority in both the Senate and the House. Now, Trump will have to go through the Democrats to get the congression bills approved. Democrats also have the power to sue Trump and continue investigations into the candy jar of scandals in Trump administration.

Let's just hope that this candy jar includes the sweetest of all; impeachment.

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