Thursday witnessed a bizarre Trump tweetstorm: he declared the Mueller investigation was in chaos, when what we’re really seeing is Trump unhinged.
Trump twittered, “The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts. They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want.”
Trump’s critics have been trying to decipher and characterize the man, and to understand his inner thinking. That Trump tweetstorm was a bombshell exposing the internal turmoil in the White House since the midterms; we are seeing Trump unhinged.
Robert Mueller’s critics have accused him of many things, but never of being panicked or chaotic. In fact, it is exactly Mueller’s ice-cold, methodical, and totally disciplined approach that has Trump unhinged. Mueller is the rare, perhaps unprecedented, foe that Trump cannot understand, engage, or defeat, and therefore fears.
Both the narcissist and the psychopath lie and manipulate others. One difference, however, is that while the psychopath is aware that he is lying, the narcissist often believes his own lies. Trump is a narcissist.
At the same time, Trump consistently projects his own weaknesses onto others, accusing his critics of his own shortcomings: “crook,” “liar,” “disgrace,” “fake,” “publicity seeking,” “third rate,” and a particularly telling one, “sad.”
Taken together, Trump’s narcissism and his projections together suggest that the opening tweet is a hot spotlight on Trump unhinged. The tweet appears to confirm what the news media have been reporting about Trump’s recent mood and activities: he is frantically conferring with his lawyers about the barrage of subpoenas that are about to hit his family, his associates, and perhaps himself, looking at his taxes, his greatly exaggerated wealth, his non-existent charitable donations, and worst of all, his financial fealty to Russia, Saudi Arabia, and perhaps other regimes.
The Trump tweetstorm didn’t describe Mueller’s investigation.
It describes Trump unhinged. Trump just told everyone what is going on in his White House.
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