Harvard Psychiatrist: Trump Wants The U.S. To Be Attacked So He Can Play Hero

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President Trump “would love nothing better than to have an attack take place on America or the country’s allies.”

President Donald Trump would “love nothing better” than for America to come under attack, according to retired Harvard psychiatry professor Lance Dodes, because he views everything in terms of his own perceived greatness and would see an attack as his time to shine.

During a recent interview with Salon’s Chauncey Vega, Dodes was asked how Trump would respond “when the red phone rings in the middle of the night in the White House because something horrible has happened.”

“I think Trump sees it as an opportunity. It’s all about him. There’s nothing else. If there isn’t a crisis, Donald Trump will make one,” Dodes answered, adding that Trump “would love nothing better than to have an attack take place on America or the country’s allies.”

“That’s the best thing that could happen to Trump,” Dodes said. “Now he stands before the country, representing the country and being the country, saying, ‘We have to stand together,’ which in reality means, ‘Stand with me.’”

A typical human being would view such an incident as a tragedy, but Dodes said Americans must stop thinking of Trump in the ways they think of themselves.

Trump is able to square decisions like separating migrant children from their parents — which myriad mental health professionals warned would traumatize the children — due to his “fundamental lack of empathy, an absence of the capacity to see other human beings as having their own existence and value.”

For Trump, Dodes said, everything is about Trump — he is a classic sociopath. And what makes the president particularly dangerous at this point is his increasingly loose grip on reality. The Harvard psychiatrist warned that Trump “loses contact with reality when his need for greatness is challenged” — and such challenges are occurring at a dizzying pace as impeachment proceedings move forward.

“He has what we would call a psychotic core,” Dodes explained. “It’s not on the surface, but you see it, for example, when he insisted that he had the largest inauguration crowd in history. It doesn’t matter that there is absolute evidence to the contrary; his need to believe it is essentially a delusion.”

“This vulnerability to fall into a psychotic-like state is consistent with his lack of a conscience and lack of ability to care about others,” he continued. “These are all characteristics of very severe psychological impairment.”

Americans can expect that Trump will only become more erratic as the impeachment process moves forward, regardless if he is ultimately removed from office.

“The more pressure Trump is under, the worse he gets, the more desperate he gets. Challenges are a fundamental threat to him, so Trump will become more and more panicked by them,” Dodes predicted. “He will do more and more impulsive things — really anything — and will look crazier and crazier because he’ll become more and more paranoid.”

“The more people say to him, ‘You are the problem,’ the more he’s going to say exactly the same thing to others. For example, as soon as people take seriously the idea of his being impeached, he uses the same word, he says those people should be impeached.”

“Trump is acting like a very young child,” Dodes noted. “But he can’t do any better than that.”

Asked if Trump is one of the world’s most dangerous people, Dodes responded: “Yes. He is the most dangerous person on the planet.”

Read the full interview.


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