Michael Wolff told NBC’s Today show that Mr Trump’s staff “all say he is like a child. What they mean by that is he has the need for instant gratification. It’s all about him. This man does not read, does not listen. He’s like a pinball just shooting off the sides.”
I owned a successful business for twenty years, sold it, and made a little money. My mantra in business is very simple; treat people honestly, fairly and with respect and the rest will take care of itself. Along the way I did business with people who did not share my values. People who were dishonest, who lied, and bullies who threatened to sue me just so they could get their way.
I am all about transactions being mutually beneficial, meaning both sides walk away feeling good about what they got and what they gave. But there are people, “winners”, whose goal is to squeeze every nickel out of a deal and come out feeling like that they took the other party to the cleaners. I am not a big fan of doing business with greedy people like that but sometimes there is just no way around. Fortunately the vast majority of these people eventually “reap what the sow” and that is where “our” President finds himself today.
You see Trump doesn’t play nice with anyone and if he plays at all it is always on his terms, because, well you know, he is a “winner”. The number of people he has thrown under the bus in the last year is staggering with Steve Bannon being the latest and based on the tantalizing facts being offered by Mr. Bannon in Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury, the greatest…..at least to date.
The list of people who have been run over by the Trump bus is long and growing and guess what, most, if not all, have or will get a book deal. Former FBI Director James Comey is working on his, former Communication Director Sean Spicer is writing his and though not yet announced, I am sure Omarosa Manigault is out shopping her story as well. If year one is any indication and if Trump stays in office three more years there will be a lot of hiring and firing in a Trump White House and a lot of books.
Fire and Fury seems to fit the mold of there are three sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth. Some of the details seem hard to believe but then I remember who the book is about, a cartoon character the collective “we” elected President. But here is what is going to happen over the coming months and years, books, books and more books. Books that will either verify or vilify Fire and Fury.
Of all the craziness that this book details what concerns me and has concerned me from day one is Trump’s mental health. Now, I am not a Psychiatrist but in 57 years of living I have interacted with enough people to discern that Trump is battling some sort of issues which, at this stage in his life, could be as much physical as they are mental.
Ford Vox, a physician who specializes in brain-injury medicine offered this observation of Trump recently; “Language is closely tied with cognition, and the president’s speech patterns are increasingly repetitive, fragmented, devoid of content, and restricted in vocabulary. Trump’s overuse of superlatives like tremendous, fantastic, and incredible are not merely elements of personal style. These filler words reflect reduced verbal fluency … “You call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have.”
The president made that remark in response to a question about the ideal corporate tax rate, demonstrating the degree to which his thinking drifts … If I were to make a differential diagnosis based on what I have observed, it would include mild cognitive impairment, also known as mild neurocognitive disorder or predementia … The key distinguishing characteristic between mild cognitive impairment and dementia is whether the decline is starting to interfere with essential daily functioning. In a billionaire typically surrounded by assistants, who is now the president surrounded by more assistants, whether Trump can perform his necessary daily tasks on his own may be difficult to assess.”
Apparently I am not the only person worried about Trump’s mental health. Last month more than a dozen lawmakers met with Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a Yale University psychiatry professor for two days to discuss Trump’s fitness for office.
Dr. Lee warned the lawmakers, all Democrats, except for one Republican senator, that Trump was “going to unravel.” Lee told Politico Magazine; “We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress. Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency.”
Based on Dr. Lee’s assessment I guess we can expect more self glorifying tweets like this from “our” President; “With all of the failed “experts” weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total “might” against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!” Or bold face lies like this “Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.”
Certainly, this Presidency will be one for the history books. I doubt Trump will ever even come close to being considered one of this country’s greatest but the book publishers will sure love him.