“Actually, it was reported as incredibly good. And my performance — you know, some of them called it a performance. I consider it work. But it got great reviews by everybody, other than two networks, who were phenomenal for about two hours. Then after that they were called by their bosses, and said, “oh, wait a minute!” Unfortunately, a lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was one of the greatest meetings they’ve ever witnessed. And they were great. For about two hours, they were phenomenal. Which is why I think the media will ultimately support Trump in the end. Because they’re going to say, if Trump doesn’t win in three years, we’ll all be out of business. We’ll all be out of business.” – Donald Trump recapping his televised staff meeting Wednesday
In 1998 Jim Carrey starred in the movie The Truman Show playing Truman Burbank who was adopted and raised by a corporation inside a 24-hour-a-day television series. The program broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge until he discovers it and decides to escape. The Truman Show is often credited with predicting the reality television phenomenon that would begin in earnest two years later with Survivor and The Apprentice in 2004.
In 2008 brothers Joel Gold and Ian Gold, a psychiatrist and a neurophilosopher coined the term The Truman Show delusion, a type of delusion in which a person believes that their lives are a staged reality show, or that they are being watched on cameras. The Truman Show delusion is not officially recognized or listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The Golds do not contend that it is a new diagnosis but refer to it as “a variance on known persecutory and grandiose delusions.”
Grandiose delusions is described as “the fixed, false belief that one possesses superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence, or wealth. It is most often a symptom of schizophrenia, but can also be a symptom found in psychotic or bipolar disorders, as well as dementia (such as Alzheimer’s).” Sound like anyone you know?
Every morning I read “our” President’s tweets and every morning I shake my head and think, this guy is one sad and sick puppy. During his performance yesterday, in the quote above, in front of the television cameras it really struck me that something is seriously wrong with this guy and it seems to be getting worse.
On Friday, Trump will undergo his first comprehensive physical examination as president at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Sadly, the White House has stated that Trump will not undergo a psychiatric exam, or other forms of cognitive testing that could screen for mental disorders, including dementia as most 71-year-old men would. Why? Because “throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” Grandiose delusions.
Over the last two weeks Trump has contradicted several policy positions his administration has taken either through tweets as he did this morning with the House vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) or during his televised “performance” on DACA and the border wall. What concerns me most about this frail, dazed and confused old man is how much influence Sean Hannity and Fox News have over his decision-making process. As the book Fire and Fury documents Trump isn’t reading pages of policy papers or listening to people who are smarter than him on specific issues because there isn’t anyone smarter than him, he is watching television, he is watching Fox News then he is tweeting based on the information Fox News is spoon-feeding him.
Does it feel like we are living in a reality television program? We are, The Trump Show and the ratings suck.
“The best solution is the simplest: Vote, and organize others to register and to vote. If you believe Donald Trump represents a danger to the country and the world, you can take action to rein in his power. In November, you can help elect members of Congress who will fight Mr. Trump’s most dangerous behaviors. If that fails, there’s always 2020.” – Is Mr. Trump Nuts? by The Editorial Board