The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. -Albert Einstein
Donald Trump is dangerously unstable and appears to be laying the foundation to start a nuclear war with North Korea. Unfortunately, the media and, to a degree, the Democratic Party have done a horrible job of alarming the public with the urgency needed to possibly thwart an action that could kill millions of people, including hundreds of thousands, if not more, of Americans.
Last year, Donald Trump went in front of the United Nations and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. He’s also tweeted out warnings about how "much bigger & more powerful" his nuclear button is in response to comments made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump even wants to boost plutonium production, which is central to developing nuclear power, and increase the nuclear weapons budget by sixty five percent.
Trump also reiterated his willingness to cause a human catastrophe in his latest press conference when talking about the now nuclear-armed North Korea: “If the sanctions don’t work, we’ll have to go to Phase 2 and Phase 2 may be a very rough thing. It may be very, very unfortunate for the world.” Trump continues to present himself as a man eager to start a nuclear war and the implications and consequences are rarely discussed in the news. For starters, a nuclear war would kill millions, destroy huge swaths of land, contaminate water supplies and cause massive radiation poisoning for millions more. It would create a geo-political nightmare and likely kick off a nuclear arms race if not a wider nuclear exchange between the United States and China.
But Donald Trump is totally capable of committing such a heinous act of human violence. He is a man who lacks conscience, guilt or empathy. Elizabeth Mika, one of the authors from the best-selling book: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, often reminds her readers and Twitter followers that malignant narcissistic psychopaths like Trump, “always aim at destruction of all that’s decent, helpful and humane. It’s not incompetence but malice.”
The warnings and evidence regarding Trump’s instability has been out there for a long time. There have been mental health professionals in the United States and across the globe telling anyone who would listen that Trump appears to have a severe personality and character disorder that will bring great harm to many people because of the position of power that he holds. It wasn’t until Trump that many Americans, most of whom are not in the mental health field, had even heard the term malignant narcissism.
In an excellent article written for USA today, Dr. John Gartner tried to outline in clear terms what malignant narcissism is while providing examples related to Trump’s behavior for further understanding for the common person: “Otto Kernberg, a psychoanalyst specializing in borderline personalities, defined malignant narcissism as having four components: narcissism, paranoia, antisocial personality and sadism (a tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering or humiliation of others). Trump exhibits all four. These same characteristics can be found in mass murders, authoritarians and tyrants in history that have done enormous damage to societies in their own way and Donald Trump appears eager to make his own evil mark on history.
The grave threat that Trump poses to millions of human beings has not only been expressed by mental health professionals. We must remember that during the presidential campaign, as the New York Times explained: “Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.” And they went on to say that Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history.”
Air Force General John Hyten has stated he would refuse to comply with a nuclear bomb order from Trump (if it is deemed illegal). And while that has clearly lulled many into a false sense of security, former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen has expressed consternation that America is closer to nuclear war than ever before. Worse, Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Americans should be “sober” about the probability of confrontation with North Korea and Trump’s own National Security Adviser has floated the possibility of a nuclear strike.
The media and the Democrats have a duty to educate themselves and warn the public of the existential threat that Donald Trump poses to humankind. Trump’s nuclear war intentions need to be front page news every day. Constant questioning and follow up reporting should be priority in newsrooms across the country. Mental health professionals with the expertise to discuss personality and character-based disorders need to be on TV every day, all day.
If we do not collectively act as a nation and stop this human carnage from occurring, future generations will ask, “why didn’t you stop Donald Trump when you knew who he was and what he was capable of doing?”
Follow me on twitter: @robcovingtonjr