President Donald Trump continued to lie to everyone who would listen to him, telling them that a Republican senator was in the hospital, when this wasn’t true at all.
It started on Wednesday when asked why he thought his tax reform plan would pass through Congress after the healthcare bill “went down in the Senate” this week, Trump told Fox News contributor Pete Hegsethk:
Oh Pete, the healthcare bill didn’t go down. We have the votes, but reconciliation is a disaster. But as you know, it ends on Friday. We don’t have enough time because we have one senator who’s a “yes” vote—a great person—but he’s in the hospital. So we have the votes.
His comments Wednesday followed a tweet earlier that morning making the same claim:
With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!
The only problem is, not a single senator was in the hospital this week.
Trump continued the lie on Thursday, on Fox & Friends:
The president was reportedly referring to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who has been recovering from a urological issue this week, according to USA Today. But Cochran tweeted Wednesday that he was “recuperating at home”—not in a hospital.
The Senate isn’t holding the vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill not because Cochran is in Mississippi but because, as Bill Cassidy stated flatly, “We don’t have the votes” with John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Rand Paul all publicly opposed. Indeed, as Vox points out,
The real question regarding the whip count seems to be whether or not the bill really has the unanimous support of all the other senators, or if a handful of private opponents are simply laying low and letting those four take the heat.
A psychiatrist recently coined a new phrase for Trumps mental health status. Trump’s mind is so deranged that psychiatrists are formulating new ways to define his mental incapacities. In the psychiatrist realm, professionals typically follow the “Goldwater Rule,” which bans mental health professionals from making public assessments of a person’s mental health without evaluating the patient in person.
In the Trump era, mental health professionals are bypassing the Goldwater Rule because people need to be aware of the ugly truth behind the president’s mental health.
Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton is known as a “psychohistorian.” He’s written several works concerning people’s reactions to living in extreme situations including The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. His new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, delves into the psychological impact Trump has on America as a nation.
Lifton recently sat down for an interview with Bill Moyers. Moyers quoted the book:
“You write in the foreword of the book: ‘Because Trump is president and operates within the broad contours and interactions of the presidency, there is a tendency to view what he does as simply part of our democratic process, that is, as politically and even ethically normal.’”
Lifton responded, “Yes. And that’s what I call malignant normality. What we put forward as self-evident and normal may be deeply dangerous and destructive. I came to that idea in my work on the psychology of Nazi doctors — and I’m not equating anybody with Nazi doctors, but it’s the principle that prevails — and also with American psychologists who became architects of CIA torture during the Iraq War era. These are forms of malignant normality.”
He continued, “For example, Donald Trump lies repeatedly. We may come to see a president as liar as normal. He also makes bombastic statements about nuclear weapons, for instance, which can then be seen as somehow normal. In other words, his behavior as president, with all those who defend his behavior in the administration, becomes a norm. We have to contest it, because it is malignant normality. For the contributors to this book, this means striving to be witnessing professionals, confronting the malignancy and making it known.”
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