There's a great, hard-hitting column by Charles Blow in the New York Times this morning about the damage narcissistic liar Donald "Rump" Trump is doing to this country because his damaged mental state won't allow truth to penetrate and undermine his narcissism. Excerpts from the column:
"Donald Trump is a proven liar. He lies often and effortlessly. He lies about the profound and the trivial. He lies to avoid guilt and invite glory. He lies when his pride is injured and when his pomposity is challenged.The charge of lying was frequently leveled against Rump during the Rethuglican primaries by everyone from Sen. "Tailgunner" Ted Cruz to drowsy Ben "Benny the Blade" Carson. Anyone expecting him to act differently now that he has Presidential powers needs to have their lunch money put in a safe place.
Indeed, one of the greatest threats Trump poses is that he corrupts and corrodes the absoluteness of truth, facts and science....
And Trump for his part continues to rage about three to five million illegal votes causing him to lose the popular vote in November. This, too, is a lie. A lie. Not the euphemisms you hear on television, like 'unsubstantiated,' or 'unproven,' or 'baseless.' It is a lie, pure and simple.
But Trump won’t let it go. His pride is hurt, his vanity tarnished. The man who prides himself on winning lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes, the biggest popular vote loss by a winning candidate in American history. That stings....
This is just like Trump, whose inclination is never to admit a mistake, and instead to redouble his self-righteousness even in the midst of his wrong. This statement weakens our democracy and strengthens voter suppression efforts.
We all have to adjust to this unprecedented assault on the truth and stand ready to vigilantly defend against it, because without truth, what’s left? Our president is a pathological liar. Say it. Write it. Never become inured to it. And dispense with the terms of art to describe it. A lie by any other name portends the same." (emphasis added)