This Is What Happens When a Narcissist Runs a Crisis

He has narcissistic personality disorder

Jennifer Senior, writing for The New York Times, explains what everyone with a brain knew before 2016.

And most relevant, as far as history is concerned: Narcissistic personalities are weak.


What that means, during this pandemic: Trump is genuinely afraid to lead. He can’t bring himself to make robust use of the Defense Production Act, because the buck would stop with him. (To this day, he insists states should be acquiring their own ventilators.) When asked about delays in testing, he said, I don’t take responsibility at all.” During Friday’s news conference, he added the tests we inherited were broken, were obsolete,” when this form of coronavirus didn’t even exist under his predecessor.


This sounds an awful lot like one of the three sentences that Homer Simpson swears will get you through life: It was like that when I got here.

I’ve stopped watching anything he says or does. I’ll read accounts. Maybe I’ll watch a recap, but not without real context, fact-checking, and a large dose of reality. Look, he isn’t taking charge because he can’t be bothered. The only crisis for him is the fact that he can’t campaign for re-election the way he wants.

April 6, 2020

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