‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

JAMES C. MCINTOSH, M.D. | 9/21/2017, 10:55 a.m.
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Bad news good news

That’s the good news. The bad news is that once he survives the impeachment, he will be more dangerous, more boastful, outrageous and actually more powerful than ever. Like a superinfection fostered by inadequate antibiotics, the Super Trump that will emerge after the impeachment hearing will use his survival as evidence to himself and his minions that he is the greatest leader the planet has ever known since the Fuhrer. He will also emerge with the clear knowledge that the checks and balances of the American Constitution and the division of powers are not equipped to handle a billionaire sociopath such as himself. Last, he will test the maxim, pun intended, “troops trump paper.”  If all else fails, the one constitutional power the president has that is indisputable is that he is the commander in chief of the armed forces. His ascension to the presidency has been over the bones of those who have analyzed his personality and only seen the weaknesses. You don’t have to be a training analyst at École Européenne de Psychanalyse to know there is something wrong with Trump. A quick hair inspection and it’s clear. Everybody knows he’s a blowhard. Everybody knows there is something wrong with a 71-year-old man, looking like Elvis on estrogen, defending his hand size during a presidential debate and offering that you can confirm with his wife whether or not he is lacking in “that department.”

Hidden assets

Everyone knows that there is something wrong with a billionaire, would-be macho man, who takes pride in images of his wife projected as a vacuous hooker or perhaps a so-called James Bond Girl—nude and handcuffed to a briefcase on his private jet, holding a chrome pistol. The O.S.S. knew that the same things were wrong with Hitler, but they did not do one-sided algebra or one-sided ledger analysis and predict that he would quit the war in a few days. Their commissioned psychoanalysts, Dr. Henry Alexander Murray, Dr.  Walter C. Langer, Dr. Ernst Kris and Dr. Bertram D. Lewin, also looked at how Hitler’s personality flaws would make him a tenacious adversary. Those counting Trump out by fall’s end might get a surprise. Trump’s need for attention and adoration won’t allow him to step down gracefully from power. He was still projecting himself as a powerful business guru in the early 1990s, even as four of his businesses went belly up: Trump Taj Mahal Associates in 1991, Trump Castle Hotel & Casino in 1992, Trump Plaza Associates in 1992, and Plaza Operating Partners in 1992.  In the midst of that financial maelstrom, Trump was still boastfully offering, way back then, to negotiate peace with the Russians. It seemed an odd comment at the time. “The Russians?”

When his financial situation was at its worst, he survived and ultimately parlayed his self-advanced reputation as a great businessman into the presidency of the United States of America. In that case, it was not only character assets that saved him. According to The New York Times, over the past 20 years, Deutsche Bank has blessed Trump with $4 billion in loan commitments and potential bond offerings during and after the periods when the man had a total of six bankruptcies (there were two more in 2004 and 2009, respectively). That does not include the $285 million lent to Jared Kushner with a K, just before Election Day.