New York Daily News: Trump Is A Profoundly Unstable Madman And We Are Witnessing Signs Of His Mania

From the editorial board of the New York Daily News:

After his latest spasm of deranged tweets, only those completely under his spell can deny what growing numbers of Americans have long suspected: The President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad. He is, by any honest layman’s definition, mentally unwell and viciously lashing out.

Some might say we are just suffering through the umpteenth canny, calculated presidential eruption designed to distract the nation from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, or perhaps from unpopular legislation working its way through Congress. Quite possible. But Occam’s razor, and the sheer strangeness of Trump’s behavior, leads us to conclude that we are witnessing signs of mania.

There was more. The President of the United States just casually accused a congressman-turned-TV-host of murder because an intern died in his Florida office in 2001. This is a day after North Korea fired what was, by all accounts, an ICBM. During a week when Congress is in the throes of delicate negotiations on taxes and the budget. And before our eyes, the President is spinning in a Tasmanian devil’s rage about American news networks.

  • Michael R
    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      yeah! This is news??

      • TJ Pierce

        It bears repeating.

        • David Walker

          Often and unrelentingly until someone in a position to do something about getting the fucking moron out of the white house actually does something.

          • Chucktech

            They all know. They’re all traitors for not doing anything. They’re not ready yet. They need to squeeze a little more juice out of their useful idiot.

          • RoFaWh

            It never crosses their minds that when the Democrats sweep all midterm elections, they too (the present GOP members of Congress, that is) may find themselves facing charges of treason.

        • Bryan

          And repeating, and repeating…

          • acde

            Repetition is THE Tactic that he uses because it works. Here are a few: Crooked Hilary, Pocahantas, Lyin Ted. It is not true – current re tapes, Fake News etc etc

  • j.martindale

    Could be.

  • Frostbite

    #fakenews. who reads newspapers any more any way? losers! sad!

  • james1200

    Lock him up…in a mental institution!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/13jQW4YU9ZKfv2/source.gif

  • Jmdintpa

    no shit sherlock… i cant wait until trump is dead. natural causes or “whatever” i will party like its 1999 when that happens.

    • Cackalaquiano

      I’ll be at least as giddy as when Scalia croaked

    • DreadPikathulhu

      They’re going to have to bury him in a secret private plot because the line to piss on his grave is going to be long.

      • Bluto

        Charge admission, we’ll eliminate the national debt.

    • JAKvirginia

      There must be a rooftop somewhere we can use, right?

    • jmax

      I’ve gone beyond waiting for his death to actively wishing for it.

  • pj

    hes been batshit crazy for 30 years but the morons elected him anyway. most of us knew this was going to happen. so buckle up kids….its hard to know how much longer this ride will last before somebody pulls the plug.

    • safari

      If the tax bill fails to pass and we get to December 8 without a debt ceiling increase, the government shutdown.

      Under the rule of a single party.

      I imagine discussion of removal will then become quite possible.

      • DreadPikathulhu

        And if the tax bill passes, will the GOP decide that they can ride the coattails of their useful idiot right up to the midterms?

      • Jeffg166

        Or martial law.

      • TexasBoy

        If they do a shutdown, they need to do it right. No Social Security payments and no medicare. See how long Trump will last.

      • JAX

        On one hand, I don’t want a shutdown because the effect hurts everyone. On the other, for political reason, it absolutely must happen. History must show that the entire first year of his presidency was a complete bust!.

  • ETownCanuck

    Careful NYDN, you’re gonna get uninvited to the X-Mas party like CNN if you keep that up.

  • Nathaniel

    But Hillary was not progressive enough so that’s kind of unimportant…

    • DreadPikathulhu

      If only she’d committed to making single payer happen on day one of her administration. //

      • Nathaniel

        And promise to waving white flag over West enemies

    • Cackalaquiano

      She talked to WALL STREET and stuff…

    • The_Wretched

      It might have helped if she didn’t have to be drugged into accepting minimum wage increases.

      • Nathaniel

        With this level of hatred far left still would be unsatisfied. They have emotions, not minds.

    • JCF
  • Jeffg166

    Who’d of thunk it?

    • David L. Caster

      ~65,844,954 did.

  • Rex

    Time for the white coat, with all the buckles, from Ivanka’s “Bat Shit Crazy” collection.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Alright, so when is someone going to step forward and do something about it?

    • Frostbite

      lol. not the GOP. he’s going to pass their tax bullshit.

    • Rex

      After it’s all burned to the ground?

  • Jerry Kott

    This is what happens after a life of TOXIC lying, it eats your being. He knows he can’t control it anymore. This is not about body chemistry, this is about being hunted by the malice he spewed.

  • Max_1
  • Frostbite

    i’ll say it because someone has to… but her emails!

    • JAKvirginia

      Empathy upvote.

  • Max_1
  • bkmn
  • Alexodia

    Arguably this could be Hanlon’s rather than Occam’s Razor. Both fit really.

    • Statistics Palin

      To paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

      • Alexodia

        True

  • Treant

    Obviously. Of course.

    Now the question you should be asking is, “Why isn’t anybody doing anything about this? Anybody? ANYBODY!?”

  • TK

    I want to see this orange-haired maniac (and criminal) carried out of the White House in shackles AND a straight-jacket. With all of the fake news networks broadcasting it live all over the world!! This fucking lunacy MUST stop!!!!

    • AmeriCanadian

      They could broadcast it on PPV. I suspect it would bring in record revenue.

    • DaMoldBrok

      I hope that Mr. Mueller is able and willing to announce that an indictment has been issued for the Orangutan, so I may fly the friendly skies to witness the
      glorious event.

      I, and many others, will be glad to stand in front of OUR White House, in whatever weather may be, and sing that, oh so appropriate song ,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoyvvEWHodk

  • AtticusP

    RE: New York Daily News: Trump Is A Profoundly Unstable Madman And We Are Witnessing Signs Of His Mania

    DUH! DERP, DERP, DERP.

  • Jerry Kott

    This is exhausting. It reminds me of seeing the film”They Shoot Horses don’t they”. It is like a marathon with no end.

  • bkmn
  • Pizza009

    But her emails

  • Ninja0980

    And I fear at the end of his madness, he’ll have started WWIII.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    Yes.

  • Been saying exactly this for a very long time now.

    People keep trying to claim this is some devilishly clever strategy to distract or to create alternative narratives or whatever. Even today, I’m seeing, “Oh he tweeted those anti-Islam hate videos to distract from ‘X'” — where X is almost anything: Roy Moore, North Korea, the GOP tax scam bill, sexual assault allegations against Donald, impending indictments, whatever.

    He’s mad. He does this shit instinctively, reflexively, and without thinking about it. He’s almost entirely Id at this point. No impulse control. Detached from reality itself. Indulging in increasingly insane conspiracy theories. Attempting to make the whole world accept his delusions.

    He continues to tell people his election was an EC landslide and that he “actually” won the popular vote (and by his telling, it’s increasingly large margins). It was reported yesterday he still says Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery. He apparently believes his inauguration crowd was the largest ever, but the Park Service faked the photographs. Just last week, he sent out a tweet where he claimed to be “your favorite President” — despite the fact his approval ratings are still in the 30s. It goes on and on.

    The real problem is the goddamned Congressional Republicans. They know he’s mad and unstable. THEY KNOW IT. They could get rid of him TODAY and actually have a greater chance of passing their insane rich-enrichment bills.

    But they won’t because some of them are willing traitors, some are quislings, but most of them are fucking cowards.

    • Max_1
      • I don’t. Thing is, too many think Trump’s some kind of evil genius who knows just when to derail a news cycle.

        He doesn’t. The simplest, stupidest explanation is always the most true. He’s a sociopath and he’s a malignant narcissist, and it appears that for whatever reason (dementia?) he’s no longer capable of expressing himself in coherent sentences.

        The NYDN article suggests Donald is now in a mania phase, and I’d have to agree with them.

        We are living right now in a very, very dangerous time.

        • JackFknTwist

          You are probably absolutely right. We have been gaming this too much when the obvious explanation is more likely to be correct.
          As you say:
          Trump/turd is mad.

        • JackFknTwist

          What should most concern everyone is the build-up to war; even today Trump threatens to “utterly destroy” North Korea ( per words of USA at the UN today).

          The guy is itching for war.
          I now think he is going o go for it.

    • The_Wretched

      ^this

    • Cackalaquiano

      They’re afraid of losing their ignorant base ahead of the mid-terms

      • They’ll never lose their ignorant base, not really. What they will lose and are losing are the folks in the middle and middle-right.

        • Cackalaquiano

          That may be the only silver lining of this whole nightmare. If we don’t all die, a rout of Republicans, particularly at the state level, could mean control of redistricting and the House for the next decade.

        • Al

          ….Who will still vote “R” because they have been brainwashed for so long.

    • Steven B

      Amen! People who say he’s trying to distract are giving him WAY too much credit.

      • Al

        Agreed. He isn’t capable of understanding important and complex issues. He only knows greed, he knows ego, he knows sex, and he knows bullying. That’s it.

        • RoFaWh

          He also knows “tastelessness”.

      • Friday

        “Trying to distract” and “Being pathologically nuts” aren’t mutually-exclusive. “When con men go senile,” you know?

        • Steven B

          True. But ‘trying to distract’ and ‘having sufficient intelligence to distract’ ARE mutually exclusive.

    • MT YVR

      I think for me the thing is people misunderstand. Brilliant people can pretend to be crazy and know how to use it. But what they’re doing is acting. The actual crazy are just… well. Crazy. There’s no subtext there.

      But after so long of machinations that use nuts as shit as a prop, people don’t know what to do with actual just “granpa shit himself again and is laughing like a loon” nuts.

      Apparently ONE thought is : elect him President.

      THAT seems like it could only end well.

    • acde

      Fucking cowards and greedy pigs willing to eat grannie to get her china

    • Galvestonian

      …and they’re all getting paid big money by lobbyists and people like ( and including ) the Mitchels and the Koch Bros. —

    • JCF

      People who think there’s a calculated method to Drumpf’s madness, really need to see “Being There”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOOghKacg40

      [That said: to the extent someone like Steve Bannon is calling the shots, HE has the inclination to use Drumpf as his tool.]

      • Sam

        Sorry, but Trump is about as far away from “Chauncey Gardner” as you can get.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    25 45!

  • Gerry Fisher

    I’m currently reading/studying DSM-5 in preparation to retest for my clinical social work license. Manic symptoms are (I’m swear I’m not peeking at the text right now)….

    Elevated, expansive, or irritable mood. 3 of the following sx must be present (4 if the mood is irritable) and present for a week (manic episode) or 4 days (hypomanic episode):

    Gradiosity
    Marked decreased in need for sleep
    Flight of ideas (rapid, crowded thoughts)
    Pressured speech, attempt to keep talking
    Increase in goal directed activity
    Increase in activities highly likely to have painful consequences

    (And it all must lead to marked decrease in social occupational or other areas of functioning.)

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      Have you also read the long term side affects of methamphetamine use? His doctor is a gastroenterologist – for over 30 years. Since Trump claims to be in excellent health, why this type of specialist as his main doctor?

      Many (the best people!) have speculated that he is hooked on diet pills (i.e. prescription speed), hence his choice of doctor.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        The diet pills aren’t doing their job.

        • edrex

          and neither is trump.

    • iambu

      Good luck on the test! I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colors! I’m looking at MSW programs myself.

    • I’d say he’s definitely hit on 1-4 there. His activities don’t appear to be particularly goal-oriented. Generally I’ve taken ‘painful consequences’ to mean both physically and socially painful, as in, contributing to one’s personal destruction. He definitely doesn’t do physically painful stuff, but he does keep saying and doing things which harm him socially (and politically).

      As for the mood, he seems to alternate between rage (esp. in the mornings when he watches several hours of TV) and delusional optimism concerning his own situation.

      Is it mania? I don’t know. His extreme moods seem to vary by the hour, which isn’t usually a feature of a formal mania diagnosis. More often, this kind of affect would be drug-driven. But what do I know, I ain’t a licensed professional, just someone with a keen interest in psychology and who probably took a few too many (or a few too-few) courses in college decades ago. 😉

      Anyway, good luck with your license test, Gerry!

    • TuuxKabin

      Betcha you ace that test! Good luck with it.

  • The_Wretched

    It’s a day ending in Y. I don’t think it’s possible to correlate the ‘degree of his madness’ to current events. It looks like a scatter plot to me.

  • TexasBoy
    • danolgb

      I call foul. Ernest at least was kind and meant well.

      • Treant

        And, unlike Dumpster, Ernest was doable.

      • Reality.Bites

        And Jim Varney played Jed Clampett with dignity in the movie remake.

    • jruffdc

      Awwww, he’s dead.

    • misterjack

      I had such a crush on Apollo.

  • FAEN

    WELL DUH!

    • HZ81

      Seriously. This week, we’ve seen blaring headlines about his racism, his fucking over the poor and now his crazy like they’re shocking breaking news.

      We all fucking knew media. We knew. You were intrigued by the white working-class anxiety of it all. FUCK YOU.

  • Max_1
  • jruffdc

    Tell us something we don’t know.

  • TJ Pierce
    • Treant

      Too thin, too well-built, tattoos are way too well-done, and the smile almost looks genuine.

  • coram nobis

    This from Archie Bunker’s favorite newspaper.

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      Not sure but I would have imagined Archie would have read the New York Post.

      • coram nobis

        He was holding the NYDN in a few episodes, IIRR.

  • iambu

    So, I actually experience mania occasionally (bipolar disorder) and my instinctual reaction is to get super annoyed with people who use clinical terms as slurs, insults, or even just conjecture to slam a person they don’t like, but…

    – Impulsivity
    – Irritability
    – Delusions of grandeur
    – Paranoia
    – Severe disinhibition
    – Extreme distractibility
    – Decreased need for sleep (don’t they say he sleeps only 2 hours a night?)

    So…like…maybe? Wow. Like, not to shit on my kind, but we REALLY should not be in charge of shit when we’re manic. Nobody should, regardless of what illness is causing the symptoms.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    You would have to be a member of a deplorable cult, not to see the obvious fact that Trump is a deranged MADMAN! It’s been obvious from the very beginning.
    Impeach the fn’ lunatic NOW!

    • DaMoldBrok

      No need to abbreviate here, we are all big boys and girls, we don’t. You may use ‘fucking’ as often you feel appropriate.

      Especially when one is speaking of that fucking lunatic. I, must also state, that I mean no disrespect to your average lunatic.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Not that it matters

  • TexasBoy

    Now, now, to be fair, I think we should all list one actual achievement by Donald Trump. I’ll go first.

    He succeeded in making George W. Bush look like a Road Scholar by comparison.

    • Phil

      I think you mean Rhodes Scholar.

      • djcoastermark

        No, road is appropriate for bush.

      • Tor

        I think he means Road Apple.

    • EastCoastJ

      Rhodes. But started by a great gay man.

      • TexasBoy

        I thought that was how it was spelled, but I googled to be sure, and it brought up Road Scholar…weird.

        • EastCoastJ

          Really ? Maybe “Road Scholar” really is something as well. But, anyway, yeah…the Rhodes we’re talking about is Cecil Rhodes, who Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) is named after, and he founder the scholarship and the DeBeers Diamond Company. Some list him as one of the gay notables in history, but others see him as too definitive a “colonial” who took advantage of the native Africans.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • EastCoastJ

      If people don’t wake up to the danger that is Islam, gays are doomed.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Lately? First class journalism’s finest playing catch-up to Captain Obvious, again. /sigh

  • glass

    I hope to hell they don’t use this as a way for this deranged fuck to avoid treason charges.

  • normadesmond

    And the day after he is gone, they’ll never stop screaming,
    never stop accusing & never, ever stop supporting the shitstain.

    • David Walker

      The point is…he’ll be gone. Civil war maybe, but at least he’ll be gone.

      • Gretchen

        I keep meaning to buy those water purifying straws for when it happens. I should probably get on that before the next indictment.

  • Mike Rasor
    • DoctorDJ

      “Damned hemorrhoids are flaring up again…”

      • FelineMama

        DAMN drugs are wearing off. Ivanka, someone, HELP!!

    • Natty Enquirer

      “Do you love me now, Mommy?”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • coram nobis

      Worth noting that the chairs flanking Donald’s are shorter. Not just the chair backs; the arms are lower than his chair’s.

      It was plainly a setup to make Chuck and Nancy look ridiculous.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Good grief !

  • Renfield

    trump is the shit stain on American’s pants.

  • FelineMama

    Psychotic Break coming soon!!!

    • ClevelandJim

      Coming?!

  • Gretchen

    Every day (hour sometimes) I get that email we all get from the DNC making their money beg. Most of the time I just ignore it in favor of scheduled contributions, but today they sucked me in with their Doug Jones pleading. I can’t imagine why I feel an urgent need to contribute…

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      An alternative to the DNC is a donation directly to the Doug Jones campaign.

  • coram nobis

    Great Moments in Journalism: The NY Daily News’ own account of its famous 1928 Ruth Snyder front page.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ruthless-ruth-article-1.344029

    The story of the most famous sneak shot photo in tabloid history began with a wink between a woman and a man who should have known better …

  • Pat Padrnos

    Quite frankly, I can not believe the insanity and lies we are engulfed in. Not only Trump – but those around him. He is going to crash and burn.

    • Len Ricci

      please daddy, can I stay up and watch?

  • KnownDonorDad
  • AdamTh

    Our survival may depend on a guy named Mike Pence (a disaster in his own rights) and the 25th Amendment. It’s obvious the GOP Congress is not going to do a damn thing.

    Scary.

    • FelineMama

      I remember a sayin’ a while back about “A Government Of the People, By the People, For the People. I thought how cool is that!! Can’t remember where, tho. It escapes me!!!

  • JT

    New York Daily News: Trump Is A Profoundly Unstable Madman And We Are Witnessing Signs Of His Mania

    Put him in a straight jacket and lock him up!

  • EastCoastJ

    They’ll be saying Trump is nuts for the next three ( or seven ) years. Bitter.

  • Paula

    Is this the winning part?

  • Clive Johnson
  • whollyfool

    You noticed!

  • And Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Evil Twin Wonder Woman is his psych nurse and protectress, spinning tales that only 45’s supporters believe. They are too entrenched in their own belief system to ever admit that they voted for and support a mentally ill maniac. I dare say things will get worse (yes, 45’s record so far indicates that this is really possible and probable) before they get better.

    • Gianni

      The “getting better” part means nothing less than that Donnie and his administration, with all its associated insanity, goes away – far away, out of sight with no hangers-on left in any office, including agency heads that he appointed.

  • Kevin Andrews

    There is no doubt about this vile Shitgibbon’s mental inability and his Malignant Narcissism and Russian Money-Laundering treason. Where are the snipers when we need one? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81d71e8d76490f422e86dda3c3e8d7df5a403e7ffc8887cdf0f63e3b6d257e53.png

  • Charley

    Rome survived Nero, Caligula and Commodus. Surely we are strong enough to survive this, too.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    I sure wish we could do something about him before he completely destroys the republic! Whoever takes office next will probably spend 3 out of 4 years in office undoing the damage the GOP hath wrought.

  • Paula
  • Grumpy Old Man

    The chain of succession leads through so damn many Freaks it is like they are, at each level, considered protection against removal of the level above. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0348938199cd9a2df8c4b5d97b94c4ad661943af0641fb70782573d3dd7c2e4.gif https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f9ac6edb31a6ae7db55eadbd3e6d6f7c833a6ca8ebaab90207a3b7bd9cf76b7.gif

  • Mike Knife

    Stop treating LGBTQ people like they are mentally ill..

  • jonfromcalifornia

    I don’t know… to say he is insane is to absolve him of blame for his stupid actions. and words. He then won’t be held accountable “by reason of insanity”. I don’t want him to get off so easily. To me, he is the face of the Republican Party which is rotten to the core.

  • Pete Wascher

    the nydn is not alone. see starting 19:15 of link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvfRhfKaG7Y